AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18) Have you been having problems with someone, either in person or online? If things have been rather tense, now's the time to swallow your pride and start communicating and compromising.
CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19) Are matters involving home, family, domestic arrangements, parents or property dominating your thinking? Things will gradually improve, as long as you stay centred and keep an open mind.
CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Work projects are favoured, as you make the most of the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Uranus visiting your career zone. Creativity and motivation are high but try to keep a sense of perspective.
LEO (July 23 - August 22) Party-loving Lions are keen to socialise and circulate; mix and mingle; imagine and create; as you let your hair down and have some fun. But it's Equinox day so try not to overdo things!
PISCES (February 19 - March 20) You're thinking about a financial, business or work project as today's planetary patterns help you tackle tasks with extra energy and enthusiasm. But things won't happen overnight!
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Open and honest communication is the secret to success at the moment. There'll be plenty of opportunities to expand your peer group. But don't neglect your long-term friends in the process.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) The planetary patterns give tired Taureans a welcome energy surge today. The stars also favour some quiet contemplation, as you use your intuition to help you solve a current problem.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21) You're in the mood to help a loved one through a rough patch, or cheer up a close friend who is down-in-the-dumps. If you get drawn into a fiery discussion, strive to be balanced and fair-minded.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Scorpio is the sign of extremes, and you can have trouble relaxing. As we celebrate the Equinox - when day and night are of equal length - strive to bring more balance into your busy life.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22) It's time to get talking with your nearest and dearest about subjects you may not necessarily feel comfortable about. Try to be fair and balanced, as you view things from differing perspectives.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22) Business ventures are brewing at the moment, as you combine common sense with intuition to achieve a positive result. Don't be impatient though. Your dreams will take a while to manifest.
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Are you being too subjective about a current issue? Take a step back, adjust your focus, and strive to view the situation from a much broader and wiser perspective. Balance is the key.
Re: Consecrating a Symbol By: Nekoshema / Novice Jan 08, 2012
Post # 2
not too sure, but my friend works with runes, she consecrates each one individually, she sprinkles some salt water over one, passes it through the incense smoke, focuses on what it means to her, then kisses it. you could try something similar with the rune you feel closest with.
Re: Consecrating a Symbol By: WhiteRav3n / Knowledgeable Jan 09, 2012
Post # 5
Whatever base material your rune will be placed onto and any tools used should be traditionally blessed by invoking Odin. When you invoke Odin, an offering should be present. Traditionally, he was offered human sacrifice, BUT since that's highly illegal, I have found good results with quality "mead" aka beer. And its far less messy. =p
As you write the rune, don't just write it, see the knife/pen/marker as a wand and feel your energy flow into the lines as you inscribe them. You can also use your finger and just draw with energy. See it glowing red. Say its name as you write it. Let it vibrate long. Uuurrrruuuzzzz for example. Continue focusing on it and its meaning. I like to then touch it and break up the sound oooooo, rrrrrr, ooooooo, zzzzzzzzz, oooooooo, ooooorrrrrrr, ooooorrrrrroooo, then finally oooooorrrrrrooooozzzzz. Each time you add a new sound of the name feel the energy of the rune grow stronger. The energy should feel as though the very sounds you're making is flowing energy through you and into the rune itself. Keep doing this until you feel that it is brimming with energy and no more can be put in. I like to end it with the seal galdur by Thorson aaaaallllllluuuuu (ansuz, laguz, and uruz).
Traditionally, the rune was written in blood (hence the red color). For women, they get a fresh supply of blood once a month. Menstral blood is actually considered more powerful. (I like using regular blood not menstral as a personal preference.) For men or women, if you want to add blood, one drop to red ink will do (use a clean needle to prick yourself). Some go so far as to ask for a vial of their own blood when it is drawn by a nurse during blood drives or doctor visits. Apparently, this isn't an uncommon request and most places will do it. I have yet to ask because I'm not sure what excuse I should make that won't raise eyebrows!
I do own a manufactured rune set for divination, just because I like gemstones and can't carve stone myself. But for all other rune work, including personal bindrunes for amulets, I inscribe them and charge them by hand. Premade ones just don't have the same intensity as handmade ones even after invoking the rune (as was described above). A woodburning kit can be of great use for creating your own staves and personalizing tools. Then you can add the red ink/blood to the carved grooves.
Check out my post on rune magick for more info. Read through all the pages because there is info all the way through. I keep adding to it as people post questions. So feel free to post any questions there.