Greetings and welcome to the divination accompanying The Cartomancer Magazine June 2020 Edition available in print and eZine format at https://thecartomancer.com/
This edition includes my article about using runes with tarot (and oracle) cards as a way to add new layers to your reading. While writing the article, the cards and runes in the above image were drawn asking: “What is the message once this edition is published?”
This reading is very appropriate given the events the world is experiencing at this time. The runes compliment the message of the tarot cards and give a little guidance in how to direct the message the tarot is giving.
- Tarot: Justice, Knight of Cups (reversed), and King of Cups.
- Runes: Gebo, Elhaz (Algiz), and Naudiz (Elder Futhark).
Justice is asking us to look for fairness and balance during these times. Fairness to yourself, and balance. As the first card, it calls for a check of our mindset and to remove what is not serving us. The rune that joined the reading is Gebo. Gebo is the rune of exchange and gifts. As an exchange, Gebo supports being balanced. A great compliment to Justice as it encourages us to not swing to one extreme or the other. Being informed from multiple resources will provide information from which to help maintain the balance and fairness Justice is encouraging.
The next two cards are court cards of the cups. These two address facets of our personality and how we express those on an emotional level.
The Knights of tarot are often referred to as having the active, outward expressions of teen-age energy. On the go, exploring, challenging the norms, finding their identity. The Knight of Cups reversed here is indicating to calm those energies and be present in your own body as you work to remove what is not serving you. Being too active and on the go can cause us to miss the resources and answers we have that are near us. Elhaz/Algiz is the rune of protection. A grove or sanctuary. By not being the adventurous, testing the limits “teen-ager”, use this time to pull into your grove or sanctuary. Surround yourself during this time with the things you need to keep safe and healthy.
The King of Cups represents the parental energy of the “father” role. As the later version of the Knight, this is the role of approaching life with maturity and objectivity. Having this follow the reversed Knight, emphasizes the advice to not be making quick, rash, not fully researched decisions. The Naudiz rune calls us to look at the things we need. Look at the basics and things that are truly needs and not “nice to haves” or wants.
This is one of the things of “adulting” people want to avoid but are necessary to return to at certain times and situations. This adulting time does not mean we cannot have fun or expressions of wants, but it’s a reminder to be sure to not ignore the most important things we need to take care of during the times and situations you are facing now.
It is interesting that the two of the tarot cards are from the same suite (court cups) and the runes are also from the same aett, rune row family. The second rune row, referred to as Hagalaz or Heimdall’s Aett, is one that I see as how we address the challenges and needs of our lives in Midgard (mortal plane).
Naudiz and Elhaz are both seconds -from the first and last of the aett. What this means to me is that this isn’t the beginning nor the end result. The challenge (Hagalaz) has already occured, now time to look how it affects what we really need. Elhaz is not where we need to stay, after it comes Sowilo which is sun and health.
So there is more to look forward to. But for now, we just need to “hunker down” a bit and focus on the things we need to make it through.
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Cards used in this reading are the Giant Rider-Waite by U.S. Games. The runes were made by me on discs of Quaking Aspen.