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Are you tired of hearing 'Mercury must be in retrograde' every time the slightest thing goes wrong?
People blame their break-ups, missed flights and unexpected bills on Mercury retrograde, but often they have little understanding of this astrological phenomenon. The Mercury Retrograde Book is here to flip these beliefs on their head. Bestselling author of Moonology Yasmin Boland and astrology expert Kim Farnell explain:
- that the retrograde is actually a chance to revisit, revise and revamp
- if you can understand how the retrograde cycle works, you can harness it in your favour
- how to place the retrogrades in your personal astrological chart and work out their effect on your elemental and zodiac sign
An essential introductory guide for anyone who wishes to use the runes for divination, personal guidance, and magic.
Runes have an undeniable mystery and allure. To many people they are beautiful objects, a set of symbols of enigmatic meaning. In fact, the word rune comes from the Norse wordruna, meaning “secret.” On the surface, they make up an ancient alphabet known as the Futhark that has come down to us through the ages from the ancient Northern Traditions of Europe. But they are so much more.
Runes contain magical energy that can be activated for positive and powerful change in our lives. Reading the Runes takes you back to the runes as they existed in the neo-pagan cosmogony and their birth in the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Author Kim Farnell discusses the history and mythology of the runes, as well as the link between the runes and the gods. She includes the four ancient rune poems from which humankind received the meaning behind each rune.
Reading the Runes includes the official rune course material for the British Astrological and Psychic Society. The author offers practical advice for making and energizing your runes, she suggests numerous traditional rune spreads to suit a variety of purposes, and she explains rune combinations within readings.
Alan Leo was the first modern astrologer. He took an obscure, niche interest, re-packaged it, and placed it firmly at the centre of popular culture. His story is that of the other sort of Victorian—not the prudish and repressed empire builder, but one who mixed magic and science and rejected social mores in favour of creating a society where equality and universal brotherhood were the main themes.
Alan’s incorporation of concepts such as karma and reincarnation into astrology started the movement towards a more psychologically-oriented horoscope analysis. He was the first astrologer to argue for a loose interpretation of possible trends of experience rather than specific prediction of events, and his approach led to the birth of Sun sign astrology and popular horoscope columns. A pioneer of the practice of selling standardised birth chart interpretations, Leo also founded a number of astrological organisations, two of which continue to meet to the present day.
Throughout much of his life, Alan worked alongside his wife Bessie —this is her story, too.
Runes are alphabet letters or characters that have been used for thousands of years as a form of communication and divination. This book, written by an authority on divination systems, shows readers how to make their own set of runes and how to interpret them.
Included in this primer are:
- A brief overview of the runes, from Etruscan times to the present
- A summary of the myths and lore that inform runic wisdom
- Definitions of the basic rune symbols
- Instructions on how to read the runes and rune spreads
- An introduction to runic magic
In the past 25 years using runes as a divination tool has become increasingly popular. This most accessible guide presents each letter of the runic alphabet in detail with its origins and magical uses and helps seekers tap into their energy. From making your own runes (and a bag to protect them) to reading the ancient alphabet, casting the runes, and interpreting the spread, all the basics are laid out in a clear, easy-to-follow, and superbly illustrated fashion, perfect for beginners.
This is a new edition of the author’s Simply Runes that was published by Sterling in 2006.