Hello you darlings! I did a divination last night to just start playing with the Tarot Talismans from the inestimable Carrie Paris and I had so much marvelous fun with it that I had to share. I decided to just start with myself and see what’s going on around me, so I placed a charm representing me in the center of the spread.
You can see I’m using The Woman (who looks like Nefertiti) from Carrie’s Magpie Oracle II set, but you can really use anything to represent yourself or your subject. Then I cast the Tarot Talismans in one single charm dump, and they landed like this (below). Then I took my bag of rune rocks and pulled out a handful and cast them onto the tray. This here is what I ended up with.
The first thing I noticed (as is only right) is that Odin’s rune (see what I mean? One should always notice Odin first when dealing with the Futhark/Futhorc) fell almost right on top of the Wheel of Fortune talisman. You can see what I’m referring to better here:
Odin’s rune, Gar (which looks like a diamond-square in the center of a big X), is right above the Wheel of Fortune. Now, I am no rune afficionado and I go by the simplest explanations of the runes as I can, especially when using them in combination with other systems. But I feel confident in saying HOLY CRIKEY when seeing Gar next to the Wheel of Fortune because both seem to me to mean similar if not the same things. Both have to do with fate and destiny, and both are connected to the unknown forces that drive our days. In the larger grouping here, with the Empress, the Tower, and the suit of Clubs (Wands), we see that now is a time to be going with the energetic flow no matter what else is happening. Roll with it, and be careful where the energy is being taken away from your real passion. We also see (although it’s actually a little hard to see…) the rune Eihwaz on top of the “Suit of Diamonds (Pentacles)” talisman. Protect your power, your source. Be careful of your material resources. Don’t be wasteful, and don’t give your magic away.
If we go back to The Woman and look at the charms around her, we will see Judgment reversed (the angel in front of her), and a blobby thing down below her and to the right. That blobby thing is The Chariot reversed.
You’re not done yet. There are tasks yet to be handled; you’re not quite ready to finish this cycle. You can definitely see it from where you are (and the Woman is actually looking right at the talisman for the World, the dancer, so the end is in sight). You just haven’t picked a direction yet, so you’re a bit stalled. Once you decide which direction you’re going and how to get there, you’ll be there.
You’ll also see The Fool near the reversed Chariot; the Fool is closer to the center of the layout, indicating a start of something new; The Fool is right next to the Lovers, showing that this new thing is a relationship or a movement into harmony with the various parts of the self. Of course we here at Muse’s Darling Industries are great fans of romance so we want happy relationships for everybody. However, sometimes a happy relationship between all the pieces of one’s heart is the most important thing. The Woman sees the rune Perthro (the darker, flatter rock) next to the Emperor and the Queen of Cups (another relationship cue?). Perthro is a rune of destiny, and the Emperor and Queen of Cups are almost hidden behind it. The connection between the psychic and the worldly power is destined to be; it just hasn’t been revealed yet and Odin is warning you (and me) to let it be and not look too closely at it (for now, anyway).
And if you look slightly above that Perthro/Emperor/Queen combination, you’ll see the rune Laguz (the upside-down check mark-looking thing) to the side of and bolstering up a ballerina (you can see her long skirt). The ballerina is the talisman representing The World. Laguz means flow, or water; it is the chi of all things moving. The World is dancing in concert with that wonderful flow, and that’s where our Woman, our Nefertiti currently sitting with Judgment, wants to get to–and she has to go through The Fool to get there.