Coming off the heels of my annual “December is Divination Month” phase (where I seem to acquire more decks than I have in the entire year, lol), I was surprised – in a good way – by the first divination system I stumbled upon in 2022.
I can’t recall what motivated this, but I felt like checking out what’s known as “Witches Runes.” I’m somewhat familiar with the Elder Futhark Runes, as I had been gifted a set by a client many, many years ago. Every now and again, I’ll pick that set up and work with it a bit, and then put it away. With that in mind, I found it interesting that I would want to check out another type of Runic system.
I found some videos on Witches Runes on YouTube to check out, and as I watched them, I found myself immediately drawn to the system. I even considered the options of purchasing a set or making a set of my own.
It was at that moment I had an idea: Why not turn the system into a pack of cards?
And I was off and running. I went into Canva and designed a set of cards based on the pictographs used in the Runes, giving myself the permission and creative license to change a few of the symbols up a bit. There are only 13 symbols in the system, so the process didn’t take long. I decided to go with playing card size for the deck, keeping with the idea that Runes aren’t that large. As I write this, I ordered my personal pack through Make Playing Cards (the printer I use for my Tarot and Oracle card decks), and it’s now in production phase.
But what to do while I wait for the deck to be completed and shipped to me? It just so happens I have some blank cardstock left over from another deck project, so I took that and created a makeshift deck, drawing the symbols in black Sharpie and writing the names of them on the cards. This way, I would have a “test deck” to play with until the more polished one arrives.
So I asked the cards what I needed to know about delving into the Witches Rune Card system (my name for it now that I’ve changed it to suit me).
The cards that I drew were Man – Waves – Woman – Romance – Harvest.
Here’s the line with my more polished versions of the cards:
In the Origin position of the line, Man is my card (it represents a male seeker), which was great to see right out the gate, since I was asking, basically, if the system is “right” for me.
Waves (in the position of Expectation) says it’s my expectation that the system will have depth, both in surface and more substantial meanings (layers).
At first I thought Woman (in the position of the Central Issue or Focus) was a reference to Susan Sheppard, who created/developed the system, but it struck me that Woman is also about being open and receptive.
In the position of Guidance/Advice, Romance simply suggests allowing myself (Woman being receptivity) to fall in love with the system.
Harvest, in the position of the Outcome, suggests the likelihood of growth, that I’ll be getting a lot out of the system (Man mirrors Harvest). Each card has a potential timing element; with that, Harvest is associated with the astrological sign Sagittarius, so I intuited to “date” (Romance) the deck for the remainder of 2022 (Sagittarius occurs mid-November to mid-December) to get the most of out of using/working with it (Harvest).
I have to say I was very pleased with this first reading experience of the Witches Rune Cards. I’m looking forward to what will happen when the more polished – and official – copy arrives – to see what magic(k) we can make together.
P.S.: I wanted to take a moment to welcome new subscribers to the blog, as well as thank those of you who stuck with me throughout 2021.
It was a challenging year for me personally and I didn’t have the time (and, if I’m being totally honest, sometimes the desire or motivation) to write and post to the blog as I had in previous years.
So it really means a lot that people were still reading the older posts and finding them interesting enough to subscribe.
I’m hoping to post more often this year – fingers crossed!