Interpretations

Rune Meanings ~ A Summary

Rune stones have been used for centuries as a tool for divination. They are based on an ancient alphabet. Each rune stone is inscribed with a symbol, and each symbol holds a special meaning. Each and every runic alphabet possesses a special kind of power and can be used to invoke deities who can help you in dealing with your problems.

You may use your own interpretations for the symbols, based on your studies and beliefs, or you may take the more traditional approach, which is going by the traditional meaning of each. Whichever way you may go about using the rune stones, it is still best to at least have some idea of their meanings.

A short summary of the meanings and interpretations of each Rune stone is shown below.

Uruz, Ur

Uruz, or Ur is the space out of which everything comes into being. It is the release of creative power that brings about sudden change. It is the power that precedes a new cycle of activity. It is helpful, therefore, where there is scope for new ideas, a fresh start, a change of circumstances, or an immediate boost in morale.

Have the courage to let go of things you no longer need. Then you will allow new possibilities to arise.

  • Key qualities: Limitless potential, infinite possibilities, sustained strength, renewal, release of energy, untamed power, sudden change.
  • Correspondences: Auroch, a wild ox. The High Priestess (Tarot), Taurus, Vanir, Dark Green, Birch Tree, Sphagnum Moss, Letter U

Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). Sexual desire, masculine potency. The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self.

  • Reversed or Merkstave : Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others. Sickness, inconsistency, ignorance. Lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence.

Thurisaz, Thurs, Thurisa

Thurisaz, Thurs, or Thurisa is the clap of power that heralds new beginnings, and protection that comes from taking the initiative. It is helpful when it is necessary to break down barriers or clear a way through a confusing situation; incorporates the power of both attack and defense.

Cut away what hinders you, but take care to retain what is of permanent value. Don’t make hasty decisions or you may create more problems than you solve.

  • Key qualities: Awakening power, initiative, sharpness, aimed might, protective force.
  • Correspondences: Thorn or a Giant. The Emperor (Tarot), Mars, Thor, Bright Red, Oak Tree, House leek, Letter TH

Reactive force, directed force of destruction and defense, conflict. Instinctual will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst. A tendency toward change. Catharsis, purging, cleansing fire. Male sexuality, fertilization.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies. A bad man or woman. Rape?

Ansuz, Ass

Ansuz, or Ass is the creative and mental expression of the Spirit. It is useful for seeing beyond what is apparent and obtaining the help of the innermost Self. This adds a new dimension to any situation and brings in a coincidental quality which some people call “luck.”

Communicate with Nature in order to widen your horizons. Expect the unexpected.

  • Key qualities: Communication skills, creative thought, artistic inspiration, perceptive ability, application of knowledge.
  • Correspondences: Death (Tarot), Venus, Odin, Dark Blue, Ash Tree, Fly Agoric, Letter A

A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming. Blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth, wisdom.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Misunderstanding, delusion, manipulation by others, boredom. Vanity and grandiloquence. (Odin is a mighty, but duplicitous god. He always has his own agenda.)

Raido, Reid

Raido or Reid is ordered movement like the passage of the Sun. As it is a Rune that changes perspective, it is helpful when you need to find direction and see an overview of things.

Take control of your own life so that you govern its direction.Do not rely entirely on your own power, instead ask what constitutes right action.

  • Key qualities: Measurement, control and direction, balance and rhythm, cyclic development, balanced judgment.
  • Correspondences: Wagon or chariot. The Hierophant (Tarot), Sagittarius, Forseti, Bright Red, Oak Tree, Mugwort, Letter R

Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. Seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon it. Personal rhythm, world rhythm, dance of life.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality. Disruption, dislocation, demotion, delusion, possibly a death.

Kauno, Ken, Kano

Kauno, Ken, or Kano is the fire that comes from within to provide illumination. It can help to banish the darkness that surrounds what you may not understand so that whatever troubles you may be brought to light.

The more light you have, the better you can see what is trivial and outmoded in your own conditioning. Make sure that what you endeavor to do is rightly challenged at the outset so that you do not get “burned.”

  • Key qualities: Clarity of thought, analytical ability, constructive expression, enthusiasm, intensity.
  • Correspondences: Beacon or Torch. The Chariot (Tarot), Venus, Freya, Dwarves, Light Red, Pine Tree, Cowslip, Letter K

Vision, revelation, knowledge, creativity, inspiration, technical ability. Vital fire of life, harnessed power, fire of transformation and regeneration. Power to create your own reality, the power of light. Open to new strength, energy, and power now. Passion, sexual love.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Disease, breakup, instability, lack of creativity. Nakedness, exposure, loss of illusion and false hope.

Gebo, Gifu

Gebo or Gifu is the power of giving and receiving. It helps you to make the most effective use of time so that what is expended is returned in suitable reward.

Everything you receive requires something offered in return to preserve the balance of the Universe. Be prepared to accept the consequences of your actions.

  • Key qualities: Bonding and binding, compensation, fair exchange, respect of boundaries, generosity and compassion.
  • Correspondences: Gift. The Lovers (Tarot), Pisces, Odin, Freya, Deep Blue, Ash Tree, Elm Tree, Heartsease, Letter G

Gifts, both in the sense of sacrifice and of generosity, indicating balance. All matters in relation to exchanges, including contracts, personal relationships and partnerships.

  • Merkstave (Gebo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice. Obligation, toll, privation, bribery.

Wunjo, Wynja

Wunjo, or Wynja is right timing for the release of energy. Light pierces the clouds and touches the waters just as something lovely emerges from the depths.

Everything in life is a lesson for your ultimate perfection. Look beyond the obvious. Wunjo can help in ascertaining the best time to take appropriate action and thus reach a satisfactory conclusion.

  • Key qualities: Unconditional love, culmination, orgasm, happiness in fulfillment.
  • Correspondences: Joy. Strength (Tarot), Leo, Freyr, Elves, Yellow, Ash Tree, Flax, Letter W or V

Joy, comfort, pleasure. Fellowship, harmony, prosperity. Ecstasy, glory, spiritual reward, but also the possibility of going “over the top”. If restrained, the meaning is general success and recognition of worth.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Stultification, sorrow, strife, alienation. Delirium, intoxication, possession by higher forces, impractical enthusiasm. Raging frenzy, berzerker.

Hagalaz, Hgalz, Hagal

Hagalaz, Hagalz, or Hagal is the focusing and control of primal energies into a patterning code in order to provide a way for coming into physical existence. It is helpful for keeping your “cool” when being harassed; an aid for transforming hostile or adverse influences into beneficial results.

Accept the challenge of a seemingly adverse situation. Trust your innermost “Self” to see you through and turn it to your ultimate advantage.

  • Key qualities: Dramatic liberation, birthing, bridging, correction of imbalance, advantageous adversity.
  • Correspondences: Hail. The World (Tarot), Aquarius, Ymir, Light Blue, Yew Tree, Ash Tree, Lily of the Valley, Letter H

Wrath of nature, destructive, uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the unconscious. Tempering, testing, trial. Controlled crisis, leading to completion, inner harmony.

  • Merkstave (Hagalaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Natural disaster, catastrophe. Stagnation, loss of power. Pain, loss, suffering, hardship, sickness, crisis.

Naudiz, Nauthiz, Naud

Naudiz, Nauthiz, or Naud is the power of coming into being under pressure and constraint. It is in the sudden rush of adrenaline that makes achievement possible under challenge. It is a great help in meditation for it can help you to recognize what is truly needed rather than what seems to be desirable.

You cannot effectively meet the needs of others until you first recognize your own needs and take action to satisfy them.

  • Key qualities: Necessary resistance, self-generated power, enduring strength, self-sufficiency.
  • Correspondences: Need. The Devil (Tarot), Capricorn, Nornir, Etins, Black, Beech Tree, Bistort, Letter N

Delays, restriction. Resistance leading to strength, innovation, need-fire (self-reliance). Distress, confusion, conflict, and the power of will to overcome them. Endurance, survival, determination. A time to exercise patience. Recognition of one’s fate. Major self-initiated change. Face your fears.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity. Necessity, extremity, want, deprivation, starvation, need, poverty, emotional hunger.

Isa, Iss

Isa or Iss is the power to maintain and preserve. Stability and the stillness of inertia. The concentration of single-minded purpose. When the pace of modern life causes concern, Isa can slow things down and enable you to focus on the real issues. It is an aid also to bringing your dreams into “solid” reality.

Just as winter does not last forever, neither does any situation in which you may find yourself. Have the courage to move forward. You need to do in order to know.

  • Key qualities: Contraction, cohesion, preservation, stability, inner strength, stillness, suspension, self-containment.
  • Correspondences: Ice. The Hermit (Tarot), Moon, Rime Thurses, Black, Alder Tree, Henbane, Letter I

A challenge or frustration. Psychological blocks to thought or activity, including grievances. Standstill, or a time to turn inward and wait for what is to come, or to seek clarity. This Rune reinforces Runes around it.

  • Merkstave (Isa cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Ego-mania, dullness, blindness, dissipation. Treachery, illusion, deceit, betrayal, guile, stealth, ambush, plots.

Jera, Jara

Jera or Jara is natural change, the process of organic development through orderly movement which cannot be hurried or forced because what is taking place on the “inside” must be in harmony with what is happening in the outside environment.

Be patient. You cannot harvest before everything is ready. Make the most of what you have now. It can also be helpful for gathering the benefits of past actions.

  • Key qualities: Gradual development, sequential timing, cultivation.
  • Correspondences: A year, a good harvest. The Fool (Tarot), Sun, Freyr, Light Blue, Oak Tree, Rosemary, Letter J or Y

The results of earlier efforts are realized. A time of peace and happiness, fruitful season. It can break through stagnancy. Hopes and expectations of peace and prosperity. The promise of success earned. Life cycle, cyclical pattern of the universe. Everything changes, in its own time.

  • Merkstave (Jera cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Sudden setback, reversals. A major change, repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict.

Perth, Pertra, Perthro

Perth, Perthro, or Pertra is the process of cause and effect which manifests that which is hidden. It helps you to get to know yourself for what you are rather than what you are expected to be.

Don’t be afraid of change, but ensure that you are fully in contact with your physical body during any transformational experience.

  • Key qualities: Containment, vitality, durability, self-identity.
  • Correspondences: Lot cup, vagina. Wheel Of Fortune (Tarot), Saturn, Nornir, Black, Beech Tree, Aconite, Letter P

Uncertain meaning, a secret matter, a mystery, hidden things and occult abilities. Initiation, knowledge of one’s destiny, knowledge of future matters, determining the future or your path. Pertaining to things feminine, feminine mysteries including female fertility, and vagina. Good lot, fellowship and joy. Evolutionary change.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Addiction, stagnation, loneliness, malaise.

Ihwaz, Eoh, Eihwaz

Ihwaz, Eoh, or Eihwaz is the perpetuality that is inherent in transformation and development. It is helpful when you need enlightenment – perceiving how your ideals can be transformed into practical reality – and hope, which sees not an end but a continuity of existence.

Whatever it is you want to achieve, hesitate no longer. Get started and stay with it. This Rune can help you to reach for the stars!

  • Key qualities: Supportive energy, endurance, longevity, perseverance.
  • Correspondences: The Hanged Man (Tarot), Scorpio, Idhunna, Ullr, Dark Blue, Yew Tree, Mandrake, Letter EI

Strength, reliability, dependability, trustworthiness. Enlightenment, endurance. Defense, protection. The driving force to acquire, providing motivation and a sense of purpose. Indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals. An honest man who can be relied upon.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Confusion, destruction, dissatisfaction, weakness.

Algiz

Algiz is grounding power. It can draw power from the spiritual Source and bring it into ordinary reality where it can be grounded into practicality. Defends us where we are vulnerable.

Be aware of your own vulnerability and the tendencies that allow you to become diverted from your chosen Path.

  • Key qualities: Instinctive and inspirational protection, ability to defend the aura and strengthen resolve, connectedness.
  • Correspondences: Elk, protection. The Moon (Tarot), Cancer, Valkyrjur, Gold, Yew Tree, Angelica, Letter Z

Protection, a shield. The protective urge to shelter oneself or others. Defense, warding off of evil, shield, guardian. Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life. It can be used to channel energies appropriately. Follow your instincts. Keep hold of success or maintain a position won or earned.

  • Reversed: or Merkstave: Hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link. Taboo, warning, turning away, that which repels.

Sowilo, Sowelu, Sol

Sowilo, Sowelu, or Sol is illumination and hope. Illumination to see things as they are, and hope to perceive them as they can be. Brings things into the light so they can be seen for what they are. Provides knowledge and strength in times of trouble.

Be as generous as the Sun! Open yourself up and let the light into a part of your life that has been secret, shut away.

  • Key qualities: Radiance, activation, zest, enlightenment, rejuvenation.
  • Correspondences: The Sun (Tarot), Sun, Sol, White, Silver, Juniper Tree, Mistletoe, Letter S

Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire.

  • Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): False goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals. Destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity. Wrath of god.

Tiwaz, Teiwaz, Tyr

Tiwaz, Teiwaz, or Tyr is the power of singleness of purpose, of clear direction. It is penetration and precision with consideration. Tiwaz provides courage in adversity or when facing a difficult situation. Helps to evaluate the price that must be paid to achieve and attain.

Have the courage to take responsibility for the consequences of your own choices. The urge for conquest is powerful here, especially self-conquest, which is a lifelong pursuit.

  • Key qualities: Determination, single-mindedness, fortitude, tenacity, fair play.
  • Correspondences: Justice (Tarot), Libra, Tyr, Mani, Bright Red, Oak Tree, Sage, Letter T

Honor, justice, leadership and authority. Analysis, rationality. Knowing where one’s true strengths lie. Willingness to self-sacrifice. Victory and success in any competition or in legal matters.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: One’s energy and creative flow are blocked. Mental paralysis, over-analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance. Strife, war, conflict, failure in competition. Dwindling passion, difficulties in communication, and possibly separation.

Berkanan, Berkana, Bjarka

Berkanan, Berkana, Bjarka is nurturing maternal energy, related to the concept of Mother Earth who brings into being, feeds, nurtures, and protects. It is helpful for focusing on partnerships and close personal relationships, calming the mind when troubled, and nurturing new ideas.

Get close to Nature and the natural way of things. Modesty, firmness, and generosity are called for here.

  • Key qualities: Care and compassion, conservation, protectiveness, ability to form close relationships, blossoming, fruitfulness.
  • Correspondences: The Empress (Tarot), Virgo, Frigg, Nerthus, Hel, Dark Green, Birch Tree, Lady’s Mantle, Letter B

Birth, general fertility, both mental and physical and personal growth, liberation. Regenerative power and light of spring, renewal, promise of new beginnings, new growth. Arousal of desire. A love affair or new birth. The prospering of an enterprise or venture.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Family problems and or domestic troubles. Anxiety about someone close to you. Carelessness, abandon, loss of control. Blurring of consciousness, deceit, sterility, stagnation.

Ehwaz, Eh

Ehwaz or Eh is the power that makes communication possible at any and all levels. It is a carrier of knowledge and a bringer of “togetherness.” It attains harmony and balance, and strengthensbonds of friendship.

Keep your balance at all times. Find more fruitful ways to achieve what you set out to do. Prepare to share the good fortune that comes your way.

  • Key qualities: Balance and control, communicative skill, adjustment.
  • Correspondences: Horse, two horses. The Lovers (Tarot), Gemini, Freya, Freyr, Aclis, White, Oak Tree, Ash Tree, Ragwort, Letter E

Transportation. May represent a horse, car, plane, boat or other vehicle. Movement and change for the better. Gradual development and steady progress are indicated. Harmony, teamwork, trust, loyalty. An ideal marriage or partnership. Confirmation beyond doubt the meanings of the runes around it.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: This is not really a negative rune. A change is perhaps craved. Feeling restless or confined in a situation. Reckless haste, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal.

Mannaz, Madr

Mannaz or Madr is the power that strengthens your awareness as a co-creator with Nature and enables you to take control of your own life through self-knowledge. It is a striving for perfection. Awakens potential and identifies your special gifts.

Get to know yourself – the good, the bad and the indifferent – so you can become what you have the potential to be. Strive to live the ordinary life in an extraordinary way.

  • Key qualities: Motivation, cohesiveness, co-operative endeavor, kinship.
  • Correspondences: Man, mankind. The Magician (Tarot), Jupiter, Heimdall, Odin, Deep Red, Holly Tree, Madder, Letter M

The Self; the individual or the human race. Your attitude toward others and their attitudes towards you. Friends and enemies, social order. Intelligence, forethought, create, skill, ability. Divine structure, intelligence, awareness. Expect to receive some sort of aid or cooperation now.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion. Cunning, slyness, manipulation, craftiness, calculation. Expect no help now.

Laguz, Lagu

Laguz or Lagu is the primal water, a fluidic power that rises from the Well of the Unconscious and cleanses and refreshes as it flows through all layers of existence. It is the carrier of the Life-force.

Laguz helps you to understand your feelings and emotions. Listen to those feelings and learn from the message they have to convey.

  • Key qualities: Fluidic power, cyclic and rhythmic flow, sensitivity of experience.
  • Correspondences: Water or a leek. The Star (Tarot), Moon, Njord, Balder, Deep Green, Willow, Leek, Letter L

Flow, water, sea, a fertility source, the healing power of renewal. Life energy and organic growth. Imagination and psychic matters. Dreams, fantasies, mysteries, the unknown, the hidden, the deep, the underworld. Success in travel or acquisition, but with the possibility of loss.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: An indication of a period of confusion in your life. You may be making wrong decisions and poor judgments. Lack of creativity and feelings of being in a rut. Fear, circular motion, avoidance, withering. Madness, obsession, despair, perversity, sickness, suicide.

Ingwaz, Inguz, Ing

Ingwaz, Inguz, or Ing is the power that stores for the future. It is akin to the moon, the intuitive part of our nature. It brings access to another reality, and is helpful for exerting influence and strengthening persuasion.

Open up new areas of self-realization, accept your power – your own “medicine.” Do those things you were “made” for.

  • Key qualities: Gestation, regeneration, continuity, renewal.
  • Correspondences: Judgment (Tarot), New Moon, Ing, Freyr, Yellow, Apple Tree, Selfheal, Letter Ng

Male fertility, gestation, internal growth. Common virtues, common sense, simple strengths, family love, caring, human warmth, the home. Rest stage, a time of relief, of no anxiety. A time when all loose strings are tied and you are free to move in a new direction. Listen to yourself.

  • Merkstave (Ingwaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Impotence, movement without change. Production, toil, labor, work.

Othila, Odal

Othila, or Odal implies the right of possession. It is the power of accomplishment. Useful for acquiring property or material goods; encourages practical organization.

Don’t be afraid to look back, for what has been earned in the past is the seed of future abundance.

  • Key qualities: Inborn talent, acquisition, accomplishment, security, law and order.
  • Correspondences: Ancestral property. The Moon (Tarot), Full Moon, Odin, Thor, Deep Yellow, Hawthorn Tree, Goldthread, Letter O

Inherited property or possessions, a house, a home. What is truly important to one. Group order, group prosperity. Land of birth, spiritual heritage, experience and fundamental values. Aid in spiritual and physical journeys. Source of safety, increase and abundance.

  • Reversed or Merkstave: Lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery, poverty, homelessness. Bad karma, prejudice, clannishness, provincialism. What a man is bound to.

Dagaz

Dagaz is the power that is in the Dawn and brings new light. It is the Rune of self-transformation and ecstatic conclusion. It brings about spiritual advancement, and recognition of new beginnings.

Don’t be afraid to bring things into the light. Awaken to your own true reality. Get in touch with your own Spirit. Become a good finisher as well as a keen starter.

  • Key qualities: Transformation, self-fulfillment, completion, one-ness.
  • Correspondences: Day or dawn. Temperance (Tarot), Half Moon, Odin, Ostara, Light Blue, Spruce Tree, Clary, Letter D

Breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. A time to plan or embark upon an enterprise. The power of change directed by your own will, transformation. Hope/happiness, the ideal. Security and certainty. Growth and release. Balance point, the place where opposites meet.

  • Merkstave (Dagaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): A completion, ending, limit, coming full circle. Blindness, hopelessness.

Fehu, Feh

Fehu or Feh synthesizes the process of birth, life, death and rebirth. It is fulfillment. It is useful for ascertaining the true cose of any endeavor.

Recognize your true wealth. Be sure what it is you want out of life. Draw down the power of the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars into your own personal universe.

  • Key qualities: Culmination, exchange and distribution, generated wealth.
  • Correspondences: Domestic cattle, wealth. The Tower (Tarot), Aries, Aesir, Light Red, Elder Tree, Nettle, Letter F

Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck. Abundance, financial strength in the present or near future. Sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness. Social success. Energy, foresight, fertility, creation/destruction (becoming).

Reversed: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep. It indicates some sort of failure. Greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage.

Odin, Blank

The blank Rune, or the Odin Rune represents a power that exists outside the organic process of orderly arrangement. Selecting this Rune is an indication to expect the unexpected, and a confirmation that self-change is working in your life.

This Rune is a newer addition to Rune divination, and is not always included in or accepted by every Runic tradition.

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The Egyptian Dream Book

The Egyptian ‘Dream Book’ is preserved in the form of a papyrus with a hieratic script. This papyrus was found in the ancient Egyptian workers’ village of Deir el-Medina, near the Valley of the Kings. This papyrus has been dated to the early reign of Ramesses II (1279-1213 B.C.).

Each page of the papyrus begins with a vertical column of hieratic signs which translates as ‘If a man sees himself in a dream’. In each horizontal line that follows, a dream is described, and the diagnosis ‘good’ or ‘bad’, as well as the interpretation is provided. Thus, as an example: ‘If a man sees himself in a dream looking out of a window, good; it means the hearing of his cry’. The good dreams are listed first, followed by the bad ones (written in red, as it is the colour of bad omens).

Around 108 dreams, which describe 78 activities and emotions, are recorded in the ‘Dream Book’. These activities may be said to be things commonly undertaken by the average person. Most of these activities deal with some form of sight or seeing. The second largest category deals with eating and drinking, and a few more deal with receiving and copulating.

The papyrus probably had several owners before being finally being deposited in Deir el-Medina. Although it is unclear who its original owner was, some of its owners can be traced through their names on the papyrus. For instance, we know that the scribe Qeniherkhepshef once owned this papyrus, since he copied a poem about the Battle of Kadesh which took place during Ramesses II’s reign. Also, the names of this scribe’s wife’s second husband, Khaemamen, and his son, Amennakht, can be found on the papyrus, indicating that the papyrus belonged to them.

Another interesting thing about the ‘Dream Book’ is that it was once part of an archive. In addition to this papyrus, there were a variety of papyri which dealt with literary, magical, and documentary works. As the ‘Dream Book’ has demonstrated, this was an heirloom that was handed down from one generation to the next.

It is interesting to consider whether the ‘Dream Book’ was regarded by the ancient Egyptians as a piece of ‘serious’ or a ‘popular’ piece of writing. After all, if archaeologists of the future were to discover newspaper clippings of the ‘daily horoscope’ (without the knowledge of the social context of our age), they would probably be equally unsure as to whether these ‘predictions’ were meant to be taken seriously or not. Obviously, how serious a reader takes these ‘predictions’ would be a whole different matter that could be explored as well.

Nevertheless, the Egyptian ‘Dream Book’ is a fascinating piece of work which shows one of the beliefs (be it serious or not) held by the ancient Egyptians. Moreover, the value placed by the ancient Egyptians on knowledge can also be seen, as this papyrus was passed down from one generation to another as an heirloom.

The Dream Interpretations

Here is a list of the dreams and their meanings. You will notice that some of them make more sense than others. The simplest way to read the list is to preface it with, ” If a man sees himself in a dream…”

  • Against his finger ~ good ~ signifies receiving cattle.
  • Anointing self with oil ~ bad ~ indicates his people will be taken away from him.
  • An ape represents a heart.
  • As helmsman of a boat, ~ bad ~ speaks of a judgement against him that is not justified.
  • Baring his own rear-end ~ bad ~ means he will be poor.
  • Barley and emmer in the beyond ~ good ~ he will be protected by his God.
  • Being appointed an official ~ bad ~ in a dream means death is approaching.
  • Beaten by a willow ~ bad ~ foretells a funeral procession.
  • The bed goeth up in flames ~ bad ~ indicates his wife will be expelled.
  • Beer represents surging emotions.
  • Being given a head” ~ good ~ “in order to speak.”
  • Being pricked by a thorn ~ bad ~ signifies telling lies.
  • Binding ~ good ~  receiving a house in the end.
  • Binding people who are netted in the night ~ good ~ speech will be taken away from his enemies.
  • Binding your own legs ~ good ~ dwelling with fellow-citizens.
  • Bitten by a hound ~ bad ~ means to be touched by magic (but not in a good way).
  • Bitten by a snake ~ bad ~ means a dispute against him.
  • Blood ~ good ~ an end to his enemies.
  • Blossoms ~ good ~ prosperity.
  • Bones ~ good ~ sustenance of the palace.
  • A bow in your hand ~ good ~ receiving an important office.
  • Breaking a vessel with his feet ~ bad ~ fighting.
  • Breaking apart stone ~ bad ~ his God is angry with him.
  • Breaking into ~ good ~ receiving a wife.
  • Breeding with a cow ~ good ~ happy day.
  • Brewing beer in the house ~ bad ~ foretells of being turned away from his own house.
  • Bringing mice from a field ~ bad ~ signifies a bad heart.
  • Building a house for oneself ~ bad ~ foretells contrary words ahead.
  • Building his own house ~ bad ~ foretells disputes against him.
  • Burying alive ~ good ~ lively prosperity.
  • Burying an old man ~ good ~ prosperity.
  • Busiris ~ good ~ great old age.
  • Carrying off temple items ~ bad ~ foretells property confiscated.
  • Carved-up billy-goat’s limbs are given to him  ~ good ~ a favorable outcome.
  • Casting copper ~ bad ~ indicates a future of roaming the earth.
  • A large cat ~ good ~ a large harvest.
  • Catching birds ~ bad ~ something of his will be carried off.
  • Causing cattle to come in  ~ good ~ people will be assembled for him by his God.
  • Chewing ~ good ~ something will happen.
  • Chewing a melon ~ bad ~ disputes will happen.
  • Chewing a plant ~ bad ~ indicates a debate.
  • Chewing waterlily leaves ~ good ~ you will enjoy something.
  • Climbing up a mast ~ good ~ he will be elevated by his God.
  • Clothes are wet ~ bad ~ means fighting.
  • Closing house ~ bad ~ indicates repulsion.
  • Consuming the flesh of a donkey ~ good ~ to become great.
  • Consuming the flesh of a crocodile ~ good ~ consuming the possessions of an official, it may also mean acting as an official.
  • Copulating with a female aardwolf ~ bada judgement against him.
  • Copulating with a kite ~ bad ~ something might be grabbed right out of his hand.
  • Copulating with his mother ~ good ~ he will be joined by clansfolk.
  • Copulating with a pig ~ bad ~ your possessions will be emptied.
  • Copulating with his sister ~ good ~ something will be assigned.
  • Copulating with his wife in the daylight ~ bad ~ his crimes will be seen by the God.
  • Copulating with a woman ~ bad ~ signifies mourning.
  • Cranes ~ good ~ prosperity.
  • Crocodiles signify acting as an official.
  • Cultivating herbs ~ good ~ victuals will be found.
  • Cutting up a bull ~ good ~ the opponent will be killed.
  • Cutting up a female hippopotamus ~ good ~ much food of the palace.
  • Cutting your own hair ~ bad ~ something will be taken from the house.
  • Dreaming you are dead ~ good ~ a long life.
  • A dead bull means enemies.
  • Drinking blood ~ bad ~ signifies fighting.
  • Drinking warm beer ~ bad ~ suffering will come upon him.
  • Drinking wine ~ good ~ living according to truth, or mouth will be open.
  • To drive away his tears for God ~ bad ~ denotes fighting.
  • A dwarf or midget ~ bad ~ signifies taking away half his life.
  • Dying from a back-wound ~ good ~ you will live after your father.
  • Eating in a dream represents food.
  • Eating an egg ~ bad ~ something will be stolen.
  • Eating figs and grapes ~ bad ~ foretells pain.
  • Eating grapes ~ good ~ receiving something of one’s own.
  • Eating a gutted catfish ~ bad ~ you will be seized by a crocodile.
  • Eating hot meat ~ bad ~ signifies no justification.
  • Eating sycamore figs ~ bad ~ signifies pains.
  • Eating faience ~ bad ~ indicates strong dispute.
  • Eating the flesh of cattle ~ bad ~ fighting or that something bad will happen.
  • Eating tigre-nuts ~ good ~ governing townspeople.
  • Eating what he detesteth ~ bad ~ he will eat unwittingly (not a good thing).
  • Enchanted by a spell ~ bad ~ foretells mourning.
  • Entering the temple of ‘female deity’ ~ bad ~ denotes an unfavorable outcome.
  • Extinguishing~ bad ~  possessions will be ended.
  • A face as a panther ~ good ~ acting as chief.
  • Fallen prostrate before the southern tribunal ~ bad ~ you will be removed from office.
  • Falling ~ good ~ prosperity.
  • Falling off a wall reveals the outcome of a quarrel.
  • Following behind a herd of billy-goats  ~ good ~ a favorable outcome.
  • Fattening the cattle ~ bad ~ an unfavorable dream.
  • Feces ~ bad ~ his possession will be consumed.
  • Ferrying in a ferry-boat ~ good ~ the going forth of all disputes.
  • Fetching jars out of the water ~ good ~ a life of abundance.
  • Fire~ bad ~ your son or brother will be taken away.
  • Flames coming against him ~ bad ~ he will be slaughtered.
  • Giving one’s self victuals of the temple ~ good ~ life will be assigned to him by his God.
  • God Who Is Above” ~ good ~ a great meal.
  • Guarding patras monkeys ~ bad ~ change is ahead.
  • Hair hath lengthened ~ good ~ your face will brighten, or possibly, the multiplying of possessions.
  • Harnessing a wagon ~ bad ~ indicates insults against him.
  • Herbs of the field ~ good ~ sustenance for father.
  • Homage-praesent ~ good ~ your call will be heard.
  • Honey jar with a cover ~ good ~ something by his God.
  • Immersing in the river ~ good ~ being purified from badness.
  • In the field ~ good ~ you are giving to him.
  • Killing a bull ~ good ~ your enemies will be killed.
  • Killing snakes ~ good ~ disputes will be killed.
  • Looking into a deep well ~ bad ~ you will be placed in prison.
  • Looking through a window ~ good ~ his call will be heard by his god.
  • Lying down on the floor ~ bad ~ something of his will be consumed.
  • Making love with a cow ~ good ~ a day of love.
  • Measuring barley ~ bad ~ signifies a dispute against him.
  • Measuring barley with a measuring cup ~ bad ~ victuals will be regulated.
  • Milk ~ good ~ much food.
  • Mixing dates ~ good ~ victuals will be found.
  • Moon shining ~ good ~ clemency to him of his God.
  • Mourning ~ good ~ the multiplying of possessions, or possibly the road will tilt.
  • A mouth filled with earth symbolizes eating off fellow-citizens.
  • Nomads ~ good ~ your dead father will come.
  • Notching sycamore figs ~ bad ~ indicates depression.
  • An ostrich ~ bad ~ signifies harm to him.
  • Paddling water ~ good ~ prosperity.
  • A papyrus scroll ~ good ~ established in own home.
  • Penis stiffening ~ bad ~ the victory of his enemy.
  • People far away ~ bad ~ death is drawing near.
  • Placing beer into a jug ~ bad ~ something will be taken away from the house.
  • Placing incense on the flame for the God ~ bad ~ the power of God against him.
  • Placing your own face against the floor ~ bad ~ requirements by yon (?) ones.
  • Planting gourds ~ good ~ a good life as his God’s gift.
  • Plastering his house with yellow ochre ~ bad ~ his people will be taken away.
  • Ploughing emmer ~ good ~ something unspecified.
  • Plundering ~ good ~ you will be satisfied.
  • A pond ~ good ~ the road will tilt.
  • Potting ~ bad ~ foretells that you will be in pain.
  • Pounding barley and emmer ~ bad ~ seeking from him.
  • Praising ~ good ~ he will be justified before his God.
  • Preparing a shrine ~ bad ~ a crime will be brought to light.
  • Pressing wine ~ bad ~ your possessions will be confiscated.
  • Receiving ~ good ~ estate will be united.
  • Receiving copper  ~ good ~ you will be exalted.
  • Receiving a harp ~ bad ~ you will come to harm.
  • Receiving material  ~ good ~ prosperity.
  • Removing a wall ~ good ~ purification from badness.
  • Removing his fingernails ~ bad ~ removing works of his hands.
  • A river ~ good ~ he will be heard by his God.
  • Sailing downstream ~ bad ~ means tying, it also signifies life running backward, and/or speaks of a violent dispute.
  • Sailing in a boat ~ good ~ dwelling with fellow citizens.
  • Sawing wood ~ good ~ his enemies are dead.
  • A seat in his boat ~ bad ~ means his wife will be set aside.
  • Seeing a woman’s vulva ~ bad ~ a “backside” of misery.
  • Seeing your own face in a mirror ~ bad ~ signifies another wife.
  • Sees himself in a dream, and the mouth is broken ~ bad ~ God will break his heart.
  • Shank of his leg is amputated ~ bad ~ a judgment against him.
  • Shaving your lower body ~ bad ~ mourning to come.
  • Shod with white sandals ~ bad ~ roaming the earth.
  • Shooting at a target ~ good ~ something will happen.
  • Silver and gold ~ good ~ much food of the palace.
  • Sitting in a garden of sunlight ~ good ~ pleasure.
  • Sitting in the hold of a ship ~ bad ~ the dragging of your own heart.
  • Sitting on a sycamore tree ~ good ~ badness will be driven out.
  • Sky is raining ~ bad ~ disputes are coming.
  • Snaring birds ~ bad ~ being deprived of possessions.
  • Snatching the wood of a God from his hand ~ bad ~ his own crimes will be discovered by his God.
  • Standing on high ground, holding ~ good ~ a favorable outcome.
  • Stone  ~ good ~  receiving something.
  • Taking dates ~ good ~ victuals as a gift of his God.
  • Tearing your own clothes ~ good ~ you will be freed from all badness.
  • Teeth falling out below ~ bad ~ an underling will die.
  • Tending small kids ~ bad ~ possessions will be lost.
  • Threshing grain ~ good ~ receiving life in house.
  • Throwing hay onto water ~ good ~ elation.
  • Throwing wood ~ bad ~ harm will be brought into the house.
  • Throwing your own clothes on the ground shows the outcome of a dispute.
  • Tigre-nuts ~ good ~ a happy life.
  • A tomb ~ good ~ possessions will be great.
  • To send far (a message) ~ good ~ great.
  • Tossing about his house ~ bad ~ he will be ill.
  • Towing a boat ~ good ~ landed well in his house.
  • Uplifted fingers ~ good ~ provided by his God.
  • Upon a roof ~ good ~ something will be found.
  • Upon a sycamore ~ bad ~ you will lose.
  • To dream of urine ~ bad ~ something belonging to his daughter will be consumed.
  • Veiling himself ~ good ~ he will drive away his enemies.
  • Waving a rag (or pennant) ~ bad ~ you will be challenged.
  • Dreams that you are weak ~ bad ~ you will find enemies.
  • Wearing an Asiatic garment ~ bad ~ you will be expelled from office.
  • Weaving thread ~ bad ~ your possessions will be confiscated.
  • White bread ~ good ~ that your face will brighten.
  • Wings enfolding ~ bad ~ he is not justified before his God.
  • With a blow ~ good ~ something to him.
  • With one greater than oneself ~ good ~ you are exalted by your own ability.
  • With one side paralyzed ~ bad ~ something taken away.
  • A woman signifies “against a wife by the husband.”
  • Working stone ~ good ~ established in his house.
  • Writing ~ good ~ being established in office, it also means life is good.
  • Writing on a papyrus roll ~ bad ~ his crimes will be reckoned by his God.
  • Your own face in water (reflection?) ~ bad ~ spending a lifetime in another life.
  • Your penis hath enlarged ~ good ~ an increase of possessions.
  • Your woman with a married man ~ good ~ retreat.

Kasia Szakowska : Behind Closed Eyes : Dreams and Nightmares in Ancient Egypt. The Classical Pr of Wales, Swansea, 2003.

Divination with Metals and Stones

This system is based on the concept that your connection with a particular stone or metal at times during your life reflects your need for its specific energy on the direction of your path.

Ancient diviners had splendid collections of stones and metals that they had the querist (the person questing for information) choose from. Today we may make our own collections, using samples found on our journey. It is not necessary to have fabulous, expensive stones and metal samples – rough uncut forms work quite effectively.

You may have the querist select three or four in order of preference, or just one to use for a specific question. You might also have them pick one for past, one to represent present, and one for future. If you work with the stones every day, you will begin to find your own best way to utilize them.

After a stone or metal has been selected, you might ask why that one seemed attractive in regard to the issue being discussed. If you do this before you interpret, you will find it amazing how many times the querist already “knows” the property of the stone and has chosen the exact one most needed at that time. You might also advise the querist to obtain a similar stone for use as a totem.

Traditional Meanings of Stones:

  • Amethyst: Rich stone of love, good fortune, and positive spiritual magick. Can indicate a new spiritual awakening.
  • Coral: Strong protection against all kinds of personal misfortunes. Can indicate deep emotional turbulence.
  • Diamond: Strong attraction to power, luxury, and wealth; also attracts friendships. Can indicate the strengthening of a relationship.
  • Emerald: Powerful stone for one’s present inner vision and psychic abilities. Can indicate negativity being averted.
  • Garnet: Stone of honesty, truth, purity, and compassionate benevolence. Can indicate overactive selflessness.
  • Jade: Sacred balancing stone for overall harmony and personal power. Can indicate a need for spiritual serenity.
  • Lapis Lazuli: Stone of connection to the spiritual realms, between the worlds. Can indicate strong spirit guides are present.
  • Moonstone: Stone of gentle passions and faithful supportive love. Can indicate a need for greater receptivity.
  • Opal: Somewhat tricky stone of mystical attunement and perceptive gifts. Can indicate superstitious beliefs.
  • Ruby: Regal stone of one’s present loyalty, faith, and powerful courage. Can indicate the quest of a spiritual warrior.
  • Sapphire: Powerful stone of synthesis, peace, harmony, and healing. Can indicate a need for magical studies.
  • Topaz: Active stone of protection, focus, and achievement of goals. Can indicate a need for self-confidence.
  • Turquoise: Soothing stone of personal peace, Nature wisdom, ideals. Can indicate scattered energies.

Traditional Meanings of Metals

  • Aluminum: Ingenuity, perception, creativity, and practical materialism. Can indicate a career change.
  • Copper: Self-healing abilities, inspirational gifts, friendly nature. Can indicate a need for flexibility.
  • Iron: Protective nature, strong supportive tendencies, willfulness. Can indicate possessiveness and pride.
  • Lead: Mystical tasks to be achieved, karmic debts to be balanced. Can indicate piety and martyrdom.
  • Silver: Receptivity, emotionality, psychic gifts, projecting power. Can indicate a secretive nature.
  • Tin: Friendliness, expansiveness, joyful tasks present, positive outlook. Can indicate an overactive ego.

Notes:

The same meanings and significances apply if a specific stone or metal shows up unexpectedly in your own life, or if you feel a particular draw to a stone or metal.

Other stones and metals can be added to your collection as you discover the meanings and significance they hold. A good book for study is “Love is in the Earth” by Melody.

Dreaming About Cats

There is quite a bit of lore on the meanings of cats in your dreams. Some of it is conflicting, and in order to find the true meaning in your own dream, it’s important to know what cats mean to you personally, and what the prevailing folklore about cats was during the time you were growing up.

Some General Ideas

Some say that cats in dreams are a symbol for your intuition, and that the health of the cat indicates whether you are heeding or ignoring your intuition. A dream about a sick cat, then, might mean that you need to listen to your intuition more and rely less on intellect.

Other interpretations claim that cats in dreams symbolize femininity, softness, an independent spirit, creativity, power, misfortune, vulnerability, bad luck, deceit and falseness.

An aggressive cat might suggest difficulty with the feminine aspect of yourself. Being afraid of the dream cat implies there is some fear associated with your femininity. A dream feline may be a symbol for someone in your life who is “catty” or malicious. Being scratched by a cat in a dream suggests that you feel threatened.

Dreaming that you cannot find your cat is a metaphor for your independent spirit, and that you feel someone or something is holding you back from being free. Saving a dream cat’s life suggests that you are reclaiming your independence and power.

To see a frisky cat playing in your dream suggests a need to be more carefree and playful in your own life. Cats in your dream can reflect your need to feel loved, or your fear that you’re being untrue to others so they will love you. A house full of cats in a dream represents excessive illusions or things that you believe to be untrue.

Dreams about a wild cat may indicate that a neighbor could be dangerous or that you will have some sort of dispute with them. Dreaming about fighting with a cat could be a warning that you’ll be robbed or cheated in some way, whereas cuddling with a cat in a dream suggests that your enemies can be “tamed.” A cat biting you in a dream symbolizes the loss of something, typically relating to those closest to you.

Dreams about Kittens

Although adult cats are usually associated with independence and self-reliance, kittens are seen as helpless beings. Dreaming about kittens, then, could indicate that you are feeling vulnerable, scared or need help.

When women dream about cats, the felines are thought to be a symbol of how she views herself. This includes not only her physical body but also her intuition, independence, creativity and her relationships with men.

Men Dreaming of Cats

When a man dreams about cats, the felines are said to symbolize his attitude towards women, or how he thinks women perceive him. A purring cat means the man thinks women find him attractive and he feels comfortable around women. A hissing cat suggests that he feels rejected by women or that there are problems in his relationship.

More Lore on Cat Dreams

  • If you dream of a tortoiseshell cat, you will be lucky in love.
  • If you dream of a ginger cat, you will be lucky in money and business.
  • If you dream of a black and white cat, you’ll have luck with children; may also mean the birth of a child.
  • If you dream of a tabby, you will have luck for your home and all who live there.
  • If you dream of a multicolored cat, you will have luck making friends.
  • Dreaming of white cat means good luck.
  • To dream of a white cat means luck in creativity, spiritual matters, divination and spellcraft.
  • A dream of two cats fighting means illness or a quarrel.
  • Seeing a black cat in your dream indicates that you are experiencing some fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition.
  • To dream of a gray cat means to be guided by your dreams.
  • If you dream about a cat with no tail, then it means lost independence.
  • If you dream of an aggressive cat, it suggests that you are having problems with the feminine aspect of yourself.
  • To dream of being badly scratched by a cat means sickness and trouble.
  • To dream of a black cat is lucky.
  • If you heard the noise of alley cats in your dream, it is a warning to avoid an indiscreet acquaintance in your immediate circle.
  • If you hear the scream or the mewing of a cat, a false friend is trying to do you harm.
  • To dream of seeing a cat and snake on friendly terms signifies the beginning of an angry struggle.
  • Dreaming of a cat is sometimes regarded as a sign of bad luck in the future.
  • American folklore has it that dreaming of a white cat is good luck.
  • It is said that to dream of cats is unfavorable as this denotes treachery.

Sources: Canidae and Cat Stuff

Weather Forecasting – Feline Style

In almost every country where they were known, cats were believed to have mystical powers, and among other things, to be able to foretell and control the weather. Here is a list of what can be expected weather-wise based on cat behavior and actions:

  • When cats run about wildly, or claw at carpets and cushions, wind is coming.
  • A cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means bad weather is coming.
  • When the pupil of a cat’s eye broadens, there will be rain.
  • A cat washing itself is believed to be a forecast of rain.
  • To throw a cat overboard causes an immediate storm at sea.
  • If a cat sneezes it will rain.
  • If the cat turns its tail to a fire or any substituting heat source, it foretells a possible change in weather, particularly the coming of heavy rain or hard frost.
  • If a cat sits with its back to the fire, it is a sure sign of frost.
  • If a cat curls up with its forehead touching the ground, it indicates that storms will happen in the near future.
  • If a cat continually looks out a window on any day, rain is on the way.
  • Sailors believed that if a cat licked its fur against the grain it meant a hailstorm was coming; if it sneezed, rain was on the way; and if it was frisky, the wind would soon blow.
  • A German belief says that mistreating a cat can cause a rainstorm to occur on the clothes you’ve hung out to dry.
  • It was a popular belief that cats could start storms through magic stored in their tails – so sailors always made sure that they were well-fed and contented.
  • If a cat licks its fur in the opposite way that it naturally lies, there will be significant rain.
  • Alternatively, if the cat calmly and smoothly washes itself, expect fair weather.
  • Forgetting to feed your cat on your wedding day is an invitation to the rain.
  • To see a cat eating grass foretells rain.
  • Anyone who makes cats his enemy is certain to be accompanied to the grave with wind and rain.
  • If the cat tears of the cushions or carpet with its claws, it is a sign that wind is coming, as we say, “the cat is raising the wind“.
  • If cats are playing in the house and an unusually lively way, windy or stormy weather is approaching.
  • If the cat while washing its face draws its paw over its forehead it is a sign of good weather. If not, it means speedy rain.
  • Indonesians and Malays believe that if you wash your cat it will bring rain.

Collected from various sources

Tea Leaf Interpretations

Possible Interpretations of the various shapes and signs most commonly found when reading tea leaves. These symbols also hold true for dream interpretation and other omens and signs. As always, what feels true for you may be different than what is listed here, when in doubt always trust your own intuition.

  • ACORN – Continued health—improved health. A very strong and fortunate symbol indicating happiness and contentment; at the top: financial success; at the bottom: good health.
  • AIRCRAFT – Journey; travel.
  • ALLIGATOR or CROCODILE – Beware of false friendship lurking in your professional life.
  • ANCHOR – Lucky symbol. Success in business or in love. If blurred or indistinct just the reverse. At top: stability, constancy in love or business; at bottom or broken: instability, inconstancy; can also symbolize an unpleasant situation or burden you should sail away from.
  • ANGEL – Good news; protection.
  • ANIMALS – Domestic animals:friends. Domestic animals snarling: friends turn on you or behave strangely. Wild animals: a new experience, independence. Wild animals attacking: beware of enemies.
  • ANT – Hard work or busy phase will end productively, success through hard work.
  • ANVIL – Others rely on you, and may expect too much. Don’t be taken for granted.
  • APPLE – You learn something to your advantage. For the student, the chance for further education. Life; creative or artistic achievement; abundance.
  • ARCH – positive opening or opportunity (look to nearby symbols for added meaning).
  • ARM – Pointing up: new directions; down: you need to motivate yourself; horizontal: help others or receive help from others.
  • ARROW – Hasty news, probably bad. Also note where pointing. Up: good direction, yes; down: wrong direction, no; horizontal: no change.
  • AXE – You have the power to overcome difficulties.
  • BABY – New life; possible pregnancy; small worries.
  • BAG – A journey or possible trap; if open: escape.
  • BALL – You have little control over your own life. Desire to travel.
  • BALLOON – Busy social life; life out of control, inability to settle down if near handle.
  • BARREL – Abundance in laughter.
  • BASKET – Harvest, abundance; material gain; possibly a new baby.
  • BAT (the animal) – A productive busy phase.
  • BAT or CLUB – Friends talk behind your back, situation calling for alert caution.
  • BEACON or LIGHTHOUSE – Situation calling for your leadership and/or inspiration.
  • BEAR – A grouchy and difficult person; strength, courage and endurance; if teddy bear: children or childhood.
  • BED – Sleep on it before establishing a close love or business relationship
  • BEE – A lucky few months to come. Things go your way, fruitful hard work.
  • BEETLE – Renewal; progress; need for foresight.
  • BELL – Unexpected good news in love or business; call to attention
  • BICYCLE – Individuality; choose your own path.
  • BIRD – Good news or message; standing bird: delay; flying bird: good news; good news coming soon; flock of birds: profound or exciting news; If flying, good news from the direction it comes. If at rest a fortunate journey.
    • Goose: successful financial venture;
    • Peacock: pride and display;
    • Eagle: power and transcendence;
    • Crow/raven: ill omen, warning, time to relax;
    • Parrot: beware of idle gossip;
    • Chicken/hen: happy home life and childhood comfort;
    • Dove: peace and love; owl: wisdom, knowledge and learning, keep your own council;
    • Rooster: a boastful person or wake up and seize the moment;
    • Swan: romance or someone graceful and beautiful;
    • Vulture: lay low and beware of enemies;
    • Swallow: love and new beginnings.
  • BOAT – Help in time of trouble. Worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
  • BONES – Situation calling for inner strength and spiritual fortitude.
  • BOWL – Invitations, money or generosity.
  • BOOK – You will have dealings with the law, solicitors, or some official body. If open: an answer to a question; if closed: a question to be investigated.
  • BOOT – Generally a lucky sign. You will move on in life. A planned journey will be a happy one. Difficulties pass.
  • BOTTLE – Don’t neglect health problems. Explosive atmosphere requiring caution; do not overindulge.
  • BOUQUET or FLOWERS- Very lucky, true love, true friends, happiness in all areas of life. Romantic interest; validation for your work or talents.
  • BOW – You will gain what you hope for, but only through hard work. A fortunate symbol meaning gift or celebration of achievement.
  • BOX – You are about to receive a gift.
  • BREAD (loaf) – Nourishment; care for your health.
  • BRIDGE – An excellent opportunity is given to you. A life-changing event or person. Look for nearby symbols.
  • BROOM or BRUSH – You can sweep all your worries away. New home; new era in your life.
  • BUBBLES – Floating on surface of tea or coffee means money coming.
  • BUGS – Distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
  • BUSH -An obstacle to new opportunities; branches signify choices.
  • BUTTERFLY – A care-free period is about to begin, overdue happiness.
  • CAGE – Restriction. Illness
  • CAKE – A wish fulfilled; celebration.
  • CAMEL – You will overcome burden and pressure to reach oasis.
  • CANDLE – You can be of help to others. There will be light upon an uncertain path; help from friends.
  • CAR – If clear: travel; if broken: mechanical trouble.
  • CARPETS – True friends and happy social engagements.
  • CASTLE – Promotion. Official position. Expand your horizons; open up a little.
  • CAT – Deceit; an untrustworthy friend.
  • CHAIN – Marriage or business contract. If well-formed: fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken: trouble, disruption.
  • CHAIR – Happiness in domestic matters. Security, contentment, a guest or new addition to the family.
  • CHILD – New idea; family.
  • CHURCH – Marriage, christening or funeral, depending on surrounding omens.
  • CIGAR – A new friend or business relationship.
  • CIRCLE – Completion of any matter concerning the enquirer at the time. Unbroken: success, completion; broken (like letter ‘c’): a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
  • CLOCK – Warning against procrastination.
  • CLOUDS – Small and fluffy: happy optimism; thick and dark: gloom; sadness.
  • CLOVER – Good luck, Four-leaf clover – exceptional good luck.
  • COFFEE POT or TEA POT – A special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
  • COFFIN – The end of something.
  • COIN – A lump sum of money is coming your way.
  • COMB – Improve your self appearance.
  • COMET – Brink of pivotal change or dramatic event in your life.
  • CORN – Prosperity; money worries end.
  • COW – Abundance; prosperity; physical or creative fertility.
  • CRAB – Admonition to be more direct or someone born under the zodiac sign Cancer.
  • CROOK – A shepherd’s crook, others rely on you to take the lead. Your advice is requested.
  • CROSS – Sacrifice, unhappiness. If like a ‘T’: hard won success and happiness; if like a solid ‘X’: warning (look for meaning with nearby symbols); if like a broken ‘X’: obstacles and losses are ahead.
  • CROWN – Success, honor and recognition for your talents.
  • CUP – Your efforts are noticed and rewarded. Be patient, this is not a time to assert yourself.
  • CUSHIONS OR PILLOWS – Comfort; admonition against laziness and procrastination.
  • DAGGER – An enemy tries to harm you. Caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
  • DAISY – New love.
  • DASHES or DOTS – Money. Alternatively – Many short trips which may cause wasted time.
  • DEER – A shy, timid person; you should be more assertive to overcome shyness.
  • DEVIL – You feel like letting your hair down. Don’t overdo it; you may suffer.
  • DIAMOND – Gift or other surprise windfall coming you way.
  • DICE – Destiny and change, go with the flow.
  • DISH – Interpret as a circle unless containing food; contains food = domestic comfort.
  • DOG – Good friend; if at bottom friend needs help; if barking, untrustworthy friend; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dog year.
  • DONKEY – Stubbornness and stamina.
  • DOOR – Be aware of opportunities.
  • DRAGON – Scheming or flashy person; or, someone born in Chinese Zodiac dragon year.
  • DROPS – Tears or sadness.
  • DRUM – A change; a call to action.
  • DUCK – Devoted mate; money.
  • EAR – Take no notice of gossip. You will benefit from something you hear.
  • EGG – If whole: new life, successful new beginning; if cracked/broken: failed plans or financial problems which can be overcome by action.
  • ELEPHANT – Be patient, you will be supported with kindness. Good Luck, good health, happiness.
  • ENVELOPE – You will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
  • EXCLAMATION MARK – Pay attention; beware of impulsive actions.
  • EYE – Be aware of what is going on around you. A protective symbol; insight into a long standing problem.
  • FACE – A new friendship, or an old friend comes back into your life. If the face is unpleasant, beware; the person is not as nice as they seem. Look for nearby initials for identity of face; if near the rim or handle it is a warning against too much introspection; if facing another symbol indicates importance of that symbol.
  • FAN – Don’t try to cover up the truth, it will cause trouble in the future. A flirtation.
  • FEATHER – Something you laugh at may not be so trivial after all. Also a need for concentration.
  • FENCE – Obstacles, temporary and self-imposed limitations.
  • FINGER -Emphasizes whatever symbol it is pointing; up: caution; down: stop.
  • FIRE – Passion; hot emotion; sexual desire.
  • FISH – Sharing of knowledge; a teacher; a person born under the Zodiac sign of Pisces (especially if there are two fish).
  • FIST – Something threatens you. Quarrels and disputes.
  • FLAG – Danger, look to nearby symbols for added meaning.
  • FLEUR DE LYS or LILY – Femininity; a loving woman.
  • FLOWER – Praise and compliments are coming your way.
  • FLY – An annoying person.
  • FOOT – A journey overseas. Movement in love, career or location.
  • FORK – Get advice from trusted friends before deciding.
  • FORKED LINE – A decision to be made.
  • FOUNTAIN – Overflowing happiness.
  • FOX – A cunning person may be trying to trick you.
  • FRUIT – Prosperity, fertility.
  • FROG – Fertility; abundance; a disguised handsome/beautiful lover.
  • GATE – Be aware of opportunities around you.
  • GALLOWS – A loss of money or position.
  • GLASS – Celebrations, parties, social events.
  • GLOBE – Long distance travel.
  • GOAT – Your persistence will pay off, but take some time to recreate; or, a person born under the sign of Capricorn.
  • GRAPES – Abundance and epicurean enjoyment.
  • GRASSHOPPER – Summer delights.
  • GUN – Someone speaks ill of you; danger; a bully.
  • HAMMER – An attempted persuasion.
  • HAND – If open: karma or destiny; if closed means an argument; look for added meaning where the hand is pointing.
  • HARE – Unlike the shorter eared rabbit, the long eared hare represents something important brewing in your destiny in love or travel.
  • HARP – Love; romance.
  • HAT or HELMET – You are offered work. You will experience a change in roles; or business success.
  • HEART – Love, friendship, romance. A lover. If close to a ring, marriage to the present lover. If indistinct, the lover is fickle.
  • HEAVENLY BODIES —(Sun, Moon, Star) — Good luck; great happiness and success.
  • HILLS – Small challenges which will leave you improved.
  • HORSE – If galloping means good news; if just the head means a lover
  • HORSESHOE – good luck; very positive especially for travel.
  • HOURGLASS – A warning to be punctual. You may not have as much time to finish a task as you expect. Do it now.
  • HOUSE – Home, family, security. Help from the family. Comfort.
  • ICEBERG – Danger.
  • INSECT – Minor worries and irritations, distractions; fractured concentration; need for relaxed focus
  • IVY – Faithful lovers and friends. This is not a good time to be too independent; trust friends to help you.
  • JEWELS – Material success; you will receive a valuable gift.
  • JUG – Good health.
  • KANGAROO – Travel; a journey.
  • KETTLE – Contentment in the home. A special visitor is coming, probably not romantic.
  • KEY – New project. The future is in your hands.
  • KITE – Your wish will be granted.
  • KNIFE – Separation, broken friendship or love affair. caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
  • LADDER – Advancement, promotion; an improvement in your business life.
  • LAMP – The lamp throws light on something that has puzzled you. The way ahead is clear. At the top means a feast; at the side means secrets revealed; at the bottom means postponement.
  • LEAF, LEAVES and TREES – Good news, good health, growth. The turning over of a new leaf; inevitable changes with the passage of time.
  • LETTER – News is on the way. You will receive a long awaited letter or important paperwork.
  • LIGHTHOUSE – Take heed of any warning given to you.
  • LIGHTNING – Startling events; sudden insights.
  • LINES – Movement. Single line, advancement. Double lines: a journey. Long lines that cross: decisions that affect the course of your life; journey on a road; if straight: progress; if wavy: uncertain path; if many: many short trips.
  • LION – Male lion represents a powerful contact or important man; the lioness represents a strong family; or, may represent a person born under the zodiac sign of Leo.
  • LOCK – There are obstacles in your way.
  • LOOP – If well-formed: fortunate undertaking or serious commitment; if broken: trouble, disruption.
  • MAN – A visitor of either gender; if near handle = someone close to you.
  • MASK – A secret to be kept.
  • MOON – Crescent Moon: Prosperity, fame. If cloudy, difficulties will be solved.
    • New Moon: good fortune, especially for new ventures.
    • Half Moon: love.
    • Old moon: bad luck.
  • MOUNTAIN – A difficult, but possible, goal.
  • MOUSE – Be cautious of credit deals.
  • MUSHROOM – Rapid growth, success or fertility.
  • MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – Peace, harmony.
  • NAIL – Enemies try to harm you. Two-faced friends. An unfair assault.
  • NECKLACE – Complete personal relationship stability; broken: instability in a personal relationship.
  • NEEDLE – Painful repair.
  • NET – Beware pitfalls. Danger surrounds you.
  • OAK – Long life characterized by good health.
  • OCTOPUS – Warning.
  • OWL—Indicates sickness or poverty. Warning against starting a new venture.
  • OYSTER – Passion and desire.
  • PALM TREE – Good omen. Success in any undertaking. Single people learn of marriage. Wealth; beach vacation.
  • PARASOL – Protection from harm or loss.
  • PEOPLE – Representations of people mean exactly what they show, for example, a policeman, an old woman, a doctor, or someone angry, sad, celebrating, and so on.
  • PICK AXE – Determination gets you what you want.
  • PIG – A greedy or jealous person.
  • PISTOL – Warning of danger.
  • PURSE – Money.
  • PYRAMID – Concentrate on the spiritual side of life.
  • QUESTION MARK – Indecision. The symbols around it should help to make up your mind. Reconsider your plans; be aware of an important question you should ask yourself.
  • RABBIT – Fertility in family or business; someone born in the Chinese Zodiac year of the rabbit.
  • RAINBOW – Hope for the future. End of strife. Your wish will come true; similar to an arch, it links represents the path between today and your destiny.
  • RAKE – You are at a crossroad and your destiny is determined by hard work.
  • RECTANGLE or SQUARE – You will face a challenge or difficulty (look to nearby symbols, especially symbols within the shape, for added meaning.
  • RING – True and lasting love. Represents marriage but usually interpreted as a circle; unbroken: success, completion; broken (like letter ‘C’): a temporary offer will come, tentative offers without fruition.
  • ROSE – New romance; deepening of love.
  • RUG – go with your instincts in distinguishing from a rectangle or square; represents joyful social events and true friendship.
  • SADDLE – Take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way.
  • SAW – Something should be removed.
  • SCALES – You will be treated just as you deserve. If the scales are weighed down at one side, you’ll be unjustly treated. If they are weighed down with a lucky symbol close by, you will get away with something, or get up lightly. A legal matter. A person born under the zodiac sign of Libra.
  • SCISSORS – It may be time to remove yourself from a situation or relationship.
  • SCYTHE – The sudden end of something. Accident or death.
  • SHEEP – A calm and peaceful person; an admonition to control impulses.
  • SHELL – You will find a simple treasure. Good news. Happiness near water.
  • SHIP – Worthwhile journey; your ship is coming in.
  • SHIPWRECK – Theft. Loss. Forlorn hope.
  • SHOE – You are on the correct path; be wary of advice to change.
  • SNAKE – Recovery from illness. Alternatively, someone who does not deserve your trust.
  • SPADE – A period of hard work.
  • SPIDER – Persistence will pay off. A small reward or win.
  • SPIDER WEB – Potent symbol of fate; beware of traps.
  • SPOON – Others prove helpful. You will be comforted by some one’s generosity.
  • STAR – Good fortune, success, recognition and praise. Shooting star – sudden fame.
  • STAIR – Your position will improve.
  • SUN – Happiness, confidence, a new beginning.
  • SWORD – Caution against sharp words or revealing personal information.
  • TABLE – A gathering, a party, a happy social interlude.
  • TEAPOT – A small gathering. Don’t speak ill of others.
  • TENT – An adventurous period in your life. A new job may find you doing something completely different. Travel may help you foster your spiritual health.
  • THIMBLE – Focus on fostering your home life.
  • TORNADO or WHIRLWIND – Prepare for turbulent weather.
  • TORTOISE or TURTLE – Lasting success through slow, determined and patient efforts.
  • TOWER – Risk of disappointment.
  • TREE – alone: family, roots, heritage; leafless: family conflict; many leaves: family contentment; group of trees: family unity; evergreen: enduring relationships; palm: wealth or beach vacation.
  • TRIANGLE – You are involved in a three way relationship; if wedge shaped = one person is getting in the way of your relationship with the other person. Alternatively it could mean unexpected good fortune. Pointing upwards: success. Pointing downwards: failure.
  • TRIDENT – Prongs upwards: gain through the sea, a journey by water, a sailor comes into your life. Prongs downwards: loss through water.
  • UMBRELLA – Protection from harm or loss. Help comes when needed.
  • URN – Be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
  • VASE – A secret being kept from you; be aware of the distinction between material and spiritual success.
  • VIOLIN – Allow your feelings to surface.
  • VOLCANO – Something kept hidden suddenly emerges. Anger. Frustration. There is an obstruction in your life that must be dealt with before it explodes.
  • WAGON – Inheritance; childhood; simple pleasures.
  • WASP – Danger of small harm.
  • WATERFALL – Wealth and prosperity.
  • WHEEL – A turning point in life. Events outside your control will change the direction of your life.
  • WINGS – Do not box yourself in or limit yourself unnecessarily.
  • WOLF – You will be challenged or betrayed by someone.
  • YOKE – Domination or control you should not allow.
  • ZEBRA – Be more flexible and adventurous in your travel plans.
Note:

This post was compiled from various sources by Shirley Twofeathers, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

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