Rune Alchemy Oracle – Othala


   by GAR

This land and my people have formed each other
from the time we made our way here
In the growing of crops and hunting of food
by the sweat of our glands and the blood in our veins
that leaked out too often over these plains
and watered the now near unpenetrable forest
with that of our fallen enemies.
We have created each other
so many died to make it as far as we have
and those we venerate
in our ancestral shrines
as do those older spirits
of our past
going back to eternity
each generation sacrificing to drive us further to the ideal
They will guide us through the
tests we have yet to face
and drive to the end of endurance
any unwilling to give it their all
Each test bring us closer to that
purity of spirit that both we as a people
and as individuals aspire to
This land in truth has become home to us
but never as true as the one
that lies within each of our hearts.
Art: Othala (Rune Alchemy Oracle) by GAR

Rune Alchemy Oracle-Fehu by GAR

Fehu by GAR

Possessions I have always had
and wealth enough I guess
My father’s fields and yards
have always contained more cattle
than the eye could imagine
I could stay and always
have more than I could ever need
Yet inside there is a need
to make my own way
and seek my own fortune
Having this much constrains
far more than it could ever liberate
A golden cage still entraps
even when augmented
by anything money can by
So now I will seek to know my power
and its limits
I will set out to strange lands
with only what I can carry
Any gains I make
will be due to my power
as with each new encounter
I meet my destiny
Art: Fehu (Rune Alchemy Oracle) by GAR

Rune Alchemy Oracle – Algiz


Called to power but not too soon
I have meditated here for months
I have trained and prepared
with tasks of body and mind
and always of spirit.
I have looked within to meanings
of each star, card and rune
and finally, something starts to flow
The pictures come to life as I gaze upon them
and I learn what I need to know
I embody all runes and symbols
My spirit gains understanding
and life’s current resounds
with new depth and meaning
Through purity’s flame
my inner sense has been restored.
Now through a child’s eyes
I can see wisely
and through instinct
raise my understanding
Art: Algiz (Rune Alchemy Oracle) by GAR

Runic Lore Ansuz

Ansuz by GARAnsuz by GAR

The words came first silently
as if vibrated from within
Gradually though they increased in volume
“Listen to the flow of your will
and live to your purest instinct”
Looking around I saw nothing
Not quite true
I saw two birds flying overhead
Crows I thought or perhaps ravens

No, not flying in this dreamlike haze
But perched on the shoulders of a man
He was grey-bearded with a
blindly-twinkling eye
“Who?” I stammered
“Am I?” asked the man with a laugh
“Better to ask that of yourself
I am merely a traveller
while you have lost your way.

One bird cawed and I grew lost
In undistinguished memories
of life spent living the
despairing dreams of others
rather than discovering my own.
The other raven sounded
And I saw a road ahead
A difficult path where
I lost all that mattered little
Yet found my deepest self

The caw sounded again
And then stopped
The man and birds were gone
Did I awake with newfound clarity
with new purpose and meaning
or was it all some foolish fantasy
The answer came
with the falling of one black feather
and the release of inner chains.

Art: Ansuz (Rune Alchemy Oracle deck) by GAR