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Rune Meanings for Modern Day: An Introduction to Runes

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Rune Meanings for Modern Day: An Introduction to Runes

Runes are an ancient form of writing used in northern Europe, including Germany, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. The listing below is a very basic chart of Scandinavian rune meanings known as the “elder Futhark.” In modern times, people often use runes for divination, in writing magical texts or spells, or as talismans.

Introduction to Runes and Rune Meanings by Mimosa

You may have heard of or encountered the runic alphabet before but been mystified by its cryptic appearance. Unlike the alphabet we use today, each rune acts as a symbolic representation for some aspect of life. Once you understand these meanings, runes can become a powerful tool for divination, spellwork, and more.

The Elder Futhark consists of 25 runes (24 with characters and one blank rune). The image below provides the name and symbol for each rune, and the following chart describes the historical rune meanings and what it may signify in divination. Feel free to Pin this image to Pinterest to save it as a handy reference guide!

Introduction to Runes - Names and Rune Meanings


What it means

What it may signify

Wyrd (  )


All knowledge, cosmic power, fate, destiny, gateway, blank space, void

Fehu (f)


Wealth, prosperity, status, power

Uruz (u)

Aurochs (ancient cow)

Strength, courage, determination

Thurisaz (th)

Thor, or a giant

Protection, obstacles, stubbornness

Ansuz (a)

Voice of the gods

Wisdom from a higher source

Raidho (r)


A journey, whether physical or otherwise

Kenaz (k)


Knowledge, study, skill, ideas

Gebo (g)


Gift, love, union, mutual responsibility

Wunjo (w)


Good luck or good news, family, harmony

Hagalaz (h)


Disruption, misfortune, shock

Nauthiz (n)


Poverty, distress, something lacking

Isa (i)


Stasis, stillness (desirable or otherwise)

Jera (j)


Success, productivity, cycles

Eihwaz (ei)

Yew tree

Change, flexibility, empowerment, safety

Perthro (p)

Cauldron or dice cup

Mystery, chance, seeing the future

Algiz (z)


Protection, communication, friendship

Sowilo (s)


One’s will, success, good health & fortune

Tiwaz (t)


Justice, leadership, self-sacrifice

Berkana (b)

Birch tree

Feminine energy, nurturing, love, beauty

Ehwaz (e)


Service, trust, self-control, a helper

Mannaz (m)


Self, rational thought, friends, consciousness

Laguz (l)


Water, intuition, scrying, dreams, the moon

Ingwaz (ng)

Ing (fertility god)

Sexual energy, fertility, union, intense creativity

Othila (o)


Home, family, inheritance, ancestors

Dagaz (d)


Beginnings & endings, cyclic change, destiny


Wooden Runes - Mimosa Books & Gifts

We love the rustic, natural feel of this rune set, which is perfect for beginners!


Although we feel that the physical weightiness of wooden or ceramic rune tiles can’t be beat, especially when you take the time to cast them as part of a ritual or ceremony, you can alternatively incorporate rune oracle cards into your divination practice. There are several great decks of rune oracle cards available and you can use these along with your favorite layouts and spreads rather than casting them (which we must admit does sometimes make interpreting rune meanings a little bit easier than with casting).




Runes for Beginners - Mimosa Books & Gifts

Our favorite parts were the mnemonics Chauran provides for each rune, making the task of memorizing the alphabet much more manageable.



If you want to deepen your knowledge of runes and rune-casting for divination, healing and more even further than this introductory post, there are several excellent books about runes you may be interested in adding to your reading list. Some focus more on history and lore of runes while others are geared for more of a practical, hands-on approach to working runes as part of your spiritual practice.




Womanrunes - Mimosa Books & Gifts

This book and card deck set contain all you need to start interpreting and using runes from a contemporary angle.



Based on an adapted set of runes created by Shekhinah Mountainwater in 1987, Womanrunes approach the runic alphabet from a more woman-centric perspective than traditional interpretations.







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pendulum dowsing to find lost items, pets or people.

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Pendulums and copper rods are used by many people all over the world for divination, answering simple questions, and all sorts of things in between. Perhaps you have worked with a pendulum to answer yes or no questions or to select one thing over another – those are the most common reasons for dowsing. Did you know, though, that dowsing tools can be incredibly helpful when it comes to finding lost objects or even missing loved ones and animal companions? If you’d like to know how you can work with a pendulum to find something that is nowhere to be found, read on. Here are some simple tips and tricks to get you started.

Believe You Can: Before a pendulum will be of any use to you for finding lost objects, stolen items, or missing people and animals, you must have confidence in your dowsing abilities as well as the higher forces that you might be channeling to assist you (the Universe, God, Goddess, etc,). There are many opinions about where the answers come from and unfortunately there’s no way to scientifically prove any of the popular theories. This is where faith comes in! If you don’t believe your pendulum can help you, it can’t. It’s that simple. You need a positive attitude to be a successful dowser no matter what you’re using your pendulum for.

Locating Household Items: Keys, wallets, and eyeglasses are easy to misplace around your home, so when you can’t find them – get your pendulum out! The best way to locate a lost object in your home is to start in one room and ask your pendulum if the item you are searching for is somewhere in that room. Once you get a positive response, you can begin to narrow it down by dowsing particular areas of the room. If you’re looking for something that you haven’t seen for quite some time (for example something that might be stored in a box), suspend your pendulum over boxes or storage bins that you believe the item might be safely packed away in. The more you practice doing this, the easier it will be to find things with your pendulum. I’ve even known former dowsing students of mine to ask their family members to hide items for them so that they could practice locating them with their pendulums.

Recovering Stolen Items: Many people have asked whether or not a pendulum can help you find something that was stolen from you. While a pendulum can be useful in finding out where stolen items disappeared to or perhaps who the culprit is, getting them back may be another story unfortunately. Let’s say, for example, that your bike was stolen. There are a couple of ways you can search for it with a pendulum. If you have a hunch about who may have stolen it, I recommend asking your pendulum very clearly about the person you are questioning and whether or not they took your bike. What do you do with that information? Dowse a very zoomed in map of where the suspect lives if that information is known and ask if your bike is there. Now in most cases, you won’t know who would’ve taken your bike, and the possibilities where it would have ended up could be endless. That’s where a map is necessary. Dowse a map like you would a chart, starting broad and narrowing the area down as you go. If you don’t know where to start, dowse the area from which your bike was stolen and then branch out from there. You may get a positive hit on a location. Now how to recover that stolen item – that’s the tricky part and will depend on the situation or who you can get to help you get it back.

Searching for a Missing Person or Animal: Believe it or not, psychics have helped law enforcement on several occasions solve missing persons cases with a pendulum in hand. I believe dowsing in these cases can be helpful, and why not use every possible means to find someone who has disappeared? The main reason why dowsing can be challenging in a missing person or animal case in my opinion is that emotions are typically running wild. Strong emotions can run interference with the dowsing process, and that can give false results. It is easier to dowse for missing people and animals when you are not personally involved, so keep this in mind if you ever decide to try it. Dowsing for missing people or pets is done similarly to dowsing for lost or stolen objects. Maps are particularly useful, and if possible, going to locations where you get positive hits is helpful as well. Obviously the more information or leads that you have will make this process less tedious, but sometimes no information is available and you may feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack. That’s where faith, prayer, and a strong belief that you can and will find your loved one will help.

*When searching for a missing person or animal, I suggest using a chambered pendulum. A chambered pendulum opens up and you can put tiny things inside it. Anything that contains their DNA (a few strands of hair from their hairbrush) or something that reminds you of them (teeny tiny crystal chips or a few drops of their favorite essential oil) can be placed inside the chamber in order to help you truly focus and connect with their energy in particular.

Locating Treasure: Yes! You can dowse for all sorts of things that lie buried in the ground including natural resources and treasure. City water utility workers still use copper rods to this day to help them locate water! This is pretty exciting when you think about it. Dowse areas by actually going to them, or use a map. Either method works. I suggest taking your pendulum with you on nature walks so that you can practice.

As you can see, if you’re looking for something that is missing outside of your home, a map is a very useful tool to have. These days most people use maps on their phones to get where they need to go, but when you’re using a map for dowsing purposes I suggest printing one out or using an old-fashioned paper one that you’d keep in the glove compartment of your car. Maps are extremely helpful and they will save you time and energy. Also, be sure you are working with a pendulum that you feel comfortable with and that you really connect with. The right tools are essential for successful dowsing.

Favorite Oracle Decks

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Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle, by Judy Hall

Reviewed by Mimosa owner Ashley Leavy

Crystal Wisdom Oracle The Crystal Wisdom Oracle by Judy Hall has been updated and is now known as the Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle – it now comes in a black box with 50 cards instead of the blue box version of 40 cards like I have). Even though this deck is relatively new, it has become one of my favorites. I really like the simplicity of the cards (and the stunning photography of the stones!), but the included booklet is really what makes this deck worthwhile. You could easily use this deck almost like flash cards to learn the properties of the featured stones, but there’s also some AWESOME information about how EXACTLY to use the deck. Judy also groups the crystals into different sections depending on their energy/vibrational type (which is really different and helps you see similarities between different crystals in the same group). I LOVE this deck.

The Faeries’ Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth

The Heart of the Faery Oracle by Brian Froud and Wendy Froud

Reviewed by House Psychic Mari Powers

These two oracle decks from illustrator Brian Froud, one engendered from another, are at the top of my list for others to buy and learn. I personally rarely do more than a three card reading in these decks, unless it will be a part of a six or seven card reading within the context of a ritual journey. For an individual reading, one or two cards is enough. Other Oracle Decks I use may be for one spirit question, a totem animal for the situation, or an answer from an oracle deck that is multicultural or seasonal. I like there Froud Faery Oracle decks, for the long view, suggesting deep transformational work. They can lead as various rituals guides, as well. Fairies' Oracle
I also like The Faerie’s Oracle and the Heart of the Faery Oracle cards for the lovely complex art, the insight, the complexity, the honesty and the way the Fae are portrayed, first and foremost, as of a part of nature and the divine. They are guides, teachers and mirrors, and most like some glimpses of the Fae I have seen, in nature.
Of course, both Tarot and Oracle cards are pictorial books of knowledge and wisdom. Tarot is very old and Oracles decks much newer, yet stories and images of the Faery Realms are older than either. Brian, his family, friends and followers have enriched the world with images and insights that have inspired me. Each deck comes with a lovely hardcover illustrated book, some personal notes, and sample layouts and questions. The second one also contains an interview with Brian and Wendy Froud.
Heart of Faerie Oracle

The Enchanted Map Oracle, by Colette Baron-Reid

Unicorn Cards, by Diana Cooper

Reviewed by Mimosa Assistant Manager Kelly Lingen

Enchanted Map Oracle I have always been completely bonkers for oracle and tarot decks alike, but I have a special affinity for oracle cards in general. One of my most favorite decks is The Enchanted Map by Colette Baron-Reid. This deck features 54 full-color cards plus a nice little guidebook with detailed descriptions for each of the cards and an explanation on how to use them (perfect if you’ve never used oracle cards before). What first attracted me to this deck was the artwork on the box. And quite honestly, that’s just a teaser. The artwork is fantastic (the artist is Jena DellaGrottaglia), and each of the images takes you to a whole different place. Somewhere that’s seems familiar, a place you’ve been but you don’t know where or when. At first glance alone, many of the cards in this deck elicited emotional responses from me – they were easy for me to connect with right away. Readers of all levels can work with this deck, and while the interpretations in the guidebook are both meaningful and helpful, I firmly believe that you can work with these cards using your intuition alone if desired. The Enchanted Map acts as a magical compass of sorts that can help you navigate through anything from minor challenges to serious circumstances. I can’t recommend this deck enough – it’s a gem!
Unicorn Oracle Another deck that I absolutely love is the Unicorn Cards by Diana Cooper. This deck contains 44 cards and a small guidebook. The cards are beautifully illustrated with plenty of detail, but still manage to maintain a sort of simplicity about them that I really appreciate. Each card has a number and a word or two (or a name, for example “Archangel Uriel”) at the top, and then a brief message just below the image. These cards are very easy to use and interpret because the combination of the images and the words send very clear messages. Unicorns are incredibly powerful guides, and in my opinion they are truly underrated. Diana Cooper’s deck really pays homage to these amazing creatures, and I love that she does it in a serious, beautiful way – there are no cutesy cartoon-like unicorns here. The magnificent unicorns depicted on these cards will inspire you to heal, let go of that which no longer serves your highest good, and transform your life in positive ways if you choose to work with them!

Children’s Spirit Animal Deck, by Stephen Farmer

Reviewed by Mimosa Assistant Manager Cathy Douglas

If you use divination cards yourself and have a child who’s always looking over your shoulder, the Children’s Spirit Animal Deck by Stephen Farmer could be a nice way to share your interest. It would probably be most appealing to kids between 5 and 12, and is designed to appeal to both boys and girls of whatever belief system. (Unlike some other kids’ decks I’ve seen, which may sometimes be preachy and not very boy-friendly.) The illustrations here are very appealing, and include more or less the animals you would expect: big, handsome mammals, though there are a couple birds and insects as well. Some cards show both an adult animal and its baby, which is a nice touch. Each of the big, sturdy cards features an animal in its environment, with its name and a short message are also printed on the card. The accompanying guidebook gets into more detail. The first half of the guidebook is aimed at the child, containing a fuller message about how to apply each animal’s wisdom in real life, along with some suggested activities. The second half of the guidebook is for parents, with suggestions about things to talk about and do with your child to support the lesson of each animal. Between the two, that’s way more activities than anyone has time to do in a day, but it makes the cards usable over a long period of time. Since there are only 24 cards, this will extend interest in the deck over a period of time. The booklet also includes a reference list of animal-related organizations. I expect most kids would use this for a card-of-the-day type reading. The child could draw a card and enjoy the illustration while an adult read the message from the handbook. While I do wish there were more cards, and more varied cards, this is the best deck I’ve found that’s designed specifically for children. Children's Animal Spirit Deck

Vintage Wisdom Oracle, by Victoria Mosely

Language of Letting Go Deck, by Melodie Beattie

Crystal Grid Oracle Cards, by Ashley Leavy

Reviewed by House Psychic Ronna Trapanese

As a reader here at Mimosa I don’t need cards to do a reading, though they are a useful tool to solidify something the client and I already discussed. The message becomes clear when synchronicity ensues and the person picks exactly what they needed to have brought to the surface.

Vintage Wisdom Oracle Vintage Wisdom Oracle by Victoria Moseley: I am a visual person, I adore the multi-faceted vintage iconic images. The accompanying book keeps me coming back to this deck. It pulls no punches, gets to the point in a well written organic flow. Synchronicity ensues and eye candy and knowledge blend well.
Language of Letting Go Oracle Language of Letting Go Deck, by Melodie Beattie: These cards help us to embrace our shadow sides, the places that are stuck, allowing us to point to what needs to happen instead of forcing outcomes. The graphics are great on both sides; there are messages to be found in the artwork along with full explanation with well written advice. There’s no book for this one, since the cards themselves are self-explanatory.
Crystal Grid Oracle Cards.jpg Crystal Grid Oracle Cards, by Ashley Leavy: I am a strong believer in crystals for my own sanity, protection and health. It would take a lifetime or two to learn all Ashley Leav knows about crystals, so it’s nice to have this helpful aid. Each card has a central word surrounded by a crystal grid pertaining to the affirming word. Below it lists the names of the crystals depicted on the grid. What a helpful aid to either build a grid, select a crystal to wear or put in your pocket. I believe holding this card alone connects with your crystal friends to assist in your healing intentions.


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A Tarot Reader’s Favorite Oracle Decks

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by Mari Powers

The Faerie’s Oracle by Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth

The Heart of the Faery Oracle by Brian Froud and Wendy Froud

In most of my work with card reading I stick to Tarot Cards that have a set number of suits (5), the Major and Minor Arcana, traditional numerology, astrology and elemental correspondences. This allows the person for whom I am doing the reading to look up more meanings, whatever deck they choose, after the reading.

That does not mean I can’t read Oracle decks. There are several I really like, yet at the top of my list are two where the illustrator is Brian Froud. These have evolved from his Good Faeries and Bad Faeries book, and some echo some of the images  created in the Dark Crystal and The Labyrinth movies, where he was a primary creator of the graphic art. I am actually moving into my own style of reading with these, leading meditation and ritual using both decks together.

I do not use Oracle decks for regular readings unless explicitly asked to ahead of time. If the Oracle deck is very, very good, you need fewer cards to answer deeper questions. If they are not good, they (to me) seem to utter a general platitude, and to have less intense and more primarily Eurocentric  graphic images. I don’t mix Tarot cards and Oracle cards as a regular offering at Mimosa, because the layouts, depth of questions and answers might be quite different. I do use Oracle cards if requested, and like to use Oracle Cards in ritual as guides in a journey or as a one card give-aways for divination at different times of the year.

So back to Brian Froud Faerie Oracle decks; I read have used and own a few others that I like, and have looked at quite a few other Oracle Decks that I did not buy. These two, with illustrator Brian Froud, one engendered from another, are at the top of my list to others to buy and learn. I personally rarely do more than a three card reading in these decks, unless it will be a part of a six or seven card reading within the context of a ritual journey. For an individual reading, one or two cards is enough.

Other Oracle Decks I use may be for one spirit question, a totem animal for the situation, or an answer from an oracle deck that is multicultural or seasonal. I like there Froud Faery Oracle decks, for the long view, suggesting deep transformational work and for the lovely complex art. They can lead as various rituals guides, as well. I also like The Faerie’s Oracle and the Heart of the Faery Oracle cards for the art, the insight, the complexity, the honesty and the way the Fae are portrayed, first and foremost, as of a part of nature and the divine. They are guides, teachers and mirrors, and most like some glimpses of the Fae I have seen, in nature.

Of course, both Tarot and Oracle cards are pictorial books of knowledge and wisdom. Tarot is very old and Oracles decks much newer, yet stories and images of the Faery Realms are older than either. Brian, his family, friends and followers have enriched the world with images and insights that have inspired me.

Each deck comes with a lovely hardcover illustrated books, some personal notes, an interview in the second one with Brian and Wendy Froud and sample layouts and questions. The official website is You can start your explorations there.


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Bird Augury and Omens

by Cathy Douglas

People have found omens as long as they’ve seen patterns and correspondences — it’s one of the traits that makes us human. Both science and religion are based on patterns that evolve through continued observation. And in their better moments, both religion and science might agree that real wisdom is less about “true” and “false” than about analyzing the observed facts in a reasonable way. Nowadays, as environmental awareness increases, observation of nature may be at the same time the most ancient and the most timely form of spirituality.

Much has been written about new age totem or spirit animals, and there are a lot of interesting and sometimes downright weird stories about bird augury in ancient history. (If you’d like a sample of the latter, see the footnote below.) For a change, I thought it might be interesting to take a more hands-on approach, and look at how we may interpret the bird sightings and patterns in everyday life.

Simple Bird Omens: One very basic divination technique is to simply spend time outside and pay attention to what you see and hear. A lot of bird activity flows in a predictable way through the seasons, and while this activity is interesting in its own right, it’s not really a sign or omen with any personal meaning. At times, though, you may notice a bird someplace you wouldn’t expect it, or doing something it wouldn’t usually do. These are the sightings that may carry a personal message.

Not too long ago, this happened to me in a very memorably way. My late husband was always a handyman, and the workshop behind our house was his favorite place. Not long after he died, I was back there sorting through some of his tools and other belongings, when a little finch flew in. This surprised me, because it was the dead of winter and not many birds were around. The finch circled the room, confused and unable to find its way, and I was afraid it would hurt itself running into walls and windows. Finally it found the door and burst out into the sky. I took this as an omen about my husband’s soul — that after a life that included a certain amount of frustration and difficulty, his soul’s time for freedom had come, and he had finally found his way.

Envoys of the Gods: Birds have a special place in nature because flight allows them to travel freely between heaven and earth. Some Greek philosophers argued that if the gods exist, they must care about the affairs of men, and if that was a case they must have some way of communicating. This tells us something about the spiritual nature of birds.

Taking a modern spiritual perspective, this means that if you ask for help from a god, goddess, or the universe, the answer may come to you in the form of a bird. You would not simply be watching nature, you would also be finding answers in her richness — sort of like picking an oracle card out of the sky!

After giving thanks, take some time to meditate and think. Many natural signs have more than one layer of meaning.

Folklore: There must be at least one rhyme interpreting the appearance of birds for every county in England. Here’s one about various black birds, such as rooks, magpies, crows or ravens:

One is for bad news, two is for mirth.
Three is a wedding, four for a birth.
Five is for riches, six is a thief,
Seven a journey, eight is for grief.
Nine is a secret, ten is for sorrow,
Eleven is love and twelve is joy on the morrow.

I don’t know if there’s much truth to any of this, but it’s kind of fun to try out.

Not all bird lore is fun and games, though. Because they cross the heavens, birds have often been seen as omens of death. Not as the cause of death, but as a soul-bearer or psychopomp; for example, a mysterious bird perched on the house was often interpreted as an unearthly being, waiting to carry soul to its new home. But as with all nature symbolism, it’s important here not to jump to conclusions based on other people’s stories. For one thing, symbolic meanings are neither inflexible nor infallible; something that had meaning for one culture might not translate well into another. Besides, the stories handed down with the most enthusiasm tend to be the creepiest ones! So take what you hear or read with a grain of salt.

A Special Bird: If a bird follows you home, or if you encounter the same type of bird over and over, it probably has some kind of meaning. It’s not necessarily your spirit animal (though it could be), it may just have a message you need to know. It can’t hurt to look up the meaning in a guidebook,such as Ted Andrews’ Animal Speak. But you should pay even more attention your own personal associations and instincts. Maybe the guidebook says cardinals have a certain meaning, but you feel something different based on a strong personal association, such as a cardinal family that nested outside your window when you were a child. In this case, you should pay attention to both meanings, but give precedence to the personal association, which will probably be stronger.

I remember one summer when it seemed like everywhere I went, I was practically tripping over great blue herons. Looking it up, I found that herons are a bird particularly associated with shamanism, which I found very interesting. But with further observation, I kept noticing how strong and self-sufficient these herons were — comfortable in air, land and water, a bird of the Three Worlds. At the time I’d been seriously considering joining a pagan group, but the heron’s message was that mine was to be a more solitary path.

Using a templum: If a simple bird omen is like pulling a single tarot card, taking auspices with a Roman templum is like reading a complicated spread. The ancient Romans used it not so much to divine the future as to consult with the gods about the present.

While it’s not well known, there’s no reason we can’t adapt this technique to our own times. It would take a whole book to explain how to do it, and I’m no expert, but here are the basics:

Go to the top of a hill and face the point in the east where the sun rises. Use a staff or wand to draw a line on the earth from direction the sun follows from sunrise to sunset, then another line perpendicular to the first. Use this orientation to trace a rectangle or square. Then draw a corresponding rectangle across the sky. This is called the templum, and it functions very much like the sacred circle in Wicca, creating a temporary sacred space. Pray for guidance, and plainly state your question. Incense, flute music and libations were traditional parts of the process, both as offerings and to help the augur ignore everyday sounds and concentrate on signals sent by the gods. Watch what birds that cross the templum — not just what kinds of birds, but also their number, the sounds they make and how they fly. The Romans paid special attention to eagles, hawks and vultures.

It seems to me a templum would be best used to find the answer to a well-formulated question; using it for general guidance could get awfully confusing. The simplest way would be for a yes-or-no question. In Roman tradition, a bird flying across the templum from in front or the left means the gods view your plan favorably. If a bird flies in from the right or from behind you, the gods disapprove.

Beyond this, there was a whole system of traditional correspondences for species, flight patterns, calls and other behavior that goes way beyond the scope of this article. It would be interesting to find new ways to use a templum to communicate with the heavens, perhaps by combining it with a more commonly used system of correspondences.

Observing Domestic Birds: We can also learn surprising things by observing the behavior domestic birds, whether they’re farm animals or urban pets. Bird owners often notice, for example, that their pets get skittish when a storm is approaching, even if there’s not yet a cloud in the sky. And some say hens’ behavior foretells the length of a storm; if they hide under their henhouse, expect a short rain, but if they just give up and go out in the yard, expect it to rain all day.

As with other pets, birds may form strong attachments with their human friends. If you have a psychic bond with your pet bird, consider yourself lucky!

Footnote: A Couple Not-Too-Stellar Examples of Bird Augury in Ancient Rome

* One commander had his troops ready for war, confident and eager to engage the enemy. Their chicken augur (pullarius) spread bread before the chickens, because the chickens’ appetite was supposed to augur success in battle. Unfortunately, the chickens refused to eat. So he claimed the food was still on the ground because they’d eaten it so greedily that they’d slobbered it, intentionally misreading the signals because he didn’t want to bring bad news. The general found out, though, and put the pullarius in the front of the army and let the enemy shoot at him. As the pullarius died, a crow cawed loudly. This was taken as a good omen, so they went into battle confident, and won.

* Chicken auguring was common practice in the navy too. One consul, Publius Pulcher, checked his chickens before a big battle and found they wouldn’t eat. Considering his crew superstitious, he said something like ‘oh well, then let them drink!” and tossed them into the Mediterranean. Bad idea — his navy went down in defeat.


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The Care and Feeding of Your Pendulum

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  1.  If you are drawn to a particular pendulum, it has probably already chosen you.
  1.  Cleanse your pendulum by rinsing it under cold water or smudging with sage.  
  1.  Always prayerfully ask your questions.  Keep your mind clear and positive.  If you can’t handle learning the answer to a particular question, don’t ask it.
  1.  Pendulums have directional swings — clockwise or counterclockwise, horizontal or vertical straight lines.  These swings are highly individual, and vary from one pendulum to another.  
  1.  Start by asking your pendulum a question you already know the answer to.  First ask a “yes” question, such is “Is my name ________?”  The swing the pendulum uses to answer this question will let you know what its “yes” looks like.
  1.  Repeat step 5 for a “no” response.
  1.  Always stop the pendulum from swinging between questions.
  1.  Unless you’re using a pendulum chart, it’s best to stick to questions with “yes” or “no” answers.  At times the pendulum may also give a “neutral” response which is somewhere in between.
  1.  As you get to know your pendulum, you will go beyond just seeing its response; you will also learn to feel it in the hand you use to hold the pendulum.  This sensitivity will help you fine-tune the answers you get from your pendulum. 

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Aroma Reading with Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, PhD

Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD

Which ONE of the following essential oils do you like the most: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Eucalyptus, Jasmine, or Tea Tree?

If you are not familiar with all of their scents, take a look at the picture below and choose which ONE of the 9 bottles you are the most attracted to or drawn to.  It’s ok if you are not quite sure why you are drawn to it. Don’t think too hard either….it should be the first bottle that pops into your mind.

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Oils from left to right:

Bergamot: Symbolizes balance, particularly mental/emotional balance. Bergamot is the best oil for emotional conditions, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, etc. Bergamot is also associated with money and financial well-being. Have you been feeling a little “off” lately? Bergamot asks you to further explore your emotions…..are you in control of your emotions or are your emotions in control of you?

Ylang Ylang: Sacral Chakra Oil. Symbolizes sensuality, sexuality, and the balance of male/female energies. Is a potent aphrodisiac. Also symbolizes a kundalini awakening and the meeting of Shakti and Shiva. Ylang Ylang asks you to take a look at the role both male energies (yang, assertive, active, outward, heat) and female energies (yin, intuitive, passive, inward, contemplative, cool) play in your life. Are you a balance of both yin and yang? Why or why not?

Sandalwood: Assists to find spiritual purpose, ground, and center energy. Sandalwood helps to link the base chakra to the crown. One of the most important spiritual oils. Sandalwood asks you to further explore your spirituality and your “life purpose.” Why are you here? Are you doing what you are meant to do? Are you living or existing?

Lavender: The most popular essential oil/herb and perhaps the most overused. Associated with healing and the healing arts. Symbolizes integration, balance, healing, protection, and purification. Also associated with the third eye. Lavender asks that you take a look at your life path, goals, and aspirations…..are you clearly seeing the whole picture or just what you want to see?

Patchouli: Symbolizes Mother Earth, The Forests, and Nature. A Root chakra oil, patchouli is associated with foundation, trust, protection, and security. Patchouli asks you to look at your connection to earth….have you been spending enough time in nature? Is your energy stuck “up in the clouds?” Connect to mother earth in some way today.

Rose: Is the highest vibrating essential oil and symbolizes Divine Feminine energy. A very powerful heart chakra oil that represents love, self-love, and the higher emotions….compassion, peace, joy, harmony. Rose asks you to take a look at what type of emotions you have been experiencing lately….lower emotions like depression, anger, greed or have they been heart centered emotions? What do you need to do to shift your emotions to a place of love?

Eucalyptus: Is a potent throat chakra oil and symbolizes communication; both listening and speaking.  Are you speaking your truth? Are you an assertive communicator? Do you let others walk over you and take advantage of you? Eucalyptus also aids in healing and protection….physical protection as well as energetic protection. Eucalyptus asks that you take a look at your relationships and how effective the communication is in all of them. What role do you play and what can you do to make your communications efficacious?

Jasmine: An extremely feminine oil strongly connected to the moon and the mysteries of the night. Jasmine is symbolic of the bond of love and passion. Has been used in love potions for centuries. Are you a romantic at heart? Are you seeking a loving partner? Jasmine asks that you take a deep look at what or who you truly desire.

Tea Tree: Traditionally is associated with cleansing and physical healing medicinal properties, but has very powerful emotional properties. Symbolizes deep levels of emotional healing and past life issues. Have you just undergone a personal transformation? Tea Tree asks you to evaluate what burden you are carrying from the past that does not serve you a higher purpose. How can you release it?

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So Many Different Pendulums!

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by Kelly Lingen

If you’ve ever admired a sparkling display of pendulums in a new-age shop before, you probably noticed that there were many different shapes, colors, and baubles that comprised them – not to mention a variety of materials such as crystals, metal, and wood, too. The uniqueness of each pendulum, its shape, color, and material makeup – these aren’t the only differences that separate one pendulum from another. There are actually different types of pendulums as well!

Not knowing the differences from one pendulum to the next can really add to the confusion when you’re trying to choose one to work with, even for an experienced dowser. If you’d like to know more about the different types of pendulums you can work with, read on. One of them might be just the right type for you!

Beginner’s Pendulum: A beginner’s pendulum can usually be identified by its very simple and basic design. Typically a beginner’s pendulum consists of a gemstone weight and a sterling silver or silver plated chain. The shape of the weight is often rounded at the bottom resembling an inverted teardrop. At the end of the chain you will usually find a bead, charm, or small crystal. While most pendulums have something of this nature at the end of the chain or cord, it’s especially common for beginner’s pendulums to have this feature as it helps the “newbie” dowser get comfortable holding their new pendulum.

Chakra Pendulum: Not only are chakra pendulums beautiful, they’re easy to identify, too. Need a hint? Just look for a pendulum that features the colors of your chakras: typically red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and purple/clear chakra featured along the sterling silver chain, in either gemstone chips or beads. Others have the chakra colors displayed in or on the pendulum weight itself. I’ve seen weights that have gemstones representing each chakra aligned vertically on a pendulum weight. I’ve also seen a “cage” weight with each chakra gemstone inside the cage – either all at once or one at a time. Chakra pendulums can be used for all manners of dowsing, but are especially designed for chakra balancing, clearing, and healing.

Chambered Pendulums: Chambered pendulums are pretty darn cool if you ask me! They go unnoticed sometimes because they are usually pretty plain on the outside. Often made of wood, chambered pendulums are just that – chambered. It you look closely at one, you’ll see that you can remove the top by carefully unscrewing it. The bottom half of the weight is a tiny chamber that you can put something in. Chambered pendulums are especially useful when dowsing for other people, especially when dowsing at a distance or dowsing for a missing person.

*Please note: Never put liquids of any kind inside a chambered pendulum if it’s made of wood. Liquids will soak into the wood and cause permanent damage to your pendulum.

Egyptian Pendulum: While readily available, Egyptian pendulums are not always as easy to find as some of the other types. Egyptian pendulums stand out in the crowd, though, that’s for sure! Slender in appearance, the top of the pendulum weight stands regal and proud. To me, it resembles a chess piece. The bottom of the weight is simple and smooth, and it comes to a slim, rounded point. Egyptian pendulums come in a variety of materials including but not limited to gemstones, porcelain, and wood. They are excellent for all matters of dowsing but are especially helpful when it comes to locating or selecting land, precious resources (metals and water), and lost objects.

Hexagonal Pendulum: Hexagonal pendulums are very similar to beginner’s pendulums in their simplicity, but their hexagonal shape is what gives them their uniqueness when it comes to healing. An inverted hexagonal cone, these pendulums closely resemble the shape of a beehive. What does this symbol represent for us? How about community? If you’d like to work with a pendulum that will improve and heal communication issues, relationships, and collaborations, perhaps this is the right match for you.

The next time you’re out shopping for a new pendulum, take a closer look at the selection in front of you and see if you can identify some of the different types of pendulums mentioned here. Who knows? Maybe one of them will end up being just the right match for you!

Happy Dowsing!

About Kelly: Besides being an employee at Mimosa, Kelly Lingen is an instructor for the Love & Light School of Energy Medicine, a freelance writer, and the mother of five. Although she enjoys writing and teaching on a variety of subjects, her specialties include crystal healing, dowsing, art as a spiritual practice, and natural living.

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a simple method for scrying

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Have you ever gazed into campfire or fireplace? You may have found your eyes “softening,” and started to notice patterns of sparks and smoke that seemed to turn into pictures. After a while, maybe your subconscious and/or imagination took over, allowing you to detect images of faces, animals, places you’ve never been — whatever visions your subconscious decided to send.

You may not have known it, but you were scrying. (Or skrying–both spellings are okay.) Sometimes these seemingly random visions may even organize themselves into messages, messages which may answer questions we don’t even realize we were asking. Experienced practitioners claim they can even use scrying to guess the identity of a face-down card or foresee future events. The funny thing is, all this happens without conscious effort; in fact, any “work” intended to further the process will almost certainly end it.

Scrying is a practice of seeing things outside of the physical world, often using either a reflective medium or some embodiment of the four traditional elements — earth, air, fire, and water. For example, one might let one’s mind wander while fixing the eyes on a crystal ball, clouds passing over the moon, a log in the fireplace, or a still bowl of water. Any of these things could be classified as scrying, and all of them have been practiced for so many centuries that it would be hard to place any sort of date on the origin of the practice.

On occasion, all of us “see” things that are not there. How does that work, anyway? Sensory deprivation plays a part. When we focus on something as simple as a bowl of water or crystal ball, we move towards a meditative state which allows us to put aside everyday thoughts. Then, with the eyes having no immediate tasks work on, the visual parts of the mind start to harness things coming from… somewhere else. The location of that “somewhere” is, of course, open to interpretation. The subconscious mind plays a big part, but the techniques of scrying are designed to turn the subconscious into a springboard.

Scrying doesn’t require any special skills, or any particular belief system. Like meditation, the ability improves with practice, but that doesn’t mean it’s some supernatural “gift” that only a few people possess.

Here’s a time-tested method you can use to try it out. All you need is a quiet room, half an hour, and a scrying medium of some sort. Crystal balls, scrying stones or black mirrors work well, but even simple bowl of water will do.

  1. Start with a few minutes of grounding. One simple grounding exercise is to sit with your eyes closed and imagine yourself as a tree, visualizing your backbone as the trunk, and roots extending from your tailbone down into the earth. In this way, the Earth literally “has your back,” keeping you connected to the everyday world while your mind floats free.
  2. Fix your eyes on a bowl of water (or other scrying medium). Don’t try to see anything at first, just look at the water. Focus your awareness on what each of your five senses registers, and say out loud what that is. (For example, “I hear traffic sounds and a siren. I feel air coming from the heat vent.”)  Do this for a minute or two.
  3. Now shift all of your attention to the visual. Focus especially on any incontinuities in your scrying surface — ripples, reflected light, floating dust. Either out loud or in your mind, say what these things remind you of, whether through shape, color, movement, etc. Just free-associate. Maybe a spot of light reminds you of an owl’s eye, or a little ripple reminds you of a lake you sailed toy boats on when you were a kid. These images may in turn call up others, often things you will see at the edges of your vision. For example, while that ripple that reminds you of your childhood lake sits in the center of your visual field, that image may extend itself, allowing you to sense the presence of trees or other people via peripheral vision.
  4. Keep going with this as long as you like; a few minutes of this should be plenty to start out, but you should quit sooner if you start to feel overloaded. It may help to move in closer to the scrying medium as you go, and/or to hover your hands over it. The “visions” will likely get more complex as you go along, and may involve other senses. They may even evolve into little stories. The main thing is just to keep the impressions moving along, saying whatever comes into your head.
  5. To come out of the session, go backwards through the steps: take note of what you are literally seeing, notice what’s really coming to you from all five senses, and finally take a moment to ground yourself. Then have a cookie (or your snack food of choice) while you write down or record what you saw and experienced.

Individuals may be very sensitive to visions or not so sensitive; wherever you fall on the spectrum has its own advantages and challenges. People who have a real sensitivity for scrying and pick up messages easily will need to be extra careful about grounding, and to know when it’s time to quit. Less sensitive people won’t be so prone to wandering off into la-la land, but may need to remind themselves that it’s okay to let their imagination run free, and that there are no “right” or “wrong” results to this exercise.

Scrying is one of those things where you really don’t know what’s going to happen until you try it! Have fun, and don’t take it too literally; just because you “see” something in a scrying mirror doesn’t mean it’s written in stone. If something you experience helps you make sense of past, present or future, so much the better. The purpose of knowledge is to use it.

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“Dowsing for Beginners – Some Helpful Tips for Successful Dowsing” by Kelly Lingen

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Although the art of dowsing has been in practice for ages, there are many people who have never even heard of it. Many of Mimosa’s customers are familiar with pendulums, but it’s still not uncommon for a curious shopper to approach the counter every once in a while with one in hand asking, “What’s this for?” crystalpe

Pendulums have been in use for thousands of years, and for all sorts of reasons. Giving the dowser a “yes” or “no,” a positive or negative, by way of a simple swinging motion – pendulums are frequently used to locate lost objects, to uncover hidden health issues, to select homeopathic medicinal treatments, to indicate whether or not food is spoiled, to get an answer to a pressing question, to make a decision, to open and balance the chakras, and for a variety of other reasons too numerable to count.

While there are many theories about how dowsing works, the truth is that this form of divination will always remain somewhat of a mystery. Dowsing has been widely studied and many conclusions have been formed on how it works. Some people believe that dowsing produces answers straight from the Divine. Others believe that pendulums and dowsing rods pick up on the energies of the situations or objects in question in order to reveal answers. The theory that is generally accepted by most people, though, is that pendulums are tools used to unearth information hidden deep within our subconscious minds in order to transmit it to conscious awareness. Simply put, many of the answers we seek we already know at the subconscious level. The pendulum brings that wisdom to light so that it may be used for our own greater good.

How can I start to use a pendulum to dowse, you might ask? Well, whether you are just beginning to work with a pendulum or you’re a seasoned dowser, you might find that the following tips will make your future dowsing experiences more successful ones.

Tip #1: Choose a Pendulum that “Fits” You

Pendulums come in all sorts of styles and varieties, so it’s important that you take your time in selecting the right one for you. You can make your own pendulum simply by tying a small item such as a paperclip, bead, crystal, or other found object onto the end of a string or a strand of beads. You can also purchase a pendulum. Just check out the nearest new age store (hint hint: Mimosa is a great place to find the perfect pendulum!) where you’re sure to find a large variety to choose from. While shopping for a pendulum, pay attention to what “speaks to you.” If you find that you’re drawn to a particular gemstone, color, or style – just go with it. Test them out and narrow down your choices by considering the way each one feels when you hold it in your hand.

Tip #2: Always Use Your Dominant Hand

This may seem like an obvious one, but if you’ve never held a pendulum before – you might not know to do this! Some pendulums have a small ring, loop, bead, at the end of the chain or string for you to grasp between your fingers, others may not. If there is a small object for you to hold on to, gently pinch it between your pointer finger and your thumb on your dominant hand – that is, the hand that you generally use most often. If this doesn’t feel comfortable for you, you don’t have to grasp the object. Instead, slide your pointer and finger down the chain or string approximately ½” and let the ring or object that you were holding just rest on your finger. Your grip should be relaxed, and the pendulum suspended at the other end of the chain or string should hang without tension.

Tip #3: Learn How to Read the Swings

When dowsing with a pendulum, a clockwise motion typically indicates a “yes” or a positive answer. Counter-clockwise generally indicates a “no” or a negative answer. In some cases, your pendulum may not move in an obvious circular pattern – and that’s okay. Subtle motions can also be interpreted. An up and down motion is generally considered affirmative while a side to side swing is usually translated as negative.

Tip #4: Clear, Ground, and Center Yourself

Before you start playing with your new pendulum friend, be sure to take a few minutes to clear, ground, and center yourself. Turn off your cell phone and find a quiet place to play with your pendulum free from distractions. You can use whatever methods of clearing, grounding, and centering that you prefer – but whatever you do, don’t neglect to incorporate these important steps into your dowsing routine. (If you would like ideas, the same methods used for cleansing crystals work for pendulums. See Cleansing Crystals.)

Tip #5: Start with Basic Questions

When you first start working with a pendulum, you might be in a hurry to dive into the “deep end of the pool,” so to speak. Avoid doing this if at all possible and just keep it light while you’re learning. You may want to begin by asking questions that you’re conscious mind already knows the answers to. Suspend your pendulum over a “test” object such as a coin and ask, “Is this object a key? Follow that question with one that you know to be true, “Is this object a coin?” Keep experimenting with your pendulum until you start to feel more comfortable with it. Once you start to feel like you’ve got the hang of it (no pun intended!), you can move on to more serious queries.

Tip #6: Practice Makes Perfect

If you really want to master the art of dowsing, spend time working with your pendulum every day. Even the busiest of schedules can spare a few minutes each day for a little practice. Carry your pendulum with you in a small cloth pouch while you’re out and about. You can dowse anywhere, and the time spent with your pendulum on your person will only increase the special bond that you have with it.

If you’d like to learn more about dowsing, Mimosa carries several excellent books on the subject that can serve as useful guides on the subject. Pendulum Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster and Dowsing for Answers by Wilma Davidson are two of my favorites and I highly recommend them. Mimosa also carries a fabulous selection of pendulums, and our friendly staff members are more than happy to help you select that perfect one!

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