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This is another one of those classwork assignments...so skip ahead. *grins*

Uruz: (U: Auroch, a wild ox.) 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. Uruz Reversed or Merkstave: Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others. Sickness, inconsistency, ignorance. Lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence. This is a rune of primal power.

When placed in the first position (Right) on a Three Rune Casting, it tells us about the situation we are dealing with in the present…how it is now. Assuming all the runes are presented normally and not reversed, this would be a very good sign that the present situation was ripe and plentiful.

When placed in the second position (Center) , it tells us a course of action to take or an obstacle that must be overcome. This rune would tell us that we needed to take immediate action, but to make sure we understood all the possible repercussions of our actions.

When placed in the third position (Left), it foretells the outcome or a possible future derived from our actions. This rune would tell us that we could expect changes for the better and the potential for greatness…possible even a new love.

Sowilo: (S: The sun.) 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. Sowilo 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. This is also the rune of black flame…the fire of vitality in everyone.

When placed in the first position, it means that our present situation is good. It’s a time of positive change, good health, and mental purity.

When placed in the second position, it means that we need to overcome any mental fall backs. We must rid ourselves of any negativity that is holding us back from reaching our ultimate goals.

When placed in the third position, it means that we have a bright future. It will be filled with success in life, love and health…quite possibly meaning all our wishes and goals will come true.

Othala: (O: Ancestral property.) 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. Othala Reversed or Merkstave: Lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery, poverty, homelessness. Bad karma, prejudice, clannishness, provincialism. What a man is bound to. This rune is the embodiment of family.

When placed in the first position, it tells us that our present family life is great.

When placed in the second position, it tells us that there is something missing in our home. We need to work to overcome whatever is amiss and make amends to our family.

When placed in the third position, it tells of a bright future for our family. We can look forward to understanding what is most important to our family life.

***Note to Professor*** I used your definitions and added a summary statement.

Extra Credit


Druids recognized the powerful transformative qualities experienced when consuming the apple. It was thought the fruit could transport the eater to other worlds, typically of a paradise-like ilk. Further altered states could be induced by pressing the apples and allowing them to ferment over time, thus producing a “hard cider.” If you cut an apple from top to bottom the half will look like a heart, but if you cut it horizontally along the middle you will see a star in its center.

Magical qualities: Love, Truth, Peace, Beauty, Honesty, Romance, Fertility, Remembrance.


Candles have been used in magic ritual for centuries. The color of the candle will depend on what type of ritual you are performing. Also, scented candles can be used.

Magical qualities: Strength, Light in Darkness, Guidance, Protection.


In Celtic mythology the "Oak King" and the "Holly King" were twins, pitted against each other in a never-ending fight for supremacy. Oak trees, sacred to the Celts, are deciduous, while the English Christmas holly trees (Ilex aquifolium) native to their lands are evergreen. As cold weather approached, the Celts marveled at how the evergreen Christmas holly trees, hidden amongst the leafy oaks the rest of the year, now stood out prominently on an otherwise barren landscape. The Holly King had won out, as it were, as the incarnations of his twin brother had shed all their leaves and stood naked in defeat.

Magical qualities: Good Fortune, Protection, Faith.


From the earliest times mistletoe has been one of the most magical, mysterious, and sacred plants of European folklore. It was considered to bestow life and fertility; a protection against poison; and an aphrodisiac. The ritual of cutting the mistletoe from the oak came to symbolize the emasculation of the old King by his successor. Mistletoe was long regarded as both a sexual symbol and the "soul" of the oak. It was gathered at both mid-summer and winter solstices, and the custom of using mistletoe to decorate houses at Christmas is a survival of the Druid and other pre-Christian traditions. The Greeks also thought that it had mystical powers and down through the centuries it became associated with many folklore customs. In the Middle Ages and later, branches of mistletoe were hung from ceilings to ward off evil spirits. It was also believed that the oak mistletoe could extinguish fire. This was associated with an earlier belief that the mistletoe itself could come to the tree during a flash of lightning. The traditions which began with the European mistletoe were transferred to the similar American plant with the process of immigration and settlement.

Magical qualities: Fertility, Protection against Poison, Aphrodisiac, Love, Romance.

Naked Oak

THE OAK (Quercus Robor) is deeply connected in our hearts as representing the very essence of all that is good, and especially the power of the Oak King and his ancient and spiritual link to the land. It would be hard not to think of this tree as a masculine energy - mighty, strong, enduring and steadfast. The images we have of the Oak are buried deep in in our psyche. Indeed, it is one of our longest-living trees, spanning generations upon generations. For this reason, old oaks were veneraged and used by the Druids, Ovates and Bards, and later by the Kings and the Church, for important meetings and ceremonies. They were planted to mark boundaries because of their longevity and strength to endure for hundreds of years.

Magical qualities: Protection, Strength, Longevity, Purity.


The Pentagram is a symbol of a star encased in a circle. Always with 5 points (one pointing upward), each has its own meaning. The upward point of the star is representative of the spirit. The other four points all represent an element; earth, air, fire, and water. All these things contibutite to life and are a part of each of us. To wear a pentagram necklace or other form of jewelry, is to say you feel the connection with the elements and respect the earth.

Magical qualities: Protection, Unity, Power, Connecting to Earth, Elemental.


The snowflake has been a magical wonder for ages. There are no two alike and they form under the harshest of conditions yet are fragile.

Magical qualities: Unique, Purity, Renewal, Mystical.


The star is a heavenly body that shares its light. It has been used to top Christmas trees for generations as a symbol of faith and protection.

Magical qualities: Power, Faith, Protection, Guidance, Illumination, Balance.

Yule Log

Yule is a time of the greatest darkness and is the shortest day of the year. Earlier people noticed such phenomena and supplicated the forces of nature to lengthen the days and shorten the nights. Many enjoy the custom of lighting the Yule log. This is a graphic representation of the rebirth of the God within the sacred Fire of the Mother Goddess. To all European races, the Yule Log was believed to bring beneficial magic and was kept burning for at least twelve hours and sometimes as long as twelve days, warming both the house and those who resided within. When the fire of the Yule Log was finally quenched, a small fragment of the wood would be saved and used to light the next year's log. It was also believed that as long as the Yule Log burned, the house would be protected from evil. The ashes that remained from the sacred Yule Log were scattered over fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water. Sometimes, the ashes were used in the creation of various charms.

Magical qualities: Protection, Power, Fertility, Family, Traditional Values.

Date: 2008-12-30 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tmkline.livejournal.com
Absolutely incredible. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the extra work and effort you put into your assignments.

75 points to Slytherin

Date: 2008-12-31 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elyxer.livejournal.com
Thanks Professor. I've enjoyed all your assignments and look forward to next term.


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