* You will need a finish coat. I like to use the Modge Podge – its both a sealant and a glue and it works well to both glue the felt down and protect the box.
Now is where it gets fun – you have a few choices – you can paint your box or you can decoupage it. I did both – they both look great – so its a matter of personal choice.
* 1-3 bottles of craft Paint – depending on what you chose for your design.
* 1 Sponge Brush ( looks like this: Sponge Brush – you will use this to apply both the base coats of paint as well as your sealant.
* 1-2 paint brushes in different sizes depending on what you dcided to paint
* Design – make sure you have a design in mind
I like celestial themes – so my first box was done in blues and golds. I did the top and bottom of the box in solid gold paint and the sides in blue. I used blue felt for inside – it was a simple design and it looks good to this day.
* Designs – you can use special decoupage paper you can get at the craft store, or really any image you want – you can even print it from your printer or get it from a magazine! Another idea is to use scrapbooking items – there are so many gorgeous items for scrapbooks that would look great on a box!
* Decoupage glue – you will need this from the craft store if you decided to use decoupage paper from the craft store since it is so thin and you need a gentle sealant to keep it from tearing. If you decided to print a design from a magazine or from your PC onto your box or even a scrapbook design, you can use the Modge Podge.
* 1 bottle of craft Paint – This is nice to give a base coat to your box before you start to glue.
* 1 Sponge Brush ( looks like this: Sponge Brush – you will need this to glue your designs to the box, apply base coats of paint and apply your sealant.
This is the part where you can go crazy. I did 2 of these boxes – one in a celestial theme again, with decoupage paper I bought at the store just glued all over the box. Be careful with this paper because it is very very thing and rips easily. Make sure you measure the sheets before you cut them and know how you want to cover your box before you apply it. I did a celetial theme box with glued pictures of suns moons and stars all around and inside with blue felt on the inside. I used a dark blue base coat of paint.
The second one I did was in a dragonfly theme – for my runes. I painted the box in a tan color, and I found several pictures of dragonflies that I liked. Once the paint was dry, I glued the dragonfly pictures on the box making little designs. I used brown felt on the inside of this box.
The process for all boxes
1) Get ready: once you decide what you want to do, get your designs and materials together. I always like to use a base coat of paint on the box first regardless of what you are doing to it. Make sure the base coat matches your design.
Tip: Use clear tape over the hinges and clasps so they don’t get painted over – this makes clean up much easier!
Remember there is no need to paint the inside of the box – if you plan to use the felt. I generally use felt on the bottom inside and the bottom outside (so it won’t damage furniture) but paint the inside top of the box.
2) Go crazy with creativity – create your design on the outside of the box. If you are painting and your first attempt doesn’t look exactly like you like you want, paint over it and try again. You can even decide to change from paint to decoupage later and just glue the designs to your box after you re-coated it.
3) Seal it – once your box is painted, its important to seal it so it doesn’t get damaged. You can buy a normal sealant – like an acrylic sealant but I like to use Modge Podge – it has a lot of different uses so its a handy thing to keep around anyway. Apply your sealant, let it dry and apply again. Also don’t forget inside edges – as these will need to be done after the outside is done.
4) Finishing touches – if you decided not to use any felt you are probably done. If like me, you like to use the felt to protect things – this is a bit tricky.
For the oustide bottom: This is easy – just measure a piece of felt that matches the outside of your box. You want the felt to be a bit smaller than the bottom of the box so it doesn’t stick out. I just apply the Modge Podge to the whole bottom, press the felt in and then let it dry.
For the inside bottom: This is tricky as you will need to get 4 pieces of felt – they will need to be measured as close to perfect as you can get. You will need to measure each side of the box on the inside and the bottom. I generally like to glue the bottom part in first, the same way you did the outside. Let it dry, then glue one side at a time and let it dy in between. Once this is done, I put a thin coat of Modge Podge on the top outside edges to seal the felt in – so it doesn’t start to peel later.
And Voila – box is done! I have also done several altar boxes out of paper mache this way. The problem with the paper mache boxes is you need to make sure they are REALLY dry before you close them or they will tend to stick.
Black divination mirrors are even prettier and work better when you make your own – and it is so easy to make! Here is what you will need:
1) Sponge brushes:
2) Black glossy paint:
3) A beautiful picture frame of your choosing. Antique frames work well for that. The only requirement – it needs to be a frame with a glass plate – not a plastic one. Plastic won’t work. I generally like to raid stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for discount frames.
Creating your mirror is very easy!
1) Take the glass front plate out of the frame.
2) Pour some of the black paint on a bowl – use the sponge brush to brush the paint all over the glass.
3) Let it dry for at least 4 hours – I generally like to do this at night and let it dry overnight.
4) In the morning, or 4 hours later – add a second coat of paint to the mirror. Let it dry again. if you did this in the morning – let it dry until night time.
5) Add another coat of paint – let it dry.
6) Once the glass is dry – I told it up to the light and make sure there is not a single spot missed. If you can see the light through the glass, you will need another coat of paint – be sure to focus on spots where the paint is thinnest. Do this as many times as needed to ensure you have complete coverage.
Once its dry and completely covered – you can put the glass back om the frame. Make sure the painted side is facing inside the frame.
Voila! You have a new divination mirror – try making a few different ones – you can even use small frames to make tiny ones you can carry with you =)
They also make wonderful gifts =)
There are as many different ways to read the runes as there are ways to cast and read any divinatory system. Any of the books you can get on the market will provide you with several different ways to read runes, including complicated, multirune castings. But here we’ll start with three easy castings that will allow you to begin working the stones immediately and getting used to their energies and how they operate.
First, a word about casting methods. It’s not necessary to come up with a huge elaborate ritual that includes casting a circle, calling quarters, invoking deity, etc., every time you want to do a reading. But you should develop a routine for starting and conducting a reading and stick to it. My routine goes something like this:
I spread out my rune cloth, then pour the stones onto the cloth, right side up. I put them in their alphabetical order, the blank rune standing separate from the rest, and then I say, “Holy Goddess, mother of earth, mother of us all, guide my hand as I cast the runes, guide my mind as I interpret their meanings, guide my soul as I take them into my life.” Then I turn them all over and stir them around clockwise, using my right hand to stir as I concentrate on the question I am posing. I select the runes and interpret.
You can incorporate candles or incense, or have your own special way of doing things. You can even do the whole elaborate setup if that’s what plucks your duck. It’s all about what works for you. It doesn’t matter WHAT you do as long as you do it each time you read the runes; the routine will set your mind up for divination, and that’s the goal here.
Wording your questions is also important when reading runes. Unless you are doing a yes or no reading (see below), asking the runes a question that can be answered by a yes or no isn’t going to work. It’s best to word your question in a general way. For example, if you are asking relationship questions, you wouldn’t want to ask the runes, “Is Jimmy cheating on me?” A better question would be, “What do I need to know about my relationship with Jimmy?”
Now, on to the castings.
Cast #1-One-Rune Draw
Pose your question and draw one rune. This one is great for a daily casting, to use the runes as a guide for your day. For example, before going to work, you ask the runes, “What do I need to know to make this day successful for me?” You draw Ansuz, right side up. I would read this as meaning communication is very important for you on this day; be sure to explain yourself clearly, to speak up when necessary and to listen to what others need to say to you.
Cast #2-Three-Rune Draw
Pose your question and draw three runes. The first rune is Overview; it gives you a general understanding of your question. The second rune is Course of Action; this rune tells you what your options are and what you might want to do. The third rune is Outcome; self-explanatory.
Cast #3-The Yes or No Draw
This cast allows you to pose questions that can be answered with a yes or no, and I credit this to Tony Willis and his book ” Discover Runes.”
Pose your question and draw three runes. Take note of how many runes are upright or reversed. If the runes you draw are nonreversible, then you need to know if their meanings are generally negative or generally positive.
When all three runes are positive, the answer is definitely yes. When all three runes are negative, the answer is definitely no, but the meanings of the runes will usually tell you why and what you might be able to do to up your chances of success.
When two runes are positive and one is negative, the answer is yes, but some aspect of the situation will not meet your expectations. Again, the meanings of the runes may clue you in to what aspect this is. When two runes are negative and one is positive, the answer is no, but it may not be too bad in the end.
Two negative runes with a nonreversible rune should be treated like three negatives.
For those of you who use the Blank Rune, this next part is important. If the Blank Rune appears in your yes or no draw, it means one of two things: either the question is not ready or able to be judged, or you are better off not knowing the answer. After waiting a day, you can ask the question again. If the Blank Rune appears again, you can try asking the runes a third time. However, if the Blank Rune appears a third time, then you really should give up asking the question because you are simply not meant to have an answer.
Once during a session, I gave a yes or no reading to an acquaintance. She did not tell me what her question was (I don’t require that querents ask their questions out loud unless they want to), but when the Blank Rune came up and I told her that I couldn’t give her an answer, she laughed.
“I’ve asked that question every time I get a reading, and I always get the same answer,” she said.
“Then the gods are telling you to stop asking the question,” I told her.
Just a quick note, a crystal ball is a sacred tool and should be treated as one. It should be used by only one person and be placed in a special place of honor when not in use. It should have a name, it will usually tell you this as you work with it, and it should be called by that name. It should have limited handling by other people, and should be carried in a special bag or box when transported from one place to another. It should also be cleansed regularly. I like to do mine on the full moon, not only cause that’s when the moon is at its peak of power, but cause its easy to remember when I last cleaned it completely. With all that said here we go:
How the Pendulum Works
Determining the “yes” and “no” Response:
Appropriate Types of Questions to Ask:
What the Pendulum can be Used For:
* Making a Choice of any kind. (Do I want to travel for my vacation or stay home?)
* Figuring out what is best to do. (Would it be better to keep my present job or look for a new job?)
* Figuring out how you really feel about something. (Do I want children in the near future?)
* Becoming more conscious of who someone is inside, to know his motivation, his compatibility with you.
* Determining your probability of success in a situation.(Do I have what it takes to complete this course?)
* Finding the cause of physical symptoms. (Is my diet causing my migraines?)
* Determining what foods or vitamins to take. (Would it be good for me to double my Vitamin C intake?)
* Determining what is causing an allergic reaction. (Am I lactose intolerant?)
* Prospecting for water, oil, treasure. (Is there gold over here?)
* Finding missing people or pets, or lost objects. (Is my key under the bed?)
You can even use the pendulum with a map. Put the pendulum over a small area of the map and ask “Is Bowser here”?, and narrow it down in this way. Part of the knowledge that comes with experience in working with the pendulum is learning to sometimes start with broad questions, and then narrow them down.
Doing Pendulum Readings for Others:
Until you have had a lot of experience with the pendulum, do NOT try to use it to get information for someone else.
There are ways to do this but it is difficult because the information comes from inside the person using the pendulum, and in order to use the pendulum on behalf of someone else, you have to be very tuned into the other person. Anyone can use the pendulum for himself, but few can use it for others. So don’t do pendulum readings. Instead, make it a personal tool for yourself.
Things that can Cause an Incorrect Response from the Pendulum:
* Poor communication. (inaccurate phrasing) The most important thing is how you phrase the question. For example, don’t just ask “Is this water good for me”?” Be more accurate: Good in what way? The water may have both good and bad aspects. For example, you may be extremely thirsty, so the water is good for replenishing your body fluids, but the water could be tainted and later give you diarrhea. So state the question more clearly such as “Will this water serve my highest and greatest good?”
* Asking questions that are too general: Don’t ask general questions such as “Is Mary healthy?” Rather ask specific questions such as “Is Mary’s diet causing her health problems?”
* Being tired.* Forcing the situation. Using the pendulum even though the time or cir*****stances may not be right.
* Being off Center: Feeling mentally or emotionally out of balance. You need to be in the right frame of mind.
* Focusing too heavily on the pendulum itself, and not enough on the information inside you.
* Being too close to high frequency electrical equipment (operate at least 3 ft from a TV or computer screen).
Important Things to Remember:
* As long as you keep your sights on the fact that you are the pendulum, that your subconscious mind is really providing the answers, you avoid making the tool more important than the consciousness behind it.
* Keep your pendulum in a safe and special place to help maintain your vibration on, in and through the pendulum.
* It is better if you don’t allow other people to handle your pendulum. You want to keep it as much in tune with your vibration as possible. (If you do let other people handle your pendulum, the worst that can happen is that you may have to re-establish the yes/no response.)
* The number one reason for inaccurate pendulum reading is vague and faulty wording of the question.
* The number two reason is your psychological state, the thoughts, emotions, feelings, images, desires, hope, wishes, etc. that vibrate in and through your psyche. These things can influence the answer.
* The third source of pendulum inaccuracy is lack of patience. Approach the pendulum one day at a time. Watch, wait, see and try again.
* Inaccuracy occurs when there is lack of concentration. Practice focusing on the questions until you are able to concentrate and hold your attention steady during the time you are working with your pendulum.
* In the beginning there is a tendency to consult the pendulum every time you have to make a decision. At that point the pendulum stops being a tool for cultivating intuitive perception and starts becoming a mental-emotional-spiritual crutch. Do not depend on it to the exclusion of your own common sense.
* The pendulum is not designed to predict the future. This is because future events are not set in stone, but are determined by people’s free will. It is only possible to predict the future to the extent that you know what future choices people are most likely to want to make. A pendulum can help you predict future events only to the extent that you yourself understand what the possibilities are. In other words, it can help you select among the possibilities you are already aware of. But when other people’s choices are part of the possibilities, free will comes in and increases the variables to the extent that it becomes impossible to predict what people will choose to do.
* Use the pendulum wisely to develop awareness, perception and intuition. These skills of consciousness are within and only need to be brought out through repeated use. The pendulum is only one way to help bring them out.