Please note: the below infographics are created and shared over time—they do not reflect the full extent of my herbal, crystal, or faunal cabinet. Please message me if you want to know if I have a particular item or for a full list of options without listed associations. Thank you!
Thyme was sacred to the ancient Greeks and those who wore thyme were said to be attractive, poised, and stylish. Thyme is great for encouragement through difficult times, for courage and for heartening. Ancient soldiers also used it in baths to increase bravery and strength. It can dispel melancholy, hopelessness, and the mood of tragedy. It’s associated with bringing abundance and prosperity into being. Thyme is excellent in ritual baths and fumigation for early spring festivals when we seek to leave the old behind and begin anew.
The sixteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. Sowilo ends the second Aett on a high note. It brings us out of the dark night of the soul which Hagalaz invited us into; Sowilo is the light at the end of the tunnel, the culmination of our efforts. Sowilo represents the sun, its clarity and its blessings for us. Sowilo brings success, the victory we win for ourselves and what we care about. Sowilo empowers and rejuvenates, releases stagnation, and brings us into our healing wholeness. After this Aett’s journey, it is hard won and well-earned.
This stone is considered the luckiest and is called the “Stone of Opportunity.” It opens doors, connects to opportunity, and manifests chances for success. It increases favor in the arena it’s applied to, be it a promotion, a game, or a matter of the heart. It is said to align you with self and universe to bring opportunities, releasing old patterns and disappointments to make way for new growth. It brings optimism and the confidence to embrace change. It is a heart chakra stone and good for strengthening relationships and soothing stresses.
The fifteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. Algiz speaks of that which has the ability to harm, but doesn’t inflict harm unless it is harmed first. It is linked with dangerous plants as well as sacred deer and the Valkyrie swans. It is the rune of protection. It may ask us to get ready; to listen and gain awareness for a better sense of where we stand and how to act as a result. It asks us for bravery in the face of fear and faith in whatever higher power guides us—be that divine or intuitive. Algiz reminds us that we are on the right path, but that the act of being present on the path is different than just seeing it.
Ginger is commonly used for aid in digestion and circulation, but that isn’t all it helps get going! It’s great for also moving stuck emotions and manifestation work; it brings movement, power, vitality, passion, and forward movement with the fire of earth.
The fourteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. When people speak of the invented “blank rune” from Blum, I always laugh: why is such a thing needed in a cast when we have Perthro? Perthro represents the unknown and unknowable, that piece that’s left up to fate or chance when we roll a die (or cast the runes). Whether it’s for a game or in life, Perthro is luck and risk and mystery. The things that make us wonder why it goes the way it will or went the way it did. It is unpredictable factors, but it is also our intuition and our willingness to roll the dice and play.
Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love; it purifies and opens our hearts to deep emotional healing, tenderness and compassion, and inner peace. It’s the stone of love and lovers, connecting us to one another as both friends and beloveds, creating or restoring harmony and trust. It also is the stone of self-love, reminding us to extend that universal love and understanding and acceptance to ourselves as well.
The thirteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. Similar and yet different from the 13th Major Arcana card, Death, Eihwaz steps out from Jera’s yearly cycles and asks us to ponder cosmic eternity, rebirth, and transformation. It makes us the axis, with our feet in mortality and our heads in forever. Some use this rune for ancestor work or to connect with divinity (or our higher self) for insight and guidance. It is the rune that pierces the veil. Scholars debate whether the world tree was an ash tree or a yew tree etymologically, but regardless, this rune is attested as representing the yew tree: an important tree in old times that grew evergreen through winter and was often planted at gravesites as a symbol of eternal life. Though not attested, I associate this rune with Hel.
Rosemary can be burned like juniper and safe for smoke cleansing. It has been used for centuries as a memory aid, said to help with recollection and remembrance. Because of this, it has found wide use when studying, when trying to do dreamwork, when trying to recall past lives, and more. As it is tied with remembrance, rosemary has also been used to make oneself memorable for first impressions as well as encouraging loyalty and fidelity.
The twelfth rune of the Elder Futhark. It is the rune of harvest; of reaping what you have sown, of long term goals coming to fruition, of patterns and breaking stagnation and returns. It’s a positive rune attested as being linked with thriving and plenty. It is linked with the god Freyr, a god of prosperity, peace, and agriculture.