Wodan Wednesday: ᚦ (Thurisaz)

Back in November of last year, I became enthralled with the idea of runes and rune casting. I had seen posts in passing on Tumblr and Instagram, and I loved the idea of learning an art that has such ancient roots. The linguistic aspect was also incredibly appealing.

In true Gemini and Aries fashion, I charged ahead. I scoured the internet for the perfect rune set to start with, finally deciding on a wonderful set made from buffalo bone by VTWiccan. I made notes on scraps of paper at work while I was between projects, and chanted the names of the runes under my breath (after watching YouTube videos to figure out how on earth to pronounce everything). My runes came, and I fell in love with them. I love how smooth they are, and the sound they make as they tap against each other in their bag or your hand is truly satisfying.

Then I got distracted.

So here I am, back in the world of runes, ready to dedicate some serious time and effort into picking up this divination tool.
To accomplish this goal, I’ve decided to start Wodan Wednesdays where I’ll focus on the runes one at a time.

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Aesthetic – the Fool

When I first stumbled across aesthetic graphics, I fell in love with the idea of taking a variety of photos that represent parts of a character, theme or idea, and putting them together to create and overall picture. After doing a few for fictional characters, I thought it might be fun to try it with tarot cards.

While I have definitely not made my way through the whole deck, it’s proven to be an enjoyable experience, and it makes for a different way to think about and connect with the cards. I thought it would be fun to post the aesthetics every now and then, and talk a bit about the parts that make up the image as a whole.

An Aesthetic for the Fool

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Focus on IX – The Hermit

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”
― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

The Hermit from the Prisma Visions Tarot
Prisma Visions Tarot © 2014 James R. Eads Illustration
Introspection, solitude, guidance, wisdom, analysis. A lone figure crosses the bridge, with only his lantern and the moonlight to light his path. Alone with his thoughts, he has sought out this moment of solitude, accompanied only by gentle lull of the water and calm night breeze. The Hermit is in search for the truth; a beacon of light that cuts through the darkness. There’s a good chance he may not be comfortable with what he finds, but he is able take what he has learned, use to better himself.

With everything constantly buzzing around us, our subconscious sometimes craves silence; the opportunity to dig inside, and allow our inner wisdom to sort through the noise. There is nothing wrong with wanting to take time out, and do some soul-searching. The mind is a powerful tool, but it’s hard to use when you can’t even hear yourself think.

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Focus on XIX -The Sun

“The Sage’s Wish: Like Sun, from the East, may you continue to rise, smile and shine.”
― Ogwo David Emenike

The Sun in Idiosyncradeck
Idiosyncradeck © 2016 Jessica Bott
Vibrancy, warmth, positivity, radiance, confidence, joy. The sun shines bright and confident in the sky; a shining yellow and orange orb sitting against the backdrop of a blue sky. Brilliant rays warm the desert landscape, giving the cactus and flowers the energy they need to grow, and flourish.

The Sun is always a welcome card to draw. It’s a reminder to face the day with a positive outlook, to hold ours head high, and to bring warmth into our interactions with others. Let your inner radiance out, let yourself grow, and allow your light to influence those around you. Have fun, enjoy life, take time to bask in the sun, grow and feel invigorated.

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A Fresh Restart


Recreate your life, always, always. Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. Begin again.
– Cora Coralina

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to clean the slate, and start again.

Just over a year ago, I wanted to share my divination journey with the world. I was knee deep in tarot and astrology, and finally felt like I was in a place where maybe, just maybe, I had something to add to the community. So I started up the Gilded Wren.

I was excited to get going. I created my introduction post, and updated consistently for a few weeks following the official launch.
Then I stopped.

The sudden end in activity wasn’t due to time constraints, or an absence of time, energy or interest.
I often associate myself with the Knight of Wands – a knight who is seen charging ahead full speed, his horse rearing into action, and his tunic fluttering as the wind rushes by. I love new ideas, I love being creative, and I love diving into something new. However, what I have in enthusiasm and energy, I lack in focus and planning – but I’m working on it.

I’ve been wanting to get a fresh start for a few months now, and I’m finally ready to take that leap. Beginning again felt like the best way to do that, so here we are.

Hi, I’m Adrienne. Welcome to the Gilded Wren.
I’ll be sharing my life and my journey into divination, and I’d love to have you along for the ride.