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Runes used in Snape: Sectumsempra by Cynthia-Blair Runes used in Snape: Sectumsempra by Cynthia-Blair

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A description of the Runes and their meanings that I used in the Snape: Sectumsempra painting, for those who are interested.

The runes are added to the edge of his robes in the spirit of protection, healing and renewal, as Severus seemed to be one who could use such gifts.
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:iconthecopperdragon2004:
sweet, i like the deeper meanings you were able to find for them. I've always just known them as their alphabet counterparts, so it's nice to see the intent behind them all.
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Cynthia-Blair Dec 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I have a full set of rune meanings I'll upload later, but they're not hard to find on the internet. There's a wonderful book you would like, really poetic, it brings the runes to life through stories and charms, called "The Runes of Elfland" by Ari Berk. I was really hooked on runes after I read that book a couple years ago.

I chose just a few runes for Snape, ones I hand-picked for their meanings, but I could have added many more. Of course protection was the most needed. But I also thought about their meanings applying for Alan Rickman as well, because he and Snape are obviously interconnected in many ways, probably beyond it being just a role.
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breathtakingly informative! where on earth did u get all of this information, is there a book or website I might consult as to runes I might fashion to my own clothing or items .....It might be nice to have a healing symbol or a joy symbol on my clothes seeing as Im constantly sick and miserable. I adore this. make more like it ....
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Cynthia-Blair Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure there are many books :)
One of my favourites is "The Runes of Elfland" by Ari Berk, illustrated by the famous faerie artist Brian Froud. It expands on the rune meanings in poetic ways, with stories and legends. I bought my copy through Amazon. But you can find alot about runes by googling them.

I like them because the Runes can have many meanings, they are very ancient in origin, like much of the old wisdom that is lost in the mists of time. Possibly they date back to 2nd or 3rd century, Northern Europe, I have read. And I love their connection to the otherworldly, the spiritual. When I sense the need (or wish to give) some powerful intention/energy for good to someone (in this case Snape), I love selecting and putting the runes in the actual painting.

I think it would be a wonderful, empowering thing to add to your clothing or items! You should!

I have a full list of all the runes and their meanings from a website, I can add that to my scraps if you like. But trust me, you will LOVE the "Runes of Elfland" book...it has a magic of its own...once I started reading I couldn't put it down.
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I am at this moment looking on my favorite book website for a copy of The Runes of Elfland ( I think I found a copy for 5$ woo hoo) I've always found ancient languages, mythology and knowledge an interesting subject. I once annoyed my history teacher so badly that he said "If you think you can teach this class better get up and do so" and I did for a few days and gave a test. Everyone passed with an A. lawl.

Runes can indeed have multiple meanings but they all end up being closely tied or being synonyms don't they such as the one for water or susstinence. Most of time you would consider water as water and sustenance as food. their related but not in the way the people who crafted the runes would consider. The water is connected to all things. It sustains human life because were basically giant bags of mostly water and need a great deal of it to keep going. However it also rains from the sky and grows food (sustinance) feeds animals which may be killed for sustenance and warmth and helps the trees grow for both shelter and warmth. water was an essential part of survival and was deeply rooted and connected into all things thats why it was a cardinal element in so many cultures. Runes also show up in different ways in different places. for instance the rune for dawn. It bares a striking resemblance to the infinity symbol and in the description "A chance to begin again" suggests that at some point a mathamatition and a magigian crossed paths and thier symbols became intertwined. One for infinity (the symbolic representation of unending numerical continuation) and Dawn ( the possibility of infinant new beginings) one is a lopsided donut ....one is a tipped over hour glass. still remarkably similar in both application and appearence.

I think adding some of these symbols to my clothing and items will alow me to add a bit more significance to items that mean something to me or atleast protect them. symbols have power because people put power into them. without human will I believe that runes would be useless.

I would love a full list of runes. I'm sure other people would too. its so interesting! besides I find myself with a need for otherworldly help as of late as I find my world crumbling around me. the holidays are coming ....perhaps a few runes can help me hold it together until I can heal up on my own. If u do post the list could u send me a link to it. oh and sorry for the dissertation of rune similarities ...but I think u might get a kick out of it.
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Cynthia-Blair Dec 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Here you go, I uploaded it: [link]

Yes, what makes them so powerful and interesting is the multiple and complex meanings they can carry...Also the power we invest in them personally. I have many visual reference books on symbols... because I do believe in their power. There is so much wisdom and knowledge we have lost touch with. I get really fascinated with that, in many aspects, like the Stone Circles, the ley lines (magnetic earth lines and where they cross)...all that sort of thing I find intriguing. I built a stone circle in my backyard...it's not huge, but the stones aren't small, either..it's maybe 30 feet in diameter, the stones had to be set with a bobcat (I selected each stone myself, and guided the placement. Especially for the north stone, as it had to be True North, not magnetic north. Try explaining that to a crew of stone masons that usually just build walls! They probably thought I was nuts. I have a lovely big fire pit in the center :D


Many symbols have developed in different countries and cultures but are essentially similar. I did a logo of an Ouroborus a couple of years ago, for an organization I work with, and it was fascinating to research. I love the symbols of the eternal cycle of birth, death and re-birth in its many forms. Things involved in self-transformation.

hey, enjoy the runes...I think there are a few more, in other alphabets, that I don't have here. You will love the book, I think! It isn't an old book by any means, but it taps into the old stories. Tell me how you like it, when you're done! :D
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I might be awhile in telling you anything. I have only started reading you compilations of runes and the book hasn't arrived yet (plus I might be in my backyard making a stone circle and finding which way true north is ....and digging a fire pit woo hoo shishkabob!!).

But to disscuss this more I'd have to get back to my old symbology website....and to do that I'd have to fix my computer.
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Cynthia-Blair Dec 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Computers do suck...often. Mine is temperamental lately.

You can Google True North, and I got readings from a gov't site...you take magnetic North (on the compass) and subtract a certain number of degrees, approx. I forget exactly how I arrived at it, I had the stones set 3 years ago. There were the 4 and also 1 for the winter solstice (setting sun, as I face West) and the summer solstice (setting sun). Someday I'll carve the stones with symbols...I took a celtic stone carving course a year ago :)Haven't had the time or decided on the right symbols for each stone, not yet.

Yes, my neighbor thinks I'm odd, probably...but we haven't had any crazy rituals. Sometimes I burn papers, as symbolically things you want to let go of or put behind you. Mostly it's great for sitting around and talking and toasting marshmallows :)

Someday I'd love to visit the big ones in England, Ireland and Scotland, all the old sacred sites.
Have fun with it! I'd love to see your old symbology site sometime :)
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yes computers do suck.

IF finding true north has anything to do with math Im about to be hopelessly lost. The part of my brain the deals with math didn't develop correctly in the womb. There for, math is extremely difficult if not completely imposable. However on the bright side I'm almost a savant at English. IF I might make a few suggestions as to the symbols. The four seasons have many implications on a person. you sit in front of the spring stone when hoping for renewal or replenishment of any kind ( personal, financial,familial,ect.) Summer Represents joy or youth, Winter rest and calm, fall is plenty and giving. all good things to have close to you and from what you described that still leaves you plenty of stones for symbols of a more specific nature. But I think its a good place to start. I'm planning to put those symbols around room in strategic places ( like winter close to my bed for rest)

Who cares what the neighbors think. Everyone needs a space that is theirs. and if they don't like it they don't have to do it on their property. If you not sacrificing goats, disturbing the peace, and your stones and fire pit conform to all local laws that there's not THING 1 they can do about it. being different isn't against any law I've ever heard of and I have more lawyers in my family than u can shake a stick at. Let em think your weird believe me its a good thing to not be like everyone else.

Well If I can find it I will show it to you. but I have to get the info off the old broken computer first.....-bangs head against keyboard- I will kick my ex in the nuts for killing a perfectly good computer. ( literally the mother board is in two pieces I have to get a special machine to retrieve the data from the memory card)
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Cynthia-Blair Dec 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You should be able to retrieve your data from the Hard Drive, even if your motherboard is dead...and usually even if the HD crashes. You just put your HD into a new computer and transfer the data. God I've had so many crashes over the years! And I've never lost any files, though to backup your files off site saves much time.

My neighbors are cool, they just probably think I'm a bit "artsy"...hehe...they just don't have any imagination :D

The math for true north isn't bad. here's one way: [link]
I didn't use that method, but it certainly could work. Those are great thoughts about the seasons! Winter is not so much my rest time as a very prolific work time, since I have no outdoor work to do :D But in general, is a time for contemplation, the seeds for great things to come lay dormant but ready to spring forth when given warmth and rain.


One of my favourite quotes (I collect quotes, yes) is: "In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the Beyond; and like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of Spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to Eternity." - Kahlil Gibran

It really sums up winter, for me :)
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