The Runecaster

runesShe sat on the side of the hill overlooking the town in the pre-dawn light.  Holding the pouch in her hand, she gently shook it, jumbling the contents, before up-ending the river stones onto the soft dewy grass, whispering as she did so, ‘Let them fall where they may.’

She took a moment to study the pattern of their falling; where they landed, how they landed, which way they faced.  Then she started to laugh.  It wasn’t that she was malevolent or evil, but the town didn’t like her for the truths she would tell.  But, as she told them, ‘If you ask the question, you will hear the answer.’

The town wouldn’t like the answer she had for them that morning.  The townsfolk were in for a very bad day.

‘Oh well,’ she said, shrugging her shoulders.  ‘You always reap what you sow.’

What do you see?

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A few moments to spare this afternoon and I snatched at them with both hands.  This week has been a busy one, but largely unproductive in terms of writing.  A bit of flash fiction, a handful of poems and a single chapter on my WIP.  Time has not been on my side 😦  However, when the chance to spend a little while outdoors presented itself, in (mostly) sunshine, I decided to enjoy the crazy cloud formations overhead, hence the inspiration for this post…

Nephomancy, from the Greek for “cloud” and “divination”, is the art of divining messages or foretelling the future by studying the clouds.

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Photo 2

We have all done it, haven’t we?  Looked for pictures or recognisable shapes in the sky.  It’s just a bit of fun, to while away a summer’s day – or to give you something, anything, to do on a family picnic.  And one of the best parts of it surely has to be that more often than not, what we see is unique to us.  Where one might see one thing, another might see something completely different.  It’s just a little bit of fun…

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But what if it wasn’t?  What if, for arguments sake, there was something more in it, just waiting for you to discover it?

Turning my camera skywards this afternoon, I snapped a few shots of the clouds.  Some of them are quite dramatic, others not so much.  One of them, to my eye at least, looked like a certain mythological creature – can you guess which one? 🙂

So what, if anything, do you see in the photos in this post?  And do the pictures or symbols have any meaning?

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Oracle Forecast for the Week Ahead from The River Gardens Oracle


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This week will be one for hard work (Bee).  However, your effort will be rewarded and will bring success to your door.

If you work with balance as your guiding principle (Yin and Yang) harmony will reign and this hard work will feel effortless.

During this busy period don’t forget to take care of yourself (Mother Goddess).  It is a time for healing.  Make sure that you rest to recuperate your strength during quiet periods so that when the time comes, you are ready for anything.

This oracle forecast uses the River Gardens Oracle Card Deck, which I designed for my fictional witch, Andromache Jones.  To learn more about her and the free stories she features in, click here.

I would love to hear what you think of the stories, the cards and this reading, so please feel free to comment or contact me.

Please Note: It is worth pointing out that this reading is provided for entertainment purposes only; however, what you do with the information provided in it, is up to you.

© Sammi Cox, 2014