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Episode 39 - Ethics and Practicalities of Rune Reading part I

August 1st, 2018

Episode 39 – Ethics and Practicalities of Rune Reading I


Things we talk about in this episode:


Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.



Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence



Background fire ambience by inchadney from


This episode is purely UPG, and is the things that Suzanne has considered when casting runes for others. It’s not the only way to approach this, there are many things to consider when you cast runes and interpret them. It’s also the first one of a two-parter – the discussion went on a little longer that we thought it would, and so we’ve split it into two.


“Warm knees!” Havamal verse 3


“There are many models and they have a plan” paraphrased from Battlestar Galactica opening


Transformers: before all the Michael bay films, there was a children’s cartoon:


“That goes for you two idiots with your eyes closed behind the sheet of glass” From The Goon Show episode Napoleons Piano, first broadcast 11th October 1955


1812 Overture:


Schrodinger’s dog… ok, so the original is Schrodingers cat:


Feynman diagrams – used to describe particle interactions in physics:


Jason Momoa – like he needs an introduction from us:


Cylon’s – from Battlestar Galactica, especially nice in the reboot 2004 - 2009


“Have a gorilla” Running gag in The Goon Show, most often said by the character Grytpype-Thynne


“Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be…” line from ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ (TV show 1990 - 2006)


The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins young adult dystopian book trilogy, which was them made into films


“A mug of your finest hot water with brown grit in it” – Mrs Miggins Pie Shop, Blackadder


Vitki – someone who specialises in talismanic uses of runes


The runic graffiti of Maeshowe:


When you cast runes for someone else, there are practical and ethical things to consider:


Using runes for self reflection.


Consider whether you want to charge for reading runes for someone else. There is no right answer for this.


Tea leaf-omancy – otherwise known as tasseography:


Legal considerations: UK Trading Standards Regulations: “This service is for entertainment purposes only” Many places across the world require psychics, diviners or oracles to have a disclaimer on their services: see example here:


The Witchcraft Act (replaced by the Fraudulent Mediums Act in 1951)


Squiddly spooge: from Invader Zim episode 'Dark Harvest':


Gardenarian Wicca


The Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951 (now incorporated into UK Trading Standards Regulations)

See here for a short overview of UK law relating to witchcraft


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