The Little Giant Encylopedia of Runes

Just a quick review of a teeny wee reference book on Runes…

Pros
- Lots of information on the Runes and on Rune Casting
- Has a great section on dream incubation with runes, i.e. dealing with daily problems during sleep.
- Great as an introduction for a novice, but also handy as a reference guide for experienced casters.
- Information on commissioning your own set of runes.

Cons
- The book is based on Celtic rather than Elder Futhark runes

Apart from that, it’s a great resource for just £5.49 with free delivery from Play.com

If you know of a better resource, as always, comment below and let us know…

Taiwan aborigines pass on witchcraft tradition

The indigenous Paiwan tribe in Taiwan has recently started a class to train young people in the traditional skills of witchcraft that they have practiced for centuries. Witchcraft is an important ancient ritual for the Paiwan, the mediums who practiced it treated diseases, prayed for the community, blessed people and protected them from evil.

“In the past, mediums had a high status in the tribe,” said Weng Yu-hua, who spearheaded the opening of the class and whose mother is a tribal witch. “They played an important role, especially during major occasions such as before a hunting excursion, before the year’s crops were planted, or when the tribe mourned the death of one of its members,” she said.

Half a century ago, the Paiwan tribe had more than 100 practitioners of witchcraft, but the tradition has nearly died out with the spread of Christianity. Now the tribe has fewer than 20 witches.

A major challenge for those who want to preserve the art of witchcraft is the lack of a Paiwan written language. All the witches’ chants were memorised and passed on orally. There are specific chants for each occasion. For instance, there is a chant to bless hunters, a chant to pray for a good harvest and a chant to invite the various gods and the souls of tribal ancestors to the village.

“We’ve only been able to note down about half the chants,” said one of the students. “The elders have difficulties chanting for a long time.”

Bargain Meditation Set – the hunt is on.

Looking for a cheap present for someone into ‘all this new age stuff’? You can’t go wrong with the Meditation set from CD WOW!. For just £5.99 with free delivery you get; a CD, 35ml of Ylang Ylang diffuser oil, 8 Bamboo reed sticks, 1 ceramic meditation statue and stage to set it all on. The CD is of well-known classical pieces, designed for relaxation and meditation including ‘Dance of the Blessed Spirits’, ‘Peer Gynt Morning’ and ‘Meditation from Thais’.

So we are laying down the gauntlet – if anyone can find an equally cheap and cheerful gift related to anything we like at Upon Reflection (meditation, tarot, runes, chakras, ancient symbols etc) comment below and let us know! There will be a prize for the best gift idea we get.



Kundalini Yoga – A Journey Through The Chakras

If you are a fan of the Body In Balance tv channel on Sky, you are probably familiar with Maya Fiennes yoga routines. She combines a powerful mix of Kundalini yoga practices with meditation and mantras that are designed to help you to balance your Chakras. What you might not be aware of, is that Maya’s practices are available on DVD, in boxsets to suit your needs. For instance, in her best selling boxset, Maya covers chakras 4 and 5, the Love and Truth Chakras, with an individual practice for each. This is the 2nd set in a series of 3 sets called, ‘A Journey Through the Chakras’ which follows on from “Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes, Courage, Creativity & Will Power”. Based on the style of yoga called Kundalini, Maya’s classes are fun, uplifting, and above all inspirational and is an effective practice for all ages and levels of ability.

The boxsets are available from Play.com from £11.99 with free delivery.

To learn more about the Chakras, visit our pages via the navigation on the left, or by clicking here.

Lost tribe settlement found

There are thought to be around 100 ‘lost tribes’ still remaining in the world today, that is nomadic, indigenous peoples who choose to remain in isolation. It’s estimated that around 50 of these tribes live in the border area between Brazil and Peru. Recently, anthropologists found an abandoned village in a densely forested remote part of Peru, complete with 38 huts, spears, baskets and food. The discovery presents a rare opportunity to find out more about these Amazonian tribes, who have no other contact to outside world.

Around 150 people are thought to have lived in the village before it was abandoned. While the area is not directly at risk from development, the land is increasingly sought after, threatening the existence of these peoples and their unique way of life.

You can read the full story here on BBC News