My what interesting topics we are posting these days. I'm going to have to start checking this thing more often. One of the things that sold me on astrology wasn't 'oh he's a leo and they act this way...' but 'he's a leo with a pisces moon and a sag. rising and he's got venus in virgo' noooooow i understand! however, i use astrology mostly for fun. it's fun to use an ephemeris and look up people's charts. I find it's actually true about oh half the time, but then it was explained to me about how if someone has mars and jupiter in opposition then this can happen and that's why the mars in libra thing isn't accurate for that person but maybe something else might be. it's those finer points that make it intriguing. astrology actually makes no sense to me on the base level. it didn't make sense to me until i started getting more detailed into it. I think magazine horscopes are bunk because being a sag, it always picks on me. (and i don't have to like it so there! ) as for runes and tarot. i'm coming out. i do them frequently for others. and myself. actually i only use them for myself if i am having trouble making a desicion or have a pondering situation i need a little extra insight on. i take care to tell people that its only based on what's happening in your life and your mental state at 10:25am on april 24, 2003. we're talking IN THE MOMENT here and nothing more. your path changes as you change and grow. I also tell people that tarot and runes are best used as an insight, of a possibility of what can happen given the shape of your life and the choices you are currently making or give you some further clarity on a given situation (NEVER get a reading when you are depressed. it will be gloomy even if it's not really) . if you take a reading as insight, you have more power to change it if you don't like it. (i'm famous for: i don't like it so its not true so blah!) I get some pretty interesting scenarios when I read for people.(and yes, if you wait a month or 2 and do another reading, you might get a completely different reading) if someone tells you you're gonna die or that you have foot cancer or something equally irresponsible tell them have green scales and soft yellow underbellies and RUN! same if you get told you're out of balance because the readers gets something wrong and that reader would rather be right than happy. in fact run really far from those with the scaly finned ridges down their backs! a good reader will realise they are probably reading it wrong and look at what they are seeing from another angle.
I have noticed that many readings are symbolic in nature as opposed to literal. case in point: Heidi's rune. given what little I know of Heidi, I wouldn't jump to her incredibly violent nature (sarcasm!) but would picture her as a crusader and someone who has gone from victim to warrior and channels that into a constructive manner. Some of the toughest wars we fight are transforming from that victim to warrior and that doesn't mean taking up weapons in the literal sense but by choosing our weapons. In heidi's case she has her pen-or keyboard as the case may be. she also is likely someone who will fight for what is right and for the welfare of her children. not such a bad thing to get the weaponry rune after all. go sister!
as to the beaver thing. the beaver is a builder of dreams and the cycle of power is at dusk and night. if a beaver appears in your life it can reflect the opportunity to build on your dreams. so maybe the person who decided you were a beaver saw that now is a really good time for you to be working on those dreams of yours. When beaver shows up, it is time for action. Incidentally, when you see a particular animal and it really strikes you, that animal medicine is relevant in your life at the moment. Of course I live in a place where wild animals are a fact of life (the bears are back! I hope they stay out of the garbage this year!) so I think this takes on more relevance in day to day life, but I think seeing a picture of an animal can be just as relevant. but animal meds are another topic and I'm just babbling away now. I got my beaver info from a ted andrews book called animal speak. it's a really cool book for anyone interested in animal meds. So yeah I believe animals are pretty significant and your "power animal" (for lack of a better term) changes as you do so heidi don't despair, you won't be a beaver forever someday you may be a kingfisher or a cedar waxwing. or a tarantula sorry I couldn't resist
btw, I loooove how everyone is doing south park avatars!!! that is so great! you all are so creative!!