Araneum, (Latin); Spider’s web.


BC 1Balkan Revenant’s Cross:  Also known as Crux Orthodoxa, the Eastern Orthodox Cross, and as a variant of the Greek Orthodox or Patriarchal Cross. It is most often seen in Russia, Ukraine and other Slavic countries. Traditionally, the top beam is inscribed with ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’, as well as its Latin abbreviation (INRI) and Russian abbreviation (INBI). It is believed that the slanted lower bar represents the footrest upon which Jesus’ feet were nailed; reflecting the repentant thief and the unrepentant thief that were crucified alongside him. The penitent criminal to the right ascending into heaven, while the unapologetic man to his left falls into the fires of hell, as well as eternal separation from God. As such, it is also meant to serve as a reminder of the Final Judgement.

Bathory, Countess Elizabeth: (1560-1614). Noblewoman and ‘vampire’ from the powerful Hungarian Bathory family of Castle Csejthe. Known as the ‘Bloody Countess’, from her obsession with blood and its occult powers, and her infamous and horrific multiple murders. Over a period of years, hundreds of young girls were taken into service and forced into orgies, then manacled by her henchmen and sadistically bled to death.

Bathory drank, showered and bathed in their fresh blood, believing it to prolong her own vain life indefinitely. When she was finally arrested, tried and found guilty, she was spared execution due to her noble status. However, she was interred in her own bedroom, where she survived death for four years behind her bricked-up door.



Baudelaire, Charles: French poet and critic of the 19th century, well known for his dark themes of lust, decay and depravity. His most famous work, Les Fleurs du Mal, propelled Baudelaire into notoriety, praised by fellow authors as ‘injecting new life into Romanticism’. Translating the works of Edgar Allan Poe proved to be one of his major influences; Baudelaire claimed him to be a ‘twin soul’.

BELEP 1Belle Époque: (French); ‘The Beautiful Era’. The golden age for the upper classes of Europe, ending around 1914, with the onset of The Great War; a bohemian time of peace between governments and Enlightenment-spurred creativity and ingenuity.

bindruneBindrune: A pre-Viking Age inscription, composed of two or more single runes combined to form a new, collective meaning. It is believed that this concentrates the power of individual runes, making them more potent and harmonious.
P338 Bindrune Hammer

Alchemy's Bindrune Hammer pendant, the head of which is chased with three powerful bind-runes.


The three bind-runes cut into the head of this hammer are:

Made up of: FEOH for wealth and energy and UR for power and courage.
Made up of: TYR for war, justice and male sexuality and PEURTH for chance, skill and sexual pleasure.
Made up of: SIGEL for victory over darkness THORN for aggressive energy and KEN for creativity and illumination

The runes cannot be separated from the mythology of the people who created them. The hammer was the sign of Thor, the god of weather and Vikings wore silver hammers for strength.

Some Runic descriptions:

Cattle: a measure of movable wealth; money; energy and hard work that leads to wealth; emotional and spiritual riches, The rune of Prey, the god of fertility and richness.
Auroch (bull): physical strength, endurance, courage; the raw, wild power of freedom; emotional and spiritual strength; male sexual potency; good health; a possible challenge leading to a major life change.
The ford of God: controlled, creative, and divine power; spiritual prophecy and revelation; wisdom, knowledge, reason, and communication; instruction and advice; a possible test.
Thorn: energy, used for good or for chaos; the forces of the unconscious, anger and lust; a weapon for harm or protection; a spell of luck, or luck running out.
Wheel: the wheel of life; travel or movement; direction, planning, foresight, determination, and fortitude; a journey of life or spirituality; communication; wise counsel.
Hearth-Fire: light, vision and warmth: natural, robust good health; sheds light and dispels ignorance; spiritual illumination; suggests the way forward; light and action create new ideas.
Gift: A gift binds together a giver and a receiver and requires reciprocation; partnership or union, in business or in love; bonding and mutual support and affection.
Reward: a feeling of goodness, joy and satisfaction; total harmony with life; passive achievement; cooperation and companionship with others; intimate closeness to the creator.
Storm: elemental disruption; linked with other runes, it can suggest changing direction, limitation, interruption, delay; possible hardship, suffering, injury or illness.
Adversity: being in need and hardship; perseverance, endurance, inner strength; experience and learning of patience; warns against taking a risky decisions. Has a delaying influence on other runes.
Ice: beautiful and dangerous; slippery or brittle; caution for a delay; cools a confrontation; protection; cooling of emotional affection; has a freezing, delaying or preserving influence on other runes.
Yew Tree: evergreen; linked with death; regeneration and reincarnation; continuity, endurance; strength, flexibility and long-life; contains protective magic.
Gaming Dice: chance and skill, making the best of your fate; disclosure of spiritual secrets; enjoyment of sexuality; wise judgement and moderation needed in applying this reading.
Elk Antlers: a favourable rune; powerful protection; reaching up to the divine; success through endeavour in ambition and perseverance.
Victory: a positive force from the natural power of the sun; clear vision; victory of light over darkness, good over evil.
Tyr, the Norse God: the god of justice and war, fair law and regulation; success through sacrifice; controlling chaotic forces; determination and male sexuality.
Regeneration: renewal, purification, healing and recovery; the family and the home; enjoyment in sexual relations; success in fertility and birth, either physically or symbolically and in ideas.
Horse: a sacred animal; speed, strength, and beauty; a vehicle for material and spiritual advancement; controlled change and progress; a possible journey; partnership, trust, loyalty, and faithfulness;
Man (species); shared human nature within each individual, from life into death; creativity, intelligence, forward planning, and speech; cooperation between individuals for the benefit of the common good.
Water: the life force and a constant danger; the journey through life containing risks; fluidity, mutability, and a lack of control; the sensual madness of sexuality, the unconscious, intuition, and psychic abilities.
Completion: fertility god; the certainty of a conclusion; the male orgasmic force, or birth; wholesome sexuality; a strong, affectionate family, and a safe, secure hearth and home; protection; spiritual aspiration.
Day: light and life. the new light of dawn, and the strength of the sun at midday and midsummer; the divine light; brightness, growth, progress, development, and sometimes fundamental change.
The Ancestral Home: property, fixed wealth or inheritance; inherited family characteristics; a united family's strength; your lifetime's accumulation; your spiritual home.


Bosch, Hieronymus: Early Netherlandish painter, active during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His works often focused on strongly moral and religious notions, and the most famous include The Garden of Earthly Delights; a triptych depicting Eden, the earthly delights themselves, and Hell.

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