The Witch’s Familiar Runic Oracle
Athene Noctua
Hay House, Inc. (September 26, 2023)
Reviewed by Wendy Stokes

“Our life paths are interwoven with the animals we share our planet with.”

Athene Noctua has created several card decks. She is an English artist who has combined runes with animals to produce this quirky and cute card deck. Each card carries an Elder Futhark rune that is paired with an animal companion. The cards can either be read using the rune or the animal symbol or both.

The runes originally had a connection to nature, and this connection is important in the reading so the book gives the rune letter, the god-form, and the animal. The book also provides information on runes for the beginner and I think this would make an interesting gift for a young and inquisitive person. The write-up gives explanation of the artwork combined with the rune, a handful of keywords, and offers a magical working.

The spreads are: The 3 Sisters 3 cards, 3 to the Power of 3 9 cards, Fork in the Road 7 cards, The Ultimate Outcome 5 cards, and the Full Picture 4 cards.

If there is not sufficient divination text for you, look up online, runes and animal archetypes. Very enjoyable!