Since I'm working on divination
, I went ahead and cooked up these stones with Illustrator and Photoshop. They're used much like rune stones. In their fictional context, they are traditionally carved from lapis lazuli, turquoise, or any other deep blue stone. Below is an explanation of each stone in the order you see them above and their uses in divination. The term "diviner" refers to the person whose "fortune" is being told:
This is a simplified drawing of a carpenter's parallel rule
used for checking parallels. The actual tool has two horizontal segments of equal length in the middle. The tool is folded to adjust to different distances, but the edges always remain parallel. The symbol represents precision of measurements or actions, parallels or other strong relations between ideas and events, and also is a symbol of productivity. It may refer to the creation of the world, indicate new beginnings, or suggest that the diviner should proceed with great care.
The upward-facing arrow points to the sky and symbolizes the ideals associated with it: purity, enlightenment, grace, and virtue. It may indicate either the possession or the need for these values.
The circle is symbolic of the cycles of nature, of complete durations of time, and of completeness in general. It indicates the end one one thing and the start of something new.
Circle with Dot:
This symbol may depict an eye, a breast, or some sort of target. It is what they eye seeks, the nurturing force and the aim or goal that the diviner seeks. It represents a desire or search for something, but not necessarily attainment.
The corner is just that: it indicates that the diviner is about turn a new corner and encounter some kind of change.
The box simply represents containment. The diviner may feel trapped or restricted, or may be too possessive.
Rain or Falling Water:
Falling water, be it rain, a waterfall, or something less natural, can be both helpful or damaging to the environment around it. It may indicate a delicate balance and the potential for something in the diviner's life to become fruitful or to go terribly wrong. It also represents a the lack of control that water displays as falling and may indicate a lack of self-control or passive behavior and a tendency to acquiesce too easily.
This symbol represents a sickle-like blade originating in the eastern part of the Köbör valley and used by foreign peoples as both a tool and a weapon. It signifies warliteral or figurativeconflict, threats, or simply foreign influence.
The snake hides easily among the brush and may not be noticed until it has struck. This symbol signifies the danger of hiding and keeping secrets or simply indicates obscurity and the unknown.
Animal with Long Tail:
This symbol depicts some kind of mammal with a long tail curled up beside it. As the tail follows behind, this symbol may represent falling behind. However, it may also represent coming up from behind or sneaking, surprise, and other mischief. Something negative may be following the diviner.
The symbol also popularly represents playfulness or animal nature and has various connotations, both positive and negative.
Two life paths cross like roads. This sign indicates a meeting, union, alliance, or at least a simple interaction, probably with someone who wouldn't usually be encountered in such a way.
Mountains are an obstacle to travel, and this sign indicates obstacles in life. If the circle follows, this indicates having overcome the obstacle. If the triangle follows, this indicates that the diviner has the ability to endure the obstacle.
Cup or Valley:
This symbol may represent a cup (perhaps containing an alcoholic beverage) or a valley, a place of comfort where one makes one's home. It represents carnal pleasures and indulgence and is also associated with feminine qualities. Other symbols in proximity to this one may indicate whether the indulgence is positive or negative, liberating or captivating.
The zigzag symbol is radially symmetrical and represents symmetry, equality, balance or harmony.
The claw is generally represented with an opening at the top for no particular reason. It simply depicts an animal's claw and indicates injury or other misfortune.
The fish is a symbol of abundance for those who rely on it for food, but it is also easy prey. It represents great potential that may be easily wasted.
This symbol depicts the face of an animal with horns or ears. It represents physical needs such as food and also signifies wealth. Taken metaphorically, it may represent spiritual wealth or fulfillment.
The spiral actually depicts a womb and signifies fertility and prosperity.
This symbol is completely abstract and indicates wisdom or understanding of one's situation.
This is a more concrete alteration of the wisdom symbol and represents strength, ability, and resilience, both physical and spiritual. It indicates that the diviner has notable ability or is at least able to endure the current situation.