Sunday, January 4, 2015

Runes


Runes are ancient Germanic symbols written on wood and stone. Legend has it that runes were a sacred gift to mortals and were first given to the Norse God Odin after he wounded himself with a spear and then hung himself from Yggdrasill, the World Tree for nine days. 

Rune Stones come in a set of 24 ancient alphabetic symbols and one blank tile. The blank tile is known as the Wryd or Odin. Runes were originally used for writing among the ancient Northern Europeans and are known today as a divination tool and opening up psychic awareness.

Runes can be a gateway to the world of mythic symbolism. One encoded in our bones and blood. They can assist in awakening the path and lore of our soul. They will ask you to know yourself and offer a key to opening a door to that knowing. They are an oracle used to seek advice regarding life and nature. They work best if you detail your current circumstances and then ask a specific question. Rune readings are sometimes obscure. They don't give answers.
In consulting an oracle we seek guidance in discovering those places where our fears and desires influence/shape how we interact with the world in each moment. Once we have awareness of these elements in our lives we can then make choices that assist us in walking a path to wholeness. Runes are not the only way to wholeness but one tool in many that will assist us along the way.
The word "rune" actually means mystery, secret or whisper. Each rune has esoteric meanings and properties associated with it, beyond its mundane meaning and phonetic value. Each translates into a word or a phrase signifying concepts important to the early peoples who used them, representing the forces of nature and mind. Each rune has a story attached to it, a relationship to a Norse God.

You may ask how can the random selection of symbols on stone speak to who we are? The answer is to use the runes and discover why. 

I use Runes and Oghams (Celtic tree language) in my practice as a Druid. Runes also support the personal work I do with the guidance of my dreams. In future posts I will share how they support my Dreamwork.





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