If you are new to the world of Runes here are some basics that apply to the majority of Runes from Elder Funk to Witches.
Keep in mind that there are many different versions and ways of using Runes and what I share here is which ones I use, how I use them and is only my view. As with anything you read or see online, you should always do your own research and critical analysis to see how (or if) they would fit into your individual practices.
What are Runes?
Runes were used by many different peoples across the centuries with the best know being the Viking Runes. They are commonly used for divination and were usually marked, etched, or painted onto stone, bone, or wood. Each Rune marking or symbol can be part of an alphabet but also have meanings when used in divination.
Runes were not used for writing as we use our alphabet but were used on large stones (monoliths) to mark an event or honor a warrior for example.
Runes have been found in many places Vikings landed or invaded, from Iceland to America. Many of the places influenced by the Vikings developed their own runes which differed slightly in symbols and names, but the meanings remained very similar. While others developed a more pictorial type of Rune. The use of the Runes for divination is the common thread.
The word Rune derived from the German word Ru – meaning to remain hidden, held in mystery or kept secret.
Runes, caring for them.
First things first, you will of course need a set of Runes. The more well-known versions of Runes are widely available in many materials however, if cost is a factor, you are not able to find the version you want or you would prefer it, you can create your own set to use.
Caring for your Runes is much like you would care for anything you value and should be done whichever type of Runes you choose to use.
Common Rune Divination Use.
As with anything you will learn what works best for you as you begin using your chosen Runes, but I will cover the most common ways of use here.
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