Fun FAQs–Rune Classes & Rune Divination

Here is some fun history about the Runes. The word “Rune” has roots in the Celtic and Germanic languages. “Rune” means “mystery” or “secret.” An original meaning in Proto-Indo-European languages was to roar, or to whisper. (Thorsen, Edred. Runelore: the Magic, History, and Hidden Codes of the Runes, 4) Thus the root word “Rune” connects to sound, as well as to mystery.

The Runes are an alphabet. Three notable Rune alphabets evolved over history. The three historical Runic alphabets are the Elder Futhark, the Younger Futhark, and the Anglo-Saxon Futhark. The term “F-U-TH-A-R-K” is simply the first six letters of these alphabets: Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raidho, and Kenaz.

The Futharks have variations in the shapes of the letters and each alphabet contains different numbers of letters. The Elder Futhark contains twenty-four letters, the Anglo-Saxon twenty-eight, and the Younger Futhark sixteen. Runes have numerological configurations, and working with three-six-nine has tremendous power. Edred Thorsson in the appendix of Runelore provided a detailed collection of these alphabets and their variations, which I have gained much understanding from studying.

Although the Runes have history as a written script, they double as magical symbols. Each of the Runes symbols has an energy that can be applied to daily life and meeting one’s needs. You can write modern English in Rune symbols giving words a form that focuses magic and intention. Medieval grimoires record spells written to get women, cattle, healing, and luck.

Because the Runes connect to sound, you can sing, chant, or tone them. The Runes, written, chanted, or sung, bring about desired results. I sang a winter storm away from an area my husband and I were driving through once. The results amazed me. You develop the capacity of your mind to concentrate on your need and then apply it.

Mythologically the Runes have a different story than the one the historians tell. Most of the information comes from the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda. The Poetic Edda is a collections of poems from the Codex Regius circa 12th century, and the Prose Edda was written down by the bard Snorri Sturluson before the poems and stories were lost to us forever. Other significant poems are Groagaldr, Fjolsvinnsmal, Hrafngaldr Odins, and the Solarljod. (Kvilhaug, Maria. The Seed of Yggdrasil, 3).

The story of the Runes is thus: The Norse God Odin sacrificed himself to himself by hanging on the World Tree for nine days and nights impaled on his own spear without offering of food or drink. At the end of this time, Odin spied the Runes at the root of the Great Tree, and roaring bent down to collect them up. This act of Odin’s was a kind of a death initiation where the lower self is sacrificed to the higher Self and Odin achieved his illumination. He went on to share the Runes with the Gods and humanity. (The source of this story is the Havamal, one of the poems within the Poetic Edda).

The mythology of the Runes differs from the historical Runes in a very significant way. The Runes are a path to divine mysteries. Rune masters hid the mystical meaning of the Runes from those who were not ready for this knowledge. Yet we are living in times when many more people are ready for this learning. I meet many people now who understand the Runes in a deep way and hold communication with the Elder Gods and keep sacred ties to their Ancestors.

Rune Set created on bloodstone
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