What Are Some Facts About Runes?
Very skilled, then, in the processing of minerals, in particular iron, they introduced brass, and for a long time, they worked smithsonite, a specific metal, a substitute for zinc. They knew the various smelting techniques very well.
They were experts in the art of divination and the use of runes.
The word “rune” means mystery or secret, each of them is more than an alphabet letter and is linked to a color, a season, and much more.
Each rune can also be used for meditation. Each rune is also combined with a special breathing and a particular body position, which work in synergy to better attract the positive energies connected to the individual ancient runes.
According to the tradition of the Vikings, the runes were given as a gift to the god Odin after he, in search of knowledge, agreed to sacrifice himself by losing an eye and hanging upside down for nine days and nine nights on the cosmic tree Yggdrasill, with a spear stuck in the side and without drinking or eating.
The runes represent the knowledge obtained after a long search and a way to look into the unconscious. Sacrificing the eye of reason in favor of that of intuition.
Although to the untrained eye, they may seem overly cryptic, runes are one of the best tools to approach divination if you have never practiced it before. Unlike cards and tarot, they refuse to speak to your rational mind and force you to confront your intuition directly.
How many ancient runes are there?
The total number of ancient runes is 24 plus the nameless rune.
First, we find the oldest runic system, its name is Futhark (which finalizes its action in giving control to the mind for selfish purposes or personal will).
It divides the 24 runes into 3 groups (Aettir), each formed by a series of 8 runes and named after the initials of the first 6 runes of the first group, called the Fehu group.
What Is Fehu?
Fehu embodies a different microcosm and purpose. It represents from the first rune Fehu, which means “livestock”, understood as the prosperity of goods, to the eighth rune Winjo, which indicates joy and honors, the prerequisites for a stable and prosperous existence.
What Is Hagalaz?
Hagalaz, on the other hand, is overcoming adversity and the unpredictability of life. Therefore, the questioning to arrive at an awareness of inner growth.
What Is Tywaz?
This group starts with Tiwaz and ends with Othila. These 8 runes give an overview of both positive and negative progress, but ultimately provide a strong hope for man’s spiritual growth.
There is a second key to interpretation called Uthark. Uthark, unlike Futhark, follows the natural order that reveals the secret of creation, of the vital forces of nature and of ourselves, because it is not based on the mind but on the spirit.
For this reason, the Uthark system was much loved by runic shamans because of its power to bring harmony, balance, without harming anyone.
Ancient runes and their meaning
Symbol of protection and defense, strength, and health. It is also the rune of willingness to welcome and help one’s neighbor and also leads to the highest level of consciousness.
Rune of fortune, of divine benevolence, of optimism; it also symbolizes the Divine Word and thus wisdom and truth as well as embodying the principle of communication. It is a messenger rune.
It indicates the gestation of a creative process and its association with the Divine. It is a very positive rune, it means fertility, spring awakening, healing.
The dawn of a new day, the victory of light over darkness, the cosmic consciousness awakened. It indicates the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one, thus announcing a period of success and prosperity.
The movement, the journey, the ability to adapt to new situations; it is a rune of transformation and settlement that leads to robust growth and gradual development. Loyalty in friendship and marital relationships.
It represents Yggdrasil, the cosmic tree that connects the three realms (Heaven, Earth, Underworld). Communication between opposing forces, force, defensive energy, action, endurance, resistance, dying to be reborn.
Fehu/ Faeo (Cattle)
Material goods, income, wealth, originally livestock, and the agricultural and family economy. It is a positive rune that indicates the realization of what you have worked so hard for.
Offer, gift, hospitality. It is the conciliation between opposing forces, it indicates success and mystical union with the Higher Self. It is the first rune collected by Odin.
Hagalaz (Hail – frost)
It represents the destructive forces that move in Nature and the unconscious. It can be a catalyst for a great awakening given by a shock.
Inguz/ Ingwaz (from the God Ing – People)
Fertility, youth, fidelity, need to complete a cycle (offering the strength to do so). It marks a time of joy and passage to a new life; it represents the door that opens towards new worlds and unique spaces.
Preservation and resistance to change.
It is that force that in Nature hinders and slows down the evolutionary process; it indicates in the psyche all the crystallized attitudes of the past.
Jera (Year – Harvest)
It represents the cycle of the seasons; it is the twelfth rune of Futhark, so it divides the alphabet in two and represents one year. It is a competent rune, full of hope, which implies good results at the end of the cycle.
Knowledge and security, the ability to know, and the ability to pass on one’s consciousness to others. It removes doubts and uncertainties.
Laguz (Lake – Water – Sea)
Imagination and intuitive knowledge, the flow of things; it also indicates the art of communication.
Mannaz/ Manz (Man)
The inner strength of the human being, the progenitors, the heredity, the interconnection between people, the cooperation to achieve a common good.
Nauthiz/ Naudiz (Need)
It rules the Nifelhel, the kingdom of the dragon Nidhog, represents the shadow of the unconscious where our fears reside. It is the rune of the night and also represents the power that lies within.
Othila (Noble – Descent)
Indicates inheritance, possession, and the mysterious hereditary powers from the lineage of their ancestors that Othila helps to strengthen. It is a symbol of protected space.
Perth/ Pertro (the dice casing – secret)
Like Perth, there is the concept of something hidden, secret, and connected to fate; it represents the hidden potentials, the undisclosed talents.
Raitho/ Raido (Ride – Wheel)
The journey, the dynamism, the sense of command and leadership, freedom, security, and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and act with courage.
Sowild/ Sowulo/ Zovilu (Sun)
It is associated with the concept of spiritual guidance, it is the essence of one’s self and one’s value; self-realization and connection to the Higher Self. It is the lightning that descends from above, the illumination, the gift of Consciousness.
Teiwaz/ Tiwaz (God of Heaven Tyr)
Tyr is a god animated by a sense of justice, presiding over legal matters. This rune represents the principles of justice, courage, and victory over enemies. It symbolizes the lance of the god. It is, therefore, a successful rune.
Thurisaz (Thorn – Thunder)
It is associated with the Giants and the God Thor (with the mighty hammer). It represents both the forces of chaos and their opposite; it stands on the border between conscious and subconscious and only if its energy is brought to light, can it be beneficial.
The warrior power, the intuitive, wild and uninhibited energy (like the aurochs, in fact, a wild bull), embodies the primordial instinct of being that overcomes all destructive perhaps. It teaches us to survive and endure adversity with courage, perseverance, and resistance.
Wunjo/ Vunjo (Perfection – Joy)
She represents Odin (Wodan) as the one who satisfies desires, she is a very positive rune: great joy, pleasure, divine gift, abundance.
How do you use the ancient runes?
There are many techniques to consult the runes. According to tradition, 25 pebbles are searched for, of relatively uniform size, and a rune is engraved on each pebble.
You then look for a bag of black or red cloth, insert all the runes, and then extract three in sequence.
The first one represents the origin of the problem or situation, the second one represents the event at the moment of consultation, the third rune represents the judgment, which is both an advice and an oracle, which must be interpreted calmly and quietly.
Runes can be used not only for divination, but also as an alphabet or talisman or merely as an energy symbol.
Runes can also be used during meditation by choosing one or more runes.
Since runes are potent symbols, experience, however, recommends using only one rune at a time to better catalyze and concentrate its energy.
The extraction of a rune, whether straight or inverted, changes its meaning, in fact, every rune, whether straight or inverted, contains both the favorable and the unfavorable implications.