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RUNES - The Elderfuthark

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The Origins of The Elderfuthark RUNES

The runes bring their message like a roaring wind, then whisper their secrets of hidden mysteries.

The word ‘rune’ comes from the root-word ‘runa’, literally meaning ‘whisper’, to ‘roar’, ‘secret’, or ‘hidden’; much like the word ‘arcane’ from which the name of the Major and Minor Arcana of the Tarot is taken. In Old English, the word ‘rune’ meant ‘mystery’.

A person who casts the runes was known as a ‘Vitki’, ‘Runecaster,’ ‘Rune Master’ or ‘Gautr’, among other names. The Rune Masters of the Teutonic people were easily recognisable by their elaborate dress and were familiar figures among tribal circles. They were feared, revered, honoured and welcomed by villagers and strangers alike.

There is much evidence to suggest that many of the runic practitioners, as with most traditions of ancient wisdom and divinity, were women.

The runes were carried from place to place by traders, nomads, adventurers and warriors. In time, even the Anglo-Saxon missionaries kept, learned and used them.

Though there are many differences of opinion about when, where and how the runic writing system originally began, there is a general agreement that they were used by pagan tribes over a vast area of Northern Europe. Scholars have proposed a number of theories to explain the historical origin of the runes, all of which have their strengths and weaknesses.

Assorted scholars believe the runes were used predominantly between the 3rd and 17th Centuries. Some historians are certain that the runes had their birth among the Teutonic tribes of Northern Europe, as long ago as 500BC, whilst others are sure that the Goths of Scandinavia adapted the Greek cursive script during their contact with the Hellenic culture around 200AD.

Others speculate that the runes originated much later in Northern Italy and that they were derived from the Latin alphabet. Many take the view that they were invented during the Viking Civilization, around 200AD. Historically, there is evidence that the Elder Futhark was used for engraving jewellery at least 50 to 100 years before the birth of Christ, making it obvious that the runes had been in useable existence since ancient times. According to documented research, the last original Rune Masters lived in seventeenth-century Iceland. Regardless of their exact date of birth, the runes are as powerful and relevant today as they were in yesteryear.

Thousands of years ago, the runes evolved in a culture that understood the essential elements of life; the balance of personal power through self-mastery. The runes are part of a system of spiritual belief that is older than Christianity, is as beautiful and complex as the Buddhist and Hindu beliefs and encompasses the wisdom-based knowledge of the Eastern traditions.

Joanne

RUNES – The Elderfuthark

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Elderfuthark Rune FEHU

  • FEHU Rune
    FEHU Alternative Names Feoh, Fe. Key Phrase Wealth should never be hoarded, but used for the benefit of all. Meaning Cattle, Fee, Gold. Viking Rune Equivalent and Meaning Possessions,...
  • URUZ Rune
    URUZ Alternative Names Ur, Uriz. Key Phrase To find your true strengths, you must first face your weaknesses. Meaning Auroch (wild Oxen) Viking Rune Equivalent and Meaning ...
  • THURISAZ Rune
    THURISAZ Alternative Names Thorn; Thurith, Thurs. Key Phrase You have the power within you to face anything that may cross your path. Meaning Thorn, The Strong Ones, Giants,...
  • ANSUZ Rune
    ANSUZ Alternative Names Ansus; Ansur; Os. Key Phrase Everything that comes to you comes to teach you. Meaning Authority figure, a god, a leader, mind and body balance,...
  • RAIDO Rune
    RAIDO Alternative Names Rad; Raidho; Reidh, Rit, Radio. Key Phrase For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Meaning Journey, travel, a wagon, a cartwheel, the...
  • KENAZ Rune
    KENAZ Alternative Names Ken; Kano; Kaunaz; Kanaz, Kaon, Cen. Key Phrase Enlightenment needs to be tempered with wisdom before its true worth and power can be known. Meaning Wisdom, insight, a...
  • GEBO Rune
    GEBO Alternative Names Gyfu; Giba; Gyfu; Gipt; Gifu; Geofu. Key phrase To tread a spiritual path you must be both a giver and a receiver. Meaning Gift, an offering, love, balance,...
  • WUNJO Rune
    WUNJO Alternative Names Wyn, Winja, Wynn. Key Phrase To have happiness You must be at peace with yourself. Meaning Joy, happiness, perfection, light,success, contentment, rewards....
  • HAGALAZ Rune
    HAGALAZ Alternative Names Haegl, Hagl, Haegl, Hagal, Hagall. Key Phrase Never shy away from challenges as they strengthen and teach you throughout your life. Meaning Hail,...
  • NAUTHIZ Rune
    NAUTHIZ Alternative Names Ny, Naudhiz, Nauths, Nyd, Naut, Nied. Key Phrase To achieve your wants, you often need to experience the very opposite. Meaning Need, fire, primal need....
  • ISA Rune
    ISA Alternative Names Is, Eis, Iss. Key Phrase When life seems at a standstill, review the past and look to the future. Meaning Ice (in opposition of Fire) Viking Rune...
  • JERA Rune
    JERA Alternative Names Ger, Jer, Ar, Yer, Jara. Key Phrase This is a time of hard work, and of reaping rewards for past efforts. Meaning Year, time, harvest, a season, life cycle....
  • EIHWAZ Rune
    EIHWAZ Alternative Names Eoh, Iwaz, Eow, Ihwar. Key Phrase By embracing change you will make quick progress on your path. Meaning The Yew Tree (Yggdrasil), Natures Immortality,...
  • PERTHO Rune
    PERTHO Alternative Names Perthro, Per, Peor, Perth, Palrthra, Peordh, Perdhro, Peorth. Key Phrase Make your own choices and take charge of your own destiny. Meaning Dice-Cup, dice, chess...
  • ALGIZ Rune
    ALGIZ Alternative Names Alz, Elhaz, Eolh, Eolh-secg. Key Phrase Although your path may be fraught with danger, you have the power of protection within you. Meaning An Elk, the horns or...
  • SOWULO Rune
    SOWULO Alternative Names Sowilo, Sowelu, Sigel, Sowelu, Sugil, Sigil, Sol, Sig. Key Phrase You have the power to bring things to fruition. Meaning The Sun. Viking Rune Equivalent...
  • TEIWAZ Rune
    TEIWAZ Alternative Names Tiwaz, Tir, Tyr, Teiws, Tiw. Key Phrase Now is the time to make use of the skills and wisdom you have acquired. Meaning Tyr (Warrior God), the Tyr Rune,...
  • BERKANA Rune
    BERKANA Alternative Names Berkano; Beorc; Bairkan; Bjarkan. Key Phrase Now is the time to put the knowledge and wisdom you have learned into practice. Meaning A Birch Tree Viking...
  • EHWAZ Rune
    EHWAZ Alternative Names Eoh; Aihwas; Eh; Ior. Key Phrase Always be as loyal and supportive to those around you, as they are to you. Meaning A Horse or Horses, transportation. Viking...
  • MANNAZ Rune
    MANNAZ Alternative Names Man; Mann; Manna; Madhr. Key Phrase Your Destiny Awaits - Claim It. Meaning A Human; Mankind; Human Existence. Viking Rune Equivalent A human; the Self...
  • LAGUZ Rune
    LAGUZ Alternative Names Lagu; Lagus; Logr; Lagaz. Key Phrase Still waters run deep. Meaning Creation; water; emotions; the Leek plant. Viking Rune Equivalent Flow. Water. A...
  • INGUZ Rune
    INGUZ Alternative Names Ing; Epel; Ingwaz; Enguz; Iggws. Key Phrase Live in the moment. Meaning Ing the Fertility God (also known as Freyr) Viking Rune Equivalent Fertility. The...
  • OTHILA Rune
    OTHILA Alternative Names Othala; Ogthala; Othel; Othal; Ethel; Odhal; Opild. Key Phrase Focus your thoughts to attract the right energies that you need to make your dream a reality. ...
  • DAGAZ Rune
    Dagaz Rune DAGAZ Alternative Names Daeg; Dags; Dag; Daeg; Dogr. Key Phrase If you stay true to yourself only good things will come your way. Meaning Day (daylight) Viking Rune...
  • RUNIC Tradition
    THE ELDERFUTHARK TRADITION Though the runes form an alphabetic sequence, they are essentially ideographic rather than alphabetic in principle. They were devised to symbolise and make known a series of...
  • Interpreting The RUNES
    INTERPRETING THE RUNES The power of interpretation is available to everyone and improves with time, patience, discipline and a keen interest to learn the ancient ways to wisdom. As you get to...
  • RUNES - Care, Cleansing, Empowering and Storage
    CARE OF YOUR RUNES Runes can be powerful allies provided you treat them with the care and respect they deserve. They do need to be cleansed and empowered, particularly when they are...
  • The Tree Of Life - Web of Wyrd
    The Tree of Life Wyrd is a Norse term for the complex interconnecting web that binds all things together, whether they be living or not. This web is more intertwined and intricate than any other...
  • The Runes and The Cabala
    The Cabala pre-dates the Elderfuthark Runes and the Tarot by approximately 100 years. The Cabala is a system of Jewish mysticism that is thought to have originated in Southern France and Spain in the...
  • Healing Runes
    Runes have strong and powerful healing properties and are of great therapeutic value. This is because of their ancient earth-based, grounded energies, as well as their harmonious and balancing...
  • Consulting The RUNES
    Because the runes are an ancient guidance (and to some, divinatory) device predating many others, they bring into our consciousness a more grounded, earthy value system. Too often we are not able...
  • Mythology and Cosmology of the Norse Vikings
    The mythology and cosmology of the Norse is complex in detail, concept, ideology and comprehension. The beliefs and ideals entail an intensive study on their own and would take thorough investigation to fully...

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Comments

mel on June 20, 2010:

I love runes :-) its interesting when I keep picking the same ones over and over again - and how true their meaning is for me

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