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What Are Runes?
The Runes are a Germanic alphabet which is typically used to divine the future. This alphabet predates the adoption of the Latin alphabet in the western world. The two most common Runic alphabets are Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian. The Scandinavian variety is known as the Futhark and the Anglo-Saxon is called the Futhorc. The earliest Runic inscriptions discovered were created around 150AD.
When we think of the Runes images of Northern Europe and Vikings come to mind. This Runic alphabet started out as an italian language and eventually became associated with a completely different culture. The Runic language spread across Europe. Italy and other southern countries were converted to the Latin language by new Christian influences. The Northern countries were not converted for another 800 years. The Runes were firmly established as part of their lives and persist in still being used today.
In 2013 I had an experience where I dropped a set of Runes on the floor. This experience filled me with great anxiety. I was very unhappy with the apartment I was living in at the time. I was very perturbed by this experience. This was a catalyst which made me decide to move from my apartment. I felt so burdened with stress from issues with my neighbors. This small event seemed like the last straw. It might not make a lot of sense, but I decided to move from my apartment that very day.
I was very interested in the Runes as a practicing occultist. My main method of divination over the years had been astrology. At the time of this incident I was only a novice. I had used the Runes less than 10 times. 2 different sets were in my collection. One set was ceramic and the other was black glass. This black set was the one that I dropped on the floor. I thought I had lost 1 of the pieces. It wasn't until later that I realized this set was different from the other one. The missing Rune was not actually missing. This particular did not include the blank Rune called Wyrd.
Wyrd is the blank Rune. Not all Runes sets will have this one. It is more of a modern addition. Some have said it is like the Joker in the pack.
There are 3 main runic alphabets. These are the Common Germanic Futhark, The Anglo-Saxon Script, and Viking Script. These alphabets are divided into 3 groups of letters called aettir. The Old Icelandic word aett has a variety of meanings. It can mean 'sex', 'gender', 'Family', or 'eight'. The Gremanic Futhark was divided into 3 groups of 8 runes. The 16 rune Viking Script was divided into groups of 6, 5, and 5. In Iceland the runes were gathered into aettir named after the gods and goddess Freya, Hagal, and Tiw.
There are 3 Aettir in the Elder Futhark. The Aettir are the basis of Runic numerology,
Thorns are a Source of Pain
The Aettir In Magick
- Aettir-The Three Divisions of the Runes & Their Use in Rune Magic
The runes of the elder futhark are divided into three groups of eight, called aettir. See how this is meaningful in divination and magic
The Thorn is sorely sharp for any thane
Hurtful to hold
To every man who lies among them.
— Rune Poem
- Male sexuality
The Devil's Rune
Thurisaz is a rune which deals with directed force and your true will. It has erotic connotations and corresponds with male sexuality. It is a rune of chaos and is imbued with magic powers. It is associated with temptations and enthusiasm. It signifies being in the right place at the right time. It teaches us to think before acting. Sometimes we must wait and allow matters to sort themselves out on their own rather than taking action.
This Rune is considered a protective shield. It can signify a warning of danger if it appears in a reading. The surrounding Runes would give us ideas on how to best interpret it. There is a resemblance to a hammer with this Rune. Hammers are associated with Thor who is the God of thunder. Germans wore small amulets shaped like hammers for protection. It is a symbol associated with strength and good luck. This Rune can also symbolize delays to our plans. The dangers which are foretold can often be avoided if care is taken.