What Are The Runes?
Online Guide to the Runes of the Elder Futhark
IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK WITH THE GODS
YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN THEIR LANGUAGE
wounded with a spear, dedicated to Odin,
myself to myself,
on that tree of which no man knows
from where its roots run.
No bread did they give me nor a drink from a horn,
downwards I peered;
I took up the runes, screaming I took them,
then I fell back from there.”
What Are the Runes?
Let us begin with a simple question. That is, what are the Runes? In the most elementary definition, RUNES are merely the transmutation of concepts and ideas put into symbols. They are powerful because they embody more than what can be expressed in words. They are timeless principles unaffected by time and space. Some have connected them to the forces of nature. As true as this may be, they are much more than that. They are a form of communication that not only exceeds the power of ordinary human language, but is the bridge which connects us to the gods.
By this definition, we can say runes are both a prayer to and invocation of these eternal ideas beyond space and time. Each rune is a specific and a unique conversation between us and that which is TRANSCENDS what is merely human. This is to say, knowledge of the runes opens up secret pathways, both within us and outside of us.
There are many versions of the runic alphabets that exist. Each version has its own unique character. Each rune alphabet contains variations in the names of the runes, the appearance of the runes, and the esoteric meanings and magical uses of the runes. It would be erroneous to mix futharks, as both the intention of the rune and the meaning becomes confused and obscure. The Elder Futhark, the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, and the Younger (or Scandinavian) Futhark are the most frequently seen versions of the runic alphabets in use today, but others do exist.
The runes are grouped into three individual sections. These segments are in groups of eight and are called aett (or aettir in the plural form). This has two uses. The first helps us to remember their order. The other use however, has significant magical uses.
The Elder Futhark Runes
Learn the Runes
Know What They Look Like & Their Names
When You Are Ready to Know How to Use This Knowledge
If you have the knowledge so far useful and want to discover more concepts about the runes please read MASTER OF THE RUNES.
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