What are the Runes?

Basically, they are a form of divination, used since the Germanic peoples.  The word “Rune” translates to ‘mystery’ or ‘secret’.

There are many forms of Runes however the three that are most known are the Elder Futhark (150-800 AD), the Anglo Saxon Futhorc (400-1100 AD) and the Younger Futhark (800-1100 AD).

The Elder Futhark (which I consult) consists of 24 symbols, each representing a letter but also holding a particular meaning.

 

The Happy Viking - Hand Made Rune Set

 

During the Viking Age, consulting the Runes (or casting lots) was a highly respected craft used for gaining insight and guidance as well as creating spells for love, crops and harvests, healing, battle and all aspects of life.  The Runes were usually cast by the wise women who played an important role in their spirituality.  These women – the Seeress (Seiðr or Völva) were honoured members of the community. A woman who carried the staff of a Völva was able to live and travel alone and was always welcomed into a home.

Völva

The Völva at the Saga Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

How the Runes are used

Today we have no written evidence about how the Runes were cast.  We do have some reference to them in the Sagas but there are many different opinions and interpretations.  I’m not sure that anyone can truly say, “This is the way that they should be used” and, likewise, I do not believe that each Rune can be limited to certain meanings.  It is always the interpretation of the seer or reader.

 

Elizabeth - Psychic Readings

My Rune Readings

I was introduced to the Runes in my early 20s however it wasn’t until I was in my 40s that I began consulting them.  Now I consult them every day.

I feel that when you have a connection to something, then things just flow.  It doesn’t feel like trying.  It just happens.  That’s the way it feels for me with the Runes.  As far as divination goes, there is nothing that ‘speaks’ to me like they do.

Sometimes when I am consulting the Runes for a client, I will ‘see’ a Rune as something completely different – almost like a picture. What a particular Rune means in one reading can mean something different in another but they are always accurate.

What Can You Expect from a Rune Reading?

Runes, to me, do not tell the future.  Instead they give you clarity about what’s going on in your life right now – allowing you to make better decisions about your future.

I’m sure you will agree – most of us are stressed.  When you’re in the thick of it, it’s hard to see the wood for the trees.  Having an outside perspective, some confirmation on what’s going on, is more often than not exactly what we need.  That’s what the Runes will do for you.  They will give you a clearer perspective of the present so that you can make better informed choices for the future.  The way forward is fully seeing the present!

Where and How Can You Have a Rune Reading?

Face to face –  For appointments (Monday to Friday – 10 am to 4 pm), please call me on 0418 435 990.

Skype, phone and email readings are available.  Please book through my website.

I also conduct Rune readings at various spiritual festivals and will post these on my Events page as the dates become available.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.  You can also send me a message on Facebook.

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It was believed by the Vikings that the God Odin sacrificed himself by hanging from the Yggdrasil tree for nine days and nine nights, pierced with his own spear, to gain insight into the Runes.  He hung above the Well of Urd, a pool whose depths held the most powerful forces and beings in the cosmos, including the three Norns, powerful maidens whose influence over the course of destiny was greater than any other.  The Norns carved the Runes into the trunk of Yggdrasil, creating a magical tree which carried the Runes’ intentions into the nine worlds, thus affecting everything.

The Runes I consult are the “Elder Futhark” Runes.  Futharkk comes from the first six letters of the Norse alphabet:

 

FUTHARK – F U TH A R K

Odin & the Runes

Odin acquires the Runes by ArneKaiser on Flickr