Taking up the Runes

So, my rune set finally arrived a little while back, and now it’s time to study! (For those interested, I purchased my Elder Futhark rune set from this shop: TrueCraft and I’m absolutely in love with the set I received! Stunning craft work and a pleasure to hold in your hand.)

I have to admit I always found runes fascinating, but I never could connect with the Odin and Thor side of heathenism and asatru, so I gave the whole thing a wide berth for a good while. Welcoming Loki and Hel into my spiritual life and practice happened around the same time as stumbling about a rune set that actually called to me. Coincidence? Maybe, but who cares if it works for you.

Maybe I should also mention that I’m a bit of a hedonist, at this point. How does this figure in? Very simply thus: if I do not ‘like’ the tools I’m supposed to use, on an aesthetic as well as an emotional level, then I simply can’t work with them. That might sound rather superficial and shallow, but it still is a valid issue for me, and not actually one I care to remedy. It’s a part of me I’m pretty ok with, and if I absolutely *have* to work around it, I am able to (example: kitchen utensils. I can work with utensils that are not my preferred ones if I have to, but the act itself is incredibly frustrating to me and I do believe that things like that are reflected in the results.)

Going back to runes and Loki, I *did* want to wait with the start of my rune study until my friend the Unicorn (she totally didn’t get that name from me btw) could join me, as she also wanted to begin to study the runes as part of her devotion to Freyja. Only it seems Loki is rather impatient for me to learn and I could not get rid of that bugging and nagging feeling, soooo…I started yesterday, pretty much.

Of course I did a bid of looking around, comparing, searching for book recommendations, general looking at other people’s study styles and all that in my research before my rune set even arrived, when I was even still trying to decide if to purchase it at all. And as per usual I looked at all that good advise, so to speak, took the book recs&discarded most of the rest, and went for my personal ‘go with your intuition/gut’ style! So now I’ll be drawing one rune each week, meditate on it, research what I can about the meaning, the possible uses, the history, take my notes on it, and basically hope that at least half of what I deem important information will stick in that chaotic brain of mine!

The books I picked out to work with for now are: “Rune Lore” and “Futhark: Handbook of Rune Magic” by Edred Thorsson, “Taking Up the Runes: A Complete Guide to Using Runes in Spells, Rituals, Divination, and Magic” by Diana L. Paxon, and  “Runes: Theory and Practice” by Galina Krasskova.

I do believe there is also just so far research can carry you when it comes to things like runes and their use. It will give you a starting point, but that’s really it. The rest comes with the working, with the handling, with the experience.

Some people have natural talents or inclinations, some have to work a bit harder to reach similar levels, and I have no idea where on that slippery slide I might fall or if I’ll ever figure that out. All I know is I’m looking forward to delving deeper into the mystery that is the Elder Futhark, and hoping to make some sense out of it along the way.


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