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Rune class
By: / Beginner
Post # 1
This was originally for a coven, but I left the coven for personal reasons:

This class will cover the basics of the Elder Futhark, an ancient magickal alphabet
You will learn:
the brief history of the written language of the ancient Norse people,
some of the ancient Norse tale regarding Odin taking up the runes
the ?Aetts? and their purposes

A Brief History
The Elder Futhark is a magickal language comprised of rigid, angular phonetic symbols. The reason for their sharp angles is the writing medium that was used in Northern Eurasia at the time: stone and wood carvings

The alphabet was used from about years 100 to 800, subsequently adapting when the land was invaded by the Anglo-Saxons. They made the runes more rounded and added several more. Yet, that newer version is not the topic for today's class.

The Mythology Behind the Runes
There is an epic poem that details the meaning behind many Norse traditions including the Runes... it is called the Havamal (I can't write accents). In a certain section of the poem, called the Runatal, Odin, one of the primary Norse gods, hung from the world tree, yggdrasil nailed to it by his own spear. He noticed the runes in the mystical waters below, and took them into his life as well as spread their knowledge to those who study them. This was viewed by scholars as a metaphorical self-sacrificial death and rebirth, not unlike that in the New Testament. Now, I won't go into it, because many people on SoM have strong opinions about religion, but there is definitely a similarity between the two.

How this Applies to Runelore
The runes themselves involve a process, which I will discuss more in a second. The process of taking up the runes is spiritual, and is one path towards spiritual realization. Specifically in three steps... taking up the runes initially, withdrawing to isolation to focus on them, and returning to society to help the word with the newfound knowledge.

The Three Aetts of the Elder Futhark
Aetts are basically groups of letters. There are three Aetts in the Elder Futhark, each consisting of eight runes. Each Aett involves part of the spiritual process of taking up the runes, as discussed in the previous section.

The first Aett is connected to the Goddess Freyr, who represents the nurturer, and the merchant. This Aett involves the initial taking of the runes, a process beginning with the mindless following of society and ending with the acceptance of the responsibility of the path

The second Aett is connected to the God Hagal, who represents silence, and a balance to the Trickster, Loki. This Aett involves the isolation, and focus on one's self-path. It begins with sacrifice, the giving up of the unneeded and ends with salvation, the rebirth of one's self.

The third Aett is connected to the God Tyr, who resembles the sky and the divine. This Aett is the final Aett, consisting of fulfilling one's path by aiding the universe. The first rune in the set of eight is the sacrifice of one's wants, the promise of victory and dissolving the boundaries between self and Self (the ego and the higher self) while the last is full spiritual realization.

More on the Connections Between Runes
Runes within each Aett are connected, as are runes in the same position within each Aett, like the first of an Aett, or the third and so forth.

It is somewhat similar to tarot as each Aett is like a suit, while the position is similar to a card within the suit. They are, however more like the trump cards in how they relate more to divine path and intervention than to personal influences.

Wrap Up
Runes hold their own energy and can be used to meditate with. They can be used to aid almost any type of energy working. They are powerful and deserve respect. Taking them up is a responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly.

That said, they are a powerful tool to realize your path and to help aid you along the way!
There may be more classes on runes in the future... So stay tuned!
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Re: Rune class
Post # 2
wow,what an excellant and very informative class on runes, I have been studying the tarot for some time and have become very proficiant in its use. but for some time i have been interested in learning runes have been recently gathering information on them to study with. This is the best article i have come across so far please post more, i will definitaly keep a lookout for it.
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Re: Rune class
By: / Knowledgeable
Post # 3
It's a nice history and breakdown, but it in no way explains how to use them. I would like to see more of this class, since this is far from complete. For anyone wishing to learn more about uses of the runes in magick, I posted my own articles, not on divination but the magick of runes in the general topics area. I'm sure it will show up in the google search bar for you.

They are far more than divination tools. They are representations of every part of nature, many connecting directly to Norse gods. When Odin sacrificed his eye for the wisdom (that manifested through the so very symbolic runes) he uses them for every purpose under the sun. This could be viewed as being magickal through galdr (song) or just plainly that the wisdom of how nature works gave him the knowledge to accomplish anything. A knowledge = power type of lesson.

I've been working with the runes for over ten years, and those who put true effort into learning the runes through and through realize that they are truely something unmatched by any other system of symbolic characters and there is much wisdom there that is far below the surface of their general meanings.

And please! Don't use the blank rune! Lol, it's the most stupid concept ever, and was never an original aspect for the vikti and vikta.

I keep the blank rune on the side and use it to carve my own bind rune.
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Re: Rune class
By: / Beginner
Post # 4
I completely agree about the blank rune... I don't consider it a valid rune... More classes will come. This class was not meant to teach on the use of the runes... it was only to get people interested.

I hope you find this interesting.
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Re: Rune class
By: / Novice
Post # 5
Very nice post :D I personally use the elder futhark for certain things. Such as my necklace it's the rune for protection. And I also use the rune of foresight on my alter when I'm using divination. Sorry I can't remember their names.

Be Well
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