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Hi everyone, so it seems that every time that we do rune readings in the store there are many questions about what are runes, what do they do, how old are they, what kind of reading is this exactly? I’m gonna help everyone get up to speed just a little bit on how the runes work and where they came from today.

The runes are not a form of fortune telling. When using runes they are very much used for giving your inner self the knowledge of what path you need to take and how to get there on something that you are dealing with right now in your life. The word rune actually means secret or whisper. This has a lot of meaning as far as a rune reading because many times when being given the reading the answers to questions that you have inside will almost be whispered to you as the reading is taking place.

The Old Germanic Runic alphabet or “Elder Futhark” contains 24 runes. The first six runes of the alphabet spell out the word “FUTHARK”. As the runes spread northwards into Scandinavia, some rune symbols were dropped and the alphabet was reduced to only 16 runes. Between 400 and 600 AD, three Germanic tribes, the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes, invaded Britain. They brought the runes with them. The forms of several of the runes changed, notably the runes for A/O, C/K, H, J, S, and Ng. Also, changes in the language led to nine runes being added to the alphabet to compensate for the extra sounds, and several runes were given different corresponding letters. This alphabet, expanded to 33 symbols, has become known as the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc. The rune names themselves have been passed down relatively intact. Although no manuscript exists listing the names of the older, Germanic runes, the Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian rune poems agree to such an extent that their common origin can be deduced.

There are many countries that have used runic alphabets in one form or another. Some of these include Roman, Arabic, Scandanavian, Celtic, Ethrustcic, Latin, and many more.  This is one of the oldest forms of  divination.  The runes are older than the new testament. They have not been a main form of communication in over 400 years however when they were last used in Iceland.

Odin is the main divinity of the patheon of norse gods. His name comes from the Old Norse for “wind and spirit” .  His passion was his transformation and sacrifice of himself and this brought the runes to mankind.  According to legend Odin hung un Yggdrasil, the tree of the world for nine nights, wounded by his own blade, he went without food and water, he was alone until before he  fell he saw the runes and in one effort he grabbed them.  There was a fire and this was the light in which we see nature now.

THE MOTTO FOR THE RUNES IS KNOW THYSELF.  The runes will help you see your inner self and give you incite on choices you need to make.  When picking out a set of runes make sure that you feel that call when you see them or work with them.  You will also need a cloth to lay them out on and a pouch made of something soft to put them in.  I use hematite as they also keep me grounded while I am doing a reading. Mine were bought for me as a gift but they definitely call to me and I am happy that I was given this set.  I also recommend making your own set of runes as what better way to make a divination tool that teaches such a motto is by making them yourself!!

Some books that I  recommend are The Book of Runes by Ralph H. Bloom. This is actually the book that the stores Rune reader Rian Dean is seen carrying any time that he does readings.  This is a great little book that tells you just about anything that you ever wanted to know about the runes. It tells you all the meanings, some great poems, the entire story of Odin. Really good little book! Another recommendation to help you with the learning of the runes is The Runic Workbook by Tony Willis. This book I highly recommend if you like to learn things in a classroom type setting.  It teaches you some cool layouts for your runes and also hits on all the stories and gives you a great understanding of the runes.

Thanks once again for checking out the blog.   If you are interested in a rune reading give Melissa a call at the store. Rian does rune readings every Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 7. He also does them at our monthly Psychic Faire on the last Sunday of every month,

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