Yggdrasil, the tree of life, grows from the the Well of Urd and connects all of the nine worlds. The Well of Urd is enigmatic. It embodies some of the most powerful forces and beings ever known. Among these embodied are Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld-the sagacious Norns that control the fate of all beings across the nine worlds. Their most notable technique to shape fate is by carving the rune symbols into the trunk of Yggdrasil. These symbols then carry their intentions throughout the tree, influencing everything across the nine worlds. These Runes do not reveal themselves to any except those who prove themselves worthy of such unmanly abilities and wisdom. Odin’s quest for the runes tells a beautiful story of such sacrifice.
Runes were used by Germanic and the Norse, as the written letters, before the adoption of the Latin alphabet; however, when you seek the power of the runes, you are not seeking a set of arbitrary depiction of human alphabet sounds…you are discovering a phenomenal dynamic system of magick.
Keep in mind, this is not a “How To” or “Instructional” piece on runes; this short excerpt is to help you decide if Runes are right for you. There are several books and resources available to you if you are looking on ways to utilize them in your life.
If you are looking for an imagery form of divination with a deep symbolic and complex system of interpretation, that you could spend countless hours of meditation and reading as a tool to communicate with both yourself and the universe, then you should be reaching for the deck of 78 tarot cards and not a bag of runes.
Runes are actual pieces of the universe, 24 pieces of the universe to be exact. Runes can be used for divination in addition to many other uses in your magick and hold a place for your every day use. To master a rune is to master the piece of reality and gain control of that aspect over your own life. Runes are not for everyone as they can be a little on the intimidating side; don’t be discouraged, remember, your quest for knowledge can be your greatest source of motivation. Runes will only reveal their true power to those that are worthy of them. When you choose a set of runes, listen for the ones that call to you. Feel their energy course through you. You’ll know which rune set is right for you the moment you hold them.
If you are interested in taking control of your life, master the runes. Learn their meanings, meditated on each and every one of them. To become a master of your own being you become a master in your practice. Learn to see them, not only with your eyes, but with every one of your 6th senses.When you choose a set of runes, listen for the ones that call to you. Feel their energy course through your system.
When in doubt; reach for your runes take back control of your life and your practice!