A Brief History – Runes
The word “ rune “ actually mean’s mystery, magic, secret, or whisper. They are an ancient Germanic alphabet that has been dated back to the 3rd century. It is thought that they were first used for divination purposes and later for writing and record keeping.
Legend has it that Odin, the Norse High God of the Aesir, hung from the world tree (Yggdrasil), impaled on his own spear for nine days and nights in order to gain the knowledge of runes. When the runes appeared below him, he reached down and picked them up, and the runic knowledge gave him power. He later passed on this knowledge to the Vanir goddess Freya. She in turn taught him the magic of Seidr. Heimdall the god who guarded the Rainbow Bridge taught the Runes to mankind.
The death of the runes as magical instruments occurred in 1639. The official laws of Iceland banned them, and any people found with runes in their possession were burned alive!
It is fascinating to think that as long ago as the 3rd century, runes had been used for major decision-making. That their belief in them was so strong gives them a sense of awe. I have great reverence for my stones and always treat them with the utmost respect. I truly believe that if you have a real affinity with your runes, they will speak to you.
Creating your own set.
Today the use of rune stones is again becoming immensely popular. With many attractive sets available, (I personally have a beautiful amethyst set, which was given to me by a dear friend).
It can also be very satisfying to make your own set. These can be of wood with the glyphs burned onto them, or as simple as flat pebbles from the beach with the glyphs either engraved or marked with a permanent pen. Whatever style you choose, making the runes yourself will certainly help you to become familiar with them, and getting to know your stones is very important. A little imagination is all that it takes. I keep my runes in a velvet pouch, inside a beautiful box.