runes

 

The runes are “letters” of an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for divinatory magic/but also in ritual or commercial.
They have been found in Northern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, Iceland, the itali alpina but also in North america.

Ancient Sources

Already 2000 years ago Tacitus in his De Germany, describing customs and traditions of the Nordic peoples, speaks of rituals of divination by priests affecting or paint signs and launch out of towels to make wishes.

 

More than any other people respect the wishes and the fate. For
the latter procedure is simple. Cut a small branch of tree
fruit into small pieces, distinguish them with certain signs and
throw on a white robe. After that the priest of the tribe,
If the consultation is for the community, or the head of the family, if the target has
private, invoked the gods look face to the sky, gathering three
pieces, one at a time, and interprets them according to the sign imprinted. If the
response is not, does not reflect more the fate, for that day,
on the same subject; in case of favorable signs, we require
further confirmation of the auspices. It is also known in Germany the use of
interrogate the voices and the flights of birds. Is specialty of those people
be based on omens and warnings of the horses. They are fed at the expense
of the community, in the forests and in sacred groves first remember,
very white and not tainted with work done to man: yoked to
Holy chariot, accompanied by the priest, by the King or by the head of a
people, who observe nitrites and tremors. There is no wish to
What more you trust, not only by the common people, but of
nobles and priests: consider themselves servants of gods and
horses depositories of divine will. There is also another way to draw
auspices, used to predict the outcome of major wars. A
prisoner of the people with whom they are at war, however, the
opposed to battle against a sample of their people, each with their
their weapons: the victory of either has a value of prediction.

Tacito chapter X De Germania.

 

The word “Rune” means mystery, secret or whisper and each rune has specific properties, as well as its common meanings phonetic value.
Each rune means a symbol a word or phrase important concepts to the first people who used, representing the forces of nature and of mind. Each rune has a story attached to it, a relationship with a God.

 

Tradition has it that Odin, the God of the Aesir, hung the world tree, Yggdrasil, impaled on his spear, for nine days and nights in order to gain knowledge of the runes.
When the runes appeared under him, he reached down and picked them up and Runic knowledge. Afterwards it transmitted this knowledge to the Vanir goddess Freya in exchange of Seidr. Heimdall later taught the secrets of the runes to humankind …

 

"... I know that I was hanging from a tree, lashed by the wind for nine nights, wounded by a spear and consecrated to Odin, offered from myself to myself; Most scholars do not know from where the roots of that tree. I comforted her with the bread, I handed him the drinking Horn; I looked down, I grabbed the runes, shouting the seized; I fell from the tree. Learned nine songs of power from the famous son of Bolthor, father of bestla, and had a SIP of the precious Mead magic mixed with Odrerir. Then I learned, wise, I grew up and prosperai: Word by word they gave me words; action action action gave me ... "


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