The uses of Runes in Viking times We’re varied from rituals, casting lots, seeking help or influence from higher powers, telling futures of people, to even trying to influence the weather or at least forecast the weather and/or crops. Runes We’re even used as amulets for protection in battle.
The more one delves into the history of runes the more ironic the actual meaning of the name runes or runa becomes. Runa means mystery or secret thing. I say this because the rune casters or rune masters of old either did not record their discoveries of the mysteries or their recordings of the mysteries of runes We’re lost.
This is also why when looking into the history or origins of runes you will constantly come across the phrases it is thought or many believe, when talking about runes.
Each rune has an association to gemstones, the elements, have a polarity (male/female), a tree, a plant, deity, an astrological correspondence and yes, even a tarot correspondence.
In part one of Trilogy of Runes we delved briefly into the first of the three families or aettirs of runes. The first family or aettir is Freyrs family. The second family is Hagals family. The third family is Tyrs family. Within the structures of these families are the runes sectioned out belonging to one of the three families. I like to think of them as all those aunts, uncles, and cousins under our various family trees as they branch out indefinitely.
Here is a look at these three families and the runes within each of the families:
Freyrs Family: Fehu, Uruz, Thursiaz, Anuz, Raidho, Kenaz, Gebo, Wunjo
Hagals Family: Hagalaz, Naudhiz, Isa, Jera, Eihwaz, Perthro, Elhaz, and Sowilo
Tyrs Family: Tiwaz, Berkano, Ehwaz, Mannaz, Laguz, Ingwaz, Dagaz, Othaia
Each of these family members has their own traits, personalities, strengths and weaknesses (although some will never admit to it, nor will I out of respect for my ancestors/family ever insist on their admission to a weakness). Runes are tied strongly to the Norse Gods of Scandinavian folklore waiting to connect to give advice and guidance for the path you walk.
When I consult my runes to point me in the right direction for your questions or concerns, I feel the hum and vibration of each of these wonderful symbols as soon as I lift up my bag. There is such a warm welcoming feel as my hand reaches in among the stones inscribed by these mysterious runic symbols and the welcoming warm vibrational hum as the stone containing the runic inscription from one of these three families connects to my physical touch and psychic view.
Your future is not written in stone, however your present and past are. These runic symbols from the past coming into the present are signposts giving advice for the path that you walk.
These runes, these symbols from ancient times reach out from the past serving as guiding points of light. It is the job of your psychic to connect and bring to you what is relevant to your circumstances or path.