Before Christianity swept across the northern hemisphere, Rune masters travelled from village to village; casting runes to assist in the production of abundant crops, bringing favourable weather, overseeing the welfare of livestock and the health of the villagers. They were relied upon to help the community. They were the shamans of the norse people. This arrangement was systematically destroyed by the early Christian invaders who slaughtered any Rune Master, (herbalist, healer or midwife), that they encountered. Because the runic tradition was passed down orally, the only evidence we have of runic workings are inscriptions on stone and wood that have survived. Consequently, the way in which runes were originally used has been lost.
There are several runic alphabets. I use the Futhark, containing 24 runes. They each have a name and a stave, (shape). Each rune is an energetic key, which when empowered by a Rune Master, opens a door on a plethora of uses contained within that particular rune. I was taught to call each rune and draw it in the air, (eyes closed), and wait until I could feel the rune’s vibration come into my body. From this point, I could enter into conversation with the rune and it began to instruct me. I spent time on each one, forming a relationship, learning what it could do and how to use it correctly. I have over the years learnt how to cast runes, healing the body, invoking protection, working with plants and animals too.
The most important thing then, is to form a dialogue with the runes and let them teach you directly. Most people know of runic readings, where rune stones are drawn from a bag and used for fortune telling. This is their most basic use, the lowest form of divination of any tool. By going deeper into the runes we can bring their ancient wisdom back in to existence.