The Book of Runes – My Journey Begins

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I’ve always been attracted to stones, rocks, crystals – mountains. There is something about the feel of stone, a communication of sorts, that excites me. I’ve always felt that way, even as a young child. Stones were my friends.

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That love of rocks eventually led me to my exploration of crystals and their healing properties. I keep my crystals near me along with my statue of Quan Yin as I write. The combination of the two helps my imagination soar.

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Crystal and Quan Yin – a winning combination

You can imagine my surprise when I starting a reading a fantasy series called The Rose Shield, by acclaimed author D. Wallace Peach, which indirectly led me to something new… rune stones. Diana describes her writing experience using rune stones in this post on my blog.

I can’t help but wonder that if I hadn’t read Diana’s books would I have stumbled upon this adventure? The books led me to the author, who shared her experiences with the rune stones. Somehow, it all felt like it was meant to be.

I can’t totally explain my feelings after reading about Diana’s wonderful journey except that I knew I was meant to work with the runes. Maybe it was an awakening or a recognition of something from a past life. I can’t be sure – but I swear I felt them beckon to me. I didn’t know anything about them other than the fact that I believed they contained ancient knowledge.

Diana and I went back and forth on her post messaging each other for several days. Finally, I got the courage to ask her if she could recommend a book where I could learn about the stones. Here is Diana’s reply:

“Oh yes… the one I’ve used for years. It comes with a set of runes so you don’t have to buy them separately (they’re plastic “stones,” but they’ve always worked fine for me). Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Book-Runes-25th-Anniversary/dp/0312536763

Yesterday, I received my book and first set of rune stones.

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I’m a bookish girl so the first thing I did was to start reading the book. I was hooked after the first couple paragraphs of the Preface:

“The Runes as described here are healing, merciful Runes; they will do you no harm. Learn their language and let them speak to you. Play with the possibility that they can provide “a mirror for the magic of our Knowing Selves, a means of communication with the knowledge of our subconscious minds.”

Remember that you are consulting an Oracle rather than having your fortune told. An Oracle does not give you the instruction as to what to do next, or does it predict future events. An Oracle points your attention towards those hidden fears and motivations that will shape your future by their unfelt presence within each present moment…”

I read a few chapters and by then found myself getting quite tired. I had a long day of writing on Saturday and was ready for bed. First, I decided to unpack the stones so that I could see what they felt like. The rune stones felt like they were made of a stone-like material. They have weight and feel cold to the touch. I immediately liked the smoothness of each rune and traced the indentations of the runic symbols with my fingers. They were all there including the blank one.

I had no intention of doing a reading because I wanted to meditate first so that I had a clear focus. Your need is what brings the energy of the runes into play. To my way of thinking tomorrow would be soon enough to start.

Tired, I placed the stones in the bag and pulled the strings tight – or so I thought. When I placed the book and the bag of runes on the table one fell out. My first thought was that this could not be a coincidence!

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Here is the stone that fell from the velvet pouch: Perth. It fell just as I show it above, not reversed which would give it a different meaning. This is the rune of Initiation, something hidden – a secret matter. I’m going to share a couple paragraphs from the book:

“Perth is on the side of Heaven, the Unknowable, and has associations with the phoenix, that mystical bird which consumes itself in the fire and then rises from its own ashes. Its ways are secret and hidden.

Powerful forces of change are at work here. Yet, what is achieved is not easily or readily shared. After all, becoming whole – the means of it – is a profound secret…”

Obviously, there is deep meaning here. I have been on a journey of change and renewal, embracing paganism and all the magic and wonder this discovery entails. I feel like I am finally coming into being me, the woman I have longed to become.

However, there was another coincidence, too. The number three has always been my number. My children’s and grandchildren’s birthday all have a three on the dates or add up to three. In Buddhism, we have the three jewels: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. In Pagan traditions, the Rule of Three refers to karma.

In the book of Runes, the definition of Perth was found on page 103. So this was my initiation into the runes… appropriate wouldn’t you say?

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The runes are a teacher and a source of guidance. The stones are a way for us to communicate with our inner oracle where we can address the Knowing Self within.

It is suggested that you select a special piece of fabric, colored or white, that you use to cast the runes upon. This is called the field which represents the world that is always coming to be, and the world that is passing away. I chose a crocheted doily I had created with my own two hands. For some reason that felt right to me.

I’ve also started a Rune journal so that I can keep track of the stones I’ve selected. I’m only at the beginning of my journey but as I learn more about the language of the runes, I’ll share it here.

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34 thoughts on “The Book of Runes – My Journey Begins

    1. Isn’t it interesting how this all came together? Today, I jumbled the stones up in the bag, and drew again. I got the same stone!! I think they are telling me something. Thanks so much for stopping by. ❤

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      1. In the last year, my writing has led me on an extraordinary journey. I’m willingly following the path to see where it leads. Everything has a purpose. Thank goodness for Diana Peach! ❤

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      2. I meant to say, “Havamal” (Words of Odin) and the “Voluspa” (The Sybil’s Prophecy). Odin sacrificed himself on the World Tree to gain hidden knowledge and was given the runes…

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  1. Oh, I love this, Colleen. Isn’t it a beautifully written book? So gentle and full of wisdom. And I’m not surprised at all that they are speaking to you and have chosen to share their guidance. This post made me so happy! Blessings and hugs. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Diana for sharing your wisdom with me. You won’t believe it, but I drew the exact same stone today… I had them all jumbled up in the bag. That tells me I have work to do! Thanks so much, Diana. I have much to learn. ❤

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    1. Ohhhh, how cool. Today, I mixed up the bag well. I took a long time before I selected a rune. Guess what? I picked the same one as what fell on the table yesterday! Perth wants me to know something for sure! 😳

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  2. Super interesting post, Colleen. I made my own Runes many years ago and have loved them. Like everything else, they are a tool. I am writing a series of fiction stories that all have a White Rune (the WunJo) in common. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. How cool, Jan! I love it. I will definitely want to read your books. The last in my series will feature “fairy runes.” I don’t have all the details settled yet but I know that’s where I need to go. 😀 Send me the link to your books. ❤

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  3. Fascinating to hear about the book by Diana Peach – I will read it for sure. I have used the runes for many years, but I do have a word of warning. The set of runes and book you are using is not quite the same as the original runes (the Elder Futhark). Ralph Blum used his own way of interpreting the runes and completely changed the original order by consulting the I Ching, I believe (plus he added the blank rune which isn’t traditional). The actual runes are the same, of course, but I would recommend reading further. My own favourite book about interpreting the runes is by Paul Rhys Mountfort – Nordic Runes.
    The traditional order of the runes is: Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido, Kaunaz, Gebo, Wunjo (Freya’s Aett). Then Hagalaz, Nauthiz, Isa, Jera, Eihwaz, Pertho, Algiz, Sowelo (Hagal’s Aett). Then Teiwaz, Berkana, Ehwaz, Mannaz, Laguz, Inguz, Dagaz, Othila (Tyr’s Aett).
    I would also recommend making your own as well – you can use almost anything! Stones of course, but also wood (which is probably what was originally used for divination – staves or sticks), conkers, crystals, leather, bone, paper (rune cards can be excellent), even sycamore keys, which spin nicely when you cast them! I collected some stones from a special place and made some and also some from a hawthorn branch cut into small discs. Have fun and explore!

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    1. Thank you for all your information and guidance. Yes, I was aware of Ralph Blum using the I Ching also. As a Buddhist, that really appealed to me. I like the idea of making my own runes and at some point will undertake that challenge with great mindfulness. I’m at the beginning of my journey and I’m sure will explore all the possibilities. I will definitely check out your book recommendation. Thanks agin for your support. ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I drew the same rune stone on Sunday. I knew it was a message. So, I decided that I would do a weekly Monday read. I did the three-rune spread. I drew (from right to left) Uruz, Mannaz, & Olitha. I’m still thinking about the results. Clearly these fall into the initiation phase. I’m not sure of all of their meanings yet. ❤

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