The Book of Runes – My Journey Begins
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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