WHAT IS WITH IN SURROUNDS US – THE POWER OF RUNES
According to legend a Norse warrior called Odin, seeking wisdom and understanding of life and death, fasted with neither food nor water hanging from Yggdrasil, the tree of knowledge, for nine days and nights. From this experience came the knowledge of the Runes. From that time on, aided by Viking travels, knowledge and understanding of the runes has spread throughout the world. Runes are an alphabet of symbols that represent energies and meanings and that also lend themselves to the use of intuition – reaching for further insight beyond the description of each stone’s meaning. Runes stones can be used to help us understand ourselves and the surrounding world better by allowing us to ask questions and then casting the runes stones for answers.
Being intrinsically meaningful symbols that could be read and understood by at least some non human beings, they could facilitate communication between humankind and the invisible powers who animate the visible world, providing the basis for a plethora of magical acts.
Whatever the Runes may be- the bridge between the self and Self, the link between the Self and the Divine, an ageless navigational aid- the energy that engages them is our own and ultimately the wisdom as well. from the beginning, the Runes took on a ritual function, serving for a casting of lots, for divination and to evoke higher powers that could influence the lives and fortunes of the people. the craft of runemal touched every aspect of life, from the most sacred to the most practical. there were Runes and spells to influence the weather, the tides, crop, love and healing. Runes were craved on amulets, drinking cups, battle spears, over the lintels of dwellings and onto the prows of Viking ships. Nowadays, they become more popular as a simple tattoo designs. For everyone who is looking for minimalistic but meaningful tattoo there is little gallery below as an inspiration.
Lift up the self by the Self
And don’t let the self droop down,
For the Self is the self’s only friend
And the self is the Self’s only foe.