Divination with runes

Divination. September Pagan Challenge # 10. The runes are my go-to for divination.

This was my prediction for 2021 (you can see the video where I interpret the reading on my YouTube channel).

I made this rune set myself, so when I use it, I feel more connected to it.

I love the runes for many reasons. The meanings are simple on the surface but can have great depth and resonance. They speak of everyday experiences: cattle, wild animals, horses, wheels, ice, waves. There are 33 runes in the Northumbrian futhark (or futhorc if you prefer). For me, the runes act as a door to the realm of experience they represent, instead of a curtain over that door. (My experience of Tarot is that the pictures get in the way.) The runes are also closely associated with Norse mythology and were discovered by Odinn.

The Northumbrian runes

Check out marget.inglis_witchcraft’s amazing rune posts on Instagram too!

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2 thoughts on “Divination with runes

  1. I love the runes. I actually started my journey into Paganism and witchcraft by learning to read the runes and have even taught classes on it. I use the Elder Futhark since that’s what the vast majority of books on runic divination and magic cover (though weirdly, the author of one of the first books I read used the Anglo Saxon names despite focusing on just those runes in the Elder Futhark), so I’d love it if you have any recommendations for learning more about the Northumbrian runes.

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    • I know exactly which rune book you are talking about, and I told the publishers at the time that it should include the other five runes in the Anglo-Saxon futhark if they were going to use the Anglo-Saxon rune poem. They ignored my advice. Sigh.

      I learned about the Northumbrian futhark from Nigel Pennick’s book, The Secret Lore of Runes and other Ancient Alphabets.

      Also, dunno if you are on Instagram, but check out my friend Crow’s posts (linked from the blogpost) which are about the Northumbrian futhark.


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