Odín hung himself from the holy Ash tree, Yggdrasil for 9 days and 9 nights in order to gain self knowledge.
In doing so, all 24 Runes and their energetic meanings were revealed to him in a flash of enlightenment.
Fortunately, my story isn’t so dramatic.
I felt a calling, a need to learn the Runes to augment my tarot reading skills. I had a deck of tarot cards called the Tarot of the Vikings (or something similar) and each of the major arcana was related to one of the Runes. This deck really spoke to me.. I would get some amazingly insightful readings using it.
I saw this as a great way to learn the Runes… comparing them to the tarot cards.
So I bought a book on the Runes, and planned to also purchase a set of Runes.
Upon reading the book, I saw that the correlation of the Runes to the tarot cards used by this deck, for the most part were not accurate at all.
But the concept or idea stayed with me… surely the way to learn the Runes is by ‘knowing’ each set of energies as if they were major arcana.
So I set to work crafting my own Rune set.
I dedicated a week to the learning of each Rune, to carve it into the stone, and to understand its energies. I meditated on the Rune daily, I connected with it on a spiritual level, and I channelled information about it. I would then become that Rune for the rest of the week… observing how its energies manifested in my daily life and in the lives of those around me. Just watching how the energies of that Rune work.
It took me over 6 months to complete all 24 Runes.
But in the end, not only did I have a very empowered and activated Rune-set, but I also had a very deep understanding of each of the Runes.
25 years on and I am still delighting people with accurate and sometimes brutally honest and down to earth readings that have helped everything from business problems to personal dilemmas, and from relationship advice to spiritual guidance.
People are astounded with my readings… and although the Runes, many times appear to talk in riddles, more often than not it is that very riddle that leads to the understanding of a problem.