Month: March 2019

The Magic of Runes Explained

The Magic of Runes Explained

Runes could, according to the written sources, be used for different kinds of magic. There was a believe that the runes could help predict the future but also more actively, almost like a spell, tricker transformation. The poem Ljothhatal, a part of the Havamal, lists different runic charms. Say you want to light a bon fire but you forgot your matches or you just want to have a conversation with a dead man, Odin has got you covered.

But how does the runes actually work?

To us, modern worshippers of logic, they just look like another ancient alphabet. How did the vikings believe that runes could actually tell them their furture?

Firstly the vikings believed in a set future, in destiny. Destiny was a force stronger, than even the Gods, which is why Ragnaroc, the fall of the Asir, was inevitable. Prophecy and predictions therefore play a significant role in Norse Mythology and in the stories about the vikings. From birth the course of your life had been written or rather spun into a thread and there was nothing man or God could do to alter the outcome.

Secondly, traditionally words were thought to be very powerful. Once expressed, spoken, they could alter reality and as such had the power of transformation. The runes could be seen as symbols of these powerful sounds, and in that way the futhark alphabet had magical properties. If the runes where subject to destiny as well, it meant that if you cast them, destiny would lead them to fall a certain way, and so you could read your destiny through the runes.

Today runecasting is used by many different spiritual traditions: Asatru, Wicca and other’s in the pagan communities. Many modern runecasters do not share the notion of fate as something set in stone, and uses the runes to tell them the potential futures rather than THE future.

Try casting the runes for yourself in our mini game : A Rune a Day

If you want to venture further into this subject, we suggest reading Daniel McCoy’s book The Viking Spirit

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Update of A Rune a Day Keeps Destiny at Bay

Update of A Rune a Day Keeps Destiny at Bay

It is here! We Updated the first mini-game for North Myth. It is called A Rune a Day Keeps Destiny at Bay and it is a furtune-telling game.

Basically it’s the the old norse version of Zodiac signs in astrology just with runes instead of stars. A divination is probably the best word for it.

Our game is based on ancient alphabet, the Elder Futhark. If you are curios about how rune casting was performed originally then look out for upcoming video: How to Cast Runes.

We are not experts on runes, but we love the idea of a mysterious destiny and the possibility of getting a glimpse of it. The game is meant to be fun, short and light and maybe peak your interest so that you will go study these exiting tools of pagan magic.

Find it Here And see what it will tell you about your fortune.

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5 facts about the Elder Futhark runic alphabet

5 facts about the Elder Futhark runic alphabet

The elder futhark is an alphabet of 24 symbols used by the ancient germanic and scandinavian people. We have 5 facts for you about these mystical symbols.

1. There are many rune alphabets

As the name indicates there aren’t just one rune alphabet but several. The elder futhark is of course the oldest. The earliest known. runic inscribiton is the name, Harja, written on a comb found in Denmark. Dated 150 AD.
There are geographical variations as well.

2. The runes had individual names

The runes had meaningful names. As an example, the letter U, was named Uruz, translating to the Aurochs, a huge wild ox that is now extinct. The letter embodied the power of this animal.
You can se a a list of all the names, and their meanings here:

A powerful illustration of the Uruz rune by Dilyana Bozhinova

3. A Mystical Gift

According to Norse mythology the runes weren’t invented but rather a divine gift. Odin sacreficed himself to himself, hanging from a tree for 9 days and nights. Just before he died from the exertion the runes came to him.

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4 Runes were magical

The runes were more than a means of writing. They were also considered magical tools, either for divinition or for spells. Some spells were beneficial while others were harmful. For more on rune magic, see this blog post:

5 Runes were used for war

As the runes were considered magical it was given that warriors could gain protection or strength from them in battle. Runes could be inscribed on weapons and there is a poem in which Odin tells of many different rune spells, of which several was meant for warriors. You can read more about this in our post: 5 rune spells you’ll want in battle.

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