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How to Cast Runes

How to Cast Runes

View our tutorial on how to cast runes the way it is described by the roman historian Tacitus.

This page is great for the academic knowledge on the meaning of the runes:
https://norse-mythology.org/runes/the-meanings-of-the-runes/


Nice tutorial for Clay DIY Runes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eklEQHJ-AEI


This page is more elaborate on the interpretation of the runes: http://runesecrets.com/?fbclid=IwAR0WaccuDcRKas_EJdR7uma4rfiF3t7HeeZDESuEwu78Q05hr_l1_RcDLx0

Try casting the runes yourself or try our mini game a Rune a Day:

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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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NEW PROJECT: MIDGARD SERPENT GAME

NEW PROJECT: MIDGARD SERPENT GAME

We are happy to announce our newest project, Midgard Serpent! The great monsters of Norse Mythology are always intriguing and we wanted to make a game for you, centered around the big outcast snake, son of Loki and Angrboda, Jormungandr. It translates to something like mighty monster and in this new game, you will help little baby Jormungandr grow into his full horrifying size, reaching all the way around earth. The game is going to take elements from the classic game, Snake, but we are going to let you travel through his story in different levels, giving it that Norse mythology flair. There is a lot of ideas on the table for the game right now, and we have only just begun testing some key functions. With no graphic, no music, nothing but bare mechanics. But that will all change in the coming months, where we will show some scene shots from the game and small video of the game play. Hope you will enjoy it, and follow us either here or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. See you soon for more updates

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Welcome to Northmyth

Welcome to Northmyth

Welcome to Northmyth

Here you will find small games, stories and other things like t-shirts with Northmyth designs. The vision is that it all content on this site and subsites relates to Nordic, Norse mythology. To tell the stories and the myths of the north. The tales of Odin, Thor, Freja and the rest of the old gods. To find myths hidden in the past wich not many knows of and bring them to life. Either in games or books.

We are planning a lot of content the coming time where we will be talking about Runes, rune magic, Vikings and their belief in the runes and destiny, what kind of runes there are in Nordic/Norse mythology and a lot of other things that relate to Nordic/Norse myths and pagan way of life. We hope you will follow us on our journey.

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