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One of the other things that has captured my attention of late are runes. While I’ve mentioned it here and there in my posts, I haven’t truly expressed the full depths of my digging deeply into the whole trying to fully embrace the animistic relationships our neolithic forebears had with the greater world. And, while runes themselves are of a later era than that (their earliest appearance seems to have occurred around 200 BCE), I think that some of the neolithic wisdom might still be captured in the symbolism of what runes are meant to represent. While I am equally fascinated with ogam/ogham, another writing system that is of an approximately similar age and used by the Pict tribes of the British Isles, there is much less information of a scholarly nature by which to evaluate their meanings and build up a relationship with them, and most of it is far from contemporaneous sources — whereas there are more in association with the Odinistic rune systems.

Like tarot, I consider runes to be less of divination tool than it is a personal exploration tool — which is more in alignment with the intended use anyway, from what I’m gathering in my reading. I’m not going to get into theory yet, as I still am processing what I am absorbing, but it appears that the pre-Christian belief may have worried less about an unknowable future than to concern itself with a “not-past”, or “present/future”.

Regardless, I have been more interested in personal alchemy than attempting to understand what my future holds for me.

While looking into runes, I found a number of different rune stones that are commercially available and found each flawed in some respect or another. More new-age feeling than authentic runes. So I decided I would create my own. I bought some wood “coins” and some acrylic paint pens from the biggest internet retailer in the States yesterday and it looks like they might arrive tomorrow. I had originally intended to use a woodburning tool to add runes to the wood coins, but the reviews for anything less than $45 were fairly abysmal. While woodburning has an aesthetic appeal, I have no issues with employing paint to apply designs to the coins. These runes are for personal use, not professional and using pens is a great way to quickly produce a set of test runes. If I decide I need the aesthetics, I’ll buy more coins and a decent woodburning tool and start from scratch.

And I plan to start doing so tomorrow afternoon when the supplies arrive. I’ll snap some pictures if they look good afterwards. For the record, these will be about $5 less than the better runes I saw online, be more readable with less variability in design, and not have the actual rune designs compromised to meet the needs of mass production.

Along with potentially making a concerted effort at learning to (at least) read Icelandic, this should be a fun journey.

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