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An Introduction to the Elder Futhark Runes, Their History, and How to Use Them in Divination

Amanda Tamane

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An Introduction to the Elder Futhark Runes, Their History, and How to Use Them in Divination

The Elder Futhark runes are twenty-four symbols that make up an alphabet, which can also be read as a cycle, and used for divination. They are very powerful, and working with them on a consistent and ongoing basis can be very rewarding. The details of the origins and dating of the Elder Futhark are debated among scholars, but they appear in inscriptions between the second and eighth centuries. We know the names of the runes from the Old English Rune Poem, which was glossed with their names in the eighteenth century. The poem describes the Anglo-Saxon runes and their uses...