The Norse Runes are the ancient symbol system of the Nordic people dating to at least 50 ACE. They represent nature magical energy as well as an alphabet, holding the place for a phoneme (sound in in a word).
The root word - Ru is Sanskrit for secret or
mystery. Both Runes and Runos
stem from this word. Runes are scriptural and used in magical song and
divination. Runos are the Finno-Ugric nature magical story songs, such
as the Kalevala.
Runes are a culturally specific tradition. Your ability to use runes for divination and healing is rooted in your connection to the culture that birthed them, the Indo-European Germanic and Scandinavian.
My book, "The Runes: A Human Journey" (2007) will help you put the runes into a cultural context. The culmination of twenty plus years of study, practice, and teaching the runes, myths, and spiritual traditions.
"The book is brilliant, sensitive, wise, chock-full of inner nutrition
that energizes the heart and mind. Every rune, every essay gave me a Kenaz
ah ha! moment." Tamara Rogers, Minnetonka, MN
Book and iphone app