Runes

Updates all around!

Well, I thought it’d been longer since my last blog post but I’m happy to realize I’ve been keeping up with my goal of “at least once a week”.  Though losing time isn’t something I tend to do often, though this is a special case as I’ve been kind of distracted, last week my best friend was visiting from all the way across lake michigan! She was here last week from the 12th to the 19th, but I did manage to get a post in that week. But other than that I got almost nothing done. Then this week, (19th to well, today the 22nd) I’ve been up north visiting my girlfriend and talk about getting absolutely nothing done! haha. But anyways let me deal with this in moderate order.

Well, I talked to my cousin on maybe the 13th and she said that for starting tomatos from seed, they should actually be started in January…. Goes to show just what I know, eh?

And of course I find this out almost immediately after  I buy my tomato seeds…  She also let me know that I should start my broccoli. So! my best friend and I dig around in the garage and the basement for pots, potting soil, and so on. (Okay I did it mostly by myself but that’s only because she’s scared of spiders and well… this house is old and my grandmother doesn’t exactly go in either of them much…) Anyways! The tomatoes I bought were from the Seeds of Change Tomato Garden Starter Kit, which you can get at walmart for less than 10 bucks or something. They come with two little pots made of some fibrous material that will break down in the soil, roughly 9 or so seeds. (Thats how many sprouts I’ve got so far… I thought i only planted 8 seeds… but I digress) and it comes with some soil to put in it as well as a little plastic tray to put beneath the pots for excess water.

I also took a large circular pot, and planted 3-4 broccoli seeds but none of those have sprouted yet…

This week I plan to dig up and plant the rest of my seeds (except for the ones that explicitly say April) I’m also gonna look for a few smaller pots for my herbs. But we’ll see about that when I actually have some extra money haha.

I’ve also got a small wood project in the works, which I’ll give you guys pictures when it’s completely finished but I’ve got a few supplies I need yet :T

Now that I’m back home I’m going to be reading more and deeply delving more into my rune-study. I cleaned up my altar today and just yesterday I was able to get my hands on a mjolnir amulet.  Thinking about it I could’ve waited and found one I really liked online but I felt a strong need to grab one idek. It’s nice, pewter with black in the recesses (Though I would’ve preferred it without the black methinks) but it was shorter than the other one they had so I liked it more.

Also one of these days I’ve just got to fix my pants. I have two pairs that I wear most often (The others uh don’t exactly fit anymore.) and I recently cleared off my grandmother’s desk/sewing machine and so I’ll be able to repair the back pocket of my green pair (I mended the other pocket by hand) and I also need to fix my belt loops on those and my camouflage pair. but I’ve never used a sewing machine before… so we’ll see how that goes! haha.

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Introduction to the Norse Runes

I believe I briefly mentioned that I work with Norse runes, they’re my main(read: only)  method of divination and I’ve been using them well over a year now, but before I get into that I figured that I’ll give you guys who have no idea what I’m talking about a brief explanation of what the runes are.  :3

Runes are predominantly known as the alphabet/writing system of the ancient Norse people (Vikings, who were essentially Norse sailors, and so on.) There are a few different ‘types’, the Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark, Anglo-saxon Futhorc, and maybe others if I’m not mistaken. I don’t know much about any other futharks because I only have worked with the Elder Futhark (named such, as you can guess, by virtue of being the oldest. The term “Futhark” itself comes from the first 6 runes in the alphabet, and it’s ordered in 3 “aetts” of 8 runes each.

F   U   Th   A   R   K

     

You’ll notice that there’s only one character for “Th”,  which, if you did the math earlier,  you’d also notice there are only 24 runes, as opposed to the 26 letters we english-speakers have.  That’s because, like the ‘th’ sound, when transliterated there are several sounds that take up more than one letter in the english language, but take only one when writing in runes.

As for the runes themselves, they are not only the symbol and the sound, but also have a name and meaning each on their own. A literal meaning, and a broader, more abstract meaning (This is where the divination comes in.)

Let’s look at Fehu for a bit, as you can guess that’s the big F at the beginning.

  <– this one.

So that’s it’s symbol, the name is Fehu, and the sound is that of F. Now, Fehu’s literal definition is “cattle”, but no, sorry to disappoint you, it doesn’t mean ‘cows’. It means wealth, that is, physical expendable wealth. (If you think about the time-period in which Runes were being used ((that is, 2nd-8th century according to wikipedia *cough* )) it makes sense that Cattle would be a main form of Wealth.)
And so that’s what Runes are,  I’ll delve into the divination portents more later on, but for now this is just a simple explanation of what exactly they are. As an additional note, the word “Rune” itself comes from “runa” meaning “Secret” or “Mystery” (I chalk this up to the fact that nobody knew how to read the bloody things for quite a long time haha.)

Have you ever seen or used Runes before? Got something to add? Or correct me on?
Leave a comment below!

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