The runes are perhaps one of the most important, and yet least understood of the pagan mysteries. There are many types of runes, and the word rune has many definitions, but ultimately there is an original mystery which has suffered in obscurity because of the way it was transmitted.
The runes were originally widely used on the european continent in a long form known as the elder Futhark. After the spread of christianity the runes migrated with paganism, their last bastion being the scandinavian countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. Ultimately Iceland was the most successful at preserving the runic tradition, and thus they are responsible for transmitting these mysteries into common use, in an abridged form known as the Younger Futhark.
Along with the runes the Scandinavian people preserved the only corpus of pagan wisdom literature in the 11th century Poetic Edda. In the Eddas the runes take a central role in the acquisition of wisdom, and with implementing the powers of the gods.
Join guest speaker Aleksandr Van Beber, of the Académie Gnostique, for a presentation on the mysteries of the Elder Futhark.
This lecture will cover:
-General rules for divinatory interpretation
-The use of the 18 rune spells