In ancient times the runes were used by the Nordic and Germanic tribes of Northern Europe. There were several different runic alphabets in use, but the most widely used and the one most recognized today is the Germanic or Elder FUTHARK. This alphabet receives its name from the first six letters- F, U, TH, A, R, and K. It consists of 24 letters divided into three groups of eight called Freya's Eight, Hagall's Eight, and Tir's Eight. To early peoples, the runes were a part of their everyday life-carved on their tools and weapons, and even incorporated into the architecture of their homes. The runes permeated their culture and were an important force in their lives. In modern times, most of us are not so fortunate as to have benefit of word of mouth teaching of the power of the runes. But with careful study, we too can benefit from the legacy of the Norse.
Our page on Candle Magick contains a table of the runes with just a brief overview on their magickal use. Here, we will delve more deeply into them, and help you learn to make your own magickal runic talisman. We will also explore the use of runes in divination, and give you a rudimentary guide to reading their messages.