The Elder Futhark is a set of 24 Germanic alphabet discovered in Gotland (1903) on the Kylver Stone that dates back to 400 AD. They represent one of the earliest writing scripts. It is postulated that they were inspired by the natural surroundings and life histories of the people during that time. The exact script usage and meaning of each has been lost to time and the Old English Rune Poem has been used as an improvisation for the rune meanings.
The Old English Rune Poem is of Anglo-Saxon origin and dates well after the Elder Futhark. The Rune Poem is dated to the 8th and 9th century, whereas the Elder Futhark dates from 2nd to 8th century. Therefore, the Elder Futhark and the Rune Poem aren’t clearly linked and there is much scholarly debate as to the translation of both the script and the poem. The Rune Poem, especially, had been copied multiple times by hand from historic manuscripts that have been lost in library fires (a very common phenomenon in the past) and subsequently no “original” version exists. Here copying error and translation errors could have crept in during (re)documentation. As such the both the translation and interpretation of the Rune Poem is very subjective. I believe it is best for you to acquire a translation version that resonates with you and to interpret its exact meaning for yourself. You can use the ‘traditional’ interpretations as a rough guide, but you will find that some of your own interpretations start to deviate from the widely used norm. This is a natural progression and personally links you to the runes.
The runes can be used as both a divinatory (passive) and magickal (active) tool. I personally use them for the latter, where I actively participate in setting the intention that I seek. I use the runes extensively for my shadow work, creative problem solving and spiritual rituals. Hence they have become a spiritual tool which I use to explore the depths of soul and to introduce some light and magick into my everyday hum-drum life.
Currently I have two sets of Rune decks available, one is a cut-out sheet (working on deck conversion) and the other a deck available for purchase!
Celestial Rune Sigils – The Metaphysician’s Toolbox
Summary of the CBR Deck
My studies into the Elder Futhark, which have fascinated me since childhood, have been converted into a coherent system of bindrunes for everyday use without the requirement of expert knowledge. My bindrune project, named the Celestial Rune Sigils has transformed into a deck of 24 black and white cards, representative of their origins from the 24 Elder Futhark Runes, with details on their crafting, uses and invocation. The Old English Rune Poem is used as a descriptive guide for the Elder Futhark using 24 stanzas. Similarly, the Celestial Rune Sigils contain keywords and short verses on each card to describe the intention for each bindrune. It has taken me over a year to create this set of 24 bindrunes, as I wanted the deck to develop at its own pace, which would ensure quality and authenticity. It is not necessarily a divinatory deck, but rather it has a more active role with each card having a specific intention and contribution towards metaphysical, spiritual and magickal rituals. Therefore, the deck is not restricted to tarot readers or oracle enthusiasts. It has been created for the larger metaphysical community and would be of special interest to our energy workers and magick wielders. It would be appropriate for most ages, including the very young and those who are wiser, since it can be used as a personal deck and as a deck to assist clients during various healing or magick sessions. This deck also makes a great travel companion.
The deck is a metaphysical, spiritual or magickal toolbox, with each card representing a different metaphysical tool. Each card can be used in this way, much as one would use a wand, crystal or other spiritual tool. There is a lot of freedom as to how precisely to apply each card and I hope that the practitioners who make use of this deck will find their own intuitive ways of applying each of the cards during their spiritual journeys and magickal rituals.
Pricing and Shipping of the CBR Deck
Currently I have two versions of the deck available for purchase
The Budget option has the Celestial Rune Sigils Deck of 24 black and white cards in a plain white tuck box and standard 300 gsm card stock. It is available for US$ 22.55 with affordable shipping worldwide (it is ~ US$ 5.99 to ship a box South Africa!). The guidebook I created along with the deck is too large to print and include in the deck box, but you can just email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your Order Number and I’ll email a digital copy to you! The guidebook contains additional information for the usage of each or their visualisation during invocation. I also give background to the deck and its creator (i.e., me 😉 LOL!).
The Standard option has the Celestial Rune Sigils Deck of 24 black and white cards in a designed (black and white) tuck box, superior 330 gsm card stock and gloss card finish. It is available for US$ 40.00 with affordable shipping worldwide (it is ~ US$ 5.99 to ship a box South Africa!). The guidebook I created along with the deck is too large to print and include in the deck box, but you can just email me (email@example.com) with your Order Number and I’ll email a digital copy to you! The guidebook contains additional information for the usage of each or their visualisation during invocation. I also give background to the deck and its creator (i.e., me 😉 LOL!).
Rune Travel Cards
The Deck (available from MakePlayCards)
An Elder Futhark Runes Mini Oracle Deck with 24 black and white cards (330 gsm card stock and gloss card finish). To preserve historical authenticity the set contains Proto-Norse writing, with Proto-Germanic names and English transliterations. The deck is available through my MakePlayingCards store!
The Cut-out Sheet
Please read my Elder Futhark 101 Post for a review on the Cards. The set of 24 printable cards are available as both a PDF and JPEG file from my HelloPretty Online Store (@ ZAR 25 ~ US$ 2.5). It is also available form my Zazzle store, either as a Photo Print (@ US$ 8.85) or Poster Print (@ US$ 9.20)! Please note my recommendations in the description box for the Zazzle purchases (bottom of post).
Customer Feedback: “Oh how wonderfully exciting. I have just processed the order now. The kids are learning all about Norse Mythology at the moment and are so excited to have their own set of cards to learn the symbols and at that size… perfect.
Thanks so much for being so accommodating and for making such pretty cards.”
To preserve historical authenticity the card set contains Proto-Norse writing, with Proto-Germanic names and English transliterations. The card size is small to remain in line with their traditional carving onto wooden tiles or discs. The cards are ~4.5 cm x 3.5 cm (~ 1.78 x 1.38 inches), which should fit into a matchbox even after lamination. The size of the cards are ideal for transport and popping them into your pocket or handbag! The size of the cards can be increased proportionally to suit your specific requirements.
- Poster: I would highly recommend printing the card set on either the ‘Value Cardstock Paper’ option for the Poster Print. The thickness of the Cardstock option is ~275 gsm, which ideal for cards.
- Photo: Zazzle does not specify the weight of this photo paper stock, but it should be +250 gsm, which is ideal for printing cards.
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