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.
Rune Travel Cards
Please read my Elder Futhark 101 Post for a review on the Card Deck. 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).
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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