From my readings on the Runes, I can say I am not a purest. I am interested in the New Age take on the Runes which for some, who study the Runes, find this appalling. Oh well…
The first and most popular is the Elder Futhark, which is usually presented in three groups of eight Aetts or families. Not much is known about their names or poems, but by comparing the various runes with the newer names and poems, an educated guess has been established.
On one evening in the middle of winter, I was quite a sight for the neighbors to behold. Armed with a flash light, my blue fuzzy slippers, winter coat and mittens I set out to find the perfect little stones to craft my own set or Runes. We had about 6 inches of snow on the ground and I shoveled off an area in the back yard where I knew I could find my stones. My mission was a success. After I warmed up, I took out a sharpie and drew each symbol on a pebble and placed them in a draw string bag. I had my very own set of Runes made just like the Vikings, well almost; I think it is safe to say Sharpies were not yet invented. But none the less, it was done in the spirit of the old traditions.
I can only talk about my personal use of the Runes. How you want to use them and interpret their meanings is up to you. I am the first to tell you I am not an expert. As I study what they are and how to use them, I find that some spend many years uncovering the secrets of the Runes.
When I use my Runes, I first create a question for what I want to ask. I then put my hand in the bag and take out whatever pebbels stick to my hands. I then consult my book of Runes I compiled and find my answers. So far they have been “spot on”. I will continue to learn about the Runes and use them in different ways, but for now, I’m happy with my limited understanding. All will come in good time.