Learning the Futhark

I have many interests.

The Futhark happens to be one of those interests. However, in my studies on learning these old runes, I have had a hard time trying to figure out how to say the many names of the runes. SKALD’s song, Rún, has made the pronunciation on the runes much clearer for me. Many of them have various ways they can be said – the runes are used by Anglo-Saxons and Norsemen, the way they are said shifting from one culture to the next.

However, as a woman who has a hard time with some words and the way they are to be said, the song is a big relief for me. The song itself is pretty, enchanting to listen to, and I enjoy settling down after a long day to hear SKALD sing this song (among others).

The runes themselves are a great tool for self-reflection, I’ve found out. When using them as a means of seeing into a given situation, they can offer insight we would otherwise not see without their gentle, vague prompting. The hard part is learning the meanings of the runes have and the way they can be interrupted.

Fehu and Uruz, for instance, refer to domesticated cattle and aurochs (wild ox that has long since gone extinct). The two are related, yet, at the same time, they are opposites. If one looks at Fehu, the rune of cattle, and the meaning referring to wealth, then one can see a sense of security or a sense of comfort. Uruz, on the other hand, shows there are dangers and strength behind the rune of survival. They complete one another, in a way.

There’s much to learn, but Rún has, at the very least, given me a way to know how each of the different runes sound. That’s one thing I didn’t have that I can now use for my own studies as I make my way further into my studies. Spirituality is a fascinating thing, truly.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nancy says:

    Wow the music is way out there for my taste. How can you listen to something in another language? I am guessing the Runes would be the little tiny totem pole looking white bones things that some people use to read the Future. Like the see-er on the show “The Originals” I could be wrong. I will have to google to find out what they are and what they do. Seem interesting.

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    1. My own style of music isn’t for everyone. I listen to a broad range of music, as it is. I can listen to a lot of things that aren’t English. I even watch movies in Korean, as long as subtitles are listed.

      The runes I mention are actually symbols carved into bone, wood, or stone. They can be used to read a possible future, to shine a bit of insight into a situation at hand, or as a focus on something to concentrate on during the day. They’re interesting little things and have a rather rich and deep history. The futhark is native to the Anglo-Saxons and the Norse. I have a few sets sitting around my room, each set made of a different kind of stone. Trying to learn the runes has been a goal of mine for a while.

      Easier said than done. Thanks for dropping by!


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