Runes, Celtic runes. Celts

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    Runes (Celtic runes) are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century c.e. until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets became the preferred script of most of Europe, but their forms and meanings were preserved in inscriptions and manuscripts.

    Older than the New Testament, the Runes have lain fallow for more than 400 years. The Runes were last in current use in Iceland during the Middle Ages. The wisdom of the Rune Masters died with them. Little remains but the standing Rune stones, the sagas, the far-flung fragments of runic lore, and the 24 Runes themselves.

    The influence of the Runes on their time is incontestable. When the high chieftains and wise counselors of Anglo-Saxon England met in conclave, they called their secret deliberations "Ruenes". When Bisop Wulfila made his translation of the Bible into fourth century Gothic, he rendered St. Mark's "the mystery of the kingdom of God" using "runa" for "mystery.

    Eight centuries earlier, when Greek historian Herodotus traveled around the Black Sea, he encountered descendants of Scythian tribesmen who crawled under blankets, smoked themselves into a stupor, and cast marked sticks in the air and "read" them when they fell. These sticks were used as Rune sticks.

    There is no firm agreeement among scholars as to where and when runic writing first made its appearance in Western Europe. Before Germanic peoples possessed any form of script, they used pictorial symbols that they scratched onto rocks.

    Especially common in Sweden, these prehistoric rock carvings, are dated back to 1300BC and were probably linked to Indo- European fertility and sun cults.

    The practice of divination (sortilege) was cultivated among Northern Italic as well as Germanic peoples, one using letters the other symbols. Numerous runic standing stones can be seen in the British Isles, in Germany and throughout Scandinavia.

    From the beginning Runes took on a ritualistic meaning, serving for the casting of lots, for divination, and to evoke higher powers that could influence the lives and fortunes of the people. The craft of "runemal" touched every aspect of life, from the most sacred to the most practical. There were Runes and spells to influence the weather, the tides, crops, love, healing, fertility, cursing and removing curses, birth and death.

    Runes were carved on amulets, drinking cups, battle spears, over the lintels of dwellings and onto the prows of Viking ships.

    The Rune castors of the Teutons and Vikings wore startling garb that made them easily recognizable. Honored, welcomed and feared these shamans were familiar figures in tribal circles. There is evidence that a fair number of runic practitioners were women.

    Runic symbols have been carved into pieces of hardwood, incised on metal or cut into leather that was then stained with pigment.

    The most common Runes were smooth flat stones or pebbles with symbols or glyths painted on one side. The practicioner would keep them in a pouch, shake them and scatter the pebbles on the ground. Those falling with glyphs upward were then interpreted.

    Bt 100 AD the Runes were already becoming widely known on the European Continent. They were carried from place to place by traders, adventurers, and warriors, and eventually by Anglo-Saxon missionaries.

    For this dispersion to occur a common alphabet was required, the alphabet that became known as "futhark" after after its first 6 letters.

    Although later Anglo-Saxon alphabets expanded to include as many as 33 letters in Britian, the traditional Germanic futhark is comprised of 24 Runes. These were divided into 3 families of 8 Runes each, 3 and 8 being numbers credited with special potency. The 3 groups, known as "aettir" were named for the Norse Gods "Freyr" "Hagal" and "Tyr.


    As with most oracles of divination - Runes mean different things if held 'straight up' and mean the opposite if held in the 'reverse'.

    FEHU - F: Cattle

    Abundance through effort, inheritance of self and self value, material gain, earned income. Success, happiness and wealth.

    Reversed: Abandonment of plans, loss, disappointment, frustration.

    URUZ - U: Brute Strength

    Strength, home love on all sides, health, changes, a forceful masculine archetype.

    Reversed: Missed abilities, weak will power, lack of motivation

    THURISAZ - TH: The seeing of the future

    Open the door or gate to seeing the future - luck reflection for action, protection. You will see the truth.

    Reversed: Not willing to heed information given, having a stubborn mind-set

    ANSUZ - A: references the ancestral god, Odin.

    Message from within (listen to your 'little vioce'), advice from others, chance encounter, careful thought so you will know what to do from this point in time

    Reversed: Watch out for trickery, the dark side of yourself when others interferring with your plans, or there is failed communication

    RAIDHO - R: Journey

    You're about to embark on a journey - either in the physical world or a journey of your soul to heal something that needs healing.

    Reversed: Unexpected, unpleasant journey, transit problems, upsetting plans, lost tickets, communication

    KENAZ - K: Beacon or torch.

    When you feel in the dark - this rune will bring an opening, to help you open to who you are and your highest possibilities. From the drakness - light will come.

    Reversed: withdrawl, anxiety, closing, loss

    GEBO - G: Gift of Harmonic Relationships

    Unity with self and all others - especially with our higher selves, nature and all things aroud us. Cannot be reversed.

    WUNJO - W or V: Bliss and Glory

    You do not Need anybody. Peace, pleasure, self-worth, joy and serenity, happy results, harmony, prosperity

    Reversed: Sorrow, disatisfaction, disappointment, friction, delay, possession by higher forces

    HAGALAZ - H: Destructive forces

    This refers to the destructive forces of nature, and things that are out of our control.

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    Vercingetorix, 19/05:
    WARNING: To anyone reading this page, please be aware this is pure fantasy. I am an ancient historian and have numerous publications in this very field and not a single thing described here has ANY basis in reality. Sadly this is common when it comes to ancient civilisations, or anything to do with the 'celts' (a term most often attributed to people who weren't even celts) where people use google to do their research and copy paste things without wondering "How did they find this out?" or seeking an empirical source. Please disregard everything you read on this website, it is absolutely fictitious.

    Tasha, 13/05:
    My 12 yr old daughter has been drawing "runes" and since her 12 birthday her whole demeanor has changed. What do I do?

    Nipha333, 19/01:
    These are not Celtic, they're Norse..

    BattleStations, 10/09:
    Ancient runes tell of a hiphop night, at Voodoo Lounge, Plymouth, UK. Every 2nd thursday of the month. 2 entry, Free cake.

    Woden, 24/06:
    Celtic runes have been defunked and a blank rune does not even appear in any futhark.

    Titter gtraci, 29/05:
    i found a stone that appears to be from another time; there is a carving on the stone of a lady' which I found oout from reading a book titled, "ANCIENT CIVILIZATION", that the lady I see carved in this stone I have, is perhaps one from A tribe called the Minoan people and this lady is perhaps like A Snake Priestiest or something to that affect, but anyway I am puzzled about this stone that I found and would be very greatful if someeone could direct me in the right direction in finding out what it is exactly thatI have in my possession

    no-name42, 26/09:
    sertan english leters can reprasent sevarul sonds eg "u" makes one sond in "up" but a diferant sound in "push". perhaps you shuld have a more indepth dikription of the sound the runes reprusent, espeshaly the voules. maby point out if the voles folow the rules of roninised cariters or english careters p.s. keep up the good werk . i like this part of this site it's imformatif and looks credabal. there are however sum inconsitances with other resorse, runes drown slitly defrentlee this leids me to ashume. these runes very from cultur to cultur, difrent clans and stuff. or mabey ther are sevarul ways to write the same rune.

    -, 05/06:
    read "this present darkness" by frank peretti.

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