*Follow up post on my findings as to the terminology of ancient vs modern use of the WORD Runes: 1) (secrets mystery, incantations) Versus the runes 2) as a writing alphabet. (i.e ALL the Futharks’)
I had a wonderful question pertaining to my original post which is challenging the modern 21st century American generated view of the etymology of the word “RUNE” in the Edda’s and sagas. I have come to the understanding when used in Northern mythology RUNE most often means: secrets, mystery, hidden whispers of kennings, and incantations or spells, versus the modernized American interpretation which is RUNE simply is referring to any/ all the Futharks (Norse letters which evolved in amounts or meaning depending on the era) when runes are mentioned in the lore.
I will share the question and my reply, as this re-enforces the deeper purpose of WHY I created the original post. I am trying to encourage my readers to take the next step pf adeptness of their OWN understanding of Ancient Heathen Lore.
This is accomplished by “giving yourself to yourself and by doing so, you will not only come to understand the deeper mysteries of Norse mysticism; you also will find YOU are PERFECTLY capable of TRUSTING your own souls ability to integrate these “hidden secrets.” (runes)
~You will also never need another human being to validate your souls truths; as they have been handed down to you via the thousands of loves and lives your Ancestors lived to make you who you are in this moment! ❤
Here is the Conversation:
~Reader* Question: “Doesn’t the Voluspa mention the Norn’s cut marks on wood for divination??”
~The 21st Century Heathen: Reclaiming the Practice of Seiðr and Völva* Answer: “Heidi great question! In my personal understanding of the Voluspa, ~yes the Nornir made marks, but not using the futharks and “divining them” as Folk use them today in my opinion; since in reading ancient accounts of Norse Mythology -that 1)unfortunately is variable (depending on the version you read) and 2) fragmented, so, those marks could have been anything. We see by the descriptions of the Norns they are Fate weavers, and they use “threads” to form the worlds destiny as weaver and spinners. Moreover, those who weave, knit, sew or spin, use fiber threads in ways that often requires marking of some kind.
For example, a person knitting must keep track of their pattern by counting and repeating movements, where as a weaver or spinner uses “marks’ of the fibers to keep track of their works progression. These markings have an importance in the weaver, knitter or spinner’s work; whether it be to simply determine the length, width, or density of the thread needed for the project, or remembering knitting counts, or as I feel refers to the Voluspa passage-to the unfolding of patterns in a tapestry; and this is known as Reed and Heald makers.
Finally as the Norns are actually creating ALL the worlds oorlog, I cannot see the point of them using futhark letters to “divine” the past present or future, as they themselves are creating it. This is how I have come to understand this is the meaning of the Voluspa rendition of the Wyrd sisters markings, but as in the theme of my post, the Lore is up to the individual to come to understand. 🙂 ~That’s just my personl take on the verse.”
• I also feel through comparative evidence of all the surrounding counties and cultures; the way of casting lots for divination purpose all Folk of that time were uniformly done the same-it didn’t matter on the demography of the tribes of peoples- Ancient man always used natural objects, as they were found within nature; like bones, shells, entrails, birds flight patterns, weather and astrological events, etc. to divine the future.
• Moreover, Ancient man was mostly illiterate, (meaning non writing) and everything was oral; so to place a 21stcentury literate mindset on our ancestors I feel is some of the misnomer of thinking the furtharks were the “runes” documented by Snorri and others who penned Norse mythology.