Have the Runes Changed You?
- This months discussion topic is whether or not using the runes has
changed us in any way. I have been thinking about it and yes,
definitely it has.
For one thing progress with the runes comes through self-discovery. To
first obtain the runes the god Odin underwent a shamanistic ritual of
deprivation leading to a moment of awareness and each of us who uses
the runes wil find that as we come to know the runes better, we also
come to know ourselves too. There is something very personal about the
runes. Users of many oracular (divinatory) systems are discouraged
from reading for themselves, but with the runes not only is it
encouraged but it is close to essential.
Secondly, I think to be a good rune reader you have to care about
people and have an understanding of them. Reading the runes then I
think helps you to become a more compassionate person and less
personally-fixated. Some people may feel this contradicts the first
paragraph, but it does not. Self-knowledge is actually a humbling
process. I am reminded of Douglas Adam's Total Perspective Vortex
which causes people's minds to shatter showing them the whole universe
and then an arrow pointing out "you are here!". Once we realise we are
not the center of the universe we are better able to recognise the
worth of others and how we should function not just as individuals but
collectively in society, caring for and supporting each other.
Finally, within the runes there are messages for each of us in how we
live our lives. If you hear them enough times they cannot help but
have an effect. I can't reach for my wallet these days without
thinking what Fehu (Feoh) teaches us about the intangibility of money.
But, lets hear some of your views on this topic
- I have not yet made my runes so I can not answer this yet. I will let you
know when I know.
All we see and all we seem,
Is but a dream within a dream.
from the poem Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe