Runes Shall You Know


For nine days and nine nights, Odin hung from the world tree pierced by his own spear. He sacrificed himself onto himself – the highest of the Gods. He did this to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a magical number in Norse Mythology, after all there are nine realms of existence in the Norse Cosmos. Odin learned 18 magical runes. (Source: Rúnatal, a section of the Hávamál)

Odin’s Description of the 18 charms he discovered.

So what are the Runes? They are a gift to mankind. These sacred letters originally were carved into stone. Each letter has a metaphorical meaning as well as divination abilities. I suggest doing much research to completely know the runes. Reading this page alone won’t help you learn everything. After all, Odin had to hang from a tree for nine days pierced by a spear. He never said learning everything there is to know about the runes would be easy.

The graphic below may be helpful:

4 responses

  1. Wes hāl,

    I’ve been reading your blog and you know a lot of interesting information. I’m trying to start an Asatru forum so that people like yourself can share knowledge and maybe even learn something new. At the moment, the forum is a quite empty, and I created the forum as there are not many English speaking Asatru forums that are active. One of the biggest, for example, is in German!

    I’d love it if you could join up, and share some knowledge. I know that you’re probably busy with your blog, but I’d appreciate it!

    Forum Address:

    Ic þē þancie!

    December 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    • Thanks for the invitation Dan! I will definitely check it out.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    • I also linked it on my blog.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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