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The Study of Runes' Journal

Thursday, October 11, 2007

11:24AM - Quick Question

Any one happen to be familiar with this rune?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

2:59AM - germanic ink

Holy crap, a community on runes that is not entirely about divination or magic? Amazing.

OK, let's talk tattoos. Like everyone and their mother, I'd love to get a tat of The Aegishjalmur... on my chest. (not huge, a small one right under my clavicle.) I'm not looking for this to be just a pretty design. I've done some reading/pondering about The Helm of Awe, and how it was pressed into lead, and then pressed onto a warrior's forehead.

I feel that in reality, this is the only safe bindrune for me to have, sine making my own can run the risk of creating a lot of unwanted runes that I never accounted for. I also prefer to invoke the entire futhark than get picky, especially based on what I need this for.

But here is my question... a lot of asatru talk of tattoo rituals and the like and how, if you don't observe one, you have nothing but a pretty design on your skin. Now, it's been a while since I've read Tacitus' Germania or RI Page's very informative (yet incredibly dry) book on runes. But if memory serves, neither of them talk of tattoos, or mention tattoo ritual in the Germanic culture/Northern Tradition.

When in doubt, I ALWAYS go back to Tacitus and the Poetic Edda. (I don't recall tattoos being mentioned in the Poetic Edda, either, but it's been a while since I read that, too.)

Is all of this talk of runic tattoos and tattoo ritual yet another re-invention created by neo-pagans and new agers? Is there any basis in historical, anthropological fact? Like I said, it's been a while since I read the "holy three" in terms of somewhat reliable information. (Edda, RI Page, Tacitus.)

thoughts on this?

Oh yeah, and hi, and stuff.

Friday, April 13, 2007

4:13PM - Ulfhednar/Wolfshäuter/Wolfskriegerbund

I was looking at a book on Japanese Ninjutsu and noticed the oddest of references. It unparalleled other such groups throughout the world and history, and I was please and surprised to see the mention of the Ulfhednar and proper description of them! This was no brief passing reference but words from someone who had actually read of these warriors and the tales about them. Very interesting read, and in the most serendipitous place as well.


Sunday, January 21, 2007

3:25PM - Runestone

For the Heathens and history buffs on here, are a few pics from a grave in Cinci that has a Rune Stone on it:
Arthur Middleton Reeves
I flipped this one but it flipped back.
Detail left.
Detail right.

Reeves was the first person to promote the hypothesis that the Norse landed in North America, after he translated Sagas. He lived near Cincinnati on a farm in Indiana. He was killed in a train crash while commuting. Too bad the cemetery didn't allow the stone to be stood up, his family was going to put his name and dates on the other side instead of having to crowd them on the same side.

When I first discovered the stone I dug up info on Reeves. It stated that the stone was one of a pair brought to the States from Iceland by Reeves and placed flanking the entry to his estate. The other still stands at that entry. They are both about 6 feet long, something under 5 feet tall when sunk in the ground. The Roman Numerals are on the part that would be in the earth, doesn't seem like enough for it to be stable but I don't know how they anchored them.

When a couple friends showed Edred Thorsson the stone (alas, I was busy and wasn't with them so I'm going second hand here) he thought it wasn't an original Icelandic runestone because of the variations in the runescript, but I further dug into archives and they all state the stones are original, there's even records of shipping. Seems to be some sort of mystery there...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

8:29PM - x-posted

othila dagaz tattooCollapse )

Current mood: accomplished

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


I was wondering if anyone in this community is experiened in galdr?

Thursday, November 30, 2006

8:53PM - Armenic Futharkh and the "Mystery Language"

[x-posted to a few communities]

I have been doing some research into the Armenic Futharkh as well as the practice of rune work based around it and found as the predominant form of rune work as near as I can tell in Germany/Austria and that area.

This is hoping that others have done such research already or are interested. I am trying to find more information on Guido von List's theory of Kala or the 'Primal Germanic Mystery Language'. Thorsson's book Rune Might touches on the subject but does not expound much into the realm of practical usage. If anyone is familiar with the concept or worked with it, perhaps even translated or in possession of any translated works dealing with the subject, I can indicate particular questions that I have in regards to the subject.

Also the subject of Marby's Runengymnastik and Kummer's Heilige Runenmacht is of interest to me as well, but I have been able to find little in the way of English translations or work on the subject. If the practice of Runengymnastik is identical to the technique of stadhagaldar in Thorsson's Futhark this would be good, however I feel that it goes far deeper. As well, Futhark deals only with the Elder Futhark not the Armenic Futharkh, while I prefer the Elder Futhark I am seeking to learn as much as I can in all avenues of runic work, and the Armenic seems to be as viable a system as any. Thus if it is identical one could reconstruct a system knowing the directions of energy flow and with the knowledge of the Armenic runes, however if one has already been developed this would be greatly helpful.

Reyn til Runa!

Sunday, May 21, 2006


Ok, I have a room to clean up. Me and others have seen some rather menacing critters in this room. I banished everything evil. It now smells of dragon's blood and sage. Nothing is lurking in there anymore. I have Runes on all the walls, windows, and archways. What Runes do you know that are best for new beginings/renewal, tranquility, hospitality?


Current mood: tired

Saturday, May 6, 2006

3:05PM - Rune Tree Reading Anyone?

Hi there, I'm an amateur rune caster with my own definitions of what the runes mean.  I want to hammer out the bugs for this rune cast I've been working on and thought y'all might be able to help.

Because I'm a tree reader (like handwriting analysis with tree drawings) I decided to start reading runes the same way I read trees.  I'm still testing out this method and if anyone would like their Rune Tree read, I'm happy to do it in return for honest and open feedback.  Both negative and positive comments are welcomed!  The drawing below gives you a rough idea of how a Rune Tree cast is done.  I don't use the paper when I do it, I just drew it to show how the reading works.  I tumble the stones around in their pouch while I consider the person then cast the runes at the center of the cross below.  Well, the center of the cross is the center of the reading in my mind when I do an actual cast.  I flatten them a bit with my palm if they haven't spread out.  When I do a reading, I cast the stones on whatever surface is available and draw imaginary lines through the center of the pile.  In my mind I visualize the tree trunk and the tree top.  The runes, depending on how they fall, may represent roots or branches in my mind.  My runes are actual stones, so they really lend themselves to casting this way.  I read only the runes that are face up according to where they've fallen on the "tree."



Rune TreeCollapse )

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

1:40AM - Mimir questions (crossposted to several heathen boards)

Several questions relating to Mimir.


Current mood: inquisitive

Friday, January 27, 2006

11:59PM - Pagan Night Out Saturday and Coffee Talks (Memphis)

Hoping nobody minds, this is exeyel posting for the UPF, hoping there might be some other heathens in the Memphis area. I'm swallowing my pride on the "pagan" name as I'm part of the group and hold an office (PR & web monkey) but it's open to all, other heathens would be great!

For those looking for something to do this Saturday in Memphis, or just to meet intelligent open minded people to hang out with :

The Unity Pagan Fellowship (UPF) has open coffee talks every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Memphis Originals. Everyone is welcome, pagan, not pagan, just curious, just interested in the topic or want some intelligent people to chat with. There is generally a topic picked before hand but all are welcome. When I get the chance will start posting the topics to the website in advance (www.unitypaganfellowship.org)

Secondly wanted to let anyone who may be interested know about an event we sponsor the last Saturday of everymonth, again open to everyone although minors must be accompanied by an adult. It's the Pagan Night Out, different location/part of town every month. More info about it behind the cut for those who aren't interested.

Pool and Pilsners
... with Pagans?

Pagan Night Out info for 1-28-2006Collapse )

Current mood: hopeful

Monday, January 2, 2006


hi, i'm new so i thought i would say hi. i have been interested in divination for many years and have recently purchased a book on runes and some runes. i want to use these til i am used to them and learn more about runes and then i will make my own, with stone most likely. i don't actually know what to ask here so i'll just say hi for now. do you know of any good sites/books that will help me? and also, any advice for me starting out with these?


gee xx

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

2:17PM - x-posted

Anyone here know much about Ogham? I joined an Ogham community to learn more, but I want your opinions as well.


Current mood: contemplative

Thursday, December 1, 2005

6:20PM - TATTOOS!!! x-posted

Today, I got my first tattoo. Of course, it was my signature rune, which I've wanted for years.Collapse )

Want to share your rune-tattoo experience?

Current mood: happy

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

4:29PM - Heathens in Austin?

Visiting Austin and don't know many people here, interested in meeting some intelligent/sane heathens/pagans/intellectuals to go out for coffee and see what the city has to offer.

Heathen 'Asatru' (more continental Germanic heathen), but not only interested in meeting other heathens. Yes would be nice, but not an elitist.

Other areas of study include ritual/ceremonial magick, alchemy, qabalah, 'chaos' magick (Peter Carroll/Austin Osman Spare's), transhumanism, chainmail, history, historical linguistics/sociolingustics, computer programming, graphic design, electronic music, folk music (neo folk, celtic, german, norse, russian), some anime (full metal alchemist, Evangelion, vampire hunter d, key the metal idol, battle angel alita, etc), memetics, sci-fi, fantasy, writing, various other things...

would love to hear back from some people. Also does anyone know how to contact Runa-Raven Press or the Rune-Gild locally in Austin? Would like to do both while in town.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

10:35AM - Hello

I've only recently started on Livejournal, and therefore this community. I've recently released an album called 'Runa Megin' - pieces of music based around nine runes. My website is www.katewaterfield.co.uk You can download two of the pieces from the site: Kenaz and Sowilo. If anyone's interested, I'd love to hear any feedback regarding the music from a runic perspective.

Best wishes,


12:29AM - Runic Numerology

Hey everyone.. i know it has been a while since i have posted... ((yes.. a LONG while)) So, i thought my first question back would be about "Runic Numerology"... Does anyone have any information on this... i have read a few bits of info, but it still confuses me.. (Dislexia sucks that way) So, lets open up talks!

In Troth,

Monday, October 17, 2005

3:15PM - x-posted

In a little over a month from now, I'm going to get my first tattoo. I already decided that all of my tattoos will be Runes. Does anyone in this community have Rune tattoos? If so, please tell me your story of why you chose that Rune, and how it has affected your life by being permanently on your skin.


Current mood: curious

Friday, October 14, 2005

12:06AM - Hello

I am taking the first steps into learning about runes. Going through my mother's things two years ago, I found she had some. Never knew that and now I can't ask her about what she knew. I think she just had some as part of her Norwegian ancestry. Anyway, I thought I'd start delving into this more. What I really want to do for now is to learn what each one means. Any suggestions of where to start? I changed my name here in lj to reflect the path I'm on my life, learning new things after being stagnant for a long time. Thanks for letting me join.

Wednesday, June 1, 2005

4:40PM - elemental associations.

First off, hello! *waves at all around* I'm all new here, and am keen to deepen my understanding of runic energies and meet lots of likeminded people. It's great to find a place dedicated to runes - many places have a little subsection for them which is hardly ever used. So, it's nice to be here.

Now to my question. There are the standardly given runic associations to the elements - berkano as earth, laguz as water, keno as fire. But I was wondering if anyone also has any other strong associations of particular runes to an element - i have been told by someone that they reach to fehu for fire, where i would consider it to be very mucha blend of fire and earth - volcanic lava, or somesuch thing.
Isa is classically denoted as the icy rune, but i find eihwaz as being remarkably cold, too. not so much icy, as buried deep in the earth. but very very cold. I know hwy i draw this association, but am curious about anyone else's associations.

Any takers?

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