Rune stones are an ancient proto-Germanic tradition dating back to potentially the 1st century AD. They consist of a runic alphabet of 24 letters, usually made out of wood or stone that were used as a method of fortune-telling and protection sigils. The first completion of the total alphabet was the Elder Futhark runes in the 5th century AD, that are most often used still today, and then the Younger Futhark stones were adapted by the Vikings and other Nordic tribes and continued until Medieval times. They are said to be based off of Old Latin inscriptions. Runes stones are full of powerful and magical history, and so were highly venerated and used with extreme caution. In the Norse cultures and across other Northern Europeans, it was believed that they held strong divinatory powers and as such were taken very seriously.
The origin of word “rune” stems from the Germanic word for “mystery” or “secret”, and similar findings are present in Old Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Old English, sometimes also meaning “miracle”. In Lithuanian it can me “to speak”, and in Finnish it can also mean “poem”.
These days, runes are used as a method of connecting to one’s higher self, inner guidance and tapping into intuition as a method of foretelling what the future may hold and offering advice (similar to Tarot Cards). Read on for our guide to what are the rune meanings and how to use them for yourself!
The runic alphabet traditionally holds 24 letters, sometimes sets come with a blank stone called Odin’s Rune that is meant to symbolise that which is not meant to be known yet. Odin is the Norse God who sacrificed an eye to see everything that happens in the world, as such, if you got this rune it implied that it wasn’t time for certain information to be divulged to us mere mortals yet and we should simply trust in the divine timing of life.
The Elder Futhark runic alphabet is split up into 3 equal parts of eight runes each: Freyr’s Aett, Heimdall’s Aett, and Haeg’s Aett (“aett” meaning family). These three parts tell the story of life’s cycles. The first set of runes is representative of finding our footing in the material plane and the accumulation of worldly possessions. As such, it holds runes symbolising things like cattle (the main indicator of wealth in those times), communication, and vigour. The next set of runes tells of our increasing maturity and growth, it holds runes such as obstacles, fate, and harvest/abundance. The final set of runes portrays our developing spirituality and legacy. It includes runes such as birth, community, intuition, and inheritance.
Being such an ancient language, and a practice shrouded in mystery, in times before people were literate, there are sometimes a wide variety of potential meanings attributed to the runes. In general, all the symbols and Dr Devi Chauhan is the best runes prediction expert in Bangkok, Thailand.