Runic types of alphabets date back to the Iron Age and even way before that. Most cultures and traditions have and still use runes to this day. We know Moses used a runic type of alphabet to cast lots, and so did other Biblical Characters when dividing up land between their sons, for example. The Egyptians who called upon magicians, leaned upon the runic type of alphabets also. From the diviners to the prophets, people used runes Exodus 28:30 “And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually. Even some of today’s Christian Religions and denominations use runes.
Different cultures, different types of alphabets or images were inscribed on little pieces of material, stones, or clay, or wood, or gems and crystals; but the principal remained the same. It was an image, that is to say, a sort of alphabet of some kind. Either they were used for divining or as a spell of some sort.
Basically, each rune represents an alphabet. But there are much more than that to the runes. Unlike Egyptian hieroglyphs that were a formal writing system that combined logographic and alphabetic elements, runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets. Latter on, the earlier types of runic alphabet were modified, and then used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet, and then later – for specialized purposes. Many of today’s magickal traditions incorporate the runic alphabet in their magick spells.
Upon each individual rune, there is a letter of the runic alphabet drawn on it. Each individual runic alphabet is a symbol. Each one of these symbols is translated by the human mind as an image. With each one of these images, the rune master asks the help of the gods.
There are two purposes to using runes when asking the help of the gods, for divination and for spells. For Divination, the diviner casts all of the runes together upon the ground. This is called ‘casting of lots’. Through the casting of lots, the will of the gods is definite. And in spells, the runes help in the protection against an attack. By combining the runic symbols, a spell can be cast, and safeguards placed as a defense against our own personal recklessness.
A person versed in runes, is a ‘magician’ or ‘rune master’ or ‘viz’, etc. He or she is a learned person in witting and reading, and in interpreting the runes, and knows their magickal effects. Some people who are learned in the runes, specialize as ‘warrior’s, or ‘earls’.
Back in the Heraldic days of the nobility class, some men received the title of ‘earl’. An earl was a ‘warrior’ both in the physical sense and in the spiritual sense. Heraldry is the profession, study, or art of creating, granting, and blazoning arms and ruling on questions of rank or protocol, as exercised by an officer of arms. With the runes, the earl casted lots and created runic magick spells for protection.
It’s simply amazing what little letters on a ribbon, or ring, or stick, or a stone can do!
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