Ancient man first drew or painted images on rocks, stones, or in caves. These images represented how he survived in his world, and how the gods helped him . As he learned how to carve into wood and stones, and to use materials, he inscribed on to them his feelings, ideas and magical thinking.
In the eyes of such an ancient man, his images were as signs and symbols to him; they reflected the influences or power of the gods over his life. Painted on cave walls or carved into wood or stones, these images spoke of the power of the Sun that made things grow; of the power of the fertility goddess who made man prosper abundantly. And of how their power was transmitted to man through the images he painted and carved-out.
Because this magical way of life worked for man, he taught it to his fellow-man; so that the life of his family, friends and community could be made easier for all. And it worked! Man’s life was made easier! Eventually, down through time, the ancient Germanic Peoples also made carvings and paintings that represented the gods; and just as for earlier man, this also worked for them.
It was precisely because these types of sacred images worked for them, that eventually they included other representations of images in the form of signs and symbols in order to express even more how they received helped from the gods. The signs and the symbols were names of sacred powers bestowed upon them by the gods, through oracles. The images of human body parts, of hunted animals, and of the weapons they used; of sacred geometry such as the circle and squares, and of religious rituals and of swastikas were then included.
History shows, the runic alphabet (of the Germanic Peoples of ancient Western Europe) was an innovation of the Old Italic alphabets of antiquity. Such an innovation that introduced a newer, more Germanic alphabet. This new alphabet was composed of an abstract, glyphs alphabet; lines that did not represent objects, but rather, stood for the helpful powers of their gods.
In other words, the ancient Germanic people believed that their runes were a portal through which the gods sent them mystical powers. Each one of the distinctive names given to each alphabet also stood for the particular power it held; a power from a god. For the purpose of being even more accurate, it is good here to mention that these people believed that each one of the twenty-four, and sometimes more were utilized, gods transmitted her or his self through the portal called the rune; and that the user of the rune was in fact, and more precisely – the oracle itself.
These ancient Germanic Peoples called their runic alphabet: ‘Runastafr’. Rrunastafr, becomes ‘runes’ in english. ‘Runemal’, is the art of casting the runes; or ‘The Craft of Runemal’. And the person who casted the runes, was called ‘the rune master’.
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