Rune Magic: It's as Easy as Fehu, Uruz, Thurisas

2020 has been the Year of Polytheism, for Lee and Ada. There have been highs, and there have been lows which is… well, also the Year of 2020 in a nutshell. But if you’ve been keeping up with our Root and Stem posts since our revival in the summer, you could easily be mistaken for forgetting that we are also diviners. I think we’ve forgotten to talk about it ourselves, too.

In this Root and Stem, Lee and Ada talk about who the runes belong to, what Odin has under his hat, how to work the runes into your everyday magic and divination, and why sometimes, you’re better off figuring out what things mean by yourself.

Runic Soup for the Soul

Ada: So, runes came up in conversation the other day, and I realized that we’ve never talked about runes here, which seems like a pretty big oversight for a couple of Odin-harassed people.

Lee: I know, right? I feel like he’s been keeping his mouth shut about it but in that “I don’t want to nag you, but...” kind of way. And is so funny, because there are so many areas of my magic where I pretty casually use the runes and yet I don’t… openly talk about. For no particular reason than I… haven’t.

Ada: I mean, it’s probably not entirely our fault. The runes are an alphabet, and taking the alphabet for granted is pretty common in people over the age of 5. How much do we think about word-ing? And yet we word all the time. 

Lee: Brief aside but it’s funny you mention it being an alphabet because it wasn’t all that commonly a written one? But from time to time, when I’m trying to work out which of the ten million half-used notebooks in our house has the snippet of something I’m looking for, I’ll open one of my husband’s books by mistake and find an entire short story written in Futhark which is always a ride. Because there’ll be this brief period of time where my entire brain goes “...have I forgotten how to read?” before I realise what’s up.

Ada: Getting fluent enough in the runes to use them like this is definitely goals for me.

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