Im new to the Runes and driven to learn all I can. I had a stroke a couple years back, and I find that learning new things is extremely more difficult now, but I will not let that stop me.

Im engaged to an Asatru man and he has been teaching me when he can, but not as often as we'd both like.

So, new friends, I am open to any suggestions or help you might be willing to give me.

Thank you so much,

Robyn

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Comment by Loclynn on September 14, 2014 at 3:48am

Welcome, To you and your bow. My first recommendation would be to think as deeply as you can about definitions. Note that they are illuminated boundaries. By whatever category I describe myself, to that extent I limit myself.

To reach higher limits we must be able to see the boundaries first. Thus each rune has a definition or a description of its boundaries.  

That said here is a twist, There are no truly known descriptions of the runes, the entire study of runes is completely speculative.even the very best of archeology is at its pinnacle; only an educated guess. 

What there is, a long line of individuals how have been drawn to the runes by a "Something-Ness" that can only be described as mystical. Thee folk have created a dogma around their attraction to these symbols and it is their collective intuition that has given rise to the 24 frameworks  of  expression. 

Makebelieve.. Yup and so the first question then is why bother with it, if its just fake? Aw! but I did not say Fake :) I said Makebelieve. Make Believe is the land of fairy, a place of madness, the edge of the possible. It is out of the nothingness that the somethingness arises. This is that mrcy well from which we seek to dip our ladle in the cauldron of novelty.

That said the runes work for anyone open to see into them. And their true power lay in the very fact that they Do Not have ferm definition. This suggests cracks and fishers within the structure of a runes boundaries, which allows passage into the realms of manifestation.

There is a meaning within each rune that as yet has not been completely defined, each individual will find their own understanding of its novelty as it unfold within their lives and over what we perceive as time, novelty will be found in the collective definition.  

If the runes are for you.. they will call to you with a mystical draw. 

Comment by Kelley on September 17, 2014 at 7:10am

Definitely allow your personal relationship with them come to the fore. You can read all the books and still be no closer to what they mean in your life. It's really what forms between you and them.

I had several minor strokes a few years ago. I know how hard it can be to study with altered function and abilities. Good luck with it all, and buzz me sometime if you want to talk!

Comment by Tyriel [Rune Secrets Admin] on September 17, 2014 at 11:49am

Be sure to grab The Book of Rune Secrets. It is concise and almost every phrase in the rune meanings can be thought upon at length, despite their apparent clarity. I get straight to the contemporary meanings, and it may be an uncomplicated way to access the 'essence' of the rune meaning without the intimidation of too much history, tradition, linguistics and so forth.

My recommendation has always been to center practice around the contemplation of the meanings, and making connections between them and your life.

I am not Asatru though, and can advise no further than contemporary practice with the symbols themselves. 

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