Honouring the ancient traditions of the Saami and Norse cultures through the art of runes
Runes are a series of symbols used in the Norse magical tradition. They were traditionally carved onto stone, wood, bone, metal, or some similarly hard surface rather than drawn with ink and pen on parchment, which explains their sharp, angular form, which was well-suited to the material
The earliest runic inscriptions found on artefacts give the name of either the craftsman or the proprietor, but often their significance remains a linguistic mystery to archaeologists. It is possible that the early runes were not used so much as a simple writing system, but rather as magical signs to be used for charms and divination. The name rune itself, is taken to mean 'secret, something hidden', and seems to indicate that the knowledge of the runes was originally considered esoteric and restricted to an elite
The 'Elder Futhark' consists of 24 runes that often are arranged in three groups of eight; each group is referred to as an Ætt. The earliest known sequential listing of the full set of 24 runes dates to approximately 400 AD and is found on the Kylver Stonein, on the Baltic island of Gotland, Sweden
I feel privileged to honour the heritage of my maternal great grandmother from this same island, Gotland, where magic interweaves the traditions of Saami and Norse cultures since time immemorial. Luckily, I was taught since an early age into the art of runes and the Völva, traditional Norse seers and wise women, daughters of the goddess Freya. I received my first set when I was nine years old and ever since, the runes have blessed my path in life. Now I wish to put my skill and knowledge at your service
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