The Runes of the Elder Futhark
As soon as I was exposed to the Runes I felt a spiritual calling like none that I'd ever experienced. It felt like I was home. The 24 symbols that make up the Elder Futhark felt like they were each singing to me, like I was finally hearing a language I didn't realize I knew. According to a DNA test I'm 99.7% Northern European, made up of the genetics of the lands that are home to the runes. I feel a deep spiritual and genetic affinity to them.
The word rune comes from the Norse rún, meaning mystery or secret. No one knows exactly who invented the runes, or when and where they were conceived. According to Norse mythology, Odin brought us the runes by hanging for 9 days on the Yggdrasil, the World Tree, sacrificing himself to himself. Little is known about the origins of the Runes.
Runes are characters of the earliest written alphabet of the Germanic peoples of Europe. The runic Futhark, as they're called for the first 6 runic characters, was used primarily in Nordic countries, within Germanic languages. Best estimates say they were in use from 100 to 1600 AD in various formats, and inscriptions have been found throughout Northern Europe from the Balkans to Germany and all the way to the British Isles and Iceland. In present day, English and other Northern European languages are written using Latin letters but they used to be written using "runestaves."
Below I'll introduce you to the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, as best as I can interpret them with the lore and my own experience. PLEASE NOTE that no book, legend, myth, or other person's experience with the runes can replace your own relationship with them.