Since you’re reading this, it is likely that you’ve considered incorporating the use of magick runes into your daily repertoire. Maybe you received a set from a well-meaning friend and want to know what to do with them. In any case, you probably can’t wait to start casting, but before you become a convulsive, rune-wielding maniac, you should take some time to learn the basics.
Most rune sets include 24 stones that are marked with individual runic symbols. Because runes were originally developed as a system of written communication, each symbol has both a phonetic and occult meaning. In order for them to be of any use, you need to memorize their meanings before practicing any form of rune magick. Try to dedicate a couple of days to each rune until you feel comfortable with the entire set. After you have learned what each symbol represents, you will notice that the runes are intended to deliver helpful advice to those who are patient enough to listen.
Although runes can be used in spells, divination is their primary purpose. If you’re looking for a way to see into the future, there isn’t an ethical pagan alive who will admit that this is possible. Divination is merely a method of seeking enlightenment and personal growth, and magick runes tell you where to focus your energy. You should also know that runes do not have any special powers and, unless you have been inexplicably launched into the Harry Potter universe, have no will of their own. A rune is nothing more than a conduit for your subconscious will. When you read runes, you are simply interpreting a series of messages sent directly from the depths of your mind.
When using runes in magickal rites, you must understand exactly what you are doing. As you already know, the power of the runes originates from within yourself and the only way to make them work is to concentrate on what you wish to achieve. Runic symbols correspond to the forces of nature and can therefore be used in the same manner as herbs, minerals and other substances. Like all magickal tools, runes are only effective if you understand how to use them and practice your skills with unwavering devotion. Once you’ve mastered the runes, you will wonder how you could have ever lived without them.