What are the runes?

Angelica Artemyeva
Angelica Artemyeva
January 22, 2013
What are the runes?

The word "rune" has an ancient Indo-Germanic origin, and initially it meant "secret" or "secretly transmitted knowledge." His traces can be found in some modern languages: raunen-in German “whisper”, runat - in Lithuanian “speak”, “runo” in Finnish “spell”.

What are the runes in the modern concept? This is the name given to the signs of the alphabet used by the ancient peoples inhabiting Europe for magical purposes.

Who and what used the runes

The runes could serve as amulets, they were depicted on weapons, dishes, and other household items, wrote over the entrance to the dwelling, painted on the bow of sea or river vessels. The first images of the runes belong to about the third century BC, but scientists believe that most runic signs are of more ancient origin, they were used by the Celtic priests Druids for their spells.

Gradually changed the style of characters and their meaning. Gradually, the runes lost the role of charms and began to be used exclusively for fortune telling and magic.Runic letters were transmitted from tribe to tribe, gradually the magic alphabet was supplemented with new signs, but not all runes were publicly available, some signs were attributed to special knowledge and transferred only to the initiates.

Value runes

Each rune has its own name and is associated with a deity. It was believed that if a person knows what the runes are and to which of the Pantheon of the gods each is dedicated, he can ask for protection or help from a particular deity.

The runes are also used so far, mainly for fortune telling. A person who wants to know his future chooses several runes from a deck that is similar to a card deck, and according to these signs the predictor determines his future.