Putting the elder back in ‘futhark’
Not sure if you want to commit to the whole Intensive? I know it’s a big commitment–a whole year! Warm up to the runes with this preview course, starting 1 July 2016. This preview offers a survey of Old Norse history and cosmology, how these pertain to the runes, then segués into the initial staves of the first aett. If you like the preview and want to continue from there, you can enroll in the Intensive and completely reclaim the runes your way!
Who am I, and Why Do I Care?
I’m Kelley, and I love the runes. I started reading them for myself at the age of nineteen, and eventually started reading them for others. In my youth, no one knew what the runes were. They’re fairly popular now, though they’re erroneously compared to the tarot. Next to the lush art and vivid imagery of today’s decks, the runes come up short. Modern concepts on the staves have distilled them to scratches in wood and one-word meanings, omitting their rich cultural backdrop and archetypal narrative. Reclaiming the Runes preview course teaches their story in as full a context as possible, and instructs on how to work with them as a personal tool for growth, and a facilitator of gaining insight for others.
A one-month commitment, this course is self-paced and heavily mentored by email and other outlets. You may go at your own pace and complete the pilot course in less than a month, though access to the coursework terminates one month from the start date. Upon completion of the preview course, you may choose to complete the full Intensive, in which the remaining aettir are detailed, the runic calendar is explained, as well as how our modern observation of the Sabbats correlates to the calendar. It gives suggestions for spreads and how to interpret them in a way that is personal and meaningful, and closes with frank discussion on how to bring the runes into relationships with loved ones and community.
The full Intensive, Reclaiming the Runes, is my primer on the runes as a sonic force, an alphabet, and as a system of storytelling, timekeeping, and divination. Yes, my way of revering this ancient tradition is pretty modern. I’m convinced the old can be respected for what it is, and still apply to contemporary lives. Through this preview course, check it out and see if my telling of that ancient story speaks to you!