Putting the elder back in ‘futhark’
This Intensive offers a primer on the runes as a sonic force, an alphabet, and as a system of storytelling, timekeeping, and divination. Often the runes are 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 one-word meanings, omitting their rich cultural backdrop and archetypal narrative. Reclaiming the Runes 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.
This Intensive covers the history of the runes, a survey of Old Norse history and cosmology, how these pertain to the runes, working with the three aettir in-depth, the runic calendar, 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.
A one-year commitment, this Intensive is self-paced and heavily mentored by email and other outlets. You may go at your own pace and complete the Intensive in less than a year, though access to the coursework terminates one year from the start date.
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 the preview course, starting 1 July 2016. This preview offers a survey of Old Norse history and cosmology, how these pertain to the runes, then segué 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!