Nordic Runes (photo by Amy Brucker)

Long ago, I lived in a 3-story house that was a spiritual center. It was a beautiful, old Victorian with an indoor pool and a fire place tiled with abalone shell.

One day, while enjoying the morning light, I discovered a small velvet bag nestled behind a curtain. Curious, I opened the bag and found 30 Nordic runes. I’d never heard of runes before, so it was fortunate that the bag came with a book.

Using Divination to Find Life Direction

For those who don’t know, runes are a divination system that utilizes the Nordic/Germanic alphabet. Each letter represents a concept, like joy or growth.

I’ll never know if my immediate resonance with the runes was due to my Nordic ancestry, or if it was simply a meaningful coincidence, but I fell in love with them on the spot.

It may seem odd, but over the years runes have helped me find life direction. I’ve received simple, and sometimes profound, guidance from these little stones.

Whenever I feel frustrated or stuck, I blindly draw three of them from the bag and see if they have a message for me. They’ve illuminated challenging situations, inspired me to let go when I wanted to hold on tight, and almost always helped me see more deeply into my current situation.

As I started to contemplate the theme for today’s post, I noticed the same bag of runes sitting on my desk.  I decided to draw three stones and let them determine the topic.

In a three rune spread, the first rune describes a problem, the middle rune offers a healing path, and the third rune depicts the potential result.

But in order for the runes to share their wisdom, you have to first ask a question. Here’s what I asked:

What is the most appropriate topic for today’s ezine?

(The description of each rune comes from The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum.)

The problem: Mannaz, the self reversed

“If you feel blocked, do not turn to others, but look inside, in silence, for the enemy of your progress. You will recognize the outer “enemy” as but a reflection of what you have not, until now, been able or willing to recognize as coming from within.”

The solution: Isa, standstill, that which impedes

“Be patient, for this is the period of gestation that precedes a rebirth. Trying to hold on can result in shallowness of feeling, a sense of being out of touch with life. Seek to discover what it is you are holding onto that keeps this condition in effect, and let go. Shed, release, cleanse away the old. That will bring on the thaw.”

The result: Wunjo, joy, light

“The shift that was due has occurred and now you can freely receive Wunjo’s blessings. This is an alchemical moment in which understanding is transmuted from knowledge. Joyousness accompanies new energy, energy blocked before now. Wunjo is the Rune of restoration, of the self properly aligned to the Self.”

So whatever challenges you are currently facing, I offer this reading as inspiration to help you move through it.

How might a perceived block in your path be an external manifestation of an inner struggle?

How might letting go and clearing attachments to this block help release whatever is holding you back?

How might this struggle become a path to joy?

I’m curious, do you ever use divination systems? If so, which ones? If not, I suggest trying a divination system from your ancestral lineage. You might be surprised at how deeply you resonate with them.