Rune Oracle Course
No-one knows exactly how old the runes are. Rune-like symbols appear as cave markings as early as the late Bronze Age (circa 1300 BC). They have been used as an alphabet but their uses in ritual and as an Oracle for consultation certainly pre-date their use as a system of writing.
The word "rune" itself comes from the Old Norse word "rún" meaning a secret or mystery, and it seems likely that shamans were considered to have some magic or mystic power in their understanding of the runes.
Each week we study a different rune, we then guide everyone into a deep meditation while holding a rune. In this way your energy will merge with the energy of the rune and vice versa. This will give you a profound connection with the rune, enabling it to communicate with you. Every rune connects like a telephone line to a deity. Some runes have several deities linked to them. The deities encourage and give people strength to face their challenges so that they can recognise their true nature and achieve their full potential.
The focus of this course is not on divination but instead using the runes as a path to enlightenment, we believe the runes were set out in this specific order for this purpose. The 24 Elder Futhark runes are divided into three sets of eight runes known as Aetts and are named after the Norse gods Freya, Heimdall and Tyr.
We teach these 24 runes as 1 Aett per module, which consists of 3 hours a week for 8 weeks, (1 rune per week). These modules contribute towards completion of our IICT recognised Shamanic Practitioner course, read more here!
Freya's Aett Module
Freya, in Norse mythology is the goddess of love, beauty, war, wisdom and fertility, the most beautiful of the goddesses, although, she also has a warrior side and is not to be messed with. Freya was second in rank only to Frigg, Odin's wife. She was also the goddess of a form of magic, called seidr, which she taught to Odin.
It is not surprising then that the first set of eight belong to her. She has the softer feminine energy but also her warrior side. Therefore, her runes gently build up your inner strength, self esteem and confidence while offering you her protection. This prepares you for the second set of runes, Heimdall’s Aett.
Heimdall's Aett Module
Heimdall is the watchman of the gods and guards Bifrost, the only entrance to Asgard, the realm of the gods. It is Heimdall's duty to prevent the giants from forcing their way into Asgard. He requires less sleep than a bird and can see a hundred miles around him, by night as well as by day. His hearing is so acute that no sound escapes him, it is said that he can even hear the sound of the grass growing.
We are challenged to expand our thinking and awareness beyond our beliefs, denial and judgements. To be honest and authentic with ourselves, to rely on our own experiences and to recognise that we are much more than we think we are, so that we can become our full potential and face our destiny.
Tyr's Aett Module
Tyr is the god of war and courage, and the lawgiver of the gods. He sacrifices his hand so that the evil giant wolf Fenrir can be bound. He is concerned in all matters of courage, justice, fair play, and right action and represents victory, protection, cosmic order (Orlog/Dharma) and justice.
Considering that Tyr is the god of courage and dharma, his set of eight will guide us to balance and harmony, profoundly, within ourselves, nature and the universe. They will challenge us to go deeper into our courage, to accept, learn and forgive our mistakes, so that we can work through our karma and be at peace and one with the universe.