The Runes are an ancient alphabet and dialect of the Germanic people from the 1st to 2nd century AD. Once thought to be the province of the elite and used as special charms in esoteric use, it is enjoying a fast rebirth in divination in the last decade. The alphabets are inscribed on rocks, crystals or wood and spread out as per tarot and read.
Its magic and mystery lies in its ability to communicate complex ideas through the use of signs and access an ancient germanic worldview with powerful connections to natural forces.
The diagram shows the names of the runes and their individual meanings. (photo credit: Shutterstock)