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Taking Up The Runes: Thurisaz/Ansuz, Thurs Spells

Northern Wisdom Kindred of Utah
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This series is 13 classes on runes and will be held on the third Sunday of each month from 2:30-4:00pm.

Each class is $5 per person suggested donation.

This class is 1.5 hours and we'll explore the meaning behind Thurisaz/Ansuz and integrating them into our psyche through ritual.


Legend has it that Odin, the Norse High God of the Aesir, hung from the world tree (Yggdrasil), impaled on his own spear for nine days and nights in order to gain the knowledge of runes. When the runes appeared below him, he reached down and picked them up, and the runic knowledge gave him power. For many, asking for daily guidance by casting of the runes onto an outstretched cloth is a sacred act. To have ones destiny lay out before them, as prescribed by the gods is divine indeed.

To understand how to cast and draw upon the mystical power, one must seek to explore its natural origins. The roots lie deeply within ancient Norse [Viking] mythology and history. The Vikings used a system of 24 symbols known as the Elder Futhark Runes, these runes formed complete words and sentences based on their arrangement to each other.

As the Vikings traveled and explored the neighboring regions, they encountered new and different tribes. Each, as they adopted the Futhark Runes into their own culture attached the symbols to their own alphabets and added new symbols for the alphabet that had none. The original runes along with the new symbols were widely adopted into their religious rites.

In this study, you will learn how to recreate and activate the Elder Futhark Runes. You will come to better understand their true purpose and meaning and how to cast and read the Runes. You will also learn how to set up 'The Sacred Alter' and conduct private and group 'Rune Ceremonies'.