My mother made a set of runes for me a long time ago. I don’t really know why she made them, but they are pretty nonetheless! But what are runes exactly? I think you can compare them with tarot cards!
The word rune means mystery, secret or whisper.
Runes are letters from the runic alphabet. They were used as a method of communication across Scandinavia and in other Germanic countries. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Iceland from about 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. . Thousands of examples of runic inscriptions can be found in stones, cons and artwork in many Scandinavian countries. Runes may also be used as a tool for divination.
You can see the Runes as an oracle which you can ask for advice. They may give you a hint toward an answer, but you have to figure out the rest. You can’t “see” the future in reading runes, they may send you into a direction of a specific path and the possible outcome, but the future can change, you can change it.
Each rune has a different meaning, just like every tarot card has.
The old Germanic Runic alphabet which is also called the ‘Elder Futhark’ contains 24 runes. The first six. The first six runes of the alphabet spell out the word ‘Futhark’. The elder Futhark is the oldest version of the runic alphabet.
But there are more runic alphabets, such as the Anglo-Saxon Futhore, the Younger Futhark, Etruscan Alphabets, and many more.