The Son of Nine Sisters, that I really began to look at them from a less academic point of view, but the connection to them was immediate.
Since then, I have embraced them as an oracle that guides me on my path. Over the years, my knowledge of the Runes has grown quickly and I have ventured into many aspects of their use and understanding their origin in both history and mythology.
When I began this blog, my two main goals were to use share the Runes with others and continue to increase my understanding of and ability to work with them. To that end, I have created a number of series to aid in the process. I hope you enjoy them and, if you ever have questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
This blog is a piece of my larger professional writing endeavors. Besides this and my novel, I offer professional writing and editing services, run workshops, and provide coaching (professional communication coaching and personal wholeness coaching) through my company - The Jera Institute. Yes, I named it after the Rune of the harvest/year.
The Series in My Blog
Runes 101 - The Runes in History and Mythology. Because it is important to have at least a basic understanding of the culture from which Runes derive, I created this series first. Its posts discuss various aspects of the Runes as they occur in history and mythology.
Runes 102 - Book Reviews. From time to time, I review books related either to Runes specifically or their encompassing culture more broadly. Besides the posts, I've also created a side bar that lists and links to the books I've reviewed. If there is a book you would like me to review, please let me know.
If you are the author of a book that fits within the areas of interest in this blog, you can also contact me to review your book.
Runes 103 - Guest posts. In this series, look for posts by other writers,
researchers and Rune users on a variety of Rune-related topics.
Runes 201 - Individual Runes. In this series, I look at how to use individual Runes in various situations rather than simply looking at the Runes individual meaning. This is because Runes can be used and interpreted differently under different circumstances.
Runes 202 - Bind Runes. This series is becoming one of my favorites as I am intrigued by the power that develops when combining several Runes into a single symbol. A few people have said that bind Runes should be balanced, but that is not my experience and I have seen several images of other "unbalanced" bind Runes.
Runes 301 - Making Your Own Runes. This series began when I attempted to make my own set the first time. I have multiple sets now, but still like to talk about different sets that can be made. What's important to remember is that you make up your own ritual around this process. The only thing you have to do with the Runes is make sure the first reading is for you. This makes the Runes your own.
Runes 302 - Interviews. For this series, I am looking to interview people who work with the Runes in a variety of ways. This includes Rune readers, artists, authors and others. If you know someone or are someone who fits this bill, please let me know. Contact Karen.
Runes 303 - Rune Art. Using Runes for creative expression can be a very powerful tool and can connect us to Runes and their meanings in ways other engagements with them cannot. In this series, I will share my own Rune art as well as that of others. If you work creatively with Runes or know someone who does, give me a heads up. Contact Karen.
Runes 401 - Rune Rituals. I enjoy this series, because despite the fore thought related to the rituals, something inevitably arises when I do them. Rituals are a great way to connect with the Runes and are very focused and/or spiritual experiences.
Runes 402 - Rune Dialogues. Occasionally, the readings that I do go into greater depth than a three-Rune draw. Since that has happened a few during some Rune interpretations, I decided to add this series. In Runes 402, I engage in more detailed conversations with the Runes to sort out the finer points of questions posed and answers given.
Runes 403 - Rune Interpretations. Although not the first or second series I created, this is the foundation for many of my posts. In Runes 403, I interpret Runes through readings, conversations, and experiences for myself and others.