My Blog and Me

I've studied the north Atlantic region from multiple perspectives (Geography, history, and culture) for nearly twenty years and have visited many fascinating places there.  Although I had long known of the Runes, it was only when I began researching my first novel, The Son of Nine Sisters, that I really began to look at them from a less academic point of view.

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 the Runes.  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.  This is a new series, scheduled to start later in 2013.  If you have suggestions of people I should interview, please let me know.

Runes 401 - Rune Rituals.  I enjoy this series, because despite the fore thought related to the rituals, something inevitably arises during the actual ritual.  This series began in 2013, so look for more ritual entries as the year progresses.

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 2014.  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.


  1. I started my own saga in working with the Runes a few months back and have seen my fair share of websites about them. Yours has to be one of the best I've ever seen. I love your perspective. Thank you for making this.

    1. Thank you for the positive comments about my efforts on this blog. It means a lot to me. I hope you will continue to read and enjoy it!

  2. Amazing! Love this blog, Karen!! Great job! Just placed links for you every where I am because I LOVE the magickal feelings that I get from my runes. Thanks for sharing your information!! Brightest Blessings! -Shell Harris

    1. Hi Shell, Thank you for your kind words and for sharing my blog. I hope others will find it useful too. I appreciate your support and I'll follow the link to mywiccanways. Cheers!

  3. its wonderfull, I really liked ur blog, kisses Karen
    i love Runes too they are swords from Gods, hug to u my friend

    1. Hi Alexandra, I am so glad you like my blog and the Runes. I appreciate your support. Hugs back to you!