A Course in Runes
11-Month Online Class on the Norse Runes
Starts January, 2020
"Dost know how to write, dost know how to read,
dost know how to paint, dost know how to prove,
dost know how to ask, dost know how to offer,
dost know how to send, dost know how to spend?"
-- 134. Hávamál, Sayings of the High One.
These are the questions Odin, leader of the Norse gods, asks regarding the runes in this ancient poem. We trace Odin’s path in a Course in Runes, following his journey, looking for the hidden clues and messages. As he hung from the World Tree, gained incredible knowledge, and returned to learn the magic of the runes, you too will learn what it means to embody poetry, story and rune song.
Do you hold fascination for the mysterious Norse Runes?
Starting in January, 2020, the course has many layers and goes deeper than perhaps you have previously gone. You will learn what each rune means, its associated mythology and practical applications to modern life. You will be able to interpret their symbols for yourself and others. You will learn how to work with the runes to create positive change in your life and the world. Additionally, you will learn how to do a shamanic journey, a singular healing modality that allows us access to the hidden meaning of each rune.
What are the Norse Runes?
The Elder Futhark is an ancient alphabet used by the Old Norse and Viking Age people that emerged around the 1st Century. There are 24 letters with a literal meaning and also a more lengthy symbolic representation that mirrors the typical hero's journey or mythic quest for wholeness and soulful life experience.
What is a Shamanic Journey?
A shamanic journey is a specific healing modality in which a shaman enters into a trancelike state via drumming or other rhythmic musical track. In this altered state, he or she observes and interacts with 'soul parts' that have been lost or stuck due to traumatic events in a person's life. Journeys, also called Soul Retrievals, are very effective at restoring vitality, life force and helping a person move through processes of grief, anger or other turmoil. Combining runes with journeying adds a new dimension and powerful catalyst for positive change.
There is not a prerequisite. You do not need to have prior experience with shamanism or runes, though you will learn shamanic techniques, be introduced to your spirit guides, and learn about ancient wisdom traditions. I structure this course so that it meets the needs of all students.
All the details on how the course works are below!
What Others Say About the Course in Runes:
Why do I love teaching about the Norse runes?
I have many tools that I use as part of my shamanic practice and have found the runes to be one of the most powerful for creating change, gaining insight into the mythic journey, and for experiencing repeatable synchronicities and magical moments in everyday life. Over and over, students report having transcendent journeys, new knowledge of self, and awe inspiring synchronicities. I smile with them at the ways the runes show up in their lives. I know you will benefit greatly from this program. There is a passage from a Shakespeare play, The Tempest, in which Ariel, the magician’s spirit helper, describes the nature of a sea-change. This is one of my favorite poems because the imagery it invokes, pearls for eyes, coral for bones, transformation into something “rich and strange,” so perfectly fits that process of spiritual alchemy that is at the heart of the study of, and experience with, the Norse runes.
One past student asked me, "How did you get so geeked out on runes?" In part, I followed my intuition. One day, I had a bunch of soul maps out on my table and I recognized the mythological journey apparent in the runes. As I experimented with it and tested it, the runes came alive. It’s empowering and a reminder of the practical magic we can create in our every day life. I have found that people who tried using tarot cards in the past but never quite felt that soulful connection with the cards, find it with the runes. More, I don’t believe we ever cease learning. The more I use the runes and teach others, the greater understanding dawns for me. To learn this, you find the divine within you. You find your own inner sense of spiritual authority. You are compelled to care for the must vulnerable among us and to serve the spirits that guide you. It’s kind of funny thing, to teach a subject that is unknowable, it’s like the Tao. The World Tree, as you will come to know as mighty and beautiful Yggdrasil, is a place and no-place. There is a final, hidden rune, that like the Sorcerer’s Stone, is a thing and no thing that you can ever really hold in your hand. Maybe because we hold these things in the heart of hearts. I can only tell you for certain that if you show up to the course and follow the pattern I lay out, you are assured to be surprised at the outcome.
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Not sure if this is the class or teacher for you?
Experience a rune reading, soul retrieval or both by visiting www.rune-journeys.com . It can be of great benefit to you to meet me and talk in person.
Connect with the ancient.
As you learn about the Norse runes and how to use them, you experience a wonderful sense of empowerment and alignment with the everyday magic and wonder in our world. The runes are used for divination, creative manifestation, and insight into the mythological journey we all experience. The added benefit of developing relationships with figures of mythology and ancient story is uplifting because you get support no matter what stage of the journey you are experiencing.
The next Course in Runes begins January 2020. You may fill out the form below and make the payment to complete your registration.
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A Course in Runes Description
Our online course will be held in seven, 5-week sessions, with two week integration breaks in between each.
Each week, there will be one live class call using the Zoom platform. The audio (only) will be recorded for later listening.
Lesson material will be accessed via a password protected website and we will have a 'secret' Facebook group page for interaction and posting of homework.
Included, a rune reading + soul retrieval journey done by me via phone or Skype. The work occurs in the shamanic realms, not bound by space and time, and so results are just as effective as if in person.
In the first weeks of the course, you will learn how to do a shamanic journey for yourself so that you can directly access the shamanic realms and bring back information. This is the method by which you will truly integrate knowledge of the runes.
As your teacher, I bring you my knowledge of the Norse myths, ancient poems, and sagas which, when combined with the runes, gives you a powerful tool for empowerment. Mythology provides our maps and context for our current life experience.
We will have partner work and lots of practice during the course to give you confidence and experience.
NOT included and required: A rune set and rune casting cloth. Please purchase your own set of Elder Futhark runes prior to the start of class. There are many wonderful sets available on sites like Etsy, the selection is a highly personal process. If you would like input, I'm glad to point you in the right direction.
A recommended reading list will be provided. While these books are not required for success in the course, I do refer to them often.
Best wishes on all your journeys,