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All Natural Spirit was inspired by Nature, the concepts surrounding Symbolism and the desire for Spirituality. The aim of my blog and my store is the cultivation and expression of the Soul through DIY stress management ideas and tools derived from Meditation, Metaphysics and Magick.

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The Evolution of the Runic Alphabets: Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, and Younger Futhark Runes

23 September 2018, 03h45: Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere Today is the spring equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of darkness and daylight are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Southern countries witness a spectacular display of renewal and rebirth, sprouting forth from the foundation of … Continue reading The Evolution of the Runic Alphabets: Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, and Younger...

23 September 2018, 03h45:
Spring Equinox for the Southern Hemisphere

Today is the spring equinox – it is the day of the year where the hours of darkness and daylight are equal for both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Southern countries witness a spectacular display of renewal and rebirth, sprouting forth from the foundation of the previous season’s growth or from life preserved as last year’s seeds.

I am going to do something a bit different for this year’s Spring equinox, however keeping with the overall alignment of Spring with the element of Earth. I am going to take you back to a time during which we see the development of speech and writing, where scripts were carved into stone. Here we honour the lasting remnants of our ancestors and our roots as we take a trip back into time. I am specifically touching upon the emergence of scripts within the Germanic tribes (my ancestors by a few thousand years LOL!). I will be discussing the Evolution of the Runic Alphabets under changing linguistics with the focus on our Current Knowledge about the Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and Younger Futhark (Futhork). Thus, this leads to the main theme of today’s article:

 


I have been researching the Elder Futhark extensively for the last few years and I have created a Mini Oracle deck based on this research as well as a Bindrune Oracle. My biggest reason for delving into the literature was that the Runic Alphabets lack standardisation, mostly due to the way in which each originated from the predecessor and several influences from the Roman language and its scriptures. For instance, when you simply type ‘Runes’ into a search engine you would find contradictions between the available sets – all of which are denoted as the ‘correct’ version. Doubting many of these sources, I began pulling information from more credible expert sources, specifically those from scholarly Runologists (not just the new age books).

Because of the vast amount of research that went into elucidating each of the rune sets, I have decided to divide the information into 4 articles:

Spring Equinox 2018: The Overview of the Runic Alphabet Evolution
An article for each set: The Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and Younger Futhark, where I can explain the differences and similarities of each, and how one informs the other.

 

My main aim was to create a trust-worthy, ‘universal’ representative of each of the Runic Alphabets, backed-up by proper research that can be used as divinatory tools. In these articles I want to illustrate the linguistic flow of the runes and how that gave rise to the other systems as well as explaining the potential discrepancies between available literatures. This was quite an undertaking – I remember being thoroughly confused at the discombobulated state of Runic literature and I went through heaps of literature to find the handful of informative ones I for the reconstructions (listed in the References section). I believe that I have managed to create a standard set of runes for each of the Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and Younger Futhork with justification for some of the rune scripts favoured above others as per scholarly debate. (BTW: These runes sets I have made available as Mini Oracle Decks from my MakePlayingCards Online Shop!) Thus, we will start with the overview of how the systems originated and co-evolved from the most primitive of languages.

 

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Evolution of the Runic Alphabets over the centuries

 

The runic alphabet along with the Latin alphabet is generally believed to be derived from Old Italic (with additional influence by Greek, Latin and Etruscan) as part of the Indo-European languages. The term ‘rune’ is used to describe an alphabet and/or writing system other than that of Latin or Greek letters. These are generally angular in shape as they were primarily used for inscribing wood and/or carving stone.

The root for Rune is:
– ‘run’ in Germanic and ‘runs’ in Gothic, both inclining to the words: secret or whisper
– ‘runo’ in Proto-Germanic (primitive Germanic) that means letter, literature or secret

 

Indo European Languages map 500 BC 500 AD, Runes
Distribution of the Indo-European languages from 500 BC to 500 AD.

 

When we look at the original languages of the Indo-Europeans we see the linguistic origins of each of the runes. For simplicity, we start with the ‘original’ languages, each is a separate language and is distinct from the other. Here we have Hellenic, Italic, Celtic and Germanic making up the ‘top-tier’ of the linguistic evolutionary tree if you will (refer to the picture below). Thereafter, we see each develop through history due to the spread of the tribes, their inevitable convergence and how this influenced and moulded the present-day forms.

I am mainly concerned with the Germanic languages, but I will provide a quick language association for each of the others:

– Hellenic → Greek
– Italic → Latin/Roman
– Celtic → Irish
– Germanic → Norse, Frisian, English, Saxon and Gothic

 

 

Indo European Languages and the Runic Alphabets, Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, Younger Futhark, Lineage
Indo-European languages of the tribes and the development of the runic alphabets. Possible Elder Futhark lineage (linguistic evolution) in green, Younger Futhark lineage in red and Anglo-Saxon Futhorc lineage in Blue.

 

From the picture above, I have indicated the flow of the Germanic languages, depending on the locations of the various tribes during that time.  ‘Northern Germanic’ (Red in pic) developed into Old Norse, followed by Icelandic/Norwegian in the ‘North’-West and Danish/Swedish in the ‘North’-East. ‘Eastern Germanic’ (Black in pic) gave rise to a single Gothic system, whereas the ‘Western Germanic’ (Blue in pic) split-off into Anglo-Frisian and Old-Saxon. The Anglo-Saxon lineage then gave rise to Old Frisian and Old English.  This covers the way in which the language systems originated, now we move on to their alphabets.

 

Evolution of the Runic Alphabets, Elder Futhark, Younger, Futhork, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, Italic, Celtic, Latin, Roman, Ogham, Runes, Medieval, Dalecarlian
Evolution of the Runic Alphabets over the centuries. Superscripts indicate the number of letters in each system. Language and location associations are also listed.

 

During the initiation of Indo-European languages it would seem that Old Italic and Proto-Celtic were present at somewhat the same time (~ 800 BC).  The Latin or Roman alphabet was derived from Old Italic (~ 700 BC) and has been in use to this present day as the main alphabet, which we are all very familiar with. Initially, we see the Runic Alphabets split off from Old Italic and they develop in isolation from the Roman language and its counterparts for a few centuries. At this point in time we are already a bit farther down the language lineage, hence we see the influence of Old Italic on the Runic Alphabets. In contrast, some scholars argue that the Runic alphabets are derived from the Roman one…

 

When Proto-Norse was the main language during 150-800 AD, we predominantly find the Elder Futhark amongst the few surviving carvings. The letters of the Elder Futhark are clear and very few variants exist, giving rise to a mostly coherent system of runes. Very little is known about the pronunciation and meaning of the Proto-Norse letters, since there is no ‘Proto Norse Poem’ or ‘Runic Poem’ equivalent for the Elder Futhark as for the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and Younger Futhark. Thus, the rune names are derived from Proto-Germanic approximations and their meanings are retro-fitted from the Anglo-Saxon rune poem. I provide a quick summary for the Elder Futhark system, which will be fully discussed in its separate article.

 

Elder Futhark Mini Oracle Deck Overview
Elder Futhark Mini Oracle Deck available from https://www.makeplayingcards.com/sell/marketplace/elder-futhark-runes-mini-oracle.html

 

When the Elder Futhark was still in use (150-800 AD), we see that arrival of the expanded Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (400-1100 AD). The Futhark has become a Futhorc due to the linguistic and pronunciation changes between Proto-Norse and Anglo-Saxon. Before we move on, I provide a similar summary picture for the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc.

 

Anglo Saxon Futhorc Mini Oracle Deck Overview
Anglo Saxon Futhorc Mini Oracle Deck available from https://www.makeplayingcards.com/sell/marketplace/anglo-saxon-futhorc-mini-oracle-deck.html

 

These two systems co-existed for some time and later when Proto-Norse becomes Old-Norse we see the Elder Futhark being replaced by a reduced Younger Futhark (technically it should be an Younger Futhork by linguistic standards…). Now, the Younger Futhark co-exists with the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc as well. One can almost view the Elder Futhark runes as the ‘older sister’ system of the Anglo-Saxon runes, whereas the Younger Futhark is the ‘daughter system’ of the Elder Futhark (i.e., replacing the previous version). Furthermore, we see the Younger Futhark split-off into 3 different variants over the centuries, hence the reason for 2 different Younger Futhark rune poems! This is where things get messy, real messy! Before we move on, I provide a similar summary picture for the Younger Futhark, the more widely used Danish/Icelandic version.

 

Younger Futhark Mini Oracle Deck Overview
Younger Futhark Mini Oracle Deck available from https://www.makeplayingcards.com/sell/marketplace/younger-futhark-futhork-mini-oracle-deck.html

 

Because of the centuries-long overlap between the three systems, there was a lot of mixing-and-matching going on. Combinations of the three systems are known as the Macromannic Runes. The Younger Futhark was easier to piece together as it was generally left alone. However, the Anglo-Saxon runes experienced even more expansion due to the influence from religious missionaries and other scholars who tried to correlate the Runic alphabet with the Roman one. So you see all kinds of fanciful things on carvings and in recorded scriptures during this time, not to mention the catastrophic loss of ancient books in library fires, which may have held the key to solving this massive runic mix-up! We also see some potential influence on the runes from the Ogham (or Celtic Script 400-1000 AD)? The Ogham is a whole different research project on its own!
Phew! My head was practically spinning at this stage, but with some tables (which will be provided in the next series of articles) I managed to elucidate a potential standardised set of runes for each of the Elder Futhark, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and Younger Futhark, which have subsequently been made into Mini-Oracle decks. Anyways, moving on in the runic evolutionary ladder…

 

Macromannic Runes, Combination, Elder, Younger, Futhark, Anglo-Saxon, Futhorc
Macromannic Runes: Number of letters associate with each, and date ranges of their use

 

The Younger Futhark and Anglo-Saxon Futhorc fell out of use at round-about the same time. Then we see another set of Runes arise, derived from an expanded Younger Futhark system, known as the Medieval Runes (1100-1500 AD, also a Futhork by linguistic accounts). These very much retain that mixy-matchy feeling of the runic alphabet evolution during this time, with several influences from the Roman, Celtic and maybe even Gothic systems. The runes are slowly being replaced by the more prominent and well-developed Greek and Roman systems. A final ‘speciation’ event of the runes occurred with the development of the Dalecarlian Runes (1500-1800 AD). You would notice a very strong influence from the Roman alphabet as the Runic alphabet tries to stubbornly hold on, but slowly gives way to the ‘superior’ of the two systems. Although, some variants of these runes are still in use today it has mostly become an extinct system of writing.

 

Medieval, Dalecarlian, Runes, Dates, Letter Numbers
Medieval and Dalecarlian Runes: Number of letters associate with each, and date ranges of their use

 

That concludes the evolutionary journey into the ancient past of the Runic Alphabets. As mentioned before I will discuss each of the Rune systems (Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark and Anglo-Saxon) in a separate article along with their potential use in divination and metaphysical connotations. In the mean-time, the Mini-Oracle decks are available on my MakePlayingCards Online Shop to kick-off you divinatory adventure with one of the oldest writing systems known today!

 

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Reference List:

  1. Page, R., I. (1987) Reading The Past: Runes. University of California Press.
  2. McKinnell, J., Simek R. and Düwel K. (2004) Runes, Magic and Religion: a Sourcebook. Wien: Fassbaender
  3. Page, R. I. (2005) Runes, The British Museum Press, ISBN 0-7141-8065-3.
  4. Oswald, B. (2008) Discovering Runes. Chartwell Books Inc.
  5. Robertson, J. S. (2012) How the Germanic Futhark Came from the Roman Alphabet Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies 2: 7-25.
  6. Van Renterghem, A. (2014) The Anglo-Saxon runic poem: a critical reassessment. Masters Dissertation, University of Glasgow. pp. 113
  7. Daniels, B. (2015) Runes: Notes on Orthography and Pronunciation, as well as Some Thoughts on Using Runes to Write Modern English. http://www.yokoiscool.com
  8. Schulte, M. (2015) Runology and historical sociolinguistics: On runic writing and its social history in the first millennium. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics. 1(1): 87-110.
  9. Barnes, Michael P. (1998). “The Transitional Inscriptions”. In Beck, Heinrich; Düwel, Klaus. Runeninschriften als Quellen Interdisziplinärer Forschung. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 448–61. ISBN 3-11-015455-2. p. 451.
  10. Werner, C. G. (2004). The allrunes Font and Package. The Comprehensive Tex Archive Network.


Crystal Lore #6: Malachite – Free Oracle Card

My sixth crystal lore flash card! Malachite is the no-nonsense crystal physician! This means that Malachite can be used much like an energetic scalpel. Thus, Malachite is important for the crystal healer’s toolkit, especially during deep energy healing sessions. I have here another printable (customise to any size you like) information sheet regarding the healer … Continue reading Crystal Lore #6: Malachite – Free...

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My sixth crystal lore flash card! Malachite is the no-nonsense crystal physician! This means that Malachite can be used much like an energetic scalpel. Thus, Malachite is important for the crystal healer’s toolkit, especially during deep energy healing sessions.

I have here another printable (customise to any size you like) information sheet regarding the healer known as Malachite. The information sheet contains its chemical constituents, its natural colour range as well as some authentication tests. I explain how it is formed through the workings of the earth and the main source locations. Malachite is like a brutally honest and caring friend – it is associated with the heart chakra as well as our social responsibility towards others and ourselves. Malachite can be combined with crystals of a more gentle healing nature to soften Malachite’s directed energy.

Tip: Malachite must be cleansed regularly due to its highly purging nature. Malachite can be exposed to water and sun, but do not expose it to salt. It is a soft stone that scuffs easily. Malachite should be used in its polished form as it is toxic and thus it is also not suitable as a gem elixir!  

I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links blow). You can use the cards for readings, but the production of them as a deck or individual cards for selling is not permitted. Print out & enjoy! There are more crystal flash cards to come!

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-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit

 


I have a MSc in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.


Meditation Infographic #1: Visualisation Ideas

Originally posted on All Natural Spirit: Tips on How to Meditate: 4x Symbolic visualisations based on the elements to help you stay focused on your breath! ? During your meditations, when you breathe in and out you can use the following visualisation to keep you focused on your breath and limit mental distractions. For...

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meditation-ideas-1-4-symbolic-visualisationsTips on How to Meditate:

4x Symbolic visualisations based on the elements to help you stay focused on your breath!

During your meditations, when you breathe in and out you can use the following visualisation to keep you focused on your breath and limit mental distractions. For instance, the Fire symbolism represents the sun and clouds. As you breath in the sun becomes blocked, as you breath out the clouds part. The Air symbolism is that of a swinging door or window. Visualise the doors swings on their hinges open-and-closed or back-and-forth as you meditate. For Earth we focus on the mountains, here your sweep up the slope as you breathe in, reaching over the peak and rushing out with the breath as we sweep downwards. The Water symbolism is my personal favourite, here you breathe in and the tide pulls back, then breath out as the tide rushes towards…

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Herbal Lore #5: Resurrection Plant – Free Oracle Card

  Tips on Herbal Lore & Magick: My fifth free herb lore oracle card! The Resurrection plant is an inhabitant of extreme environments where it endures high solar irradiation and great day-night temperature fluctuations. It is a survivor and reminds us to be hopeful during the most difficult of times. The information sheet contains its taxonomic classification, native … Continue reading Herbal Lore #5: Resurrection Plant – Free...

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My fifth free herb lore oracle card! The Resurrection plant is an inhabitant of extreme environments where it endures high solar irradiation and great day-night temperature fluctuations. It is a survivor and reminds us to be hopeful during the most difficult of times. The information sheet contains its taxonomic classification, native distribution, medicinal and magickal properties! I explain some practical uses for the Resurrection plant and how it can be used during personal rituals to bring hope to any situation.

Tip: The Resurrection plant revives mostly through water uptake from its roots! Thus, buy dehydrated plants instead of cuttings for cultivation purposes! 

I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links blow). You can use the cards for readings, but the production of them as a deck or individual cards for selling is not permitted. Print out & enjoy! There are more flash cards to come!

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Free Oracle Cards of 2017 by All Natural Spirit PDF Pack (9 cards):

 

Free Oracle Cards of 2018 by All Natural Spirit:

 

-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit

 


I have a MSc in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.


Spirit Animal #5: Spider – Free Oracle Card

Tips on Interpreting Spirit Animal Messages & Meanings: My fifth free spirit animal lore oracle card! Spiders are the weavers of fate and dreams. They are associated with the Divine Feminine, creativity and creative expression. The Native Americans associated them with rain storms and the Orb-weaver spider’s (featured in the card) Latin name is Argiope, … Continue reading Spirit Animal #5: Spider – Free...

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My fifth free spirit animal lore oracle card! Spiders are the weavers of fate and dreams. They are associated with the Divine Feminine, creativity and creative expression. The Native Americans associated them with rain storms and the Orb-weaver spider’s (featured in the card) Latin name is Argiope, who is a Naiad (female water spirit) from Greek mythology. I have here a printable (customise to any size you like) information sheet regarding the fascinating web spinner known as the Spider. The information sheet contains its taxonomic classification, habitat and diet as well as their metaphysical superpower of weaving and creation! I explain what the message of the spider spirit animal (or totem) is and how they guide you through your life.

Tip: Spiders are also associated with myths of healing, whose silk is used as sutures and bandages for physical injuries and magic afflictions. Thus, the spider symbol can be incorporated into healing magic.

I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links blow). You can use the cards for readings, but the production of them as a deck or individual cards for selling is not permitted. Print out & enjoy! There are more flash cards to come!

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Related:

Free Oracle Cards of 2017 by All Natural Spirit PDF Pack (9 cards):

 

Free Oracle Cards of 2018 by All Natural Spirit:

 

-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit

 


I have a MSc in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.


Crystal Lore #5: Tiger Eye – Free Oracle Card

Tips on Working with Crystals: My fifth crystal lore flash card! Tiger Eye is a stable and protective crystal as such many culture believe that it also wards off the Evil Eye! This makes Tiger Eye indispensable to the energy healer and shadow worker. Thus Tiger Eye becomes a must for any crystal healer’s toolkit. I … Continue reading Crystal Lore #5: Tiger Eye – Free...

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Tips on Working with Crystals:

My fifth crystal lore flash card! Tiger Eye is a stable and protective crystal as such many culture believe that it also wards off the Evil Eye! This makes Tiger Eye indispensable to the energy healer and shadow worker. Thus Tiger Eye becomes a must for any crystal healer’s toolkit.

I have here another printable (customise to any size you like) information sheet regarding the protector known as Tiger Eye. The information sheet contains its chemical constituents, its natural colour range as well as some authentication tests. I explain how it is formed through the workings of the earth and the main source locations. Tiger Eye is a stable and constant companion – it is associated with the solar plexus chakra and our willpower. Tiger Eye combines easily with any other crystal due to its grounded energy.

Tip: Tiger Eye is a hardy crystal that can withstand sun, water and salt. Thus it can take pride of place in any room! 

I have two downloadable files here for personal and non-commercial use (click links blow). You can use the cards for readings, but the production of them as a deck or individual cards for selling is not permitted. Print out & enjoy! There are more crystal flash cards to come!

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Related:

Free Oracle Cards of 2017 by All Natural Spirit PDF Pack (9 cards):

 

Free Oracle Cards of 2018 by All Natural Spirit:

 

-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit

 


I have a MSc in the Biological Sciences and am a certified Crystal Healing Practitioner with the Sunshine Academy of Metaphysics.


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