The word ‘rune’ means mystery, whisper or secret and it’s a form of divination that’s used to help gain insight into situations or questions. It also helps in opening the psychic awareness. Runes help in choosing the correct path to achieve peace and harmony. Like few other predictive means, Runes also have predefined meanings.
Basically Runes are set of 24 tiles / stones that contain the carvings of characters. A rune is not merely a letter in an old Germanic alphabet, but rather it bears the primary definition of “secret” or “mystery.”
Therefore, a rune is primarily a secret, holy concept or idea that must be expressed or dealt with in concealment. The Runes are powerful and ancient magic. Each Rune tells us about a key facet of our life. Each Rune is a key to deep personal transformation. So it is more of an individual self-readings / guidance.
The Runes were the alphabet of the ancient Norse and other peoples of Northern Europe. But they are not just letters and were never simply understood as such.
The Runes actually come from letters of early Germanic alphabets. Many Northern European countries used these runic alphabets in the early centuries AD until the Latin alphabet was adopted. The origin of the word rune is believed to come from an old European word “ru” meaning secret as well as the Old Germanic word “runa” meaning whisper.
History of Runes is very vast as the knowledge of Runes was transferred from one place to another, one society to another society as people travelled around Europe. History tells us that the runes moved from society to society by the means of traders, travellers and warriors.