I think it is obvious that whatever we do our attitude and intention play a key role. In witchcraft intention and focus are very important. Rune magic is a bit different and with this article I will probably step on many toes. Why? Because I dare to say that rune magic is not about intention and mindset. It is almost only about knowledge and wisdom.
In a middle of writing an important article about one of the “problematic” runes (it will be published soon) I was doing research about it and I read on one of what seemed to be reliable websites that to work with this rune you should be in positive attitude and avoid negative feeling to excluded possible negative outcomes related to this rune. One thing is that this rune was in my opinion terribly misinterpreted on this website but fact that with own will vitki can shape energy of the rune and use just some of it’s aspects was a ridiculous and dangerous idea for me! As I said, website seems to be reliable and is probably a source of knowledge to many beginners. I will not provide a link – I think I already might have quite a lot of thunders thrown at me.
Runes are self-containing energy signs.
It will be reasonable to start with pointing a difference between spell casting and runes. Whenever witch is casting a spell she is using her own energy (or she conducts energy from other source) to shape spell, so whatever she feels, thinks gets into the end result. Runes are not dependent on what we feel and think. Every single rune is a separate element containing each own symbolism, power and energy, and no matter what we think and how we interpret the runes they are what they are. It is like having a blue flower but then starting to debate that perhaps it is a bit violet and trying to put yellow glasses to make flower look green. Flower will be still blue.
Runes are ancient old – at least 2000 years. They were not invented by us and our modern influenced by many cultures and religions occultic rules does not apply to them. To understand runes it is essential to reach the source and try to walk in our ancestors shoes for a while.
Hávamál of Poettic Edda describes how runes were discovered by Odin through his self sacrifice. He found runes, gain wisdom and great power.
See “Odin´s Rune-song” form 140 stanza.
The most important part there is:
“144. Runes thou wilt find,
and explained characters,
very large characters,
very potent characters,
which the great speaker depicted,
and the high powers formed,
and the powers’ prince graved”
This part says that runes are powerful characters painted and formed independently on us . We can use them and interpret them and that is all. To use power of runes wisdom is required and Odin not without a reason is god of wisdom.
Good intention – bad results
If we can agree that power of runes is contained in their shapes, meanings and symbolism fact that our intention and attitude has no influence on rune magic can still be questioned.
There are runes clearly positive like Wunjo. There are runes that does represent this unpleasant aspects of our world like chaos, destruction and suffering. There are also runes with good symbolism that are in some way negative too, like Fehu. Fehu can give you comfort of wealth but also can cause jealousy and disputes. Website I was mentioning said that with your mindset you can control what energy of the rune you use. Why I see a danger in such claim? Because if it’s wrong a young vitki will at one point make a horrible mistake. There was no arguments provided that would prove that such claim is true.
Let me tell you a story from Egil’s Saga. There was a sick girl and not educated in rune magic village boy tried to heal her with runes. He made a mistake and made girls sickness worse. If we assume that with good attitude and intention we can shape energy of runes girl should not be harmed more then she already was, but she did. Egil used runes correctly, healed the girl and then he said:
‘Runes none should grave ever
Who knows not to read them;
Of dark spell full many
The meaning may miss.
Ten spell-words writ wrongly
On whale-bone were graven:
Whence to leek-tending maiden,
Long sorrow and pain.’
So we have no control?
I will not say that we have no influence on rune energy. If you work with rune that has negative or dual symbolism you do not use your will, mindset or intention to shape outcome but you simply use other runes to neutralize negative meaning or enhance it if that is your wish.
If you will write “F**ck you!” it will sound bad and be negative no matter on your mental state. But depending on context this word can be even funny. Same is with runes – you write them, you read them and context – company of other runes – is important not your intention.
So intention does not matter at all?
As I said on the beginning of this article – our attitude affects everything we do. Our intention can not shape outcome of runic charm but can influence it’s strength. If we mean to create a curse we will. If we hate person for whom we create good luck and prosperity charm it probably will not work, not because we altered or filtered the energy of runes but because we simply didn’t want to create such amulet in the first place. We will be on more or less concient level negligent when “activating” such amulet.
And when we will be creating healing amulet with misinterpreted runes – something that we interpret as healing – and we will put all our will and intention to make this amulet to work we will hurt someone without actually wanting that. Meaning of amulet will stay the same not dependent on what we want that to achieve, but our determination will make this amulet powerful the way it is.
In conclusion I think it is wise to be sceptical regarding what online websites suggest (that includes my blog of course). I am not trying to enforce my point of view on anyone, but I dare to speak up when there is something not right according to me and hope that I will make some of readers to at least think about it, do research and reach their own conclusions. I try to shed a light on a issue that was taken by many only by believe, because someone said so without any reasonable argument to support their claims and then spread the idea across internet. And it was not something trivial, but something in my opinion essential in rune magic – craft that was almost extinct and it’s true nature is today more secret then ever.
Each single one of us is on own quest for wisdom and I only strongly advise you to not choose shortcuts and easy knowledge. Odin suffered terribly in order to know secret of runes. Why then we, humans, should expect that it will come so easy to us?