Thor & Audrey Sheil, Advanced Old Norse Runecraft
[I’ve substituted the more familiar names of the Elder Futhark for the somewhat idiosyncratic rune-names used by the Sheils in their writings to avoid any potential confusion.]
Access, control, and direction of magical forces is performed in various ways. In rune magic, the appropriate runes are used to evoke their energies. Other runes or techniques are used to control them, “forming” the active energies as needed for the desired result. The energy is then sent to the area of need and set into motion.
Picking runes from a chart or rote memory is not very effective. The runes have to be internalized and experienced! They must be selected based on genuine understanding. Obviously, the type of magic outlined here is not for the “quick fix” or “getting things the easy way”. The “easy way” is the lazy way, and it does not work. Magic is a science and art which demands thought, effort, and skill. Things are not conveniently arranged for you to whip up a spell at your leisure. Magic requires more than consulting a catalog of recipes.
An ailment may stem from any of several causes or combinations thereof. The magician tries to counter problems by going directly to the cause. The magician must determine which runic forces are attributable to the disease, and thence which runes would best remedy the situation. You must work to determine the actual cause on a case-by-case basis, and then select the appropriate response. For example; A depression caused by Nauthiz will require the Jera or Berkana runes, and one attributable to Eiwaz would benefit from Ansuz or Sowilo.
The magician must also decide the exact type of response which will control a situation. Will he use a spoken charm, talisman, candle spell, etc.? Is the situation better handled by non-magical means? Should a combination of magical and mundane actions be used? I usually counsel that a person avail himself of everything possible.Never discount the value of mundane agencies and remedies. Spellcraft should be supported and used in support of material methods when feasible.
The following list shows some of the problems attributable to particular Runes.
I have an unfortunate update regarding one of the books I’ve been recommending.
While The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity does not contain any overtly racist material that I can recall, I’ve found out that its author, James C. Russell, is a proponant of extremely racist and anti-Semitic views. To the point that the New York Republican Party denounced him as a racist.