I came across the term ‘Viking Birth Runes’ for the first time today and my first though was a combination of ….
What is this baloney and why have I not heard about this until now?
After a quick google search of ‘Birth Runes‘, I was overwhelmed with BuzzFeed quizzes and other such nonsense on ‘How to find your Viking Birth Rune’…
I stopped and stared into camera like in the office.
Then I was filled with a wave of frustration.
Again, this is another example of people fabricating ideas about runes to profit from them – instead of giving folks the correct and historically accurate information.
Now, had someone been out here saying ‘I have a theory about birth runes‘ I would’ve been all ears; but instead, I was swamped with false claims and ridiculous nonsense such as…
‘There is no doubt, however there is no doubt (their mistake – not mine) that the northern peoples took a keen interest in fate and the movement of the stars. Five out of the 24 runes relate to time, space and StarCraft. Archaeological finds and texts offer us a tantalising glimpse of what might have been.‘
Let’s break this down into small chunks of information and mythbust each of these claims one by one.
“The northern peoples took a keen interest in fate and the movement of the stars.”
We do have some traces of fate mentioned in the Saga’s, but these texts (while glorious stories) are secondary evidence. This means they were not written by someone who was there at the time of the events.
What we definitely don’t have… is ANY evidence suggesting that Norse people had an interest in the stars. For them to say ‘there is no doubt’ before blatantly lying about the facts draws me to one of two conclusions.
ONE. They are lying to get your money (we’ll talk about that in a minute)
TWO. They haven’t done the research and don’t know any better (and they should not be taking your money for something they haven’t properly researched)
Now onto the next point.
“Five out of the 24 runes relate to time, space and StarCraft“
This is simply just not true. There is not even a single grain of truth in this.
If we’re talking about 24 runes, we’re talking about the Elder Futhark rune system.
This was confirmed when I scrolled down to see that everyone who mentioned birth runes was indeed using Elder Futhark. I suspect they chose Elder Futhark because 24 runes are easily divisible by 12, meaning there are two runes for each month of the year.
Elder Futhark runes were used between circa 160 C.E. and 800 C.E. and if we take a look at the language itself – I can think of TWO runes that we could really, really stretch into meaning time space or StarCraft.
The first rune is Dagaz which means day. We could extend our imaginations, force a square shape into a circular hole and make this rune translate to time.
The second rune is Sowilo means sun. Yes in terms of astrology, this rune makes sense.
But if the Norse people were undoubtedly using runes for astrological purposes (as they claim)… wouldn’t there be more than 2 out of 24 runes that correlate to time, space or StarCraft?
Let’s head on over to the last point.
“Archaeological finds and texts offer us a tantalising glimpse of what might have been. “
These are more lies and misinformation which are fabricated from fantasy.
There is no evidence throughout the texts (by this we refer to the Saga’s as they are the only source we have to draw on for) that expresses any interest in time, space or StarCraft.
There is none. Zero, zip, nada.
Out of thousands of pieces of archaeological evidence we have gathered across many continents, there is no evidence of runes being used in this way.
Runes were used for writing the Germanic languages and we have theories that they were (at times) used to invoke Gods or in rune charms.
What’s more – after lying to you about what the runes were used for – this website has the audacity to ask you for £80 to receive a personally crafted rune chart.
I’m not just hating on this website for the sake of it, they’re certainly not the only place out there making these false claims.
Another website claims “We do not know whether Odin found or created the runes, but the moment he brought them into the worlds their energies permeated all things. The sky vault was overlaid by the great wheel of the runes. The runic energies now sound and resonate as the celestial chase continues its near eternal dance across the sky.”
And worst of all “The study of Norse astrology is also called runeology and instead of zodiac signs, there are birth runes. Your birth rune is the caretaker of your destiny.“
Runeology is the study of runes, not the study of ‘Norse Astrology’ and I’m not sure which books they’re reading but I’ve never heard the words ‘celestial chase‘, ‘sky vault’ or ‘great wheel of runes‘ mentioned in any historical text about the Norse Gods.
If they’re not historical does that mean you shouldn’t use them??
That’s madness, I’m not here to say how you can and can’t use runes or what you should and shouldn’t use in your craft!
I’m not the rune police and benefit of choosing a spiritual practice… is you have the freedom to choose what you do and don’t use! 😎
If you wanna work out your rune chart or birth runes then GO FOR IT!
I’ve even included a ‘how to work out your birth runes‘ article.
I’ve written this article because I think it serves as an informative piece. It reminds us why we have to be super careful about the sources we turn to when learning about runes because it’s insanely easy for anyone to make up lies just like this.
History and archaeology are the best places to look when we learn about runes, because it provides us with evidence. These are things that can be proven, then adapted to our own craft and spiritual practice.
Other than the moral ambiguity that surrounds this and people moulding history to fit their own ideology, I like the idea of Norse astrology.
I think it’s a nice theory but for now, it’s nothing more than that… a theory.
What’s your opinion?
Have you looked into birth runes before?
Is it something you feel connected to?
Let me know in the comments 🥰
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