A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of the Runes through Galdr, Sigils and Casting
By Katie Gerrard

"The runes you must find ... Which the mighty sage stained and the powerful gods made and the runemaster of the gods carved out." (The Poetic Edda, translated by C. Larrington)

The runes are mysterious and powerful magical keys to the primal forces of nature that shaped Norse and Northern European culture. These twenty-four unique and inspiring symbols of the Elder Futhark (first runic alphabet) each possess powerful energies, identities, meanings, and sounds. The runes are invoked and harnessed to create change through inspiration, healing, protection, knowledge and divine wisdom from the Norse gods.

Odin's Gateways is a practical guide to using the runes in our lives, in magic and in divination - a unique journey into the mysteries hidden within the runes, filled with the information and practices necessary to developing a deep personal understanding and relationship with them. By focusing on how to directly harness and channel the energy of the individual runes, the author guides the reader along the path to self-knowledge and empowerment.

With a deft hand and lucid style, Katie Gerrard cuts to the heart of the runes, combining the wisdom of the Norse Sagas and Rune Poems with practical advice and techniques gained through living and experiencing their powers. The divinatory meanings of the runes are given, with a range of different reading methods; bindrunes are explained in detail, with numerous examples presented ready for use; galdr (incantation) and spellcraft, charms and talismans are all seamlessly explored and made accessible in this fluid, concise and practical guide.

2009 190 pages. Paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-905297-31-3
B&W 6.14 x 9.21 in or 234 x 156 mm (Royal 8vo) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam

Odin's Gateways by Katie Gerrard

  • Introduction
    Do you know how to ask?
    Letting the runes lead you
    History of the runes
    The Aetts
    The Havamal
    The Rune Poems
    The use of the runes in modern times
    The blank rune
    The nine worlds
    Alfheim/ Ljosalfheim/ Svartalfheim
    Helheim/ Niflhel/ Hel
    Primary and secondary sources :  Germanic and Norse mythology
    Do you know how to interpret?
    Meeting Odin
    Journeying to meet with Odin
    Meeting the runes
    Journey through the gateway of the rune
    The runes
    Do you know how to carve?
    Making your own
    Sourcing the right materials for your runes
    The runes and their voices
    Making your runes in an afternoon
    Making your runes over 24 days (or 24 months)
    Additional equipment
    Do you know how to cast?
    Reading the runes
    Keep your notes close to you
    Forming the right questions
    Reading for other people
    Casting the runes
    The ‘To Do List’ reading
    The time target reading
    The Norns reading
    One rune reading
    The lost rune reading
    Structured readings
    To reverse or not reverse
    Using runic wheels to create bindrunes
    Talismans and Sigils
    The runic alphabet
    Using the runes for magic and spell craft
    Runic Protection
    Battle Runes
    Runes at Home
    Runes and Healing
    Creating a sacred space
    Bibliography and suggested reading

  • Katie Gerrard is a writer, researcher and workshop facilitator with a passion for the magic of the Runes and Seidr.  She has been studying the different forms of Norse magic and working with the Norse Gods since discovering them in the 1990s, when she was at university in West Wales.

    Katie lectures and facilitates workshops at national and international events on the Runes, Seidr and related subjects, and also leads a practical Seidr group on the outskirts of London.  Her work on the runes spans understanding, divination, voice work, and runic magic, which she teaches in and around London (UK).  Her work on Seidr focuses on the High Seat rite and her essay ‘The Seer’ on this subject appeared in the anthology Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls. She is the author of Odin’s Gateways, which is a practical guide to the wisdom of the Runes through Galdr, Sigils and Casting.

    When she is not doing things of a magickal persuasion she enjoys creative pursuits such as fashion design, sewing, and various handicrafts.  She lives in London with her husband, daughter, and fat idiot cat.