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.
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
Do you know how to ask?
Letting the runes lead you
History of the runes
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?
Journeying to meet with Odin
Meeting the runes
Journey through the gateway of the rune
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)
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
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
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.