Exploring the Runes with Phillip English. Twelve Week Course at Catland
Exploring the Runes
Most contemporary thought about the Runes falls into one of two categories: that of personal gnosis influenced by the syncretic practices of modern western magic, and that of strict historical reconstruction which view modern magical innovations relating to the runes as a-historic and heretical.
This twelve week course (Wednesdays at Catland 7-9 pm) will take a middle position. Its initial aims are to familiarize the beginner with the objective historical development of the various Futharks (early Germanic alphabets) that form what we commonly call “The Runes” as well as to dispel some commonly held misconceptions about the Runes held by more experienced practitioners.
After separating objective fact from speculative myth, this course will then provide a basis from which a student may begin to utilize the runes within contemporary magical practice.
Students of this course can expect to learn:
· Objective historical knowledge about the runes and academic rune studies
· How to discern objective truths from subjective myths about the Runes
· How to utilize the gnosis of contemporary runic magic in the context of Norse traditions in personal magical practice and divination.
Readings will include primary historical documents alongside modern magical writing, and yes, there will be practical instruction on carving rune staves, magic, and divination.