Runes initially meant little to me. I favoured the Chinese I Ching Oracle and the Tarot cards, which I used more regularly. I had been given rune sets as a gift, and I read the guidebook that came with the set, but it did not resonate with me. I remember staring at the runes and then reading the text, and it felt meaningless to me, unlike the I Ching, which I resonated with. Something was not right with Runes, I thought. So I did not pursue them further at that time.
A few years passed, and I joined Claire Powell’s Shamanic Practitioner training. Claire is such a fantastic Medicine Woman her smile and laughter always connect me with the ultimate source of everything. Runes were also introduced to us as part of that training, so I decided to look into them again. I started reading all books about Runes I could get hold of. I remember reading about 8 to 10 books, and I felt even more confused. We made our own Rune sets as part of Claire’s training, which felt good. I could start feeling a connection with the Runes, but the meanings and interpretations did not yet come to me. I could see something there, but I was utterly confused. Claire’s excellent training ended, and I continued with another training led by Jay and Kestrel in Glastonbury. This 2-year Call of Shaman training was another great experience highly recommended to anyone interested in connecting with Nature, the healer in you and Shamanic knowledge in general.
As part of year one, we got an introduction to the Runes, and I again got deeper with them, but still, I did not get the Runes or their meanings. I did resonate with them, but I did not yet understand them. I was not yet ready to do readings.
Then came 21st December 2012. This was the date of the Maya calendar restart, which would begin a new World Age, the fifth. Each world age is a 5125-year-long cycle. Mayans had a fantastic knowledge of the Universe, culminating in the creation of a better calendar system we currently use.
As part of Jay and Kestrel’s training, we had to spend 24 hours in Nature sitting in silence, and I had selected to stay out the night before the 21st to get into the mood for the beginning of the fifth World Age. More accurately, I stayed in the woods of Compton Dundon at the Dundon Beacon, an old Sacred site.
Although it was not a full moon, I remember the moonlight being very bright at times when it was not raining. It was muddy and cold, however, and windy. I was wet. Crows were gathering around the trees I was meditating with. I listened to crows calling for hours. The wind was howling. And then it rained more and more. It was a very long night in the darkness. Clouds were thick, and the moonlight was sometimes visible but mostly raining. I smoked legal herbal smokes and meditated with my crystal skull. Finally, my drum got soaked entirely and did not play anymore. At some point, I fell asleep.
The morning was beautiful. No more rain and the crows were gone. I felt the meditation was completed, and I drove with my car back to Glastonbury. I approached the Tor around 10 am and suddenly started feeling it. A massive download of information was coming to me. Pure love streamed into my heart while I was walking towards the Tor. I remember calling a Shamanic friend with my mobile asking if she could feel the same. Of course, she could; she told me she had received a message to get all her crystals out for the night. Luckily I had done the same. Wow, those crystals were transformed!
I was up at the Tor around 11 am. There was a large crowd of people, all smiling and celebrating. I watched the Sun. It had changed; it felt re-born. I could feel a new download of information coming from the Sun. It felt like unconditional love. I was ecstatic. I was filled with Joy. I then downloaded the knowledge that it is all about initiating the Heart and the Sun. I realised that the Mayans knew the cycles perfectly. Unbelievable really.
Later, I drove home and napped on the couch at home. During my nap, I had a vision that the Runes or Runic symbols flew into my mind from the heaves through my crown chakra. There were many more symbols than in a standard set; some were totally unknown to me, and some were more familiar.
I was filled with information and knowledge relating to the Runes. I immediately sat down and wrote a brief meaning of each of the 24 Runes as a story. Not with the traditional definitions or the meanings I was given in the various teachings but through a story of creation. I also received information about sacred geometry in relation to the Runes. I was stunned; I suddenly connected with the Runes.