Runes: Origins, Myths, and Facts

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Whether you’re a seasoned rune thrower or a total newbie to the ancient world of divination, there’s something for everyone to enjoy about this tradition. As it’s possibly one of the oldest forms of written language known to human beings, there’s very likely more for all of us to learn. 

Plant whisperer, wildcrafter, and intuitive Suzanne Ragan Lentz is so passionate about this ancient divination tool that she’s bringing it along with her vast wealth of knowledge to Camp Souldust Mini: Nature Edition. 

The word rune means letter, message, or secret. 

The Runic alphabets were the first systems of writing developed by a Germanic people known simply as The Goths. Modern runes are a combination of three runic alphabets dating between 150-1100 AD and were replaced by the Latin alphabet as Christianity spread north through Europe. 

In Norse mythology, Odin first discovered runes within the roots of Yggdrasil, the World Tree, during the nine days he hung upside down from its branches by his feet. The earliest runestones, or runic alphabet stone carvings, date back to the second and third centuries, leaving historians to surmise that the alphabet could not have been created earlier than the first century. 

Runes were, and still are, used as a divination oracle. 

“An oracle points your attention towards those hidden fears and motivations that will shape your future by their unfelt presence within each present moment,” writes Dr. Martin D. Rayner in the preface of The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum.

The making and use of runes by Germanic people was witnessed by Tacitus, the Roman historian who, in 98 AD, wrote: “A little bough is lopped off a fruit-bearing tree, and cut into small pieces; these are distinguished by certain marks, and thrown carelessly and at random over a white garment.”

Read more about runes here, or witness their divination in person at Camp Souldust Mini: Nature Edition, and leave with your own self-made set of these old world tools. 

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Suzanne Ragan Lentz

Suzanne Ragan Lentz is an energy intuitive, Reiki Master, and spirit baby whisperer. Her clients refer to her as an energy therapist or coach and often speak of how much better they sleep, feel, and look after sessions with Suzanne. When she’s not teaching at Camp Souldust, Suzanne sells her wildcrafted goods in addition to assisting her fellow beings in connecting more deeply with themselves and nature. For more information on Suzanne’s work, visit her website at

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