[quote=“Claidheam, post:3, topic:2471”]I have even heard that the runes are so powerful that even attempting to use them in divination without proper understanding of them can create ‘accidental bindings’, i.e. when you try to view a situation with them, your viewing just might have caused the situation you see in the first place!
I’m not enough of an expert to say whether it is this extreme or not, but I have found that the runes are extremely potent and hold great mysteries to be uncovered. They are definitely not just quaint symbols for the historic-minded admirer.
And not to divert this topic too far off course, but what particular emphasis with the runes does Galdr take? I could be far wrong, but am I to understand from some forgotten source that it takes the form of empowered singing of some sort? Or is that something completely different?[/quote]
As far as causing the event itself that could be argued of any divination system. When one is made aware of the situation do they subconsciously give the reading permission to manifest in their life? I like to use the Runes for divination but also always like to see what I need to be aware of to get through the situation as easily as possible.
Galdr is an intonement, a lot like vibrating words of power used in other systems. One “sings” the incantation of the appropriate rune with the intent of the spell being the focus. As Orismen said the term has come to mean rune magick but the word has ties to another word meaning “To Crow” so its often looked at as vocal rune magick. Some runes are more dangerous to use in this fashion like Uruz or Thursiaz as they are reactive or have a lot of potential energy on tap. You need to understand the rune and keep focus on what you intend to happen.