How do you know that you can manifest the powers of runic energies?
The problem is not manifesting the powers; rather it is controlling the energies or powers. Coming to know the energy of the k-rune helps. It points you to an energy that can control and direct the other energies. But that is not the subject here.
The powers are easy to manifest. Years ago before I knew very much about runes, I made a scary manifestation of power with the runic energies. I knew little except what I knew from my readings as a folklorist.
Figuratively I was a child playing with a loaded gun. The legendary mystery of power was the lure. But I had no idea what I was doing. I was making it up as I went along. In my ignorance I did not know or follow the rules or even know if there were rules.
Young and wanting to have my ego stroked, I started to experiment with the energies. I was just going for the powers unfocused. Mistake.
I do not remember exactly what I did. However I did some ritual that I had made up for power. Part of the ritual involved a candle which I had lit and placed in a bowl candle holder that had been used for years with no problem. It had been passed to me from my parents’ time when they had used it often. It was a perfectly good and sturdy bowl of heavy glass.
I did not know enough to make some type of protective circle or such. I just did the made up ritual.
I had experienced nothing and thought that this search for power had been a bust. As a grand finally to the experiment, I pointed my gandr (the runic version of a magic wand) at the candle and imagined power shooting to the flame.
In that exact instant, the flame flared, in concert with the candle bowl sounding a boom, and glass flying in all directions around the room.
This scared me so much that I did nothing with runes for a while. I still keep the shattered pieces of the bowl in a place where I see it every day. It is a reminder not to do unfocused work with the runes.
I did not know anything, and I manifested power. I think most anyone can. However doing that does not make one a vitki or magician. The shaman manifests specific power, specifically directed.
[That is why I prefer the elder 24 rune character furthark. The energies are more specifically focused than the younger 16 character furthark. This makes for more focusing the the right energy in a magic working. (That is a personal preference and not a put down of a vitki who prefers the younger.)]
What I did back then was like throwing a loaded gun randomly in the air. Then expecting that when it hits the ground it would go off and hit the target. Good luck in that. Unfocused power shattered the bowl.
How can I know that I can manifest the powers of runic energies? When coincidences like this line up, I must start to think that I can manifest the power of runic energies.
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