A personal reflection on the magical and sacred properties of the runes
Runes are fascinating.
And of course we can choose to use the runes in whatever way that pleases us. There is no "Rune God" that we could anger, if the runes are used in an "incorrect" way. So if someone wishes to use runes for divination - fine. And if someone else wishes to use them for writing letters - fine. And another one wishes to use them for ceremonial purposes - fine.
The first runic futhark was constructed approximately 2000 years ago, and many historicians today think that their main purpose was magic. There is a lot of discussion going on among rune enthusiasts, whether they were used for divination or not - but this is in fact quite irrelevant, at least from the viewpoint of what we "should" or could use them for today.
Most probably, however, the divination looked very different from what we might be doing today. And that's also fine. Life in general today is a little bit different from life in general 2000 years ago.
Over the years, the runes became more commonplace, used for mundane writing, as well as sacred spells, magic, remembrance texts in stone, andmany other purposes.
So the mundane use of runes is much later than the more sacred and magic use of the runes, something one could claim to be a great achievement, or a bad thing, depending on one's own outlook on life. But that is of course also quite irrelevant.
Personally I'm all for it. Anyone can use the runes in any way they choose, and noone has the right to claim anyone wrong. Or even more ridiculous - blasphemic. I don't believe in anything being inherently sacred in itself. Things are sacred if we make them sacred.
But I can also use runes to write a shopping list, just for the fun of it, and to make myself more familiar with them. And of course, there is nothing wrong with that.