In this six week class we will be opening or deepening our personal relationship with the runes, creating a dedicated rune practice, connecting with our ancestors, dísir, nornir and other helping spirits to support our runic work and working with ritual to find our methods of rune divination and direct gnosis, all in supported community.
Every year I encounter people longing to connect with the runes. Some have childhood encounters with them, some see them in nature, others have them appearing in dreams, or have worked with them in the past but only peripherally, many are drawn to the runes with a deep feeling of knowing/remembering, regardless of their lineage or background. All wish to know how to begin.
This class is meant to be an answer to that longing, an exploration of shared paths and the development or deepening of a personal rune practice rooted in animist consciousness, lore and history, archaeology and the feminine powers of Northern European cosmology.
At the root of this course is the belief that the runes are not just an alphabet, not only symbols of divinatory significance, but living beings, pieces of the web of wyrd connecting all existence. The intention is to develop respectful, reciprocal relationships with these ancient forms on a journey of ancestral magic.
This class will prepare you to undertake the thirty-three week rune practice, included in the Wild Soul Runes book, and support you in creating or continuing a live gnosis group to deepen your practice in community.
**UPDATE: The Wild Soul Runes Class is now available in a self-study format. All enrolled students are eligible to join the ongoing Wild Soul Runes Live Gnosis Circle, walking with the thirty-three runes in supported community.**
We will meet four times through the class in live gnosis groups to help structure and inspire our practice and build confidence in our rune work. Gnosis groups will be recorded, and those who can't attend live will be invited to share their gnosis in the class forum. Participants will also have access to the Runic Feminine practice classroom, where the Wild Soul Runes process began, with bonus resources, art, and meditations, recordings of previous gnosis groups, and more.
The class has six weeks of course materials and videos from the four gnosis groups.
Week 1 Opening: Walking the Rune Path, Introductions
Week 2: Ritual Practice, Journey Work and Visioning, Meeting the Runes
Week 3: The Runic Feminine, The Wyrd, The Norns, Rune Altars and Earth Rhythms, Toning and Galdr
Week 4: Deepening With the Runes, Translation as a Spirit Path, Runic Archaeology, Natural Connections and Place-Based Rune Work
Week 5: Runic Divination, Rune Web Workshop, Reading for Others, Listening for Your Method
Week 6 Closing: Forward and Back, Embodied Rune Ceremony, Gnosis Sharing, Continuing the Practice
We will be working with my book, Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine.
This class has a suggested donation of $90, which includes the six week long Wild Soul Runes Class, plus three archival classes in rune lore and Northern European mythology. You may donate here, or become a patron of this work on Patreon. Patrons at the Coven Invisible level ($30 and up) receive this course and many others at no additional charge. Click here to become a patron.
Your donation supports the work of Wild Soul Runes and the Wild Soul School.
You may donate as a one-time gift, or with a payment plan through Wild Soul School--just click either of the suggested donation or payment plan buttons and check out here.
If you have financial limitations that prevent a monetary contribution, please contact me at [email protected] to arrange a non-monetary trade as reciprocity.
Whatever you choose, please know your contribution helps me to work sustainably with the cycles of my disability, supporting embodied difference. Please note that due to my chronic illness sometimes classes need to be canceled or rescheduled. Because of this I cannot offer refunds. This course is a gift, your contribution is a gift, and we agree to this exchange without expectations. Thank you, and welcome to the community. With love--Lara
I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of dís-ability into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, ancestral lifeways, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine. The Wild Soul School was founded in 2014 as a supplementary space to live courses. I was a university professor of English and Writing, creating programs in Civic Engagement and Community Storytelling before I became severely ill in 2016. Chronic illness has been a transforming rite of passage, and in that time the school also transformed to hold a creative sharing, a mythic journey. For more information visit laravesta.co, or become a patron and help support this work in community: https://www.patreon.com/laraveledavesta
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StartHow to Create a Daily Practice
StartDeceptive Simplicity (9:33)
StartBooks I Love (Northern/Runic) (20:15)
StartMeeting the Dísir
StartOur Wyrd Journey (6:19)
StartMaking a Rune Set
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StartCeremonial Process and Recording
StartWeaving Wyrd: Journeying and Protection (9:24)
StartCeremony for Meeting the Runes: Dinner With the Ancestors (6:21)
StartWeb of Wyrd Meditation
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