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.
If you are looking to deeply connect with the runes, hone your gnosis and connect with others on the path, this is the class for you.
For thirty-three weeks we will travel in devotional meditation with each rune in gnosis community. This class includes:
- Weekly live meetings in ritual circle to discuss our gnosis work. In the spirit of true community, these meetings will be facilitated by a variety of volunteer hosts.
- An online community for participants in the circles to connect as we practice together--this practice is nonlinear, inclusive of those who can attend live, and those who are asynchronous.
- All gnosis gatherings will be recorded and available.
- Meditations and rituals for connecting with the runes, the wyrd, the ancestors and the Nornir.
- Optional regional study groups for folks who can't attend live.
- Weekend gatherings to celebrate and connect as we conclude each third of the practice.
Please note: This course has a prerequisite!
The Wild Soul Runes course offers a comprehensive foundation in gnosis-based rune practice and ancestor work that supports a community-based gnosis practice. You don't need to complete the class to enroll in the practice, but the concepts introduced there can be supportive of your ongoing runic practice.
You are welcome to join this live practice at any time after enrollment, our practice is nonlinear and can be joined at any time.
This course is offered by donation, with a suggested donation of $10 per week, $330 for the thirty-three week course, and donations in any amount are welcome.
Donations pay for the administrative costs of the class, including the course platform, community platform, transcription of course data and transferring live class materials into the classroom.
To make a donation, you may pay one time here, be on a monthly subscription, or become part of the patron support community for this work and receive many other benefits.
Or you can make a contribution by PayPal: [email protected] or/and Venmo: @LaraVesta
All donations support the work of Wild Soul Runes and make scholarship positions available for this and other classes at the Wild Soul School. If you need a scholarship please email [email protected]
This class is community based and hosted by community members on a rotating, semi-regular basis. Hosting duties include creating ritual space, facilitating the gnosis experience, and recording the Zoom meeting for upload to the classroom.
We will be working with the inquiry exercises and activities in the book Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine.
We hope you will join us in our gnosis explorations and the Wild Soul Runes Live Community!
By this and every effort may the balance be regained.
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