For good or for ill and most likely for neither, I’ve been fairly unrefined or rough with regards to how I have approached my early times with my runes; with actually using and handling and being with them. There are reasons why that range from the practical to the personal. However while I’ve been here I’ve been wondering about my approach because of how many sources cite fairly uniform methodologies for taking up the runes (the best phrase I’ve found to express the process). The commonalities are as follows: A ritualised ‘beginning’ to your taking up the runes, a regulated and lengthy taking up of the runes (for example: Diana L. Paxon recommends a lunar based schedule whether you are working on your own or in a group) with exercises or practices for each stage of the taking up of the runes and usually some closing ritual. There are also, less commonly but still fairly commonly, strong recommendations to recreate some kind of sacrifice to emulate what Oðin did when he took up the runes.
My approach has been to simply draw a rune from my (literal) bag of runes with my eyes closed and meditate on whichever rune I draw. I’ve done none of the commonly recommended things and indeed in some cases I’ve done what would be described as disrespectful to the runes and to the deities that some of them are associated with. Now… for a long time I didn’t think about this, then I did and wasn’t very bothered by it, but then I really started to no be able to stop thinking about it. Am I potentially shooting myself in the foot, as the saying goes, by starting to bond or connect with my runes without any of the recommended approaches or am I being truer to myself as I am right in this moment of my life by doing what I feel is right and thus creating a better bond between myself and my runes?