Highlights the feminine origin of the runes in the context of an immersive course in rune practice.
Using inquiry and original translations alongside traditional rune poems and sacred art, Wild Soul Runes invites readers to develop their own wisdom connection with the runes through practice. The book is based on the premise that all of us possess the ability to receive divine information through rune practice. Rather than telling the reader what the runes mean, author Lara Veleda Vesta shares an interactive practice for readers to discover the unique ways the runes speak to them.
The book covers the history of the runes, both in myth and through the connection with Old European archaeological findings. This history offers evidence for the idea that the runes have a feminine origin, coming from the well of the Norns, the female triple giantesses who represent the fates in Norse myth.
It introduces the concept of the runes as beings rather than simply an alphabet or magical tools. The purpose of Wild Soul Runes is to create a relationship with these beings through ancestral connection, personal gnosis, and ritual practice.
Readers will learn how to:
- Make a rune altar
- Develop a daily ritual practice with the runes
- Honor the Germanic/Anglo Saxon wheel of the year
- Craft a rune set and rune ceremonies for divination
About the Author
Lara Veleda Vesta is an artist, author, storyteller and educator transforming chronic illness into a path of healing and reclaiming. She is the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook, and The Moon Divas Oracle, illustrator of The Moon Divas Oracle Cards and is currently working toward her PhD in Philosophy and Religion while exploring ancestral connection and disability as initiation. She shares her path of myth, folk magic, ancestor lore and ritual practice with her Patreon community and through classes at the Wild Soul School.
“Within the pages of Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine, you will find a 33-week course that embeds your consciousness in the realm of the Runes by immersing you in a rune a week. You are “going under the cloak” to gain a greater understanding of where these symbols come from including historical context and no less than four translations per rune. Vesta has created the perfect blending of scholarship and personal gnosis to form a complete picture of that rune’s teaching and bringing the reader wholly into each rune’s realm.”
— Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews
"In her book Wild Soul Runes, Lara Vesta presents a concise history of the runic alphabet and a powerful workbook for listening to, learning from, and intimately knowing the runes. In this work the runes emerge as individuals, as beings, that taken together create a community that imparts transformative wisdom."
— Jesse Bransford, Clinical Associate Professor of Art, NYU Steinhardt, and author of A Book of Staves
“Wild Soul Runes is now one of my top recommended, go-to books for those who wish to begin their studies with the runes and who truly wish to engage with them deeply, developing a relationship with them and welcoming them into their lives."
— Gæbriel Ta¨ma¨ya , author of White Stones & Little Bones: An Animist’s Map to the Unseen
“Although I have worked with the ancestors most of my life, Wild Soul Runes gave me even more ideas to add to my ancestral toolkit. At the author's suggestion, I took time to write with the ancestors each morning, then paused, giving them time to write back. This advice, alone, was priceless. In addition, the way the author allowed the runes to ask their own questions, challenged me to peer into the intersection of where seemingly contradictory energies meet. The questions and the subsequent journaling made the runes far more personal to me than I'd ever felt before.”
— Nancy Hendrickson, author of Ancestral Tarot
"In recent times, runes seem to have been relegated to the realm of the masculine with many considering Galdr, the practice of rune song, to be a skill used by men. However, these mysteries are open and available to anyone of any gender or cultural background. As evidence of this, Lara Veleda Vesta deftly reclaims the feminine power of the runes by inviting you to explore these ancient concepts in your own way through self-inquiry and personal exploration, while keeping one foot firmly rooted in Old Norse wisdom. A recommended read for those seeking the ancient wisdom of runes while exploring their own path of spiritual growth."
— Kaedrich Olsen, author of Runes for Transformation
“In Wild Soul Runes, Lara Veleda Vesta beautifully demonstrates a deep knowledge of the runes and explains their connection to the Divine Feminine. Vesta has created a wonderful practice to deepen your personal journey with the runes. Whether you are an experienced practitioner or a new beginner, this book will deepen your comprehension. We thoroughly enjoyed reading and learning from these pages and know that you will, too.”
— Amanda Keith and TJ Vancil, owners of 3 Crow Conjure and Occult Master Class
“Take a walk on the ‘wild side’ of the runes with Lara Veleda Vesta, as she leads readers on a unique journey. Wild Soul Runes moves between the subconscious layers of the web of Wyrd to connect to the ancestors by inward journey and meditation, as well as tapping into the mysteries with the aid of the Norns and Gullveig. The weekly rune exercises and ancestor work offer readers a deep and introspective spiritual growth opportunity.”
— John Hijatt, runester and host of the Gifts of the Wyrd podcast
“It is always a good day when a book surprises and delights the reader. Lara Veleda Vesta's wonderful Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine is such a book. She has taken the received wisdom on this old system and given it a freshness that I found intriguing. Vesta's work opens this system to people like me who are curious about the runes. I recommend her unorthodox and appealing interpretation.”
— H. Byron Ballard, priestess and author of Roots, Branches & Spirits: The Folkways & Witchery of Appalachia.