Rune stones are a system of divination, decision making and communication. Each kit includes twenty five clear quartz gemstones that have been engraved with a rune symbol and painted golden. Also included is an information booklet with identification of each symbol and instructions for rune stone use. The zippered velvet pouch is imprinted with gold foil and has a cord for safe keeping of the stones.
It is not known where and when runes first appeared in Western Europe. However, prehistoric rock carvings which were probably linked to Indo-European fertility and sun cults, were used by Germanic peoples before they possessed any form of script. These carvings include representations of men and animals, parts of the body, weapons and symbols of the sun.
The first glyphs, used by German, Italian and Scandinavian people, were called runes from the Gothic runa meaning: a secret thing, a mystery. They became used to evoke higher powers that could influence the lives and fortune of the people. There were runes and spells to influence the weather, the tides, crops, love, healing, fertility, birth and death. Runes were carved on amulets, drinking cups, battle spears, over the lintels of dwellings and on the prows of ships.