RUNA::”The Fates first made the runes, scoring them onto the wood of the Tree of Life as described in the Völuspá. The nine daughters of Njördr, giantesses living at the ends of the earth, are also described as carving runes. Runes were (are) not simply letters but essences, symbols of natural forces, lots cast as spells. Spell itself originally meant, "story, saying, speech, command."
Runes were an alphabet of powers and meanings, forming constellations in shifting relationships to each other. Divination with the runes spelled out fate, and offered a chance to shape it. Working runes was an animist way of acting upon the world. The Lay of Sigrdrifa shows that runes were graven or pained on things imbued with vital power: wolf claws, sun-horses' hooves, bear paws, eagles' beaks, bridgeheads, ceremonial seats, rings of gold, glass, amulets and herbs." --Max Dashú, Witches and Pagans, Women in European Folk Religion
Today's ritual in the snow, breathing stillness, letting go.