The Divinations section evolved after a substantial amount of shooting had been done. A number of figures were not vessels, more like lumps of flesh in primative configurations. Scattered about on the studio floor, they bore resemblance to runes. Sounded good....but what exactly ARE runes?
Rune Research is wide ranging on the internet, from new age, goddess worship, archaeological scholarship, linguistics and art history. It dragged us back to a favorite topic mythology, how it works through time and civilizations. The information fluttered about and connections were made.
The accepted ancient rune alphabet is the Elder Futhark, based on Germanica/Norse dialects of the 2nd to 8th centuries A.D. Practitioners modifyied letters of Greek or Roman alphabet in order to faciltate cutting them on wood or stone or flesh.
There is speculation that Cro-Magnon man developed a sacred writing system 20,000 years ago. Most captivating is the idea of an "alphabet of the metaphysical" introduced by archaeologist Marija Gimbutas in The Civilization of the Goddess: the World of Old Europe. She posits sacred scripts of rune signs in use from 17,000 B.C. by a "mother civilization."
Marija Gimbutas, The Civilization of the Goddess: the World of Old Europe
Marija Gimbutas, The Language of the Goddess
P. M. H. Atwater, Goddess Runes
Richard Heath, Sacred Numbers and the Origins of Civilization
Cyrus Herzl Gordon, Before Columbus
Barry Fell, America BC
The next step was to begin to transcription.