The thirst for knowledge goes hand in hand with the wonder that is human imagination and creativity. The fascination many people appear to have with the ancient knowledge apparently hiding in history and legend, it seems to me, melds seamlessly with a modern obsession with myth and fantasy.
‘The Rainbow Rune Series‘, my series of children’s books, mainly set in The Realm of the Purple Dragon, is in actual fact a culmination of my interest in all of the above – history and legend and the encoded knowledge hidden in ancient texts and writings. However It is more to do with my fascination of the mystery of the symbolism found in myths and fantasy stories alike.
Symbols and the written word have always been a powerful tool used by mankind to share and pass on knowledge, language and humanity’s greatest gift – imagination! Of course it has always been used by some elite and powerful people to keep some knowledge hidden and secret, because as we all know knowledge is power and power means control of the masses.
Ancient writings such as runes and hieroglyphs were so much more than just the written word as it is today (a phonetic mark on paper to represent the sounds of letters and words). Ancient runes were so much more than that! They were magic! And the reason they were magical was because of what they represented in the minds of the people using them. One little mark or rune could not only represent a sound but could also have a whole separate meaning, idea or concept hidden within it often known only by a few”chosen” individuals who could use that special knowledge in ways that would have seemed magical to the every day man or woman on the street.
These magical symbols could help a person to understand the problems they were facing in their daily lives and could be used as a tool of divination to guide people when they had tough decisions to make. They could also be used in spells and prayers for rituals to help people or to curse an enemy, to understand the seasons and the stars in the heavens and even the gods’ motivations.
To us as modern individuals a letter or a word would seem quite a simple thing and the person writing it down is simply sharing a basic sound to represent a word or a word to represent a thing or a concept or idea with another person or group of people – job done! But a rune or a hieroglyph could literally conjure up much more in the individual in prehistory – it could represent another realm, a realm of gods, spirits, heroes, magic and immortality! Of one’s own spiritual journey to heaven or enlightenment! Wow! I don’t know about you, but it certainly shines a whole new light on how exciting the written word can be.
I want to ignite that excitement and curiosity about the written word in children, I want them to know that it is the greatest tool humanity has to unlock the secrets of our past and the possibilities of our future, so that their own journeys to enlightenment may be truly, gloriously full of the colour of imagination and unlock their true potential. Follow the Rainbow Runes and cross the Rainbow Bridge today :-
“Let the future be colourful
Let the future be bright
Let the future be wonderful
and bring us into the Light.”
Xx Laura Crean xX
To learn more about how I use the runes in The Realm of the Purple Dragon you can buy a copy now on Amazon, click the link to buy your copy now. The Realm of The Purple Dragon (on Amazon)
Coming soon for older readers Atlantis and the Dolphin of Knowledge