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Wild Soul Runes:

Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine

"Anyone interested in European mythology will find Vesta’s philosophy and method refreshing."
--Publisher's Weekly Review
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Wild Soul Runes is a guided ritual practice to build relationship with all thirty-three runes.   

Using inquiry, original translations alongside the traditional rune poems and sacred art, Wild Soul Runes invites readers to develop their own wisdom connection with the runes through practice. This is an exploration for both seasoned rune practitioners and those new to the runes.


Wild Soul Runes introduces the reader to 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.  With sections on sacred art integration, wyrd divination and ancestral connection, Wild Soul Runes is a journey, shared.

Praise for Wild Soul Runes

“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 delve into 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



—Kaedrich Olsen, author of Runes for Transformation

“Within Wild Soul Runes you will find a thirty-three–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 bring the

reader wholly into each rune’s realm.”


—Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Brews

“In her book Wild Soul Runes, Lara Veleda 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

“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

“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

“Wild Soul Runes is both a well-needed breath of fresh air and an important contribution to contemporary rune knowledge and understanding. It is empowering, comprehensive, and unapologetically free of the patriarchal dogma ever present in so many other rune books. Lara Veleda Vesta takes us on a journey through what is known historically about the runes and then gently encourages and guides us into the unknown, taking the runes back to their feminine source. From crafting your own runes, creating ceremonies and ancestor altars to calling on our Motherline Ancestors to heal generational wounds, Wild Soul Runes is at once poetic, thorough, and brilliantly clear. It is now among my top recommended, go-to books for those seeking to begin their rune studies with the runes, as well as those who truly wish to engage with them deeply, developing a relationship and welcoming them into their lives.”


—Gæbriel Tämäya, author of White Stones & Little Bones

“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 Crows Conjure and Occult Master Class

“It is always a good day when a book surprises and delights the reader. Lara Veleda

Vesta’s wonderful Wild Soul Runes 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 those 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

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