Over the centuries runic writing has evolved and changed to meet the needs of the people who used them. There are The Elder Futhark, ( also called the Common Germanic Futhark), The Younger Futhark, The Anglo - Saxon Futhark, The Gothic Runes and the Armenian Runes, each one serving the people and the time in which they lived. They became a part of their history and their culture, somewhat like the heiroglyphics are to the Egyptian people. They become a marker, a boundary, that seperates one culture and one time frame from another.
I have "evolved" the Futhark into a modern runic writing system for almost the same reasons. Only I am not trying to seperate cultures or a time frame. I am trying to seperate religions so that as little as possible is the same between Asatru and Christianity. I will not perform any ritual, or read from the Eddas, while honoring the Gods and Goddesses unless it is written in runic letters. I do this for three reasons: 1. To honor the All - Father for sacrificing himself to gain the runes and their knowledge. 2. To honor all the Vanir and Aesir Gods and Goddesses. 3. To totally seperate us from the Christian religion. When I look at the handwritten words on the pages I have written they take me back to an earlier time, a time before the Christians destroyed our religion.
To do this I made a few changes. I left the original Futhark intact but added new letters for the ones that had two uses in the original Futhark, or were missing altogether. I did this by using the existing Futhark letters in different ways. For example I inverted Elhaz, and added a line through the middle of Gebo to represent missing letters. I also place a dot in between each word. This makes it read a little easier and it actually looks very nice to look at. It takes a long time to translate the Eddas and Sagas into this form, and I have been doing it now for ten years, and have only finished about 10 books. For me it is truly a labor of love.
I cannot really explain why it makes me feel closer to our Gods and Goddesses, particularly during the rituals themselves, but even sitting on a park bench reading the Eddas, Beowulf, or even just a book of prayers in runic, I feel a much closer connection to our wonderful Gods and Goddesses. The stories just seem to be more "alive" written in the ancient alphabet, even in a modern setting.
The Jews copy their Torah's in their ancient language to honor their God and their heritage, and I believe that we should do the same. This is part of our culture and our history. I would like to see everyone in our religion use the ancient alphabet, or a modernized version of it , instead of the alphabet of that other religion. It takes a little time to master, and quite a long time to re - write the ancient texts, but I feel that no burden is to great when honoring our great Gods and Goddesses !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !