According to Norse mythology, Odin, the chief of the gods, hung himself in self-sacrifice from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights in order to receive cosmic wisdom. This was granted to him in the form of the runes. The runes make up an alphabet that, with local variations, was used across most of northern Europe from pre-Christian times until the thirteenth century. The word rune is derived from runa, an ancient Germanic word meaning whisper or mystery. Incorporate common mind-body-spirit practices into your daily routine with the Mindful Practice Deck series. From dream interpretation to runes casting and crystal healing, learn about the history of each practice as well as how to use each to meet your specific needs. Beautifully presented in a hardcover case, each kit includes a removable paperback reference book and a 36-card deck in a protective box, perfectly sized for quick access on the go.