Runes are ancient keys to inner and outer transformation. The  foundation stones of the spiritual heritage of northern Europe and well springs of wisdom and magic.  So many of us crave authentic and powerful spiritual connection to our Earth, our ancestors and ourselves.   To this day the runes remain embedded in the Germanic languages (inc. English, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic).  It is in our gift to reclaim them for a modern age where spiritual wisdom and soulful purpose have never been more relevant to our ability to survive and thrive.    

Awakening to the Runes is an experiential journey into the mysteries of the Elder Futhark (the most ancient rune ‘alphabet’).  Delivered to you through 49 multi-media modules and 12 on-line group sessions the programme is designed to support you not just in learning how to use the runes, but in actively working with them to bring about positive change in your world.  Connect with them through the ancient sources, story, song and energy channelling.  Build your understanding and skill in their uses for seership, healing, magic and transformational mysticism.   

Maggie’s knowledge is deep and well-researched. She is an expert on so many subjects and she manages to expertly bring everything together in a clear and compelling way. My personal favorite is the story telling. I believe that in these difficult and lonely times we need comfort and solace. I have found both sitting down with a nice cup of tea and listening to the tales. It is years since I listened to stories and I have realized what an amazing and ancient tradition it is. It has been such an honour to take part in this course and I am so glad that I still have months left of learning and growing within this marvellous group.
Bonnie Methven

This programme is an intensive year-long journey.  Your investment includes lifetime access to all materials* and support to help you determine the focus of your practice.  It also provides the foundation for more advanced work in northern tradition magical, seership and healing practices. 

  • A sound knowledge base for each rune in the Elder Futhark and experience working with their shapes, sounds, meanings, and energies 
  • Experience of using the runes for personal transformation, seership (rune readings, casting and intuitive work), healing and intentional magic
  • Experience in combining your rune work with earth magics (crystals, plant lore, northern elements), spirit guides (power animals, deities), northern soul lore, the wheel of the year and in journeying practice  
  • Clarity about the different pathways of rune practice
  • Ability to assess the authenticity and veracity of material about the runes for yourself 
  • Membership of a community of learners sharing  the journey alongside you

49 on-line modules:  video and audio resources which are yours to keep including story, song and practical demonstrations PLUS printable resources and integration exercises.  As well as your preparatory module you will get:  

  • 24 ‘awakening sessions’ for each rune in the Elder Futhark including how the rune meanings have developed from the traditional runes poems, a rune power song, the rune in story, channelling the rune through your body and integration activities.
  • 24 practical modules including work with voice, body, magical correspondences, energy raising and magic, seership technique, spirit guides and more (see timetable for full module list)    

12 Wisdom Working Circles:  hosted via Zoom these sessions integrate learning by applying rune wisdom and magics to the intentions you’re setting for yourself and your world.  Recordings available if you miss a session.  View timetable.

Private group forum: A place to share your learning, questions and experiences, make connections with others on the journey and celebrate your achievements as you go.  

FREE membership to the Magin Rose Hearthspace for the duration of the programme.  The Hearthspace is the private Magin Rose community forum offering regular connection to the northern tradition.

An exclusive masterclass for all participants who pay in full for their tuition (topic will be selected by the group from a range of options).

Awakening to the Runes is led by Maggie Cunningham a practitioner with 25 years experience in northern tradition work and multiple forms of spiritual, healing and magical practice.  In developing and delivering your programme Maggie draws on her experience as a senior leader in two world-leading universities plus  10 years teaching northern tradition practices.  Her qualifications include two Masters Degrees, a range of healing and shamanic programmes and coaching certification. 


Your teaching style was excellent. You allow for enough time for people to go off on tangents, but you keep it to time and hold the space really well. Your calm and gentle delivery coupled with your obvious authority in the subject matter works particularly well as a teaching style and I also appreciated the humour and (slight) irreverence you bring as well! ~ Emily Ounstead, UK

You have a deceptive ease which gives a sense of your experience and I was able to trust you quickly. I found you provided a warm and holding space that gave me nurturing and rest. This brought it’s own depth which allowed two important new images to emerge, which I am still working with and gaining benefit from ~ Tim Frost, UK

 I would advise anyone to work with her who is stuck in a rut whether physically, emotionally or spiritually and needs a helping hand to get back on their feet again. I have worked with many therapists in the past and Maggie is truly amazing – a leader in her field, and I cannot thank her enough for all she has given me. ~ Sorrell Robbins, UK


The Autumn 2020-21 programme runs from 30th October 2020 to 27th October 2021.  You can see the full topic list and  timetable here.

Your investment:  £396 for the entire year-long programme.  A monthly instalment plan is available.  All participants who choose to pay in full will get an additional exclusive masterclass as part of the programme. 

I offer a 30 day money-back guarantee from the day you book onto the programme.  Resources are available for personal download but remain the copyright of Magin Rose.  Those completing the programme or purchasing it as a single payment will have lifetime* access to all resources except recorded Wisdom Working Circles where access is temporary to protect the privacy of circle participants.  If you are paying by instalments and cancel your subscription you will no longer have access to the programme pages.

Access to the Forum and Wisdom Working Circles is governed by our community code.  In very exceptional circumstances membership of these two groups might be withdrawn if the code is breached.  This would not affect your ability to complete the programme modules. 

*Lifetime access would only be limited should Magin Rose cease trading (in which case you will be informed in advance so you can download any resources you want to keep). 

Maggie talks about the programme

Many years ago I put out a wish that I wanted to study the runes in such a way to really know them, not just intellectually, but in my bones. This course is making that wish a reality that grows more vivid with each module. I highly recommend this rune journey.