"pentacles and the art of runes"

Runestone in Sweden
Public DomainRunestone in Sweden - Credit: Wiglaf
 Runes are the characters of several alphabets used by ancient Germanic peoples from the 3rd to the 13th century. Among early peoples writing was a serious thing, full of magical power. The Germanic peoples  used a runic alphabet as their form of writing, using it to identify combs or helmets, make calendars, encode secret messages, and mark funeral monuments. Runes were also employed in casting spells, as to gain a kiss from a sweetheart or to make an enemy's gut burst. In casting a spell the writing of the runes was accompanied by a mumbled or chanted prayer or curse, also called a rune, to make the magic work.