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Runes
2 years ago
I have started pulling a rune a day and learning as much as I can about it's meaning, meditating on it and do galdr with it. I am not going in order but pulling one and letting them gudie me on it. This will give me something to post everyday. I will just put them in this thread. Feel free to post comments or ask questions.
Laguz
2 years ago
This morning I drew Laguz. Pronunciation "Law-gooze" Phonetic Value: " L " Translation: Water/Lake Poems: Old Norwegian A waterfall is a River which falls from a mountain-side; but ornaments are of gold. Old Icelandic Water is eddying stream and broad geysir and land of the fish. Anglo-Saxon The ocean seems interminable to men, if they venture on the rolling bark and the waves of the sea terrify them and the courser of the deep heed not its bridle. Meaning: Laguz manifest as water so giving it those same characteristics is fair. A calm lake, a fast flowing river, a stormy sea. All are water and all are energy. Sex and sexuality is often associated with this rune. It is also about transformation. Water takes the shape of it's container. I also to me represents the flow of energy and moving energy. To me it also is about the leap of faith or diving in when you don't know what's under the surface. Since most water has a current it also represents to the subconscious actions or factor in a situation. In spell work I would use this rune when I am looking to change or transform a situation. Aegir, Ran and their nine daughters.
Mannaz
2 years ago
Pronunciation: Mah-nawz English Letter Equivalent M as in man Translation Mankind, human Anglo-Saxon The joyous man is dear to his kinsmen; yet every man is doomed to fail his fellow, since the Lord by his decree will commit the vile carrion to the earth Norwegian Man is an augmentation of the dust; great is the claw of the hawk. Icelandic Man delight of man and augmentation of the earth and adorner of ships. This is the rune I drew today. This rune represents mankind. It is a mirror image on both sides so it represents relationships and balance in them. This could mean equal footing in a relationship, good personal boundaries and not taking advantage of another or vise versa and balancing forces in our life (think work hard, play hard).
Uruz
2 years ago
Pronunciation: Oor-ooze English Letter Equivalent Short U as in under, OO as in booze. Translation Aurochs - the giant wild ox of Europe. Poem:Old English The aurochs is proud and has great horns; it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns; a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle. Norwegian Dross comes from bad iron; the reindeer often races over the frozen snow. Icelandic Shower lamentation of the clouds and ruin of the hay-harvest and abomination of the shepherd This rune is the wild ox that are now extint. It's a rune of strength and fertility. When I did galdr with this rune I saw the male ox protecting his herd. This lead me to Thor and this protection of man. To me that also means being a good judge of character and knowing who is safe for your family and who isn't. Also, the strength to finish the task.
Kenaz
2 years ago
Sound: Keh-Keh-Keh Letter: K, hard C Anglo-Saxon Torch is to every living person / known by its fire / it is clear and bright / it usually burns / when the athlings / rest inside the hall Old Norwegian Sore is the curse of children / grif makes a man pale Old Scandinavian Sore is the bale of children / and a scourge / and the house of rotten flesh This rune means torch. A torch, even if fire, is more of a light than anything. It's controlled, illuminating and give a sense of civilization or at least a place more secure than say sitting around a camp fire. A torch is used in land claiming ceremonies to remove negative energy, fire is cleansing in nature. Fire in the Saga represents kin and ancestors. Perhaps that is why the poems are such a contrast. Heimdall and Freyja are associated with this rune.
Thurisaz
2 years ago
pronounced Thoo-ree-sawz Meaning: giant, strong one, thorn Letter: voiceless "th"' as in "thorn" Anglo-Saxon Poem: "Thorn is very sharp; for every thane / who grasps it; it is harmful and extremely cruel / to everyman / who lies upon them" Old Norwegian Poem: "Thurs causes the sickness of women / few are cheerful from misfortune" Today's rune is thorn but also means giant or strong one. It also represents Thor who fights and protects man from the giants. Its shape is very much in the shape of Mjölnir. It's a rune of opposing forces. It's definitely a rune of power and brute force. I would say from the poems it can also be phallic in nature as women are warned to beware. Thorns can be worked around if skilled so it's a rune of caution and precision to me. Either be ready to fight or defend with this rune.
Ehwaz
2 years ago
Ehwaz - “eh-was” – Literally: “Horse” Anglo Saxon poem: The horse is a joy to princes in the presence of warriors. A steed in the pride of its hoofs, when rich men on horseback bandy words about it; and it is ever a source of comfort to the restless. Ehwaz represents the horse. It’s easy to see this could mean a journey or forward movement and when reversed the opposite. Odin’s has two “horses”: Sleipnir the eight-legged steed and Yggdrasil the world tree. This gives the rune not only the idea of a journey but one in the spirit realm too. Many of the meanings I read mentioned the fetch. That part of us in the spirit world. In shamanism “horsing” a god is when you allow that god to “ride” your body to talk to people in this realm. So it’s a rune of all forward movement or travelling in all plains. I just want to note too that it is seen as a rune of pairing or working with some whether person or god/goddess. It’s seen as a rune of couples. That makes me think of Tolkien’s horse tribe in Rohan. They names their horses and they were then brother’s in battle. I would say that this rune is not just about traveling but not traveling alone. It has ended up being a pretty strong message for me today.
Raido
2 years ago
Pronounced: Rye-doh Meaning: riding Icelandic Rune Poem: Riding is the joy of the horsemen and speedy journey and toil of the steed. Norse Rune Poem: Riding is said to be the worse thing for horses, Reginn forged the finest sword. Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem: Riding - to the warrior in the hall - is easy, But very strenuous for one who sits on top, Of a powerful horse over long miles. This rune is more self-explanatory than some. Its meaning is riding but basically means a journey. This can be spiritual or physical. It’s a about forward motion but not in a rough way. It’s about a smooth ride to where you are going. It forward energy and forward motion that is pretty hard to stop or fight against. I spent time with horses as a kid and they are comfortable to ride only when walking or running, lol. Calvary is still a pretty intimidating and hard to stop in battle. If you draw this rune it’s about not fighting where you’re going.
Perthro
2 years ago
Perthro - “Per-throw” Meaning: unknown or Lot-Cup Anglo Saxon poem: (no others) Peorth is a source of recreation and amusement to the great, where warriors sit blithely together in the banqueting-hall. Perthro represents the unknown and is considered by some to be the “real” blank rune. Fate was the power behind the lot cup. Tacitus talked about men rolling the dice and ending up on slavery. They did so willingly because that is what fate has given them. That associates this rune with the Norns. It has also represented to some the womb or great void, Ginnungagap. It’s a rune about what is hidden or as yet unknown or does not need to be known yet.
Fehu
2 years ago
Pronunciation: Fay-who English Letter Equivalent F as in fat Translation Money, Cattle, Wealth Old Norwegian Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin; the wolf lives in the forest. Old Icelandic Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin and fire of the sea and path of the serpent. Anglo-Saxon Wealth is a comfort to all; yet must everyone bestow it freely, if they wish to gain honor in the sight of the Lord Fehu is a rune of wealth, luck and creativity. Its craftsmanship and the sharing of what we receive with others. It’s knowing what we work for and what we are lucky to get. It’s the good fortune passed through Hamingja. It’s a positive rune and represents self worth. Fehu is money, power, reputation and I think even our word to others. While meditating and doing galdr with Fehu I imagine the seven dwarves singing Fehu instead of hi-ho, lol. But it seemed to wrap up the rune for me nicely. This ruin is associated with Andvari.
Jera
2 years ago
Pronounced: YEH-rah  y (or German j) Meaning:  Harvest Icelandic Rune Poem Plentyboon to menand good summerand thriving crops. Norwegian Rune Poem Plenty is a boon to men;I say that Frothi was generous. Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem: Summer is a joy to men, when God, the holy King of Heaven,suffers the earth to bring forth shining fruitsfor rich and poor alike.   This is a rune that represents the year and the harvest. It’s a rune of patience and waiting or planning to receive a reward. Just as you plant the crops then wait for the yield. It’s also a rune that represent this time of year and that time is also about death and ancestors.  Just as this time of year is about light and dark so is the rune.  Freyr, Sunna and  Manni  are all associated with this rune.
Berkana
2 years ago
Pronunciation: Bear-khan-awn Letter: B Meaning: Birch tree or twig   Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem Birch is without fruit / but just the same it bears / limbs without fertile seed / it has beautiful branches / high on its crown / it is finely covered / loaded with leaves / touching the sky. Old Norwegian Rune Poem Birch twig is the limb greenest with leaves / Loki brought the luck of deceit.   Old Icelandic Rune Poem Birch twig is a leafy limb / and a little tree / and a youthful wood. This rune is associated with the birch tree. It also is connected with fertility and birth (or rebirth). This rune tells of new beginnings both spiritually and physically. It is a time of fertility, when the seeds that have been planted will burst forth, yielding a bumper harvest. This is also a fertile time for ideas. It  suggests a very positive time for relationships. The mother and fertility goddesses are associated with this rune: Holda, Frigga, Freya and Indunn
Ansuz
2 years ago
Pronounced:  Awn-sooze Represents the A The word literally means a "God" . Represents Odin and the reverse, Loki. The Anglo-Saxon  poem : The Mouth is the source of every speech,The mainstay of wisdom,And solace of sages,And the happiness and hope of every eorl. Icelandic poem : Ansuz (i.e.  Odin) is the ancient father,and Ásgard's chieftain,and the leader of Valhalla.  The Norse poem: The river mouth is the aim of most journeysbut a scabbard is the sword's.   This rune represents Odin and more specifically the “assing of breath” from Odin to us. It’s about passing on traditions and storytelling.  Knowledge, communication, insight, speech and wisdom are all represented here.  I can’t help but think of galdr when looking at what this rune means and the singing of runes in spell work.  It also means messenger, this message may be truth or lie. I also see this rune as one of owning your words or what you say.  In general  this seems to be a positive rune to draw to me.
Isa
2 years ago
Pronounced: Ess-ah Represents: i Meaning: Ice Norwegian: Ice is called the broad bridge; the blind man must be led. Icelandic Ice is bark of rivers and roof of the wave and destruction of the doomed Anglo-Saxon Ice is very cold and immeasurably slippery; it glistens as clear as glass and most like to gems; it is a floor wrought by the frost, fair to look upon Ice is cold, hard and dangerous. It can be hard or too thin. It is one of the first two elements that triggered life, ice being it’s own element from water. It can damage crops and freeze person to death. This rune is about stopping or standing still. To me it means suspending what is going on or a blockage of some kind. It doesn’t mean give up but wait, it will thaw. It can also be a protective rune of sorts with a wall of ice being a boundary. This rune is about cooling off and standing still with movement to come at a later time.
Tiewaz
2 years ago
Pronounced: Tee-vahz English letter: T Meaning: Tyr, the god Norwegian Poem: Tyr is the one-handed god; often happens the smith must blow. Icelandic Poem: Tyr is a one-handed god,and leavings of the wolf and prince of temples. Anglo-Saxon Poem: [Fame] is a sign, it keeps faith well with athelings, it is always on its course over the mists of night, it never fails. Tyr and the rune both rerpresent honesty, integrity, honor and fight both in the warrior and everyone else. It's about doing right and doing the right thing even if at great sacrifice. The story of Tyr and Fenrir is the best example of doing what needs done knowing it could harm you or hurt you. It's a rune of justice as well. Tyr was the second god in the pantheon I really studied and have used this rune in spells where I wanted to see justice done. Just make sure your the wronged party if you use this rune. It about using your head and not your heart when making a decision. Walking your talk.
Ingwaz
2 years ago
Pronounced: ing-was Letter:ng Meaning: Fertility, God Ing or Freyr Anglo-Saxon Poem: Ing among the East-Danes was first beheld by men, until that later time when to the east he made his departure over the wave, followed by his chariot; that was the name those stern warriors gave the hero. Like Tiewaz this rune represents a god, Ing or Freyr. This rune takes on that quality of the god. Fertility and new beginnings. It's considered the castrated god or Freyr's sacrifice to make thefields fertile. I read once it was the build up of energy right before it burst. It also can represent a doorway home. It's a rune of sexuality more than sex in my mind. In the Futhark it's a diamond shape giving the impression of a womb. In the Anglo-Saxon runes its two x's on top one another. To me that is more representive of the twins(Freyr and Freya) or of coupling. Either way the rune is not really reversable.
Dagaz
2 years ago
Pronounced: Daw-ghawz Letter: D Meaning: Dawn or day   Anglo-Saxon Poem: Day, the glorious light of the Creator, is sent by the Lord;it is beloved of men, a source of hope and happiness to rich and poor,and of service to all.   Dagaz represents the day or the 24 hours period of day to night. Like Jera where the seeds are planted and change comes, it is fast change where Jera is slow change. It’s the sun bursting over the horizon and shining over the land. This is usually a spiritual transformation and it is considered positive. Just as the sun illuminates the world so it illuminates the issue at hand.  It has no reverse but can lay in opposition. Manni and Sunna are represented with this rune as do Heimdall and Loki.
Sowilo
2 years ago
Pronounced: So-iölo Literally: “Sun” (Sol) Anglo-Saxon Poem: Sun is by seamen / always hoped for / when they fare far away / over the fishes´ bath / until the brine-stallion / they bring to land Old Norwegian Poem: Sun is the light of the lands / I bow to the holiness Old Icelandic Poem: Sun is the shield of the clouds / and a shining glow / and the life-long sorrow of ice Sowilo is the power and light of the sun. It’s illuminating, powerful and very positive. Reaching goals, breakthroughs and moving on. This rune is progress and movement. It has no reverse or opposition.
Gebo
2 years ago
Meaning: Gift Pronounced: "gay-boe”, hard g as in gift Anglo-Saxon Poem: Gift is for every man / a pride and a praise / help and worthiness / and of every homeless adventurer / it is the estate and substance / for those who have nothing else Gebo is two even lines crossing which represents what a gift should be. Gift giving in Heathen practice is important and should be done as evenly as possible. Don’t over or under give. Gifts were exchanged for all sorts of things and don’t have to money or an item per se, any contracts and legal agreements as well. This rune is also representative of husband and wife and the gifts they share, including the physical. It’s about balance, debt and payment. This is a rune has not reverse but it could be in opposition to show a lack of balance or to say genuine reciprocity has not been done.
2 years ago
I have been offline all week and will post a rune today. Happy Veterans Day.
2 years ago
I have pulled runes for two days now and keep getting ones that I have done. Today I got to the sixth one and quit. With so much going on I will try tonight to put the ones I haven't done by themselves and pull one.
Wunjo
2 years ago
Pronounced: “Won-joe” Letter: W Meaning: joy, perfection   Anglo-Saxon Poem: He enjoys Delight who knows little of woe,Of suffering and sorrow,And has for his own prosperity, pleasure,Eke the plenty of cities   This rune is about joy and happiness on one level, just as its meaning says. It’s also about relationships, kin, clan and victory. It can also represent the ecstasy of working or knowing the gods. It looks like the unfurled flag put down after a win or to represent who we are and knowing yourself (and being ok with it). It’s a positive rune but can show a lack of progress or happiness. Odin and Freya are associated with this rune.
Algiz
2 years ago
Pronounced:  Awl-ga-eze Letter: Z or rolling R Meaning:  protection, elk, maybe even swan   Anglo-Saxon Poem: Elk´s sedge has its home / most often in the fen / it waxes in the water / and grimly wounds / and burns with blood / any man / who in any way / tries to grasp it Icelandic Rune Poem: Man is the increase of dust; mighty is the talon-span of the hawk This is a rune of our connection to the gods through Yggdrasil and is a powerful rune for protection. It represents the Elk’s antlers, the world tree or a person reaching up to the gods. There reoccurring themes in a most translations are the gods, our kin, standing up for one’s self, protection and energy. The Valkyries  are associated with this rune.
Nauthiz
2 years ago
Pronounced: Not-this Meaning: Need-fire Anglo-Saxon Trouble is oppressive to the heart; yet often it proves a source of help and salvation to the children of men, to everyone who heeds it betimes. Norwegian Constraint gives scant choice; a naked man is chilled by the frost Icelandic Constraint grief of the bond-maid and state of oppression and toilsome work. This rune looks like two sticks being rubbed together. Friction creating fire. It represents need in all fashion. Basic food, shelter, clothing or lacking in relationship, spiritual needs and what not. To me it’s also the benefit of getting through the tough time and coming out with a reward. Eventually the rubbing makes fire. A useful tool. A lesson learned, a stronger relationship.
Hagalaz
2 years ago
I apologize for not posting yesterday. I have been really sick over the holiday and got frustrated when I kept getting runes I have done. I just realized there are only three left so I will do them without drawing per se. Pronounced:   Hag –all-az Letter:  H Meaning:   Hail Old Icelandic Poem:Hagall (Hail) is cold seedand a sleet showerand snake’s illness. Old Norse Poem:Hagall (Hail) is the coldest of seeds;Christ shaped the world (the heavens) in fore times.  I found it interesting hail is referred to as a seed. Looking into it hail would knock seeds to the ground then melt making it a process of fertility but it’s the damage done before that is important or necessary. This rune is about hindrances, obstacles and the past being destroyed in order to move forward. Since water and snake represent the subconscious it’s more about spiritual blocks than physical ones. This rune is both dark and light, damage and healing. It’s definitely a more negative rune than some since the change is more difficult or a challenge to face one’s self is necessary. Associations: Some saw Urd, Norn of the past. Some Loki for chaos, one Hela for the idea of death of the old and rebirth. It’s associations with the Rokkr say to me it’s a primal force. To me if the Asa are civility (city), Vanir are fertility (farming), then the Rokkr are the deep woods and wild forest. Those natural instincts we fight or bury or act on without thinking. That urge to fight and stay alive. This rune to me addresses those hindrance associated with staying alive and moving past them. 
Othala
2 years ago
Pronounced: “Oh-thall-ah Meaning: Homeland or Ancestral Lot Letter: O   Anglo-Saxon Poem The family land is very dear to every man, provided that there in his own house he may enjoy everything that is right and proper in constant prosperity.   The rune Othala reminds me of those cause ribbons you see everywhere (I have two on my own car). It’s appropriate if you view it as the representing your life. Imagine what you put on a ribbon of you. Family, friends, possessions, home, luck, blessings, community causes, country, history are all part of Othala. It is all those before us have done and what we continue to do to have what you have. It’s not just money or land but reputation and the life we live. It’s the last rune in the order and is the sum total of all that has come to this point. When draw it could mean your life is in order or money is coming your way. Reversed it’s the opposite something in your family could be off or you’re not managing money well. Othala would be a great rune to have on an ancestor altar or when doing money spells.
Eihwaz
2 years ago
 Pronounced: yew-was Meaning: Yew tree Letter: El or none Anglo-Saxon Poem: Yew is on the outside / a rough tree / and hard, firm in the earth, / keeper of the fire / supported by roots / a joy on the estate Norwegian Poem: Yew is the greenest wood in the winter; / there is usually, when it burns, singeing Icelandic Poem: Yew is a strung bow / and brittle iron / and Farbouti of the arrow This is a hard rune to pin down as far as definition and seems to represent a lot of concepts. First, it’s the Yew tree. It’s associated with Yggdrasil and Odin’s sacrifice for the runes. On that the rune represents finding knowledge, usually spiritual or self-knowledge. The Yew is toxic and is planted in cemeteries saying it can catch the dead. It is a rune of dead AND rebirth. Ullr, the bow hunting god, lives in the Yew forest and makes his bow of Yew. So the idea of taking something toxic and making it work or useful is associated with this rune. It’s a rune about going forward and moving on, death and rebirth and finding power within you.
2 years ago
Today was the last of the runes.
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