R U N E S
The word "rune" itself comes from the icelandic word rún and means "secret". Runesystems are not only given alphabets in the traditional meaning, but a system of secrets or mysteries. The roots of this word is to be found in a word root that means "whisper" or "consult". So this word contains two different meanings - one active, that causes change through the power of the inner voice and a second that calls up to a constant search, the search of answers to apparent unanswerebly questions.
The power of runes lies in its ability to push forward searchers. Because there is no aim, the searchers matches his success in the progess on the nordic path. The success measures the distance he went, not the aims he reached.
Every rune is consisting of three elements:
- a sound (song)
- a wand (form)
- a rune (hidden lesson)
I am going to give a further insight into the younger Futhark and the deeper meaning of some single runes of it.
ár - good year
This is the rune of eternal return in harmony with the circles of nature.
It is a sign that brought the runes (mysteries) of the world to manifestation.
iss - ice
"Ice" is the contracting principle that comes from Niflheim.
thurs - giant
A Thurse is a power of nature, a power which reacts negatively onto consciousness. It is the strentgh of the opposition in the world. The thurse (giants) are pre-conscious and pre-divine creatures, that naturally stand in opposition towards the Æsir and Vanir. The power they personify is used aginst them by the god Ása-Thórr (Thor) - some kind of cosmic homeopathy. Thor fights fire with fire and ice with ice.
In magic thurs is, if you are capable to “tame” it, a powerful form of aggressive defense. It corresponds to the hammer of Thor. The TH-wand can also be used to unite two conflicting or polarized powers to a kinetic energy.
In predicting the Th-wand can show, that powers of the outside work against you, which may not be familiar to you in that moment. A crisis is heading, it can be the trigger for change. Wisely handle with it. Possibly, there’s betrayal involved.
(Þurs) veldr kvinna kvillu;
kátr verðr fár af illu.
(Thurs) causes the pain of women;
few take pleasure in this misfortune.
(Þurs) er kvenna kvöl
ok kletta búi
ok varðrúnar verr.
(Thurs) is the pain of women,
and lives in cliffs
and is the spouse of the Ethin-woman.
áss - deity
This one is Ódhinns (Odins) rune - the galdor-father. He is the ancestor of the divine and independent consciousness of humanity. He is the god of transformation and role model for all, who comprehend themselves as “Odianer”. The river mouth in this old Norwegian rune poem (below) is in view of C.G. Jungs comparison to riverbeds quite interesting. Riverbeds are the pattern of consciousness; but it needs the power of life to stimulate them.
Please note that there are two different A-runes in the younger Futhark. That indicates that the reform of the runes from a row with 24 to 16 has less linguistic and more magical reasons. The áss-rune is seldomly used.
In Galdor the a-mage is the sign of godlike consciousness and wisdom. Also, it is the rune of ecstasy and the poetic inspiration.
In rune-reading the a-mage reveals that the answer is to find in inspiration and institution, but attached to a intellectual search. Negatively the rune shows mistake/disagreement.
(Óss) es flestra ferða för;
en skálpr es sverða.
The river mouth is the way for most of the travelers;
like the sheath is important for the sword.
(Óss) er aldingautr
ok ásgarðs jöfurr,
ok valhallar vísi.
(Æsir) is the allfather,
the ruler of Asgard,
which leads to Valhall.
reidh - ride
The reidh is the pattern of a cyclic, rhythmic and proportionate movement. It is the rune of the journey of life. “Riding” is also the carriage of the journey of initiation. (It can also mean “carriage”) This journey is the path to might, but it can also burden the body.
The practical magic uses the R-wand to direct the magical strength with its might to the right channels. It is the leader to good advice. Through the rune success in legal matters can be obtained.
In predicting reidh suggests that rationality, justice and arranged growth is present in the journey of life of the person. The rune can also show the influence of an institution. In bad aspects the rune can mean crisis, stagnation or even injustice and irrationality.
(Reið) kveða hrossum versta;
Reginn sló sverðit bezta.
(Riding) is said, is the worst for horses.
Reginn forged the best sword.
(Reið) er sitjandi saela
ok snúdig ferð
ok jórs erfiði.
(Riding) is blessed riding,
and a swift journey,
and the work of the horse.
Naudh - need
The N-wand reflects the principe of resistance and the friction
In magic, naudh is really useful. It can be used as a psychologic device to overcome stress. Through its power one gains inspiration and insight into the process of fate. In time of the progress of personality it is the secret, that gives knowledge about the choice of the way or fate. It is the tool, will can be developed with.
In prediction the N-wand interpretes friction or resistance. Probably this resistance comes from the inner self. It is a situation that requires innovative and original solutions: “Need is the mother of all inventions”. It is important to recognize the own Wyrd (Fate).
(Nauð) gorir hneppa kosti;
noktan kelr í frosti.
(Need) is hard toil;
the naked freeze in the frost.
(Nauð) er þýjar þrá
ok þungr kostr
ok vássamlig verk.
(Need) is the pain of the enslaved,
and hard toil
and hard work.
Kaun - grief
Kaun is the power of fire, to take things to pieces, to analyze them. Without control it can be destructive, that is what the verses of the rune poem (below) show. Indeed, it is a power that is only hard to master and to control. But once it is controlled it becomes a principe of creative power - the controlled fire of the forge, the cooker, the harrow.
The K-wand has taken shape of the symbolic qualities of the G-wand and NG-wand. That is why kaun can also be a symbol for generosity, exchange and hospitality. It is also a rune of fathering, maturation process and maturity.
In the Galdor-work the K-wand is used magically to control energies for creative aims and all kinds of sexual magic.
In predicting kaun shows to tend to degeneration, sickness or dilapidation. Good aspects can be ability, creativity, transformation and regeneration. Often degeneration is a precondition of regeneration. The K-wand also advises one to silence and relaxation - something that promotes inner creativity and intuition. The power has to mature first.
(Kaun) es baygja barna;
böl görir mann fölvan.
(Grief) is the child of misery.
Sorrow makes the man pale.
(Kaun) er barna böl
ok bardaga för
ok holdfúa hús.
(Grief) is the child of misery
and a hostage
and a house of rotten flesh.
hagall - hail
A hailstone is a dangerous missile of heaven. It can destroy the harvest, the seeds, that have been planted into the soil. The H-wand is the rune of crisis and possible misfortune. Otherwise it is the seed of ice, the cosmic seed in the prebeginning of things. It is the cosmos in shape of a seed.
For magical purposes the H-wand is the most effective for work that should produce the structure and dynamic of the cosmos or the world. It is the seed of knowledge. But also, on a lower level it can be used as a weapon or a device for protection.
In rune-throwing hagall expresses trauma or crisis on the first level. If you want to hear basic, seeded ideas and you convert them, you can hope for a good result. The recent situation has to be changed - due to higher principles.
(Hagall) es kaldastr korna;
Kristr skóp heim inn forna.
(Hail) is the oldest seed;
Christ shaped the world in primeval times.
(Hagall) er kaldakorn
ok snáka sótt.
(Hail) is an ancient seed,
a rain of ice
and the sickness of snakes.
úr - drizzle
In the elder futhark uruz means aurochs - a nowadays extinct european cow species. But because this rune wand took so many other meanings when the runes got reformed about 800 A.D., the meaning slightly changed. The U-Rune also took over the secrets of the W-wand (wunjo) and the O-wand (othala). Úr is the vital organic power of life and might, which arranges and holds together the life. It is the might of purification. Úr drives away the elements, which weaken you. It means cleansation, that leads to power and strength.
In Galdor you can use the might of úr to let other runes fit into a certain order. It is a sign of persistent willpower. The rune contributes to healing and regeneration of the body.
In the rune-throwing it shows the striving for inner aims or the assistance of fellow men. The subject is determined and persistent. There is a striving for freedom and independency. In bad aspects the rune can report weakness, obsession or the control through others.
(Úr) es af illu jarni;
opt hlypr hreinn á hjarni
(Slag) originates from bad iron
the reindeer often walks on hard snow.
(Úr) er skyja gratr
ok skara Þverir
ok hirðis hatr.
(Drizzling) is the crying of clouds
and softens the rim of ice,
the shepherd hates it.