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  • Pulling a rune per day

    I have started this about a week or so ago. I am doing mediation and galdr with each. I have been posting them on another site and since we are looking for ways to increase conversation here I will post them here too. Please feel free to post your own thoughts.

    First rune:
    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.

    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 like water going from ice to steam and taking the shape of it's container. To me represents the flow of energy and moving energy. 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 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. God represented by this rune are Aegir, Ran and their nine daughters.
    Last edited by Ula; November 5th, 2012, 01:01 PM. Reason: highlight item

  • #2
    Mannaz
    Pronunciation: Mah-nawz
    English Letter Equivalent M as in man
    Translation Mankind, human

    Anglo-Saxon Poem:
    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 Poem:
    Man is an augmentation of the dust; great is the claw of the hawk.

    Icelandic Poem:
    Man delight of man and augmentation of the earth and adorner of ships.

    This is the rune I drew today. This rune represents mankind and the way they interact together. It is a mirror image on both sides so it represents relationships and balance in them. Friendship, marriage, strangers any interaction with others would be included in this. It's about 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).

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    • #3
      Uruz
      Pronunciation: Oor-ooze
      English Letter Equivalent Short U as in under, OO as in booze
      Translation Aurochs - the giant wild ox of Europe

      Anglo-Saxon Poem:
      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 Poem:
      Dross comes from bad iron; the reindeer often races over the frozen snow.\

      Icelandic Poem:
      Shower lamentation of the clouds and ruin of the hay-harvest and abomination of the shepherd

      This rune's name represents the wild ox that are now extinct. 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,not to imply we are herd aminals to him or anything like that. 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 at hand. This is a good grounding rune, solid and strong.

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      • #4
        Kenaz
        Sound: kane-awze,
        k as in "kick", or hard c as in "cane"
        Letter: K, hard C

        Anglo-Saxon Poem:
        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 Poem:
        Sore is the curse of children / grif makes a man pale

        Old Scandinavian Poem:
        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 gives a sense of civilization or at least a place more secure than say sitting around a camp fire. It symbolized knowledge and enlightenment. Since the dead get cold fire may represent life energy, just like the heat of the sun and saunas do. Torches are used in land claiming ceremonies to remove negative energy, fire is cleansing in nature. Fire in the Saga represents kin and ancestors.
        Last edited by Ula; November 6th, 2012, 10:54 AM.

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        • #5
          Thurisaz
          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 Mjِlnir. 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.

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          • #6
            Ehwaz
            Pronounced: “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 someone 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 named 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.

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            • #7
              Raido 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, anything in between is uncomfortable. Calvary is still pretty intimidating and hard to stop in battle. If you draw this rune it’s about not fighting where you’re going.

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              • #8
                Perthro
                Pronounced: “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.

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                • #9
                  Fehu
                  Pronunciation: Fay-who
                  English Letter Equivalent F as in fat
                  Translation Money, Cattle, Wealth

                  Old Norwegian Poem:
                  Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin; the wolf lives in the forest.

                  Old Icelandic Poem:
                  Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin and fire of the sea and path of the serpent.

                  Anglo-Saxon Poem:
                  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.
                  Last edited by Ula; November 12th, 2012, 07:02 AM. Reason: I have been offline all weekend so here are Saturday-Monday

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                  • #10
                    Jera
                    Pronounced: YEH-rah
                    y (or German j)
                    Meaning: Harvest

                    Icelandic Rune Poem
                    Plenty
                    boon to men
                    and good summer
                    and 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 fruits
                    for 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. Freya, Freyr, Sunna and Manni are all associated with this rune.

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                    • #11
                      Berkana
                      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

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                      • #12
                        Ansuz
                        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 ءsgard's chieftain,
                        and the leader of Valhalla.

                        The Norse poem:
                        The river mouth is the aim of most journeys
                        but a scabbard is the sword's.

                        This rune represents Odin and more specifically the “passing 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.

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                        • #13
                          Isa
                          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 in Norse practice. It can damage crops and freeze a 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.

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                          • #14
                            Tiewaz
                            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. I 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 and walking your talk.
                            Last edited by Ula; November 17th, 2012, 06:53 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Ingwaz
                              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 the fields 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 representative of the twins(Freyr and Freya) or of coupling. Either way the rune is not really reversible.
                              Last edited by Ula; November 17th, 2012, 06:53 AM.

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