Monthly Archives: January 2010

Rune of the Week Jan 24 – 30, 2010

Uruz Reversed

Uruz is the letter U

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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
Leaving behind the turning fortunes of Peorth, it seems we ended with least fortunate cast of lots. Uruz reversed indicates weakness, and untapped potential are the indications of the week. This might be a blessing in disguise though, as being able to perceive our weaknesses gives us an opportunity to work with them, while seeing those powers that lie dormant and untouched, can encourage us to begin to work with them and shape them into future strengths

January 23, 2010

Ior

Ior the sound io

Anglo-Saxon Rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

Ior is a river fish and yet it always feeds on land;
it has a fair abode encompassed by water, where it lives in happiness

Ior is translated river-fish, often interpreted as being a beaver or fresh water otter, as by earlier mindset, they were considered a fish. It is also often associated with the World Serpent, Iormungand.
Today, the meaning for me has been about boundaries, limits and, as I wrote in my divination journal, parameters. Sometimes, you just need to experience your limits and get a sense of your boundaries, and live within them, accept them, and understand them.. You don’t always have to push yourself. Sometimes, doing so will work against you.

January 22, 2010


Laguz Reversed

Laguz is the letter L

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The ocean seems interminable to men,
if they venture on the rolling barkand the waves of the sea terrify themand the courser of the deep heed not its bridle

From the ASRP, Laguz translates as ocean. It also often translated as river or water as well. Some translations of this rune are also Laukaz, which means leek, a type of plant that is probably well known in food stuffs, and also seems to have been considered holy, magical or both. However, for the most part, I am focused on Laguz as Water, and that is primarily it’s esoteric function.
At the heart of the power of water, is flow: The movement of water or liquids and examining how they flow, where they are flowing too, and at what speed it is flowing. When Laguz appears reversed, it suggests that the flow is being interacted with adversely. That flow may be stopped, damned up by actions, ideas or beliefs. The flow could be reduced to a mere trickle. It could also be a flow that is being fought. Rather then going with the flow, it is being fought against, possibly unknowingly as some flows are not always apparent. It may also be a choice to fight the flow, and through the struggle change the way things are going, for better or worse. Sometimes, you do have a choice in your actions, and you don’t have to those things which seem “pre-destined” (so to speak), but setting out on a different path might involve struggle, adversity and the application of effort that is more involved then what you may be used to. But if the goal is worth the effort, then fight the current and move towards your desires

January 21, 2010

Uruz

Uruz is the letter U

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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

Uruz means auroch, a type of wild ox/cattle like creature that once roamed Europe. It was a pretty dangerous animal, with great strength.

Esoterically, it is the strength and primal power of the auroch that is the message of Uruz. On one hand, the strength is physical power and muscle, but it could also embody mental and spiritual strength as well. This strength also translates to the general strength of the body over all, i.e. health. It can greatly refer to ones health in a reading, but is also useful in healing and improving health. The primal power is also present in Uruz in the form of potential. Aurochs were undomesticated, but our current ox and cattle of northern Europe are descended from aurochs. It is this symbolic meaning of potential, potential that can be shaped and formed into future possibilities. Uruz is the power of shaping and forming. That is the second reason also while it figures into healing magic, but also is useful and just about any other kind of magic as well, especially when engaging in a new venture or working a specific direction or goal with the support of magic

January 19, 2010

Nauthiz

Nauthiz is the letter N

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem(ragweedforge.com)

Need is oppressive to the heart;
yet often it proves a source of help and salvationto the children of men, to everyone who heeds it betimes

Nauthiz or Nyth translates as Need. As the rune poem shows, it is a difficult rune, but can also bring great benefit if heeded in time. Often this rune is connected the powers that govern fate, expressed in the Northern tradition as the Norns, but they can also be known as the Wyrd Sisters.

While other runes also can relate to those mysterious forces which seem to shape the lives of men and gods, often known as Fate, Destiny, Chance and of course Free Will, Of those runes Nauthiz belongs with Fate and Destiny. As its name literally means Need, it points to those things that Need to be. Sometimes that needed event is easy and pleasurable, other times it can be challenging and painful. Both can bring their own lessons and shape people for good or ill.
However, the writ of Need is large, and not all things fall under its purvey. To blame everything on Fate is not what is meant or needed, as often times those fated things are acted upon, even without even realizing it.

Monday January 18, 2010

Jera

Jera is the letter J

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (ragweedforge.com)

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

Jera is often translated as summer, year or harvest. It is pronounced like saying year-ah.

Esoterically Jera is about the fruit of our labors. It is also about the labor itself, the time it takes for it to happen, and the patience needed for it to come about. Mostly for me it is about patience. Whenever I get Jera for myself, it means be patient, things are coming along but they need time, don’t stop working at it, but don’t be rushing yourself along. For that reason, I often see it as a rune for anything that you want to extend for the long term. After all, a year is a fairly long time. This can also signify a time to start that long process, because now is the best time for it to come to fruition as well.
This rune is not about chance or large risks with potentially huge pay offs really, so it is interesting that it comes up in a week that is about chance and risk and luck. But may the risk of the week and some of the good fortune that will come about today can be set to seed, and nurtured and fed so that it can grow into something new and wonderful?

Rune of the Week Jan 17-23

Peorth

Peorth is the letter P

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (based on a translation from Rune Games)

Peorth means laughter and games
Where…brave folk sit
Drinking beer blithely together

That is an interesting turn of events. From one day of lucky outcomes, to a whole week. Humorously enough, my sun sign horoscope for Sunday also indicated a similar thing. Changes are a coming, lots of changes. Things are not always going to appear to be what they seem, so don’t try to hold onto anything, or you may just get disappointed.

If you want a reminder of what my meaning of Peorth is, go back and visit January 15 and also a much earlier post in 2009.

January 17, 2010 – Sowelo

Sowelo

Sowilo is the letter S

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (ragweedforge.com)

The sun is ever a joy in the hopes of seafarers
when they journey away over the fishes’ bath,until the courser of the deep bears them to land

Sowilo refers to the sun. That radiant heavenly body that warms the earth, shines during the day and is generally seen as a good thing by most people. While the source of this poem refers to travel by sea, and how seafaring people welcomed the sun, especially while they were out at sea, that is a generally a good recognition for everyone.
Esoterically and metaphysically, Sowilo is also the symbolic power of the sun. It drives away darkness, it is radiant and powerful. It’s energy helps plants to grow, helps people to see, and carrying that power inside of you also brings success, and a kind of shining quality to yourself that others can’t ignore.

January 16, 2010


Rune of the Day January 16, 2010

Yr

Yr is the letter y

Anglo Saxon Rune Poem

Yr is a source of joy and honour to every prince and knight;
it looks well on a horse and is a reliable equipment for a journey.

Most runic enthusiasts translate Yr as a bow (that thing you shoot arrows from, you know.)

Yr relates to skill, ability and finesse. Sometimes, it indicates the skill that you have in nursing yourself back to health.