Os is the vowel “o”
Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)
The mouth is the source of all language,
a pillar of wisdom and a comfort to wise men,a blessing and a joy to every knight
Os signifies communication in all of it’s myriad forms. Today, one of the forms that struck me was as the communication of Gods to humanity. One of the associations that Raven Kaldera gives Os is the God’s Mouth. I tend to think of it as the language of the Gods, which isn’t words or even sounds so much as impressions, flashes of intuition and as strong sense of what actions to take or not take. This language becomes even more intense when you seek the audience of the Gods, and commune with them intentionally. It is the same for the tongue of spirits, or angels, or any other kind of incorporeal intelligence.
It is also a reflection of Mercury having turned direct yesterday, and so now communication has become easier again, without the tribulations of the past three weeks.
Os can also be a call to use your voice, but also to remember your voice. Speak up, Stand up, and don’t allow yourself to be ignored or overlooked if you have something to say, whether it be with your mouth or your actions.
Os is also the rune that embodies the notion of Words (or Songs) of Power. To a certain degree, all words have power, just in the sense that they are used to communicate. But some words are more powerful then others. Sometimes they are special words used in magic, but there are contemporary Words of Power as well. Racial slurs, curse words, Company names, jingles heard through media, are all contemporary Words of Power. An excellent editorial about a rather notorious word is at Kenaz Filan’s blog
Titled “The Notorious N Word” it was a piece originally published in PanGaia, and a really great and interesting piece.