May 19, 2010 – Cweorth


Cweorth/Qweorth is the letter (or sound) Q

There is no rune poem for Cweorth. It is a Northumbrian rune.

Cweorth is the sacred flame, burning brightly in holy places, the fire of the Holy Ones. It is also the primal flame, the fire responsible for creation, the spark of Muspell, which balances the frozen ice of Nifelheim.

It shows the powers of fire in it’s totality, as both a creative and destructive force. In a reading, it can be either, depending upon the question and runes surrounding it. When it is creative, it is warm and quickening, bringing action, passionate intensity, and some inspiration with it. When it is destructive, Cweorth is burning and consuming, removing obstacles, useless constructions (either physical or metaphysical) and terrible purification, that is terrible because of how swiftly and sometimes painfully it comes, but purifying because once it is over, what is left is clean and open to come into fullness once again.

I have noticed the Cweorth seems to be coming up a lot lately, and it makes me wonder what the source of all this fire is, and what is trying to do. I can’t say that I notice any significant actions occurring, or a burning and consuming, but then it maybe because I take actions and purification in advance. It often seems to be a greatly overlooked practice to me, that spiritual and magical practitioners don’t regularly purify themselves or their spaces, either metaphysically and/or physically. Weekly, Monthly, daily purification can be a great help when things are feeling difficult or there is confusion, lack of clarity or just a string of misfortune. Sometimes, it can all be easily cleared away, and that allows for desired things to enter into you life.
The simplest purification I do is sitting in a bathtub with a cup of table salt mixed in. Bless the water and the salt, and mix them together, and bless them again. You might take a book you are reading or a spiritual text, or you might just sit in silence and relax. The water can be hot or cold (I generally go for hot myself) and I give that space as time to release, reflect and prepare. You could create a more complex bath with your own bath salts, with essential oils and a pinch of ground herbs, or a strong tea made from a combination of herbs. One of my favorites is Hyssop or Eucalyptus

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