Monthly Archives: May 2010

May 23, 2010 – Berkana


Berkana is the letter B

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

The birch bears no fruit; yet without seed it brings forth suckers,
for it is generated from its leaves.Splendid are its branches and gloriously adornedits lofty crown which reaches to the skies
Berkana is the rune of nurturing, growth, feminine power and healing. Generally it indicates that there is slow and steady effort to gently build and uplift, nurturing yourself, others, or events, so that things turn in your favor. It is a powerful feminine, but not in a passive way, because it can be strong and seemingly fierce at times, like a mother protecting her children. For that reason, I often see this rune as a queer rune, the rune of Women who Love Women. It is also a rune that aids in birthing, both literal and metaphorical. As a rune of healing, it helps to build what ever is broken or depleted, and often times it will come back stronger then what it was, sometimes even from the most barren and wasted or broken parts. By turning it on oneself, you can access those parts that need the most nurturing and care, feeding them so they grow and thrive.

May 23 – May 29, 2010 – Khalk


Khalk is the letter K

There is no rune poem for Khalk. It is a Northumbrian Rune.

Khalk is the cup, chalice or grail. The drinking utensil that holds liquids, but it is also the Loving Cup, the chalice of dreams and desires, and the Holy Grail whose draught can ease pain, bring healing, and gaining it fulfils desires and is the attainment of the quest. Khalk is the rune that gives us that taste of fulfillment that we seek, but at the same time it also goads us onward, showing us how much farther we need to go, until we gain that which is desired.

May 21, 2010 – Ior


Ior is the dipthong “io”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

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
As I was journaling and contemplating the rune this morning, and thinking about some of the meanings of this rune, I kept coming back to the last line of the rune poem, “Where it lives in happiness” and this had me thinking. This is one of the few runes that mentions happiness in the whole of the rune poem. While part of the nature of Ior is that it embodies both a boundary, but also the union of those things which are kept opposite. As the poem describes, “Ior is a river-fish, and yet it always feeds on land” there is the implication that things of the river, stay there, but yet this creature lives in the both the river, and can move onto land. A clear demarcation, but yet Ior is able to cross both. Yet, in the ability to able to encompass seemingly contradictory states of being, It has it’s home “where it lives in Happiness”. It came to me that Ior is one of the gamarunar (Joy Runes) and thus can be used to bring about joy into a place where it is used. For that, it can also indicate joy and happiness where it appears in a reading, but in a different way then the other gamarunar. In this case, I think the happiness comes from a sense of identity, the establishing of personal boundaries that help us to maneuver through life, and when we say “yes” to a request or when we say “no.”

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

May 18, 2010 – Raidho


Raidho is the letter R

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

Riding seems easy to every warrior while he is indoors
and very courageous to him who traverses the high-roadson the back of a stout horse.

Raidho is the rune of riding, roads, and journeys. While it can be metaphorical, it is often more direct and literal. You can expect travel of some kind involved. While there is a sense of action, it is more direct, focused and purposeful. There is often a goal, destination or end point in the journey, even if it is only a large circle of heading out, only to return. Generally in a question of travel, Raidho indicates a safe journey, although not always an easy or fast one.
Part of what I notice with Raidho is that it also connects with rhythm. It is rhythm which drives music, and a rhythm can also drive people as well, helping them to keep acting, and keep moving forward until they have reached their goal. A slow, steady rhythm can organize people, much like in iconic images of people rowing in a long ship, or a quick rolling tempo can help to bring on states of spiritual ecstasy, allowing one to walk the roads between worlds to seek out spiritual beings for weal or woe. Raidho is the expression of those rhythmic energies, and also work to harmonize with rhythms around you, no matter what kind.

May 17, 2010 – Gar


There is no letter equivalent for Gar

There is no rune poem for Gar. It is a Northumbrian Rune.

Gar, the tabula rasa, is the rune for Monday. After a very long but pleasant weekend, where I was all but unable to do except for the most basic of my daily spiritual disciplines, I am back. I haven’t fully stepped back into disciplines, and I think the message of Gar today is that it is okay. Let yourself be free, and clear, and sometimes after a period of rest and relaxation is when the work already done gets the chance to take effect. It can also be that moment of inspiration that comes, after hard work has been done, a part of the creative process. By opening up, allow oneself to relax, clear the mind and just be, the glimmer of light, the still small voice, that which you have been searching for, suddenly gains the opportunity to be heard and seen

May 14, 2010 – Shtan


Shtan is a “sh” or “ch” sound

There is no rune poem for Shtan. It is a Northumbrian Rune.
Shtan means stone or rock. It is a rune of permanence and eternity, expressing the power that is not easily or quickly changed or altered. It can suggest a definitive slowness, like molasses in January about how things are moving, but it can also show that which is permanent and unbreakable when it is present as well. Even if the situation around Shtan can be changed, it will be a slow process, and will require a lot of skill, persistence and determination, even though only to be changed by increment, like a sculptor carving rock, or erosion wearing away a boulder. Days marked by Shtan can often be hard to get through, as the energy is often slow to answer when it is needed, but once it gets going, it’s equally hard to stop it

May 13, 2010 – Isa


Isa is the vowel I (pronounced ee)

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

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.

Isa, the rune of Ice, is a rune of freezing, stillness, cold and silence. In the early 20th century Runic renaissance in Germany, most esotericists saw it as the main rune to use in the beginning, as a way of bringing stillness to the energies within, a kind of runic zen meditation to bring stillness and emptiness to your being. It still works well for that purpose, as the stillness that it can bring can often bring clarity and a greater sense of self to the user. In a reading it can indicate when forces become stopped or frozen. You might be stuck in a situation or a mindset, and until you can be released, you are frozen, often repeating the same behavior. It can also show an opportunity to be still, and have a moment of rest and solitude, before venturing out again to deal with the world around you again.

Isa is one of the rune of the key cosmological forces of the Northern Tradition. It’s opposite is Cweorth, the Fire-twirl, as it embodies the force of Fire. From the meeting of Fire and Ice, the void was filled, and the first beings came into being, first a cow named Audhumla, and then a massive Frost Giant, Ymir. At it’s strongest, Ice is complete stasis, o degree Kelvin as it were, where nothing moves, changes or can be altered. It is only when Fire, the force of action, change and transformation is brought in the Ice melts away, revealing what was locked inside and setting it free. But, also in reverse, Ice can bring stillness to overwhelming activity, slowing down the change, allowing it time to set in, before it changes again. Too much Fire can be as damaging or difficult as too much Ice. It is in the balance of these forces that Life and Creation is found.

May 12, 2010 – Os


Os is the vowel “o”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

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.

May 11, 2010 – Laguz


Laguz is the letter L

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

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
Laguz, the rune of water, rivers, oceans, is mainly about Flow. Water is always flowing. Even seemingly still water is moving, a simple convection current, that moves it slowly as the molecules heat and cool. Laguz flows through things, riding various currents both physical and metaphysical, flowing past obstacles and moving gracefully to it’s destination. It can be the flow of blood in the arteries and veins, the flow of a river to the ocean, the flowing ocean current as it moves from north to south, or the flow of a day, moving effortlessly along from morning to midday to evening, as people flow through their lives. It can also be the flow of emotions, as one responds to situations as they are encountered. It can be seen in the channels of metaphysical energy that cross the human body, or the flowing energies of the Earth, which can be heeded when built to ensure health, happiness and abundance,