Monthly Archives: June 2010

June 20, 2010 – Os

Os

Os is the long o sound.

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

It seems today is going to be filled with communication, or perhaps great use of communications technology. It also seemed to be a communication of the Gods and wights/spirits to me, as there was a moment this morning during my meditation that a message was a given. Unfortunately I am not quite sure what the message means, but it was one of those moments, when the stillness and silence just suddenly seems loud and not so still.

June 21, 2010 – Laguz reversed

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

It seems contrary that a week of getting back into the flow of things, the next day would show that flow being fought or somehow missed. Rather, I think the answer lies in what today is. It is the Summer Solstice, the peak of the Solar year, where the longest period of daylight is present. After today, the days start to turn subtley shorter, and the outward flow that was begun with the Winter Solstice, now turns back. In and Out, Up and Down, Expansion and Contraction, the cycles go on and on, a circle in space, a spiral in time.

Of course, you might ask yourself, what is this current that I am struggling against? What am I afraid of that I fight the waves over which I seem to have no control?

June 20, 2010 – Thurisaz reversed


Thurisaz reversed

Thurisaz is the sound “th”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The thorn is exceedingly sharp,
an evil thing for any knight to touch,uncommonly severe on all who sit among them

Thurisaz reversed is the rune for Sunday. It is the protective power of thurisaz, it’s thorns and roughness turned out, making a difficult path for misfortune.

One of the commonly accepted meanings of thurisaz is that it relates to Thor, probably the most popular deity of the Northern Tradition. From comics, to depictions, and probably the most commonly recalled deity, Thor seems to get everywhere. I saw commonly accepted because it is a meaning I do not accept. I personally don’t see it, and at least from what remains of information written down about Thurisaz, nothing in it indicates to me that it was the rune for Thor. It’s name usually appears in conjuction with curses typically. I think it makes sense to say that Thor was probably not routinely called upon for cursing others. That sounds more like his names, the Giants, or by one of their oldest names, the Thurs. It is the Thurs that I see thurisaz identifying, and it is part of their feared power that comes through with any form of thurisaz. Depending upon it’s position that power is either against you or for you. As a single rune reading, that might be identified by it’s upright or reversed position. In a spread style or a casting, it depends upon how it falls in relation to where the querent is most strongly indicated.

Today, it is like the idea of like fighting like. The powers of misfortune that might harm you, are kept at by other powers of misfortune.

June 20 – June 26, 2010 – Laguz

Laguz

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

I resume the Rune project with the rune Laguz, the ocean, and it’s currents, waves and tides or as I like to think about it, it’s flow. It’s always good to be with the flow when beginning anew, although it can be a little terrify as you might not be sure of where it is going.

a Reminder

Come learn The Runes with me!

Runes 110: a beginning course in working with the Runes.

Where: Points of Light
4358 East Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA90815-2535
(562) 985-3388

When:

Wednesday June 23, 2010

7:30 pm

Cost: $15 per class

a 10 week course introducing the Elder Futhark, Anglo -Saxon Runes, Northumbrian Runes, and thier history, lore, and uses in Magic and Divination.

Runes 110

so a quick update on the class. As of today, only person had signed up. So the owner of the shop wanted to give another week for people to sign. Upon learning that, it seems 2 more people signed up. So, the Runes 110 class will officially start on:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
7:30 pm

Points of Light
4358 East Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA
90815-2535
(562) 985-3388

While you don’t have to register early, it would be a great benefit to me if you could call ahead put your name on the list.

It is a 10 week course and is $15 per class. I look forward to teaching it

June 13 – June 19, 2010 – Gar

Gar

There is no letter equivalent for Gar

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

My sense about the rune of this week is that I need to take a break for this week from doing my regular rune posts. Let things clear out, and come back next week. Of course, with my class beginning this Wednesday, June 16 at Points of Light, well that might also be a good time to just relax and let myself focus on being thoroughly prepared.

June 11, 2010 – Isa

Isa

Isa is the vowel “I”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (From ragweedforge.com)

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

If you are wondering, “hey, you missed some days” well I have an excellent excuse. Micro-tears to the tendon connecting my elbow and forearm together prevented me from typing. I needed to give my hands rest, and still need to, but they are much better today. Considering that it happened on Tuesday with Hagalaz, well, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised (and honestly I wasn’t), but maybe healing from this will prove more enduring and longer lasting.

In my constant search for all things runic, I did come up health correspondences for the runes. They are interesting, especially as Isa correspond to all the joins, as they can freeze up and be unbendable, or move smoothly, like gliding across slippery ice. Hopefully, it’s a sign that my elbow will soon be moving smoothly again.

June 7, 2010 – Aesc

Aesc

Aesc is a vowel sound of “ae”

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

The ash is exceedingly high and precious to men.
With its sturdy trunk it offers a stubborn resistance,though attacked by many a man.

While contemplating the nature of Aesc this morning in my personal journal, I begin to think about it as a symbol of prima materia. In his book, “Secrets of the Runes” by Nigel Pennick, the name he gives to this energy/substance is Ond. It appears to be a word not much used elsewhere, but he indicates that it is the name used by the Northern Tradition. In that sense, Aesc is the rune of Ond, pure Ond that underlies everything that exists. It is the interface between things material and things immaterial that allows them to connect and interact. In that sense, when Aesc is present, it can show that connection to ond, and through that, the ability to sense it’s movements, flows, frequencies and other aspects of it. Of course, by being connected, or rather, aligned with ond, it opens up possibilities and senses that may have not been present before.