Category Archives: Cweorth

December 7, 2010 – Cweorth


Cweorth is the letter Q

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

Cweorth, the holy fire, by which offerings are made, people, animals and objects are purified, and the dead are released and reborn again. Todays influence of cweorth was incredibly benign. It isn’t always burning, consuming purification and destruction. Sometimes it can just be the warmth, light and heat, filling the space the encompasses it, and radiating it’s holy power throughout.

November 11, 2010 – Cweorth


Cweorth is the letter Q

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

Cweorth is the sacred or sacrificial fire. A sacrificial fire turns items into it and makes them sacred, often in a sense of offering to a divine being. When you work with fire often in a sacred or magical manner (and I do, every day, and sometimes in different ways, but primarily in the burning of candles), there is a lot that can be learned from it. In this way, fire shows it’s slow and steady face. When it is controlled and directed, with a limited fuel source, it brings light, warmth and it’s own special kind of magic while it burns. In every method of magic I have found, fire often places a role of some kind, with lamps of divination from ancient hermetic methods, to candles that are used in contemporary forms. Fire is often revered as the first tool. It was the ability to harness fire, to cook, to heat, to protect, to create other things that are often the focus of myth in the legendary past. Prometheus and his gift of fire is what made civilization to the Greeks, while the fires of Muspell is what made existence possible at all. While water is often seen as the nourishing force, it is fire which is life itself, the energy that quickens existence into action.

September 26 – October 2, 2010 – Cweorth


Cweorth is the letter “q’

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

The fire-twirl, the sacred flame that takes offerings, and purifies, and the cosmic fire that burns, endlessly, giving heat, warmth and light, but also consuming, and destroying. Sitting here, during record highs for the city of Los Angeles, and the area around it, it fills like standing before the entrance to such a place, the gateway to Muspell, the virtue of fire, that burns, heats, and creates light, without any other substance needed, and devoid of anything but fire.

August 11, 2010 – Cweorth/Qweorth


Cweorth is letter Q

There is no Anglo-Saxon rune poem. Cweorth is a Northumbrian Rune.

As I sat contemplating this rune, the words of William Blake sprang to mind.

Tiger, Tiger, burning bright,
in the forest of the night.
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes.
On what wings dare he aspire
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art Could twist the sinews of thy heart? And when thy heart began to beat, What dread hand and what dread feet? What the hammer? what the chain? In what furnace was thy brain? What the anvil? What dread grasp Dare its deadly terrors clasp? When the stars threw down their spears, And water’d heaven with their tears, Did He smile His work to see? Did He who made the lamb make thee? Tiger, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

July 31, 2010 – Cweorth


Cweorth is the “q” sound.

There is no rune poem for Cweorth. It is a Northumbrian Rune.
Cweorth felt like an appropriate rune for Saturday. I was participating in ritual observance of holy days of the Wiccan tradition I belong to, and then in a totally twist of mildly ufortunate turn, I got a good sunburn, as I was on a beach near San Diego, CA for the observance. The sacred fires of Cweorth can burn you, if you are not careful.

July 21, 2010 – Cweorth


Cweorth is the letter Q

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

Well yesterday was the rune of the Grave. Today is the Fire-Twirl, the sacred fire which both hallows things, but is also used to light the funeral pyre. It appears that a great ending and purification is occurring.

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