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Contemplating Runes & Their Meanings.

Updated on August 8, 2013

I believe the runes are the alphabet of the "soul," the runes have phonetic power the sounds they make by saying their name invokes the power of the particular rune. But beyond their phonetic and graphic functions the runes grouped together in series of 24 (or 28, 33, 18, or 16 - according to their origins and epoch), are fundementally centers of force, symbols brimming with magic powers that synthesize a response, a message from the 'subconscious', and function as a bridge between the 'conscious and subconscious' and allow messages to be realised by the recipient.The runes 'get' to know you, they absorb the energy of the diviner, they tap into your psyche and become connected to the user then become an extension of the mind.They were also used as talismans and protective amulets.

The ancient Germans, Vikings, and Saxons engraved upon their stone monuments, upon their weapons and shields as well as their clothing runic glyphs for protection and power not only to aid them in skirmishes and wars but to aid them with fertility and farming purposes. The runes engraved upon megaliths were signs of a particular presence there, or functioned as a magical barricade, or protective symbol beyond which evil forces could not venture. Their power was overwhelming, and for this reason knowledge of the runes was kept a secret to be revealed only to a few chosen ones who sat in the circle of aspiring priests (it is not by chance that in Gothic the word "rune" meant "whisper"). There were runes sculptured into ornaments and engraved upon weapons, inscribed in calenders, scraped on walls and doorposts, or even branded into the beams that supported the roof. And this is not all. Incised one by one on clay, wood, and bone shards and then tossed casually onto an animal hide or sacred cloth, they served the same function as dice or tarot cards: they fortold the future and offered counsel. But in retrospect the truth they administered was not from some far off diety but from within, we all hold much more wisdom than is understood, we all have the ability to "see" and the answers we seek are found from within and it was quickly discovered that the runes acted as a conduit for the information requested, the subconsciousness has all the answers and the conscious mind was not able to understand the answers or "see" the answers until a mechanism such as the runes acted as a "bridge" between both parts of the mind. So runes now began to be used in many ways: to ward off evil, endow good luck, receive answers, practice magick and, above all, meditate. All in all, you can re-establish contact between yourself and the divine within you that modern man has unfortunately lost.

For each of the 24 runes included in this summery I propose some key words that can be used to inspire divination or talismanic art. Moreover, there is also the corresponding letter of the alphabet. Also I have included a 2 week period of the year during which each rune is even stronger and results as being more favourable for its relative activities.

The most important and meaningful use of the runes is divining. For this purpose, each letter functions as an indication of the reasons and advice that may be derived. Divining with the runes may evolve along two different paths. The first time the runes are used, it is advisable to purify them with incense; blowing on each of them three times, invoke the God Odin, Lord of divination and wisdom, to find appropriate responses. The consecrated runes should be kept in a red cloth bag, together with yew or ash leaves. Before you begin I suggest that you create a relaxed state of mind, firstly you need to be in a quiet environment free from distractions, clear your mind of all the mundane issues of the day, focus upon the 'issue' or question which need to be addressed, it is often favourable to say an invocation, " I honor your gods, I drink at your well, I bring an undefended heart to our meeting place, I have no cherished outcomes, I will not negotiate by withholding, I am not subject to disappointment."

First method.

This system is linked to chance: the runes are tossed onto a white cloth and, with your eyes closed, you must pick one or more runes according to the rules of the game. For example, only one rune may be picked to indicate a definitive answer to the question, or three may be picked and interpreted in reference to the past, present, and future of the question, or even as a favourable element, and obsticle, and solution. If one rune is picked for example this could be associated as an "overall" rune or daily rune for a forecast of what will require your attention during the day. Also this is often called the "the rune of right action," this rune, drawn in the morning, amounts to a forecast of your day. If three runes are picked This will give you a more definitive answer, for example the first rune is the basis of your question, the second rune is the obstacle or work needed rune and the third rune is associated with the best outcome if the second rune is understood and direction utilised.

Second method.

This method is used to synthesize the nature, the opportunities, and the destiny of the Querient, which is based on the correspondence among the runes, letters and numbers. In fact, everyone is born accompanied by four runes, four invisible magic assistants that represents and sustain them during difficult times: the two runes that correspond to the initials of the name and surname, valid for defining the character and qualities to be considered, plus two related to the date and time of birth, which sketch the individuals destiny and potential changes in its course.

The 24 Runes.

1: F, FEHU, livestock.

period: June 29 - July 13; time: from 12:30 pm to 1:29 pm.

Response: trust, recovery, gain, trade, offspring, Something hidden comes to light, evolution, evasion. Beware of frauds!

2: U, URUZ, primordial force.

period: July 14 - July 29; time: from 1:30 pm to 2:29 pm.

Response: freedom, power, frenzy, passion, conquest, progress, courage. Risk of failure for those who exaggerate.

3: DH-TH, THURISAZ, spine.

period: July 30 - August 13; time from 2:30 pm to 3:29 pm.

Response: enchantment, strategy, fruitful projects, calculations. Risk of weakening for those who break the rules. Good luck to be gathered before the unexpected dispels it.

4: A, ANSUZ, word.

period: August 14 - August 28; time from 3:30 pm to 4:29 pm.

Response: wisdom, eloquence, inspiration, study, poetry, creativity, love, loot. Beware of debts and temptations.

5: R, RAIDO, ride.

period: August 29 - September 12; time from 4:30 pm to 5:29 pm.

Response: enthusiasm, undertaking, movement, travel, removal, help, cooperation. Regression and separation for those who blame errors and decisions on others.


period: September 13 - September 27; time from 5:30 pm to 6:29 pm.

Response: skill, truth, illumination, clarification, purification, forgiveness, solution to a problem, peril, troubles, and misunderstandings overcome, justice assured.

7: G, GEBO, divine gift.

period: September 28 - October 13; time from 6:30 pm to 7:29 pm.

Response: hospitality, generosity, reward, winnings, fortune, a gift is reciprocated, talent, successfully applied. Deterioration, poverty, and crisis, for those undeserving, a foretold betrayal.

8: W -V, WUNJO, satisfaction.

period: October 14 - October 28; time from 7:30 pm to 8:29 pm.

Response: union, faithfulness, complicity, help in your undertakings, career opportunities, wishes are granted, dangers are avoided, rebound after having hit bottom.

9: H, HAGALAZ, hail.

period: October 29 - November 12; time from 8:30 pm to 9:29 pm.

Response: sacrifice, caution, solitude, worries, damage, debts, unexpected and initially unwanted birth.

10: N, NAUTHIZ, necessary.

period: November 13 - November 27; time from 9:30 pm to 10:29 pm.

Response: a difficult lesson, destiny, need, a strong but compulsory tie, agitation, rebellion, solitude, apathy, search for the essential.

11: I, ISA, ice.

period: November 28 - December 13; time from 10:30 pm to 11:29 pm.

Response: calm, reflection, victory over obstacles, habits, vices, and expectations to be controlled, resistance.

12: J, JERA, harvest.

period: December 14 - December. 28; time from 11:30 pm to 0:29 am.

Response: result, yield, benefit, a marriage arranged for mutual interests, healing, recovery, completion of a cycle.

13: CH-Q-X, EIHWAZ, yew tree.

period: December 29 - January 12; time from 0:30 am to 1:29 am.

Response: secret, magic, mystery, sensitivity, clairvoyance, intuition, independence,duration, continuity, silence.

14: P, PERTHO, dice box.

period: January 13 - January 27; time from 1:30 am to 2:29 am.

Response: diplomacy, ability, control of the situation, protection assured, precious intuition, a stroke of genius, winnings from gambling.

15: Z, ALGIZ, elk.

period: January 28 - February 11; time from 2:30 am to 3:29 am.

Response: resistance, help, shield, impulse, recovery, a real impediment that can be overcome, protection granted.

16: S, SOWELO, the sun.

period: February 12 - February 27; time from 3:30 am to 4:29 am.

Response: energy, successes, genius, activity, self - control, self - mastery, victory over intrigues and passions.

17: T, TIWAZ, sword.

Period: February 28 - March 14; time from 4:30 am to 5:29 am.

Response: honour, power, drive, target reached, victory, clarification, intrigue thwarted, evil is avoided and conquered. Beware of envy, malice, and revenge.

18: B, BERKANA, birch.

period: March 15 - March 29; time from 5:30 am to 6:29 am.

Response: femininity, fertility, project, growth, joy, pleasures, nutrition, pregnancy, children.

19: E, EHWAZ, horse.

period: March 30 - April 13; time from 6:30 am to 7:29 am.

Response: friendship, loyalties, trust, devotion, marriage, promotion, increase.

20: M, MANNAZ, man.

period: April 14 - April 29; time from 7:30 am to 8:29 am.

Response: mediation, influences, idealism, autonomy, a suffered but certain legal victory, possible betrayal in love.

21: L, LAGUZ, water.

period: April 30 - May 14; time from 8:30 am to 9:29 am.

Response: balance, introspection, subconscious, medication, spirituality, tribulations, humiliations, disagreement to be overcome.

22: NG or GN, INGUZ, hearth.

period: May 15 - May 29; time from 9:30 am to 10:29 am.

Response: fertility, construction, shelter, yield, good investments, a hidden relationship, pleasures, luxury.

23: O, OTHILA, ownership.

period: May 30 - June 13; time from 10:30 am to 11:29 am.

Response: home, assets, inheritance, family, tradition, learning from the past, good luck.

24: D, DAGAZ, day.

period: June 14 - June 28; time from 11:30 am to 12:29 am.

Response: light, change, beginnings, new cycle, fortune, marriage, intrigue dispelled.

Runes # 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, can be drawn in reverse, rule of thumb for this is to invert the Response information.



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