Friday, 13 January 2012
Hidden Lore of Magic - Runes
There are in total 25 runes in the Elder Futhark set. The 25th rune is a later added rune, which is a blank rune. All runes are divided into three called "Aetts" or Houses. The first is the Freyr's Aett, or Freyr's House, contains the runic symbols: Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido, Kanaz, Gebo and Wunjo. The second House is Heimdall's Aett and they consist of the runes Hagalaz, Nauthiz, Isa, Jera, Eihwaz, Perthro, Algiz and Siwulo,. The third House is Tyr's Aett. The runes in the third Aett are Tiwaz, Berkanaz, Ewaz, Mannaz, Laguz, Ingwaz, Dagaz, Othala and the Blank Rune.
Now some of these runes have a long tradition of being non-inverted and inverted or positive and negative. Some of the shapes of the runes would be regarded as inverted if upside-down. But also there are runes that are not reversable because they look the same the other way up. Okay now I have a different way of looking at them. I got this from meditation, dreams and spiritual reading. I'm not in any way trying to break tradition but to write about my interpretation of them.
I will share with you a little secret that I've discovered about the runes.
This is the main teaching of the runes generally. Now the runes Gebo, Hagalaz, Isa, Jera, Sowilo, Ingwaz and Dagaz all cannot be reversed. However though I believe that yes they can be reversed. I will explain how...
First of all let's take a look at Gebo rune. Gebo (means "gift") is shaped like the letter X and therefore will look the same any way up. Yet, that X becomes a tilted T shape with a lopsided centre bar. The mirror image of that shape makes it look entirely different and opposing. Now the others turned at certain angles all appear to be different shapes. The Ingwaz rune resembles a diamond shape or an O with four angles. I've changed it's angle so that the shape alters into a box or a square. The shape of a square is a diamond the other way!
Here is an example of what I've done to actually turn these so-called non-reversable runes on their sides to make them reversed.
The reverse of these runes are shown in this graphic. I've also started to view the "inverted" meanings of the runes as being an alternative meaning, the same meaning but a reflection of its rune message. It's like to others, they regard the reversed meaning as negative and bad. I think it's more complex and less simple. It doesn't have to mean anything unfortunate either. It's like the night time meaning of a rune. I see it as Light and Dark, or Night and Day, as opposed to Nice and Nasty. The other runes which are reversable have the shapes that tilt them North and South, while the "non-reversable" runes are actaully inverted at East and West.
Runes are ancient symbols. Both alphabetic and used also for divination. Runes mean "mystery" or "secret".
Now rune shapes are found in nature, as well as signs and symbols and even in numerals and our own alphabets. My opinion about each rune of the Elder Futhark has a resemblance to the following modern and geographic symbols and icons, which is all my own take on it really:
Fehu "wealth" - A vase of two flowers in full bloom.
Uruz "aurochs" - Mountain
Thurisaz "protection" - Sword
Ansuz "messenger" - A ship's helm or wheel.
Raido "travel" - Boat with oars
Kanaz "torch" - Lantern
Gebo"gift" - Parcels or presents
Wunjo "joy" - Eclipse
Hagalaz "hail" - Barbed wire
Nauthiz "necessity" - window with beautiful view
Isa "ice" - Traffic light
Jera "harvest" - Acorns
Eihwaz "yew tree" - Umbrella
Perthro "dice cup" - Gambling
Algiz "elk" - Helmet
Siwulo "sun" - Disc sun
Tiwaz "motivation" - Sparkler
Berkanaz "birch" - Heart
Ewaz "horse" - Horse shoe
Mannaz "mankind" - Town
Laguz "water" - Fountain
Ingwaz "new" - Eggs
Dagaz "day" - Crystals
Othala "homeland" - shield
There are runic mimes, singing and chanting. These are done during cermonies and meditation.It's very ritualistic and magical. In the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, the giant says: "Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive. Or be he dead. I'l grind his bones to make my bread." The FEE FI FO FUM is a type of Galdor (the ancient spelling is Galdr) and it's a spell chanting.
For further info about the Elder Futhark runes:
Ancient Scripts runes