• Nordic Gild: Left Hand Path - 101.3

    Reyn til Rūna

    When we use the words Reyn Til Rūna, or Seek the Mysteries of the Runes, what are we really saying? Are we to believe that the Runes are so mysterious it is beyond our ability of comprehension to fully understand them? No! But the Mysterious Path is long and does not give up its secrets easily. It is necessary to understand the meanings unique to each stave and faithfully reference our written word concerning the Runes.

    The study of the lore, poetic forms and hard evidence, such as the many Rune Monuments, carved bones and wood, is where the Search for the Mystery only begins. Once one has a firm grasp of these basics, then one is free to explore the Runic Expanse of the Multi-verse.

    We can really only make an educated guess as to what was in the minds of those ancients who first cut, colored and divined the Runes. We can attempt to describe a world based on what few things we have to show as “objective” evidence. I applaud and commend the work of the many scholars and academics who provide us with these important links to our past. However, in keeping in the mindset of the Runes, we must then acknowledge the entire process of that objective evidence.

    For instance, if we take the first rune fehu at its intended meaning of fee, we must then put our minds in the place of 3rd century BCE man to even begin to understand what a “fee” meant to him.

    The Runes are a process of circumspection more so than simply a lettering formula. In the most basic form the Runes represent letter sounds that correspond to the name of each rune-stave. A list with truncated meanings is given here.

    FEHU f cattle, fee, wealth, dynamic power
    URUZ u aurochs, vital formative forces
    THURISAZ th thurs, giant, breaks resistance
    ANSUZ a God, Woden, sovereign ancestral god
    RAIDHO r wagon, path of power
    KENAZ c torch, fire, controlled energy
    GEBO g gift, exchange of powers
    WUNJO w joy, harmony of forces
    HAGALAZ h hail, destruction, seed forms
    NAUDHIZ n distress, self created ambition
    ISA i contraction, inward forces
    JERA j year, cycles, harvest
    EIHWAZ ļ yew, axis of asgard-midgard-hel
    PERDHRO p lot cup, evolutionary forces
    ELHAZ z elk, protection, teaching forces
    SOWILO s sun, wheel, crystalized light
    TIWAZ t Tyr, sky-god, sovereign order
    BERKANO b birch, goddess, release of force
    EHWAZ e horse, trust, co-working
    MANNAZ m mankind, psychic order of gods
    LAGUZ l lake, organic growth, life energy
    INGWAZ ng earth-god Ing, gestation process
    DAGAZ d day, twilight/dawn relationship
    OTHALA o possessions, ancestor spirit

    As a Nordic tribesman ancestor drove his few cattle to the auction yard at some distant village, he may be considering the cloth his wife asked for or how many bags of spices he would need to get through the year till the next auction. He may have had his eldest son with him for the first time and was thinking of some way to initiate the lad into adulthood and “man’s work”. He may be thinking of how many metal tips he’d need for plows and shovels to till the earth for crops. Above all if he got top price for his cows, he might be able to afford two iron rimmed wheels that will insure his crude wagon survived a few more years hard use.

    Think of his 365 days of labor tending crops, cattle and family, breaking the near frozen ground to hopefully receive a few tubers and vegetables as the result. He’d have to keep an eye on the free-range cows to respect property and grazing rights and insure their feed and water. He would have aching muscles and an exhausted temperament to also include in his formula for how much for how many cows? He’d remember the three weeks he couldn’t work because of the “yellow sweats” (hepatitis) and the cow he lost because of it.

    Yes, our ancestor would place a high value on his barter, but the buyer, having much the same year would also require a “fair” deal. A deal, that was only understood by two men suffering the same circumstances of the world. So what did a “fee” mean to our ancient relative? Far more than it does to us today. Whoop out that credit card with "feeling" and understand what the “fee” represents means to you.


    How we must look at our current world, compared to our ancestors is only a different set of circumstances, not necessarily an entirely new perspective. Instead of thinking about the things our ancestor did to arrive at his value received for value given, we must look at the expense of our transportation, housing, food purchases and medical care and arrive at a figure that defines our “fee”. We may opt for higher education or savvy business sense to further our “fee” base, but essentially it comes down to the same process our ancestor used. The three basic necessities of human existence, food, shelter, clothing.

    In the market do you think about the dairy personnel that worked in the cold morning rain to get the milk into the plastic jug you grab from the cooler? Do you consider the thousands of injuries to farm workers every year harvesting the grain for your cereal? Do you realize the amount of effort it took dozens of people to get one tomato into your evening salad? Can you see the gangly construction worker that built your house when you pay the mortgage to the bank? Can you picture the utility worker that reads your meter or fixes a problem when the power is out as you write your payment check? If not, welcome to the modern mystery of fehu.

    Now you may think, what does this have to do with the Runes? Everything, when it comes to Runic Divination, little if all one sees is an alphabet. A better question to ask is what is there that does not have to do with the Runes? The answer to that is there is nothing that does not have to do with the Runes.

    The Runes are the twenty-four aspects of Odhinn (Óšin), which in turn are the summation of our Selfs. The Runes embody the meaning of what we claim to be our psyche and all the different aspects of it. Everything balances in the universe so for every good there must be an evil, for every right, there must be a wrong. The good of modern medicine leads to the evil of over population. The rightfulness of providing funds for injured workers is overshadowed by the wrongfulness of fraudulent claims and the mismanagement of funds. The unpredictable weather we are experiencing is the result of our comfort of living (green house gases) and so on. Everything balances.

    So when I hear an educated person say the runes are merely an archaic alphabet, I do get a bit jumpy. I realize that only superficial information has been let out into the mainstream concerning these wonderful staves. And in all sincerity, it should only have intrinsic value to you if you are going to devote your life to Reyn til Runa! If not, go in peace and enjoy learning a “secret alphabet”! I think Cocoa Puffs has the decoder rings this month!

    Hopefully this has given you a new understanding into the difference between the runic alphabet and Runic Divination. It has taken millennium of time to compile the most sacred of meanings, therefore if a person can interpret them somewhere in a lifetime, wow, how lucky you are!
    This article was originally published in blog: Nordic Gild: Left Hand Path - 101.3 started by RevAl


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