Runes have ancient origins. They existed in Celtic culture and were the components of an alphabet used by priests and druids belonging to the German-Scandinavian people.
The runes have a great power of clairvoyance and represent a very effective divination tool.
They allow one to face the difficulties of life and give great energy and spiritual harmony to the consultant. Let’s see what the meanings of the Elder Futhark are.
- What does the word rune mean?
- FREYA RUNES
- AETT OF HEIMDALL
- AETT OF TYR
What does the word rune mean?
The word rune means mystery or whisper; this evokes something whispered in the ear, a teaching handed down orally.
The origins of the runes are uncertain, there are those who think they are signs of prehistoric derivation, those who consider them an adaptation of Greek and Latin, those who attribute them to the Etruscan people, and some to the Vikings.
What is certain is their use as symbols of protection and good omens in front of homes, on the ships of Nordic warriors, and on their swords and shields. They were also used by spiritual authorities such as Druids or for divination, engraved on wood, stone, metal, or for meditation and for healing the soul.
Runes are the secret language of the world, nature, and life and each symbol becomes an archetype: Love, Exchange, Strength, Wealth, Rebirth, Destiny, Balance, Travel, Cooperation, Family.
Runes have also been used as letters in current writing; there are, in fact, different runic alphabets, with different signs depending on the culture of the place. The Futhark Alphabet, which takes its name from the first 6 runes, is certainly the most common.
The runes help us get in touch with the unconscious and to better understand the energies that interact with the evolutionary path, in order to live this life with more awareness, both in everyday life and in the spirituality of the soul.
The path of knowledge of the runes can be taken both individually and in small groups. The aim is to learn about the ancient glyphs through the Futhark Alphabet and their respective symbolic meanings, building your own rune set on natural supports such as wood, stones, or shells, and then activating them together.
Elder Futhark meanings – one by one
The Futhark Alphabet is made up of 25 runes divided into three families, or Aettir, plus the Rune of Odin or White Rune or Wyrd.
Each Family or Aett is made up of 8 Runes:
- Freya’s family represents the stage of youth
- Heimdall’s family represents adulthood
- Tyr’s family represents maturity/wisdom
According to an archetypal interpretation, the Futhark represents the journey that everyone takes within himself in search of his own truth: preparation for the journey, the journey, and the return.
This interpretation makes rune absolutely similar to tarot cards and, particularly, to the major arcanas that are there to show you the journey of the self from its birth to ascension and enlightenment.
FEHU – F
Wealth and abundance, both material and spiritual.
URUZ – U
Vitality, good health, and achievement of goals thanks to one’s strength.
THURISAZ – TH
Defense, warns to be on guard against the enemy.
ANSUZ – A
Communication, transmits divine knowledge and wisdom through the word.
RAIDHO – R
Movement, displacement, and journey of life.
KENAZ – C
Clarity and light in one’s path of life.
GEBO – G
Gift, an exchange between two human beings, an uninterrupted flow of give and take.
WUNJO – WV
Joy and pleasure, developing luck and success, overcoming difficulties.
AETT OF HEIMDALL
The second rune family represents the “Great Trials of Life”, necessary trials to forge the character and get in touch with a sense of spirituality.
HAGALAZ – H
Hail, destroys to transform.
The need to stop to find inner balance.
ISA – I
JERA – J
Cycle, the life that takes place at the right time.
EIHWAZ – EI
Continuity, ability to persevere despite adverse situations.
PERTHRO – P
Fate, mystery, and the ability to become aware of one’s potential.
ALGIZ – Z
Protection against difficulties and defense against negative situations.
SOWILO – S
Brightness, sun, and victory.
AETT OF TYR
The third family of runes is a guide towards overcoming the individual condition to access the universal dimension, placing our life at the service of the planet and humanity. By learning about ourselves, we are able to help others find themselves.
TIWAZ – T
Direction, male strength that makes you brave, increases personal power.
BERKANA – B
Rebirth, the birth of a project, and feminine force that amplifies perceptions.
EHWAZ – E
Satisfying and reliable collaboration, energy growth of cooperation.
MANNAZ – M
Awareness of the human being in various aspects, development of consciousness.
LAGUZ – L
Fluidity, linked to water and emotional communication, favors intuition.
INGWAZ – NG
Family and tribal union regarding fidelity, fertility, and abundance.
OTHALA – O
Ancestors, a potential inherited from the Avi, but also possible material legacies.
DAGAZ – D
Day, victory of light over darkness.
The White Rune or Odin Rune (The rune of destiny)
Some sets of runes don’t show this rune, even if this is a very interesting rune.
Empty and white, the end and the beginning, this is the rune of total trust and should be considered as the stimulating experience with true destiny (fate) that, without rest, regenerates itself like the phoenix from its own ashes.
The white rune heralds a symbolic death and alludes to an aspect of life that is being led, the renunciation of control when the unknowable is informed about what is in motion in life; in this whiteness is contained pure potential, which is dense and empty, but at the same time includes the totality of being, all that must be implemented.
Where, on the other hand, there are issues hidden by the gods, remember that whatever is urging and inviting us with a nod is the creative power of the unknown.
The extraction of the white rune brings out the deepest fears, but also the supreme good; the truest possibilities and all constructive dreams are enclosed in that whiteness. Goodwill and tolerance are the qualities of this rune, after all, one cannot exercise control over what is not yet formed.
The white rune requires an act of courage, a leap in the dark, a request of faith. It represents the path of evolution, the sum total of actions and their consequences. At the same time, the white rune teaches that many ancient obligations change and evolve just as a person changes and evolves.
Nothing is predestined, obstacles along the path can become the gateway to new beginnings. The extraction of the white rune indicates the progress of the change.
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