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Interpreting the Runes ~ Ehwaz ~ Movement ~ Progress ~ The Horse

Ehwaz is a rune of transit, transition and movement; of physical shifts, new dwelling places, new attitudes or new life. It also signifies movement in the sense of improving or bettering any situation.

With this rune, there is a sense of gradual development and steady progress, with the belief in slow growth through many shifts and changes.  This could apply to the growth of a business or to the development of a new idea. A relationship may need to undergo changes if it is to live and grow. Moral effort and steadfastness are called for when this rune of movement, another of the cycle runes is drawn. Let it be said with this affirmation, “As I cultivate my nature, all else follows.”

This rune Ehwaz is symbolized by the horse, and it signifies the bond between horse and rider. Bronze Age artifacts show a horse drawing the sun across the sky. Here, Ehwaz is saying, you have progressed far enough to fee a measure of safety in your place.

Now is the time to turn again and face the future reassured, ready to share the good fortune that comes your way. The sharing is significant since it relates to the sun’s power to foster life and illuminate all things with its light.

Ehwaz Reversed

Movement that appears to block. Be certain that what you are doing – or not doing – is timely. There are no missed opportunities. You have simply to recognize that not all possibilities are open to you, that not all opportunities are appropriate. The opportunity at hand may be precisely to avoid action. If you are feeling at a loss, unclear about the need to act, consider what is timely to your nature and remember this affirmation, “What is yours will come to you.”

Interpreting the Runes ~ Algiz ~ Elk ~ Protection

Interpreting the Runes XV ~ Algiz ~ Elk ~ Protection

Elk sedge grows in the fen, waxing in the water, grimly wounding; it burns the blood of those who would lay hands on it.”  — Old English Rune Poem

Algiz literally means, “elk sedge,” which is a grass widely regarded as having properties of magical protection. This rune is like a protective charm and when Algiz appears in a reading the message is optimistic.  Some say Algiz means “elk” while others insist on its meaning being “amber.” This symbol is not free from dispute; some note its outstretched arms, while others see an antler, and still others a staff.  It is agreed however that this is a most favorable and beneficial rune, no matter what place it holds in the reading.

Algiz signifies that one is shielded from danger or difficulty during the time span to which any questions apply.  Algiz also signifies a new and beneficial influence is about to enter one’s life. This could take the form of a new career, interest, or even a forthcoming union. It is likely that this new influence will not arrive as a result of conscious reasoning or determination.  This is most definitely a rune of friendship and protection but it is through ones inner self that this friendly influence is manifested; it is what is needed and deserved.

Algiz Reversed

When this rune appears reversed, it is expected that one will be duped. People in business or personal relationships have their own agenda’s and their goals will oppose those of the person for whom the runes are being consulted.  Algiz reversed indicates that one needs to take great care and caution because others have only their own best interests in mind. One can expect others to do their best to make sure there will be unjust blame.

Interpreting the Runes ~ Perth~ Question Mark ?

The meaning of this rune has been left a question mark because in modern times, we have no way of knowing its exact nature.  It has been described variously as an apple, a chess piece, a dice cup, a tune, a hearth, and even a penis.  This lack of clear meaning is proper, as Perth signifies something unresolved in life, something hidden away that is about to surface. The appearance of Perth may represent a secret; something one may feel secretive about.  This can be a hint to the person doing the reading. When Perth shows up, it can signify that someone is not being entirely forthright or honest about the question being posed for the reading or runecast, and is in fact asking about something else.

As a rule, this rune has fairly positive associations, implying that the secret about to be revealed will be helpful or pleasant to the person being read in the runecast.  It can signify that matters of the heart, which the person being read may have been unsure of, will be resolved to their advantage – and surprise. It can also denote an unexpected inheritance.  In addition, this rune has associations with gambling, although the route by which this meaning is reached is somewhat uncertain. However, on this basis, Perth can mean that it is a good time to undertake some financial undertaking that might seem to be somewhat risky.

Reversed

In reverse, Perth suggests that what is about to be revealed will be none too pleasant.  If there are any dark secrets, a reversed Perth signifies that they are certain to be exposed.   On the other hand, when reversed, this rune may show that someone is involved, either personally or in business, with someone who cannot be trusted and that the evidence for this will soon appear.  In either case, one must be armed for disclosures of a discomforting nature.

The Poem of the Runes

 

Meditating on the Runes

The main source of information on the Runes is the Anglo-Saxon poem which was translated by the monks from Old English into Latin. It would appear that this translation was not completely unbiased and that many Christian-style references found their way into the translation. However, the core essence of the message is still quite clear. The poem included in this blog was translated by Thomas Howard.

To understand the runes, all one needs to do is look at each rune in turn and read the correct verse of the poem. Then, meditate on the symbol and words. In time the meaning will come to you. This may sound too simplistic to you, but understanding the symbols and words is a process of meditation which requires deep concentration, considerable effort and consistent practice.

Included with the translated poem is the symbol along any associated translation of the symbols’ name and meaning.

Feoh ~ Fehu ~ Cattle

Wealth is a comfort to everyone,

Yet each must give freely,

If he will glory in Heaven.

Ur ~ Uruz ~ Auroch ~The Wild OxUr ~ Uruz ~Auroch

The wild ox is fierce,

With horns above,

A bold fighter who steps the moor,

A mighty creature.

Th ~ Thurisaz ~ Thorn

Thorn is very sharp to everyone,

Bad to take hold of;

Severe to those who rest among them.

Ansur ~ Ansuz ~ Mouth

Mouth is the origin or speech,

The support of wisdom;

And for everyone a blessing.

Rad ~ Raidho ~ Raido ~ Cartwheel

Riding in the hall is very pleasant,

It is more strenuous.

Sitting on a strong horse covering

The mile paths.

Ken ~ Kenaz ~Torch

Torch to all living is pale and bright.

It burns brightest

Where noble folk rest.

Geofu ~ Gebo ~ Gift

Gift is for everyone;

Glory and exaltation, and for the needy;

A help and sustenance.

Wynn ~ Wunjo ~ Joy

Joy is needed not

By those that hath

Little want and sorrow

And hath increase and bliss.

Hagall ~ Hagalaz ~ Hail

Hail is the whitest of grains,

It sweeps from the sky,

Is whirled by the wind,

and turns to water.

Nied ~ Naudhiz ~ Nauthiz ~ Necessity

Need is narrow in the breast,

But can often be a help,

If attended to early.

Is ~ Isa ~ Ice

Ice is cold and slippery,

It glistens like glass,

Is as bright as gems,

The field wrought with frost,

is fair to the sight.

Jara ~ Jera ~ Harvest

Year of fruitfulness,

Is the hope of everyone,

When the Gods allow the earth,

To give her bright increase

to rich and poor.

Yr ~ Eihwaz ~ Yew

Yew is outwardly

A smooth tree,

Hard and fast in the earth,

The Shepherd of fire,

twisted beneath with roots,

a pleasure on the land.

Peorth ~ Pertho ~ Perth

Chess is ever play and laughter

To the proud,

Where the warriors sit

In the beer hall,

Cheerful together.

Eolh ~ Algiz ~ Protection

Sedge grows in the fen,

Flourishing in water,

Burning the blood

Of anyone who touches it.

Sigel ~ Sowilo ~ Sowhelu~ Sun

Sun to the seafarer,

Is always confidence of nobles,

It is ever-moving

And in the darkness

Of night never rests.

Tir ~ Tiwaz ~ Creator

Tir is a token

Which has a confidence

Of nobles,

It is ever-moving

And in the darkness

of night never rests.

Beorch ~ Berana ~ Birch

Birch is fruitless

But bears twigs without increase,

It is beautiful in its branches,

Is laden with leaves,

Heavy in the air.

Eoh ~ Ehwasz ~ Horse

Horse is the joy of nobles,

Where heroes wealthy on

Their horses exchange words,

To be restless is a comfort.

 

Mann ~ Manaz ~ Man

Folk in their happiness

And dear to their kindred,

Yet all must depart

From each other,

Because the gods commit

The body to the earth.

Lagu ~ Laguz ~ Water

Water to the landfolk,

Seems tedious,

If they venture forth in an unsteady boat,

The sea waves will foam,

And the seahorse heeds

Not the bridle.

Ing ~ Ingwaz ~ Fertility

Ing was first seen among

The eastern Danes,

Departing over the waves,

His wagon ran behind,

Thus the warriors named him.

Daeg ~ Dagaz ~ Day

Day is the gods’ messenger,

The light of the gods,

Is happiness and consolidation

To rich and poor.

Othel ~ Othala ~ Othello ~ Home

Home is beloved of everyone,

If they can enjoy their

Rights and labor

And prosper in peace.