Odin's sacrifice of the self brought the Runes to humankind. To gain something of value for
mankind, he hung himself for nine nights
on Yggdrasil, the World-Tree, wounded by his own blade. Unaided and alone he was tormented by
hunger, thirst, and pain. Before he fell he spied the Runes and with great effort seized them.
During his suffering he lost an eye, but his sacrifice brought the Runes to humanity.
From the Poetic Edda:
Down to the deepest depths I peered
I know I hung on that windy tree,
Swung there for nine long nights
Wounded by my own blade
Bloodied for Odin.
Myself an offering to myself
Bound to the tree
That no man knows
Wither the roots of it ran.
None gave me bread.
None gave me drink.
Down to the deepest depths I peered
Until I spied the Runes.
With a roaring cry I seized them up
Then dizzy and fainting I fell.
Well-being I won
And wisdom, too.
From a word to a word
I was led to a word.
From a deed to another deed.
The Runes are associated with wisdom and self knowledge. Each character is a carrier
of energy. It is a vessel of activity within nature and one's self which can be activated.
The Runes have the power of divination
and healing. They can also put one in touch with
their inner self.
Summary: Wealth, possessions, nourishment, abundance, divination, prophecy
Meaning: Aurochs(wild bison, now extinct)
Summary: Strength, changing form, tenacity, transformation, health
Summary: Gateway, awakening, new possibilities, breaking down of boundaries
Summary: Signals, inspiration, speech, voice of the Goddess, true vision, synthesis
Summary: Journey, dance of life, rationality, ordered growth, maze, larger perspective
Summary: Opening, power to create your reality, vital fire of life, creativity, transformation
Summary: Partnership, gifts of the Goddess, blessings, magickal exchange, power to create from within self
Summary: Joy of life, harmony, fellowship, prosperity, secret knowledge
Summary: Disruption, wild power in untamed nature, strength, protection
Tree: Mountain Ash
Summary: Constraint, need, resistance(leads to strength), self-initiated change
Summary: Standstill, time to turn inward, wait for what is to come, self-control, unity
Summary: Good harvest, fruitful season, time of peace and happiness, plenty, reward, proper timing
Meaning: Dice cup
Summary: Initiation, determining your path, knowledge of future patterns, evolutionary change
Summary: Defense, release, letting go, enlightenment, endurance, initiation, protection
Summary: Protection, awakening, higher life, connection with the gods, continuity and nurturance of life force
Summary: Wholeness, self-knowledge, guidance, hope, goals achieved, power of self-renewal
Meaning: the God Tyr
Summary: Warrior, Divine Spinner, justice, self-sacrifice, analysis, rationality
Meaning: Birch goddess
Summary: Growth, new beginnings, renewal, liberation, life changes
Summary: Movement, teamwork, harmony, trust, loyalty, fertility of ideas
Summary: The Self, female wisdom, knowledge, awareness, intelligence, memory
Summary: Flow, life, sea of conscious, quickening energy, healing power of renewal
Meaning: The God Ing
Summary: Fertility, internal growth, gestation, sacred power of female sexuality
Summary: Break-through, prosperity and fulfillnes, awakening, hope, power of self-change
Summary: Aid in spiritual and physical journeys, womb of the Goddess, increase and abundance
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