The following is a mythological and historical analysis/interpretation of the “First Aett” (first group of eight runes) of the Elder Futhark, in respect to the etymology of each of the rune’s names, and in respect to each of the rune’s sounds (i.e, the phoneme that the grapheme stands for). It is expected that the reader already has an elementary familiarity with the Elder Futhark; and, if this is not the case, then please first read up on it, by referring to the many websites or books on the subject - for instances:

Rune Secrets

Runes, Alphabet of Mystery

Rune Web Vitki

Note: In the course of this study, more Runes than just those first eight shall be referred to.

Now let us begin this shamanic dialogue from a pre-existing springboard - and that board shall be historical linguistics and Edred Thorsson's Runic commentaries... and, with my own thoughts, these thoughts of others’ minds, shall all be increasingly blended and filtered and re-spun - unto explosive New Ideas and Visions Mystical...!

The First Rune of the First Aett (“Eight”): FEHU

        

F        F    F
F      F    F
F    F    F
F  F    F

FF    F
F    F
F  F
FF
F
F

F

F

F

Via Grimm’s Law of deriving Germanic words from the Indo-European proto-language, FEHU would go back to Proto-Indo-European “peku-”; and this latter form does indeed pop up in languages that in ways are closer to Indo-European than the Germanic. Latin “pecu(s)” means “a single head of cattle.” But through time, this root “pecu(s),” together with its Germanic analogue FEHU, came to mean “money” or “currency.”To illustrate, the English word “PECU-niary” (of, relating to, or consisting of money) has the root PECU via Latin. To illustrate this semantic shift on the Germanic side of Indo-European, FEHU, being from Proto-Germanic, derives German “Vieh” (cattle) as well as English “fee.”

Domestic cattle and mobile wealth are the meanings of the rune FEHU as a word - as opposed to as a sound, which is /f/. The latter word-meaning is derived from the former. One imagines the buying and selling of cattle in the movements between nomadic farmers - and the original Indo-Europeans were supposed to have been nomadic. This kind of PECUniary movement of transactions constitutes a particular kind of wealth, i.e, the wealth of an entire society, of an economy. This wealth ceases to exist without such trans-active inter-motion. Hoarding this wealth lessons the value of it.

This mobile wealth, represented by this first rune, thus contrasts with the stationary wealth, represented by the last rune, OTHALA...

                  O

               O     O

           O            O

        O                  O

     O                        O

       O                    O

          O              O

             O        O

                O  O

             O        O

         O               O

      O                     O

   O                           O

                                 

As mobile wealth that lacks on inert substance or stationary essence, that is not a noun-type Kantian thing-in-itself but in reality a verb (and only captured in terms of a noun figuratively, by necessity of speech), FEHU represents Plato’s Realm of Becoming, as opposed to his Realm of Being, which is where truth, stability and thing-in-itself’ness resides, eternally. This Platonic being would thus be represented by OTHALA. But here with FEHU we have the ephemeral, the world of flux and change, the currents of a river that reflect happenchance visions, the illusion-making Mara or Maya in the Hindu and Buddhist schools of thought. As knowledge, FEHU-knowledge as opposed to OTHALA-knowledge would be that which cannot be grasped, but only intuited in the course of experiencing the very texture of the current of the Eternal Now. That Now itself would be OTHALA - or call it Tao.

With all this in mind, another way of defining the lexical manifestation of the FEHU Rune would be as “current” and “currency.” The former in the sense of electric current, which exists not substantially, not in and of itself, but as a motion between two poles, or in a circuit; and when this motion ceases, any semblance of substance is nowhere to be found. This would be the spinning of electrons in an atom, whose very motion conjures up the illusion of substance.

[[[We can also think of this sort of “substantiality based on nonsubstantial motion” as the Buddhist notion of Emptiness - for which here I would like to give a sort of anecdote... Imagine you are looking though a microscope at some substance. You focus in on an atom, and then you focus in on a particle of that atom - perhaps one of the spinning electrons... You keep thinking you have found substance behind the spin when each time, that substance you find is another particle that in itself is merely the spinning of yet another yet smaller particle spinning... Would you think this would go on forever - in an infinite (or infinitesmal) chain of cause and effects? - or would you come to the last particle, and focus in on it to find it is based on no other spinning particles, that it is just Spinningness in itself? - or perhaps, when you get to the end, you see an image of the Godhead smiling wryly at you, and winking as s/he/it says, “Gotcha!”? - or a reflection of yourself, of your eye that is looking? This is a metaphoric tale to contemplate with metaphoric thought, not literally; in the same way one reads poetry or heres lyrics in a song, the song with its music having awakened certain non-verbal areas of the mind while putting certain overliteral aspects of the brain into lullingness]]]

The latter definition, “currency,” is the same idea, but at a monetary level, as described above in the first paragraph. But a furthermore simile for that latter meaning may make that point clearer: When a dragon hoards a treasure, sitting on it in motionlessness, then the surrounding countryside is empovershed. A dragonslayer is needed to get the beast off its arse and moving out of its stuffy cave and back flying through the sky, breathing fire in it soaring freedom!

“Fire” is another meaning of the FEHU Rune. Fire has no substance of its own, but feeds on the substantiality of others. Indeed, the voice of YHVH spoke to the Hebrew prophet Moses out of the fire of the burning bush. This myth exhibits the basic duality between - and dynamism between - FEHU/becoming/phenomenon and OTHALA/being/noumenon. By the way, this intuitive knowing as a verb in the course of the flowingness of the Eternal Now - in its CURRENT, as a river, can be collected only with a calm mind, and known only in that way (see the first poem of the Tao Te Ching). This calmness of mind that can penetrate the noumena in the phenomena, i.e, the eternal in the changing, is LAGUZ - which is the pool or lake where the current eventually leads...

L

L  L

L     L

L          L

L             L

L                 L

L

L

L

L

L

L

L

Both LAGUZ and OTHALA exist on the final Eight of the Elder Futhark. Here with FEHU OUR journey is just beginnINGg. We are learning how to simply “flow with it.” What that “it” is, that cannot be verbalized. YHVH did not want to reveal his name to Moses. We can just call it LAGUZ. But that is always a metaphor. Extrapolations of water from the currents result in a watery mess. Don’t be wet! (Pun intended.)

Interesting to notE in these regards, the German word for “to comprehend” is related to its word for “to grasp,” as is also its word for “concept.” “Begreifen” means “to comprehend,” “greifen” means “to grasp,” and the word for “concept,” “Begriff,” is an ablauted form of “greif(en).” The root is GR-F. In English, the case is the same, really, though less transparent. Instead of saying “to comprehend,” we often say “to grasp” - and they mean the same thing, the difference merely being that the metaphor is apparent with the latter, but forgotten with the former because it is hidden in the opaque Italickness of Latin “com-prehendere,” meaning, literally “to grasp with.” “Prehendere” is the verb where the word “prehensile" comes from, as in “prehensile tails” - or, a term I like to use, “prehensile HANDS.” Indeed, it seems to me our intellects - which are that which in us that craves grasping - evolved in parallel to our hands with opposable thumbs. [QUESTION Does the same part of the brain that enables conceptualization control physical grasping? Do we have PREHENSILE BRAINS ? ? ? ] Thus, our minds create con-cepts, “cepts” being from Latin “capere,” meaning “to take.” We take water out of the river of life, but we cannot grasp it - even though we do sort of hallucinate in the form of concepts. This grasping nature of ours is what in Buddhism - in the form of the Four Noble Truths - causes DUKKHA, that is, the disjointedness of ourselves from reality. Yet the secret here is to realize there is no “ourselves” - there is just One, there is just Reality.

And so, FEHU is simply a game to play, or a dance, if you prefer that metaphor. It is what Hindus call Lila, the Divine Dance.

Dance away and do not stagnate!

Do not let the Dragon bate!

Be a bold Sigurdh the Dragonslayer!

Do not be a Fafnir...

Get up, motivate and go!!!

RUNE II: URUZ

 U

U U

U   U

U     U

U       U

U        U

U         U

U          U

U          U

U          U

U         U

U

While the secondary meaning of FEHU, “mobile wealth,” contrasts with OTHALA and forms a yinyang unit with it, so does the primary meaning of FEHU, “domesticated cattle,” contrast with the meaning of URUZ, “aurochs” - that is, the WILD bovine as opposed to the domesticated bovine. In this way there is a deep inherent connection - WITHIN the very framework of the Elder Futhark - between FEHU (the first) and OTHALA (the last) as well as FEHU (the first) and URUZ (the next). This is a kind of metaphysical multidimensionality.

The etymology for this one is difficult. My reference here is Kluge's Etymologisches Woerterbuch, under the entry Auerochse, which means "Wildrinde" → wild cattle...

German Auerochs goes back to Middle/Medieval German uro, urochso, from the Germanic root *uron, with a variant *ura that is the root of the form ur in Old English and urr in Old Norse. Latin uros and Greek ouros were borrowed from the Germanic.

The original Germanic word was masculine. Indeed, URUZ is a masculine rune. It referred to a maculine animal, as is evidenced by the fact that this word is itself used as a prefix to denote the masculine in the German word AUER-hahn, for a kind of wild rooster(?) - as opposed to the female “wild hen.” [Any thoughts or help on the meaning of these two words would be greatly appreciated - please feel free to email me!!!] Wildhuhn (not hahn) is “wood hen,” with WILD (wild) be the prefix... It seems to me that the prefix AUER means not only “maleness”, but also “wild” at the same time. Otherwise, would not the masculine version of the word be Wild-HAHN or AUER-wildhahn???

Unlike FEHU, URUZ does not seem to trace back to Proto-Indo-European. The word may derive from indigenous European peoples - perhaps, I would like to contend, people whose gods were the Vanir, whereas the Indo-European's pantheon was that of the AEsir; and that the first war in the world (spoken of in the Eddas) was really a story about the Indo-Europeans' mounted invasion of a still older culture in Europe - that did not ride horses, and was not as much, if at all, into animal domestication. Thus, we have FEHU - the domesticated Indo-European animal on the one hand (i.e, the AEsir anima)l; and URUZ the wild Old European and Vanic animal on the other hand. I think of the cow vs. the buffalo, and the Indo-Europeans being like the cowboys imposing their ways in Indian territory... [references: Marija Gimbutas and J. P. Mallory, and many others...!!! seek this information out for yourself...! There is so much to study.]

The heartbeat and spunk and manly esprit

at home in the very womb of the Wilds herself

is all about what URUZ is about!!!!!!!!!

RUNE III: THURISAZ

      TH     

 THTH

      THTH
      TH   TH

      TH       TH
      TH          TH
      TH       TH
      TH    TH

      THTH
 THTH
      TH
      TH
      TH

I have been tongue-tied in trying to go on to the rune THURISAZ. The problem is going back to Proto-Indo-European with it. I think I may need a reference of a full fledge Old Norse etymological dictionary so I can look up "thurs"... But on my own I was at first entertaining the possibility that Thurisaz was cognate to Latin Tauras because, with Grimm's Law, Taurus would become Thaurus, and it is a common phenomenon in languages throughout the world for au to coalesce into a long o, and the long o would become u in Germanic by a regular sound shift. But then I found that Taurus came from an Indo-European root that began with s. That s was lost, but not lost in Germanic, so that the English and German words “steer” (the animal) and “Stier” are what pop up in English as cognate to Latin Taurus. But if Taurus were cognate to Thurisaz, then for the first three runes we'd have a nice line-up of bovines!

But I think the case is more interesting. I do not think Thurisaz is cognate to Thor, but that Thurisaz/thurse come from a root seperate from Thor/Thu(nd)er, German "Do(nn)er." So, there may really be no etymological connectioin beween the two, and yet the two archetypes - the thurses vs. Thor - are, I would say, what the rune THURISAZ stands for. Thurse implies Thor, just as much as the existence of the Devil, to quote a saying, proves the existence of God (no Christian push intended AT ALL). And then I recalled what Thorsson writes of runic seed-words; and I started to think of an idea I've had in my own philosophizing about language, which is that the ultimate language's sounds - the very letters/phonemes - would each in themselves be a meaningful concept and building block of speech...

So, what I am saying here in regards to seed-words, or seed-sounds (to use the words Thorsson would use; or, what in linguistics we could call a morphophoneme), is that the th-sound of THURISAZ is a morphophoneme that stands for that particular type of raw power that is the common denominator of both the thurses and Thor with his Mjoellnir. And THAT is what THURISAZ stands for. ---and... as a sort of afterthought, the later generations re-named THURISAZ in the Anglo-Saxon Futhork to be called THORN. The prick of the thorn, the hammer of Thor - they each possess a common denominator, which is their phallic nature - and thus, the mysterious meaning of this RUNE is hinted at some more...!

NOTE: The Rune URUZ and THURISAZ are distinctly masculine, in my feeling of them.  URUZ is more of a whole male, the whole body and spirit as embodied in say, a charging buffallo of the Wild West... But THURISAZ is just that core unit of malehood in all its stupidity. It takes a strong man of heroism, a veritable Thor, to wield this power properly. Many men fail to control their masculinity, let alone WIELD it... And weapons should be wielded only when the need arises...

Incidentally, two runes come to mind as dinstinctly feminine - BERKANA (which can be thought of as a pictogram for the Platonic Idea of The Bosom per se)...

B

B  B

B      B

B         B

B           B

B       B

B   B 

B       B

B           B

B        B

B     B

B  B

B

...and LAGUZ (see above).

But also PERTHRO...

P

P   P             P

P        P        P

P             P   P

P                  P

P

P

P

P                  P

P             P   P

P        P        P

P   P             P

P

...if you interpret it as a yoni whilst interpretting THURISAZ to be a lingham. All at once PERTHRO can be thought of as a womb and as a fetus curled up in the womb - for PERTHRO holds the miracle of life!

Also, there is a connection with INGWAZ and THURISAZ that is relevant here - as that the former is the catrasted god, the sacrifice - or, to put it another way, the flacid god saving his energy for the next harvest, as the case me be in a more or in a less metaphorical sense... I am thinking of Ingwaz as being Freyr, and at the same time Dionysos and Christ - the god that is sacrficed and then comes back with good things for everybody, whether harvest or a New Jerusalem, what have you... It is the archetype that initiates JERA - the turn of seasons.

TWO FORMS OF THE INGWAZ RUNE...

INGWAZ (scrotum w/ phallus) → INGWAZ (scrotum w/o phallus)

  



                   NG

                   NG

                   NG

                   NG

                   NG

                   NG

                   NG                                                      NG

            NG        NG                                        NG          NG

        NG                 NG                               NG                  NG

   NG                           NG                     NG                            NG

        NG                 NG                               NG                  NG

           NG          NG                                       NG          NG

                   NG                                                       NG

                   

                   

                   

MORE ON THE PHONETICS OF THURISAZ...

Orthogaphy and the actual system of pronounced sounds (the phonemes) are two things that often get mixed up - and so it is no wonder that often “th” stands for many things. I write “th” for THURISAZ as a symbol the voiceless interdental fricative, as in the “th” in “thin” but not “that”; and I would write “dh” as the symbol for the voiced interdental fricative as in the “th” in “that” but not “thin”.

Indo-European “t” became “th” - in the way I am writing it, that is, as a voiceless interdental fricative. That is why I had wondered if Latin “tauris” popped up as “thurisaz” in Germanic - what with Indo-European “t” remaining so in Latin. But then, through etymological diCtionaries, that is, by looking up “tauris” and “steer” and German “Stier”, I found “taurus” is cogante to English “steer” and German “stier,” and that there had been an “s” before “taurus” in Indo-European. That “s” blocked the change of the “t” from becoming “th” - thus, we know THURISAZ is not cogante to “Taurus.”

As for THURISAZ being cogante to “Thor,” to whatever extent, let me paraphrase from Kluge’s ETYMOGISCHES WOERTERBUCH, from the entery for “Donner.” -And keep in mind that voiceless intervocalic fricative “th” became “d” in German, hence “Donner” and not “thonner” - and keep in mind that  the root for “Thor” seems to have been longer - i.e, had an “n” or “nn” in it... Here is the paraphrase…

German “Donner” goes back to Middle/Medieval German “doner” ~ “toner,” which go back to  Old High German “donnar” ~ “t(h)onar,” which go back to some form like that of Old Saxon “thunar,” and from there to the Germanic root “thunra-,” which is masculine and means “thunder” or “Thunder God.”

From this Germanic root “thunra” come Old Norse “thorr” ~ “thunarr” - which shows us how the medial nasals “n” or “nn” can delete; and Old English “thunor;” and Old Frisian “thuner” ~ “tonger.”

Germanic root “thunra-” goes back to Indo-Euopean root “ten-,” from which come the following verb forms: Latin: “tonare” (to thunder - and think of the English words “tone” or “tune” - probably derived from here); Old Indic: “tanyu” (thundering) Old English “thunian” (to thunder).

And then a certain element, called the “mobile S”, can be added to the front in Indo-European, to make the stem “sten,” from which come Old Indic: stanati, stanayati.

And here is a snippit from the New Oxford American Dictioanary on the “thurs” in Thursday…

ORIGIN Old English Thu(n)resdæg [day of thunder,] translation of late Latin Jovis dies ‘day of Jupiter’(god associated with thunder): compare with Dutch donderdag and German Donnerstag.

NOTE: As for thurs as in giant/Etin, I need to get my hands on De Vries' Etymological Dictionary of Old Icelandic… I used to have access to it when I was going to UMass… It will lead you down the correct path to the root of THURISAZ, which I don’t think is the same end-point as DONNER/THO(NNE)R/THUNDER…

And here is a snippit from the New Oxford American Dictioanary on “thunder” - as snippet which I’m throwing in just for good measure...

ORIGIN Old English thunor (noun), thunrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch donder and German Donner, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin tonare ‘to thunder.’

NOTE: In none of these etymologies is THURS/THURISAZ mentioned. So, does anyone have access to De Vries' Etymological Dictionary of Old Icelandic? Please, someone, help me and look up THURS!!!

But - Yes: Donner and Thor do come from the same root.

Mystically speaking - as for Donner and Thor and - despite the academic etymology - Thurisaz and Thurses connect to them on the same path - as well as the other name for the rune, Thorn (which, also, lies down another academic etymology's path). I will indeed say (mystically) that all of these words in a different way than from such etymologies do actually lie on the same path... Perhaps it is inherent in the very sound of thththththththththth.......... Perhaps it is also inherent in the very shape of THURISAZ, and what this shape means on the level of sign language - as being the direction or diagram for how to move your hand to make this sign... I believe that there are concepts associated with this rune that are very Here&Now - that the path that the meaning of Thurisaz lies on is one open right here at the moment. Just look at the shape of the stave, say thththththth, do the sign...

Etymologically speaking, Donner and Thor are the same word; but Thurisaz/thurse are different word from them. But the sound-symbolism of ththththth - or as a seed-word THU ~ THO - have the same meaning as Donner/Thor and Thurisaz/thurse... THORN makes a good name for this rune, too, primarily because it has the seed-word THO. Also, because of the phallic(?) nature of a thorn and the PRICKING it does. (I apologize if this imagery or wording offends - I mean nothing disrespectful about it - the symbols/forms of masculine and feminine energy are significant on a spiritual level, I contend - like yoni and lingham in Hinduism; and, for the matter, yin and yang...).........

Concentrated into the power of Mjoellnir

Is the power of the thurses...

Thor holds the thurses at bay by their own strength.

.....we have enough under our belt now to go a bit faster along; indeed, these first few runes of the Elder Futhark are its running start  - and now its momentum is picking up considerably!

“AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!” sighs the breath/spirit of life-consciousness...!

AHHHHHHHHHHnsuz...

ANSUZ

A A

A   A

A     A

A       A

AA           

A  A

A    A

A      A

A      

A        

A

A

A

It seems Ansuz/breath of god/AHHHHHHHHHHHH is honing all the ruccus of white-noise THTHTHTHTH to go on a journey - Raidho/RRRRRRRRRRRRRR...........

RR

R    R    

R       R

R          R 

R       R

R     R

R  R

R R 

R    R

R       R

R          R

R

R

R

And, at the end of the journey, we have the holy grail - K!

K(!)ENAZ

                   K

               K    

          K

     K

K

     K

          K

              K

                   K

That is, all the white noise power of FFFFFF and THTHTHTH as it was first shaped by OOOOOOOOO and, then, honed by AHHHHHHHH, and then gone forth onto its vision quest and prooving grounds and rite of passage of RRRRRRRRRRRR, is the magic that lights the torch...

KENAZ means “torch.” Perhaps merely as a meaningful coincidence, the KEN just so happens to be the Germanic root for “knowing.” I am not saying this KEN necessarily is a manifestation of that root; but I am saying - like I did with THURISAZ, that this KEN (like the former’s THU) can be viewed MYSTICALLY as a sort of seed-word, a.k.a, as a sort of metaphysical folk/pseudo-etymon for the sake of the sort of almost GAME of hyper-association that is the hallmark of mysticism...

...Speaking factually, and not mystically, the root for “knowing” is that same one present in the word “know(ing)” - it is the knV root (V standing for whatever vowel). The vowel can also be in between the consonants; hence, the root can just as well be written kVn. Let us formulate the root as k-n-. It pops up as - for just SOME examples - English “can” and “ken(ning);” as German “können” (can; to be able to) and German “kennen” (can; to be familiar with; to know how to); and English know(ing/ledge), as already mentioned.

The root k-n- goes back to Indo-European, as g-n-, from whence it comes out into, for instance, Greek as gno-, as in GNosis, coGNizance, so on... The Greek root gen-, as in GENisis and GENus, goes back, like gn-, to Indo-European g-n-. Roots modified by ablautations is what Indo-European seems to have been all about - at least when you postulate that proto-language from the Germanic side, which is just chock full of ablautings galore...! English “kin” is thus likewise cognate to the words “know, can, kenning.” KIN are whom one KNOWS.

The German words “kund” (known) and “Kind” (child) are likewise cogante - one’s child is one’s KIN, after all. An alveolar plosive (i.e, d or t) was a formative ending in Proto-Germanic and Indo-European - hence the German forms kun-D and Kin-D - other forms, like German “(be)kannt”, so on... With these proto-roots (Proto-Germanic or Proto-Indo-European) one can go on and on listing all their variations, simply be entertaining all the possible vowel possibilities with ablaut, and then umlaut, and all the various formatives, such as prefixes, suffixes, and perhaps even infixes - and then check for confirmation in an etymological dictionary. I believe English “kind” goes back to this root of Germanic k-n-/Indo-European g-n-. And would we be surprised, after all this, to find that KENAZ does indeed go back to this root - as a matter of FACT and not mysticism? But it was only through first entertaining this mystical hyper-connectedness of ideas that we are led to such a possibility. Indeed, BRAINSTORMING is more important than most would admit. That’s what runes can do... Indeed, in Odin’s Rune Song in Havamal, it is told how one thought led to the next, one word to the next - INSPIRED (as Odin’s name, ETYMOLOGICALLY, means).........

Now back to KENAZ as purely a TORCH...

...a torch, being GRASPED in the hands, means one has control of it. In other words, all the white noise wildfire of FFFFFFF and white noise thunder of THTHTHTH, being all out of control or Jøtun-like chaotic on their own, is now mastered and wieldable....

For Ansuz, I think the sound AHHHHHHHH as a sort of breath - the breath of Woden stirring life into Askr and Embla, is significant. Askr and Embla are the Adam and Eve archetypes - in the form of trees. Imagine AHHHHHH(nsuz) being the wind that blows through their branches, stirring them to life - so that their roots lift up like feet stepping out of the mud - BEHOLD! The first people...! (See the Vøluspá of the Poetic Edda for more on Askr and Embla, and Odin -i.e, whom the name Ansuz refers to) as he “blew life” into them...

And also think of the passage from Genesis, where it is said that the Spirit/Breath of God hovered over the face of the waters... Think of the spirit breath as AHHHHHHHHH and the face of the waters as LLLLLLLLLLLLLLL(aguz). Pronounce LLLLLLLLLL and FEEL its meaning in its very sound. Do so for each rune. Get into them. Dig them. Interpret them gluttonously.

Let us review again the whole first six of the eight letters of the First Eight...

We begin without the vocal cords vibrating, with white noise seeping through the lips as one bites down on one's lip - FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF........ this is the smouldering ffffffffire of creation, of movement for the sake of movement, with no solidity to it... Then, we go to another sound that is equally resonating - but now the vocal cords are awakened - they begin to vibrate - a low octave vibration; a powerful bass, like the muscular legs of a buffalo - OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..... Then returns the white noise - but this time it is not just one set of teeth biting down on flesh, but both sets of teeth, biting into the tongue.. THTHTHTHTHTHTHTHTH....... but the sound is still one that continues with a duration; the energies are still collecting... again the vocal cords vibrate - another vowel is coming; but it is one that is cooling, a breath of inspiration to guide rather than exite - AHHHHHHHHH... and, with this guidance, we no longer go back to a white noise sound but go forth deeply on our quest-journey - RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, rrrrrrrrrattling deep in the thrrrrrrrroat...!

...... and then, for the first time in the FUTHARK, there comes a sound that has no continuing duration to it - it is a sharp, sudden ending of sound - it is all the energy gathered pin-pointed into a graspable point - indeed, like the ffffffffffires of ffffffffffffehu safely gathered on the T-ip of a T-orch held in one's hand, in front of one, lighting the way that we have been traversing on Raidho............

this sound is....

K!

All the resonating power of ffffffffffffooooooooooththththahhhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr has KliKKed into one pointed !K!

Now let us do this chant (Galdr, in Old Norse/Old Icelandic) again. But this time, we are going to add on the next and last two runes of the First Aett...

GEBO (gift, an exchange; derived from the g-b Germanic root)

                 X                       X

                   X                  X

                      X            X

                         X       X

                           X  X

                             X

                          X   X

                        X       X

                     X             X

                  X                  X

                X                       X

              X                            X

  

Examples of the g-b- root: English give, gift (this with t-formative and v devoicing to f in anticipatory assimilation with that formative). The reason English has v and not b, is because the origin form is not really b (voiced bilabial plosive) but what we could perhaps have gotten away here with writing as bh (voiced bilabial fricative). This fricative lies in between the b-sound proper and the v-sound - so we can expect both forms in its etymological manifestations. German: geben, and perhaps German Gift, and yet perhaps not because this Gift means poison. And there is a lot of ablauting going on here as well as always with these roots: give, gave, given; geben, gibt, gab, gegeben... AND ON AND ON WE COULD GO THROUGH ALL THE GERMANIC LANGUAGES,THROUGHOUT ALL THE INDO-EUROPEAN LANGUAGES - POSSIBLY EVEN TO PROTO-NOSTRATIC AND PROTO-WORLD ITSELF! But let’s take a breather and just move on, hahahaha....

NOTE: this g-b- root is in fact that of GEBO, not merely a possibility, as with KENAZ.

(8) WUNJO (joy, harmony; derived from the w-n Germanic root)

W

WW

W  W

W     W

W        W

W         W

W       W

W     W

W W 

W

W

W

W

W

WUNJO itself is already a factual root, w-n-, with the formative -j-. Just taking the root, whether or not it is with this formative, we are in for a field day of etymons! I will try to keep it short, for the root covers a semantic field so large that to run around it will leave us breathless... English wonder, win; German Wunder, Wonne, Wahn(sinn), gewinnen; via Indo-European, Latin Venus; Old Norse/Icelandic Vanir - just like ANSUZ is cognate to Aesir.

In any case, with the etymolgies and meanings of them, I get the sense of a heavenly meadow for the rune, where the lion lays down with the lamb, in harmony under a sun like the face of a baby in the Tellytubbies show, hahahaha... Yes, THAT beautiful! Think of the Shire and Hobbits dancing around a May Pole in the sunshine...!

Okay.......

Summary of the First Eight - in the form of a Galdr mantra…

Say: FfffffooooothahhhhrrrrrK...G...WUNJO! Joy!

Fffff for FEHU - getting into the flow of it…

ooooo for URUZ - energizing this flow…

th is the biting down of this moving energy, the teeth into the tongue - the spark off a cloud as Thor’s hammer, thrown, hits…

ahhhh breathes Odin onto and into the stream, like a wind, making it rush on even more!!!

rrrrr is the unstoppable momentum of the journey begun - then,

SUDDENLY,

all this force, with all the rush and roar behind it, is centered into the one, single sound

K

...deep in the throat...

which, with all this force packed into this unit of a sound, this tiny but pinpoint sharp articulation, must tighten,

g-g-g-gurgle as the vocal cords tighten, vibrate and choke:

G.

And then this power is

- RELEASED!!!

Wunjo! Wunjo! Wunjo!

The joy of existence! The happiness of the harmany of it ALL!!!

Wunjo! Joy!

FURTHER THOUGHTS - FEHU REVISITED.........

I have always thought of Jotenheim being in the East and Vanaheim in the west, just like the vast open expanse of Siberia is East of Scandinavia, and to the West are rich islands, such as those of Britain, and Iceland, and so on, until you get to the lush Vine-lands of VInland/America - all very Vanir with all their riches and vegetation... And the Eastern steppes, with being so vast and full of nomads of all sorts (in ancient times, at least), was out of the bounds of civilization, which would be to say, Order - and hence, the Etins are creatures of dis-order, or Non-Order, as Order per se must never have even occurred to them in their non-self-aware states...

As or the cultural impact of domestication in terms of wealth, I am thinking here along the lines of URUZ vs. FEHU, URUZ representing the very natural hunter-gatherer lifestyle - which would be a kind of Garden of Eden, so long as the climate stays right and disease-free and invader-free; and, in this truly free environment, a kind of democratic socialism - in the best of senses - would become nature, i.e, people share wealth freely, and the wealth that exists is purely natural, and no one is confusing any symbol, such as money, for wealth... Wealth could be berries picked from a fresh plant, or a nicely made blanket - but it is all a tribal effort, the picking of the berries or the making of the blanket... Sure, people may have a sense of ownership, but that won't go to the extent of hoarding - which is FEHU when not in motion and trying to pretend to be OTHALA. OTHALA is the inherited state of a natural URUZ society.

But domestication is a step away form Eden - though this is not 100% true. I can imagine some animals hanging around the URUZ tribe - perhaps there's a raven or two or a wolf/dog that the tribe loves to feed, perhaps even make use of... But domestication in the sense of the farm is a step away from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle - it is a time when society is starting to become compartmentalized, when wealth is becoming abstract and symbolic - such as that mere decoration we call "gold" becoming the semblence “wealth”... You have here a farmer producing crops in a non-natural way for thousands of people at a time... S/he does not know the people, because there are too many to know, or they exist too far away... Wealth has become abstract - that is, there is now CURRENCY... Someone can offer the cattle farmer a table, and that table-maker may not want a cow, but s/he takes one as payment because cattle per se have become a currency. So, the table-maker trades the cow for something s/he really does want. Or, to make matters more abstract, the table-maker gives the cow to someone who is in need of one - let's say that person in need has an apple orchard. But harvest has not come yet, so the apple farmer gives the table-maker an IOU. This IOU is the birth of money. In this way the definition of FEHU goes from cattle to MONEY.

Let's say the table maker now, who has the IOU, needs to get more wood to make another table. So, s/he takes the IOU and trades it for wood. Now the wealth is in circulation.

Let's say there is a whole society of people with such IOU's. They are all in circulation. Perhaps some of them are not paid back because they are being shuffled around so complicatedly that no one remembers who owed what. But that very movement of IOU's creates an economy. People believe in the IOU's, and so they have value. They create a movement without a substance, except for its motion per se - that is FEHU.

The IOU may take the form of a chunk of gold - not a piece of paper. In other words, people start to believe the gold is a good symbol of owing something to someone. So imagine that all along when I was talking about IOU's, I was talking about gold. (The “first war” spoken of in Voluspa begins with the character Gullveig (a golden witch?) being burnt three times; and that war was between the Aesir (Indo-Europeans, patriarchal, FEHU, Sky God Teiwaz???) and the Vanir (Old Europeans, matriarchal, URUZ, Mother Earth, Frau Hoella???).)

But, to return to URUZ and the URUZ hunters and gatherers with their Eden - that Eden and that, say, forest land or jungle they were born into was their OTHALA. That was their wealth. But now, with currency, we have FEHU wealth...

... and it is very important to not use FEHU wealth to destroy or exploit OTHALA wealth. However, this is a sad thing that has been happening for thousands of years. Just think of people clearing out ancient forest lands to build a mall, pushing out tribes, buying them off, introducing guns into a hunter-gatherer world so that they accidentally kill off all the wildlife... A pure URUZ/OTHALA society has no need for FEHU - except in the sense of the circulation of stories told around the fffffffffire (fffffffffehu) at night....

My view of the world and economy and society is that we are uprooted from nature - which can mean we are out of sync with our Othala. We don't realize what we have, but we chase phantoms, thinking that's what we ought to have...

These are all other words for DUKKHA and the Four Noble Truths.

I started looking at Fehu with my Leftbrain, and ended with my Rightbrain - or something like that...! There is something about Runework that puts me more in touch with all my thoughts. That's what the Runes do for me...

POSTSCRIPT:

I put a version of this essay on my site:

http://www.linguexperience.com/A_Linguistics_Experience/Runes.html

I might update it and expand on it from time to time, as well as discuss my ideas of linguistics in general, should you want more insight into where I am speaking from...!

Views: 1020

Comment by Loclynn on January 26, 2012 at 3:38pm

This is a fine piece of work. I believe that the evidence is abundant that a warring migration has been and is still going on for thousands of years. From the invasion of man on the neanderthal to he currant migration of Islam into Europe.  As the Sky god wars with the Earth Mother. 

You have done a fine job defining Fehu. Domestication is likely one of  the foundations of civilization that likely lead to agriculture.  Very interesting and good food for thought.   

   

Comment by Francis on January 26, 2012 at 5:38pm

@Loclynn: Thank you so much - really!

Here is one part I just edited - I had left out a crucial word (evolved) - and in this editting I added a parenthetical question that has to do what I was getting at -

Indeed, it seems to me our intellects - which are that which in us that craves grasping - evolved in parallel to our hands with opposable thumbs. [QUESTION Does the same part of the brain that enables conceptualization control physical grasping?]



Anyway, I'm glad you brought up Neanderthals. I have always wondered what really happened to them. They are/were Homo sapiens like us. I imagine that they inhabited all of Europe, and then they - Homo sapiens neanderthalis - were encroached upon by Homo sapiens sapiens. Was it a blood bath? Was their intermixing? Are many Europeans descended from them? Furthermore - and why not ask this? - could they have begun the Runes? Cave paintings, so on - anything left over from ages past, prehistoric Europe - is there anything in that prehistoric art - perhaps of Cromagnon instead of Neanderthal - that is reminiscent of runes? Certain shapes, certain stylizations in drawing? I don't know - I am only brainstorming...

Comment by Francis on January 26, 2012 at 5:44pm

PS: And I say all that aware of the similarities in runes with letters from Latin, Etruscan, Greek, Phoenecian, Hebrew, I think - i.e, all of those orthographies which, as far as I know, are descended from a common ancestor... from Phoenician and then back to Egyptian Hieroglyphics?

--- And then, were the "cave people's" "cave designs" cherry picked for shapes reminiscent of these Mediterranean alphabets they later came up upon? - I am re-wording, and putting a new flavor into, and re-spinning a theory of the origin of runes I recently re-read in Thorsson's FUTHARK.

Comment by Loclynn on January 26, 2012 at 6:53pm

DNA is conclusive that there was mixing. Looking the over all primates  impulse to war. And the brutal group collaboration in chimpanzee to hunt down, kill and eat rival clans; it seems likely that we killed of our competition.  

Once the other large primates were extinguished we turned to competing against each other. It is clear that our currant world is a product of this type of evolution.  I think at some point soon it will be clear that there was an advanced civilization prior to the last ice age. 

A five year old can tell you that the pieces on a map fit together, but during my lifetime plate tectonics was considered crazy by the established scientific world.  The evidence of cross cultural contamination is overwhelming. 

Comment by Francis on January 26, 2012 at 7:55pm

@Loclynn: Thanks for the link the links to the article and video! They were fascinating... I just wonder what other large primates there may have been...

Do you have any links to information on a  high tech civilization prior to the last ice age? A co-worker years ago mentioned something about the pyramids being TENS of thousands years old... But I don't know the whole story behind that...

Can the Runes be far older than we think? I mean, in some age Scandinavia may have been a warm paradise, and with the way the continents were connected differently, there is so much to speculate on what that area of the world may have meant in the grand scheme/course of things... How about a non-Homo sapiens civilization of high technology? Any signs?

Just wondering...

...and wondering...

...and exploring...

...and brainstorming..........

PS: I have been tongue-tied in trying to go on to the rune THURISAZ. The problem is going back to Proto-Indo-European with it. I think I may need a reference of a full fledge Old Norse etymological dictionary so I can look up "thurs"... But on my own I was at first entertaining the possibility that Thurisaz was cognate to Latin Tauras because, with Grimm's Law, Taurus would become Thaurus, and it is a common phenomenon in languages throughout the world for au to coalesce into a long o, and the long o would become u in Germanic by a regular sound shift. But then I found that Taurus came from and Indo-European root that began with s. That s was lost, but not lost in Germanic, so that the English and German words steer and Stier (for the animal) are what pop up in English as cognate to Latin Taurus. But if Taurus were cognate to Thurisaz, then for thef irst three runes we'd have a nice line-up of bovines!

But I think the case is more interesting. I do not think Thurisaz is cognate to Thor, but that Thurisaz/thurse come from a root seperate from Thor/Thu(nd)er, German "Do(nn)er." So, there may really be no etymological connectioin beween the two, and yet the two archetypes - the thurses vs. Thor - are, I would say, what the rune THURISAZ stands for. Thurse implies Thor, just as much as the existence of the Devil, to quote a saying, proves the existence of God (no Christian push intended AT ALL). ANd then I recalled what Thorsson writes of runic seed-words; and I started to think of an idea I've had in my own philosophizing about language, which is that the ultimate language's sounds - the very letters/phonemes - would each in themselves be a meaningful concept and building block of speech... I write about this on my site, towards the end of what I call the Lecture. But that site is a work-in-progress - as is this here new work-in-progress with this fun bloggin' around...! But I want to get these ideas together. So, what I am saying here in regards to seed-words, or seed-sounds (what a linguistics we could call a morphophoneme), is that the th-sound of THURISAZ is a morphophoneme that stands for that particular type of raw power that is the common denominator of both the thurses and Thor with his Mjoellnir. And THAT is what THURISAZ stands for. ---and... as a sort of afterthought, the later generations re-named THURISAZ in the Anglo-Saxon Futhork to be called THORN. The prick of the thorn, the hammer of Thor - they each possess a common denominator, which is their phallic nature - and thus, the mysterious meaning of this RUNE is hinted at some more...!

Comment by Loclynn on January 26, 2012 at 8:09pm
Comment by Francis on January 26, 2012 at 8:34pm

Thanks again, Loclynn... Just read the article on The Sphinx. Much food for thought... It means, for one things, I have to take a look a what Plato had to say about Atlantis...

Comment by vethorr on January 27, 2012 at 1:41pm

I think you are correct about what you say about both the thurses and Thor with his hammer are the same power.
I first understood this when learning that Jotunheimr, the land of the giants was in the EAST elementally speaking and so is the energy of Aethem (ON: ond) or Element of Spirit.

If both Spiritual power and the destructive elements of the Thurses both come from the same place, how can this be?
This is because the giants represent the expansive force in the universe. There are not evil but rather are a counter balance to the Vanir and the constricting force of air in the west.

Thurisaz is the electro magnetic force and power of thunder and lightning which is the result of balancing male and female (uruz and fehu?) energies. A key clue to the meaning of thurisaz can be found if you research electro magnetic energy (lightning).

Comment by Francis on January 27, 2012 at 6:05pm

@vethorr: Thank you so much for your commentary! Much of what you say is new to me - though I did always think of Jotenheim being in the East and Vanaheim in the west, just like the vast open expanse of Siberia is East of Scandinavia, and to the West are rich islands, such as those of Britain, and Iceland, and so on, until you get to the lush Vine-lands of VInland/America - all very Vanir with all their riches and vegetation... And the Eastern steppes, with being so vast and full of nomads of all sorts (in ancient times, at least), was out of the bounds of civilization, which would be to say, Order - and hence, the Etins are creatures of dis-order, or Non-Order, as Order per se must never have even occurred to them in their non self-aware states...

But as for Aethem/Ond being located in the East, that is something I would like you to explain to me.

Are we getting into the subject of the Northern LIghts and where they come from and where they are?

Comment by Tyriel [Rune Secrets Admin] on January 27, 2012 at 8:20pm

Put simply, Thurisaz has to do with force and the consequences of force. 

The Jotun are forceful entities, as is Thor. Jotun represent the 'unconscious' use of force and strength and greatly outnumber the conscious (at least comparatively) uses of force that Thor symbolizes.

Still, the futhark quickly proceeds to Ansuz, where the foundations of consciousness are built upon language, godliness and the rise from the unconscious. This is where the power  to 'talk someone down' from anger/hostility comes from, and it is interesting to note that many consider Ansuz to be Odin's rune.

Comment

You need to be a member of Rune Secrets Community to add comments!

Join Rune Secrets Community

Study Rune Meanings

fehuuruzthurisazansuzraidhokenazgebowunjo
hagalaznauthizisajeraihwazperthroalgizsowilo
tiwazberkanoehwazmannazlaguzinguzdagazothala

Connect with Tyriel

facebookTwitterGoogle+

Forum

Introduction and Greetings

Started by Jay Mc in Community Mar 4.

Shut Down & New Music and Adventures 5 Replies

Started by Tyriel [Rune Secrets Admin] in Announcements. Last reply by Ben McInnis Feb 22.

Casting cloth

Started by Ethan Hall in Community Feb 11.

Help to translate a phrase for a tatoo 1 Reply

Started by Matheus Victor in Community. Last reply by SeekerOfSummons Jan 26.

The Combination of runes 1 Reply

Started by SeekerOfSummons in Community. Last reply by SeekerOfSummons Jan 26.

Blog Posts

2017 Personal Runecasts

Posted by Kelley on November 30, 2016 at 7:56am 0 Comments

Algiz

Posted by Eric Matthew Bennett on August 27, 2016 at 5:58am 4 Comments

Tyriel

Posted by Wilo on July 23, 2016 at 10:15pm 1 Comment

Get the Book of Rune Secrets!

The Rune Secrets Blog

Rune Books and Curriculum

The Curriculum of Rune Magick I highly encourage you to build your library starting from these sources. A lot of good stuff is out of print, but these books have stood the test of time and/or popularity. All links go to Amazon, where you’ll find more reviews, similar books and pricing information. Enjoy! The Book … Continue reading Rune Books and Curriculum

Tyriel Requests Your Patronage!

Hail, friend! You may know me as Tyriel, author of “The Book of Rune Secrets”, but in every day life, I am simply James. I come to you today seeking support and patronage to bring my recent work on the runes to fruition, using Patreon, at http://patreon.com/jscrawley.  I have been a quiet observer of the … Continue reading Tyriel Requests Your Patronage!

Free Rune Course Beginning March 1st 2012

Welcome to Rune Secrets! Many of you know me as Tyriel, the admin of Rune Secrets and the author of The Book of Rune Secrets. The Rune Secrets Study Community at http://runesecrets.net started Beta in March of last year, and has since grown a vibrant and active membership base. Now, I am going to conduct a … Continue reading Free Rune Course Beginning March 1st 2012

© 2017   Created by Tyriel [Rune Secrets Admin].   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service