- Intro -
First and for most, this is not the first blog about runic opposites and the correlation of each individual rune meaning to it's seemingly polarized other. Vethorr has written a nice blog called Runes From a Numerological and Polar Opposites Perspective which is well written and informed. Though I couldn't resist and touch on the subject myself, giving my own perspective and creating a few visual aids that seem to help me when I remember the runes in the round - Enjoy!
- Runic Circular Opposites -
There are many ways to cut up, as well as sew together, the Futhark to get all kinds of combinations that can be seen as meaningful in both a divinatory and a mundane application. Once you start on the road of trying to find meaning in the runes beyond just a simple individual word association it seem that things can really go wild. My advice? Go wild! Take the connections that you find meaningful and run with them. Just remember - it's very likely that they are just that, your own personal connections. Here are some sequences that I have heard of, other than circular opposites, that I've tried to name and list for you.
- Pairs or Sisters - runes that appear next to each other in sequence: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 , etc,.
- Opposing Sequential Order - which pairs the runes in the order of opposing ends meeting in the middle: 1<=>24, 2<=>23, 3<=>22, 4<=>21, etc,.
- AEttr Sequence - the sequential relation of a rune to all the others within it's AEttr.
- Vertical Triplets - the three rune sequence that is found vertically across the three AEttr: 1-9-17, 2-10-18, 3-11-19, etc,.
My own journey in this kind of thinking about the Futhark started when I had seen the runes in a circular patter back in july of 2011. Since that's the pattern I currently have the most experience looking at and meditating on, my interpretation of each runes circular opposite is what I'll be focusing on today. So let's get started!
When the Elder Futhark is written out in a circle one will find that given the even number of runes, opposites can be found by drawing a line across the circle from one rune to another.
Here is a picture I made of the EF around an alchemical symbol of transmutation to help illustrate what the runes look like in a circular -
- As a side note I used Dagaz as the last rune but Othala is just as, if not more, popular.
The first time I ever saw the runes in this order was when I picked up a copy of Mountfort's work on the runes, titled Nordic Runes. I started to wonder if there was a meaning to the way the Futhark was ordered in more than just what I had learned from Aswynn's book, Northern Mysteries & Magick, where she theorizes - successfully in my opinion - that each of the three AEttr sequences have mythological meaning. After developing some thing of an opinion on the matter I decided to write a small section about the opposite of each rune in my own Galdrbok - which is more of a note book on the runes rather than a book of incantations.
Now, just as Vethorr stated in his blog - there is no right way to see the relationships between opposite runes so please feel free to discard mine completely and create your own.
Fehu & Ihwaz
These two show the flow of cosmic energy. The cyclical movement that Fehu creates with a spark & vertically across spiritual & dimensional space with Ihwaz. Fehu can be seen as the fluctuating pull of a great attractor on history, Ihwaz.
Uruz & Perthro
What could be called 'platonic forms', these two show growth and creation. Uruz forms that which is seen while Perthro generates that which is not seen - chaos. Male and female we encounter these two as the gift giving 'mead horn', Uruz, and the life giving 'cauldron', Perthro.
Thurisaz & Algiz
Thurisaz is the active & moving protector while Algiz is the rooting and immovable defender. Perhaps we can see them as being used for inner and outer action through the way they point. Left right - up down.
Ansuz & Sowilo
In Ansuz we see the triple god Odin, Vili and Ve while in Sowilo there shines the divine goddess and mother of all life on earth who gives and takes as she wills.
Ridho & Tiwaz
Highest of all wills, Ridho moves us while showing us what we actually want and expect to take place. Tiwaz is the way in which to walk - fixed on the way of the warrior.
Kenaz & Berkano
To a baby yet to be birthed the mother is the inner light towards which it grows, while the Mother sees the child as that which brings with it's birth joy and life to the outer world. Kenaz is the creator and laborer of ideas - Berkano the mother and she who gives birth to humanity.
Gebo & Ehwaz
Gebo is the relationship of giving needed to understand the gift of union between the rider and the ridden. One gives, the other is the gift. Two movers - two staves.
Wunjo & Mannaz
Wunjo is what is needed to create society. Those who find joy will often look to find the divine looking right back at them - some time through those who have come before. In Mannaz we have the day being lifted up - this is impossible to do unless one is mature and able to find thanks giving.
Hagalaz & Laguz
Both fall - Laguz nourishes and Hagalaz devours and some times it's the opposite. One impedes us while the other moves us along.
Nauthiz & Inguz
Inguz is the mother of invention while Nauthiz is that which needs inventing. One is pregnant with the future and the other is that which fertilizes - so often these two forces are at play with one another, causing one another.
Isa & Othala
In the isolation and stillness of the cold winter night there is a song drifting through the air from the long house. Othala is the very definition of comfort, community, hearth & home. Isa is the cold biting stillness which can isolate as well as bring us together.
Jera & Dagaz
One day at a time we count the seasons till Jól tide - burning the hearth every day in anticipation when Sowilo will come back to us. Microcosmic and Macrocosmic.
- and as for those that see Othala in the last rune position please come up and share your own description for Isa & Dagaz as well as Jera & Othala! Thanks!
Next, I have a really easy trick to help you remember the runic circular opposites - just divide the EF in to two sets of twelve and pair up the same number. Just like this!
Well that's all I have for you today, but I would love to hear the different ideas you all have come up with or thought of while reading. So please! Leave your comments!!!
Study well & be well!
PS - As a side note I didn't notice that my picture of the Elder Futhark in a circle around a triangle infused alchemical symbol corresponded so well with the nature of the three AEttr till I was half way through writing this - a triangle that points to the three runes which align vertically with one another. AMAZING!