A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Jera

Jera - Poems Jera (YARE-a not Jer-ah) is the 12th rune in the Elder Futhark, and means Year. More pointedly the time of the year when you get the reap the benefits of all that hard work for harvest. While Hagalaz, Naudhiz and even Isa have been beating down upon our heads, we come to … Continue reading A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Jera

A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Isa

Isa - Poems Isa (EE-sa, not Eye-sa), is pretty close to the modern word for Ice - for which the rune stands. Unlike other cold runes this one isn't so much doom and gloom or terrible storms. It's a bit more akin to stasis, serenity, the kind of quiet calm and glistening softness of snow … Continue reading A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Isa

A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Naudhiz

Naudhiz - Poems The 10th rune is Naudhiz - necessity, the Norn-rune of forcing Fate from Need. Which just from that much certainly gives a feeling of tension with this rune. Anglo-Saxon:Need is nearest the breast,yet often proves to children of mena source of help and healing [or, omen of good]if they heed it betimes. … Continue reading A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Naudhiz

A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Hagalaz

Hagalaz - Poems As we look more closely at Hagalaz we get back into our old routine of three poems again. Though Hagalaz looks much different in its Younger Futhark form. Instead of the more N-shaped picture on the left it has an appearance more akin to a snow-flake or hail-stone, which - as we … Continue reading A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Hagalaz

A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Wunjo

Wunjo - Poems Wunjo is another one of the runes that you just have to love. It's bright, it's full of life and joy - joy being the key for this rune for certain. There are a lot of references to Wunjo and joy scattered throughout Norse lore - from the Havamal to the Lay … Continue reading A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Wunjo

A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Gebo

Gebo - Poems I love Gebo - Gebo also happens to be one of the first runes we come across that does NOT have a Norwegian or Icelandic poem associated with it. The G-sound that the rune represents doesn't appear in the Younger Futhark. There are plenty of stories about Gebo and it's meanings in … Continue reading A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Gebo

A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Kenaz

Kenaz - Poems All poems, despite their origins, will only be provided in English. It's someone else's translation as I'm barely bilingual and that second language isn't Indo-European in origin at all. If you don't have interest in the poems you can skip down the next section where we discuss the rune in a reading … Continue reading A Rune Awakening: Elder Futhark – Kenaz