Friday, 20 May 2016

Recently I was talking to Wulf, founder of Woden's Folk about the possible work that English Nature are planning at the White Horse Stone in Kent, England. For our overseas readers who may not know the White Horse Stone, this is a very large standing stone, which is believed to be once part of a far larger stone burial chamber or connected to other standing stones, but was destroyed during Roman times. There are numerous stones still buried all around the immediate area, which no doubt were part of something bigger. The White Horse Stone is now the only stone still standing, and legend has it, is the burial stone of Horsa - brother of Hengest, who between them led the Anglo-Saxon 'invasion'.   

English Nature are considering getting an archaeologist to examine as to how deep into the ground the stone is. This got me thinking about the Stan rune. The Stan rune is the rune of the Stone - and could well be more specific - the rune of the White Horse Stone.

If you look at the Stan rune (as below) and imagine half of the rune being buried what you have left is the Ehwaz rune - which is itself the rune of the (White) Horse. We know that there are variations of the Stan rune (example below) and one particular  Stan rune style includes the Ing rune diamond - so this variation must refer to the Stone of Ing, located in town of Steyning.  

The Stan rune - when buried forms the Ehwaz rune, thus this style of Stan rune could symbolises the White Horse Stone.

This is another variant of the Stan rune, but differs in that it contains the Ing rune in the middle - maybe symbolising the Stone of Ing.