Saturday, 24 September 2016

Reflective runes

There are a number of runes which have a line of symmetry running down the middle. The rune is thus comprised of two runes facing each other which together creates a reflective rune. Along with these 'reflective' runes, in the various rune-rows we can see some runes are 'branch' runes (and not surprisingly these often represent trees) and we also have runes with a rotational aspect.   

Now, we have a synchronicity here. I was originally going to post an article to accompany the previous article on the Ehwaz rune - then the latest copy of the Woden's Folk magazine arrived with almost the same article within it. So I'll use aspects of both Wulf's article and my own post to demonstrate the reflective aspect of the Ehwaz rune.

Here we have the Ehwaz rune - which represents the White Horse. The rune also symbolises companionship and trust - thus it is used to represent marriage, and we can see in the rune the image of a couple holding hands.  At the same time with can see how the rune is formed by two Laguz runes. Laguz is connected to water, and its the root of our word lagoon. But Lag is also the root of the words lay and law - as used in our own Ar Kan Rune Lag. The word 'lay' has three meanings - one is to lie, as in to lay down - and can also mean 'to sleep with'. The second refers to a lay-man (a term borrowed by the christian church but originally any man not in a legal profession). It is also the root of the Germanic term 'lie' - which is a song.     

Guido von List viewed marriage as sacred. And whilst I value the importance of marriage - I also share the view that Himmler held - that children should born into a loving family, that a woman doesn't need to be a wife on order to be a good mother. Still, the National Socialist passed many laws requiring government officials be married as part of working for the NSDAP.  This union of man and wife, whether married or not, is certainly a sacred Germanic law. In fact if we look at many of the totem animals of the Germanic and Northern lands - we find that even they mate for life. Wolves, Owls, Eagles, Swans for example.  

So in this rune of marriage (Ehwaz) we can see aspects of the rune of law and 'laying' (sleeping with). Thus a deeper understanding of the rune develops.  

In this example we see the Daeg rune which means Day. Many volk see the rune as symbolising a sand timer, which makes sense.  We can also see how the rune is two reflecting Thorn runes. The Thorn rune is the thorn (needle) that sent Sleeping Beauty to sleep. The German for 'Sleeping Beauty' is  Dornröschen which is itself a word play on Rose Thorn. Thus one Thorn sends you to sleep and the other thorn  is a to awaken you. My youngest daughter has a small ritual hammer called 'Thorn of Awakening - with runes carved into the handle which invoke this idea.  A complete day in Germanic lore would have started at sun-down, so our days would have started when we went to sleep, but Daeg or Dagaz is also the root of Dawn (Anglo-Saxon dagung, Danish dagning).

The Odal rune- one of our most recognisable runes. We use this rune to symbolise our faith in Blood and Soil. However the rune is also the rune of Woden as the Hooded Man - and the version on the right in the colours of Black, White and Red represent the Mysteries of the Hooded Man prophecy. The Hooded Man holds the balance of light and dark, thus in this image we can see two Sieg runes facing. The rune is the lightning flash and its reverse is the Black Light - as seen on the Schwarze Sonne. Od which is the root of Odal, is hidden within the Hood - the Red Hood of Woden. Thus the rune is outlined in red. Within the rune is a Red Ing rune- representing the god Ing. This is a very complex rune, and the Hooded man mysteries are better described on the Woden's Folk websites. But once again we can see how a rune can revile a deeper mystery when viewed in this way.