An inheritance. Money matters are favored. You may receive assistance
from older relatives or long time friends.
Ethel (Ethel) is the rune of the household and the estate, its sentiment
is summed up in the phrase "A man's home is his castle." It is the rune
of the home life and the safety of the home. However, to keep this
estate one must uphold what is right and keep the moral codes of the
community. Ethel symbolizes the customs and morals of the tribe, its
laws. It is also the rune of inheritance and of nobility. It is
therefore linked to one's hereditary traits as well as one's personality
traits brought about by their up bringing. This can be seen as part of
one's personal wyrd or that of the family or clan.
Ethel can also be seen as that type of maegen which is linked to one
place or group of people. Whereas other runes symbolize maegen in
general, the maegen Ethel represents is tied to specific families. It is
the might of ancestral homelands, of ancient clans. Whereas feh
represents mobile power, Ethel represents that power which is fixed,
stable, and far more powerful in the long run.
It is the rune of the enclosure known as the tribe, a group of people
banded together for mutual protection from the wilds outside. Ancient
Northern Europe was sometimes a difficult place to survive, in many ways
like the American frontier. Warfare with Celts and Romans and even with
other Germanic tribes was often the case. Yet, one's homeland was safe,
a place where one was surrounded by a loving caring community. Yet this
safety can only be kept as long as ancient customs and laws are
observed, as long as what is right is done.
In divination, Ethel can indicate an inheritance either of a physical or
spiritual nature. In spellwork, it can be used to enforce customary law
or to protect one's estate.
Rest and recuperation after your successes. Strengthen the life force.
This is a rune of power - the power to change one's condition.
Opposition is easily overcome.
Sigel is the rune of the sun, and therefore is linked to all of the
sun's imagery. The Northern Europeans however did not view the sun as
masculine like the Greeks and Egyptians, there was no sun god per se. In
the Mediterranean regions the sun was often seen as harsh; bringing dry,
hot summers. Northern Europeans however saw the sun as a goddess due to
the warmth she gave in the often cold north. This warmth was seen as the
warmth a mother or wife gives their children or husband. It is a feeling
of love and safety. It was the sun's rays that allowed the crops to
grow, the same crops that would be stored for the onslaught on winter.
Sigel is a rune of protection and good weather. Strangely, enough it is
often connected to Thunor (Thor), god of the thunderstorm, as is the
fylfot though this may be due to his role as protector. It is also a
rune of beauty, the words used in the Ancient Northern European tongues
for beauty were also used of the sun's rays. Overall, Sigel is a very
positive rune, although the imagery of its rune poem verse also link it
to Lagu whose verse is similar, the difference being Sigel is a safe
journey while Lagu's is a rough one. Sigel is the opponent to Is and can
be used to overcome any such standstill in life. It is the thawing rays
In divination, Sigel can indicate a time of safety and happiness, a time
of hope and safe journeys. In spellwork it is especially good for
ensuring safe journeys or safety in any undertaking.
Clarity is realized. The situation improves. Success is indicated.
Expect an extended period of prosperity. Growth is not rapid, but it is
Daeg is the rune of daylight and the happiness associated with it. It
has much in common with Jera, in that it reflects a cycle of nature, but
this one is much shorter. Day can be seen as symbolic of a short though
happy process of change. It can also be associated with the feeling of
elation felt on warm sunny spring days. Many associate it with the
principle of shamanic ecstasy, though it is probably more indicative of
the burst of enthusiasm, of true joy, than it is any spiritual
awakening. No doubt this sudden burst of enthusiasm may be due to a
sudden realization, one that may be linked to the divine. In this sense,
Daeg may be related to the Christian principle of agape, the love for
the divine sometimes felt when divine revelation is recieved.
Daeg however is only the last part of a process. The ancient Northern
Europeans started the "day" with nightfall, so that by the time daybreak
had come, half the cycle of light and darkness had passed. Daeg
therefore represents something that must be achieved only by surviving
the dark of the night. To see the light of day, one must first survive
the darkness before dawn.
In divination, Daeg sometimes means a change for the better is about to
take place. In magic it can be used to achieve happiness and intuitive
Ending and renewal. A change bringing future growth. Events will unfurl
at their own pace.
The rune gear is the rune of the harvest, the reaping of one's labors.
It is also a rune of divine aid or the cooperation from the forces of
nature. It is the marriage of the sky and the earth, the rains and the
soil that along with Man's labors brings about fruits from the soil.
This line of thought goes beyond mere agriculture however, and can be
applied to nearly any undertaking in life, a project at work, a
relationship leading to marriage, the birth of a child. On an esoteric
level, Gear represents the completion of a project and the labor that
went into it. It also represents the cycles of nature, and reflects the
cycles we go through to accomplish great deeds. Gear can reflect gradual
growth or change, development of something from beginning to end in a
Gear also reflects the natural cycles of Wyrd, the laws of Wyrd that
governs the growth of plant life, the endless cycle of death in the fall
and rebirth in the spring. The lesson of Gear is that no state is
eternal, the world is ever changing, and there is no set uniform
universe, only the uniform laws of cyclical change that govern it.
In divination,Gear can indicate a project is about to come to fruition,
or that it may take a cycle to complete. In spell work it can be used to
reap the benefits of hard labor.
Joy and luck. Connections with Water. Recent problems are resolved
Wynn is the rune of joy and pleasure. The rune name itself is related to
the word winsome. This is the rune of positive thinking; to achieve few
sorrows, one must use joy or happiness. In addition, they must have a
good stronghold, a fortress of the self to withstand the travails of
life. Wynn is the rune of elation, of happiness, of taking pleasure in
life. Even with the often rugged and hard life of the ancient Northern
Europeans there was room for happiness and joy; the togetherness of the
family, the seasonal celebrations throughout the year such as Yule. Wynn
is the rune of wishes come true, of dreams fulfilled, of togetherness
and love. Wynn governs the harmony of humans, that which allows Mankind
to live in peace and happiness.
Wynn also governs self esteem for without good self esteem, one can not
truly feel happy. For this, one must have a strong will to survive, to
combat sorrow. One who loves one's self is usually loved by others. In
essence, Wynn is the rune of frith or peace, the peace of mind one has
when living in a community of caring individuals without the threat of
such hardships as poverty, famine, or heartbreak.
In divination, it can mean a period of joy or that happiness will be
needed. In magic, it can be used to achieve joy and happiness.
A journey or change is indicated, perhaps spiritual, perhaps physicial.
Progress is made. The time is right for trade. Unexpected news coming.
Raed symbolizes a journey, either a physical one or a spiritual one. The
ancient Europeans saw the universe not as space but as action, for them
where action was not taking place, there was a void where nothing
existed. This action or movement is reflected in Rae. This action was
also reflected in the metaphysical realm by the movement of the dew
dripping down from the World Tree into Wyrd's Well, only to become dew
again. This action was symbolic of the flow of time itself. It is the
rune of ordered movement and as such also is the rune of the dance and
the rhythm to the dance. It is the rune of time keeping and travel. It
is also symbolic of the sun's course across the sky as well as that of
the moon. This being so Raed is tied to the passage of the day, the
months, and the seasons.
As can be seen by the "Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem" verse, any journey seems
easy to the one not taking it. The ancient Northern Europeans saw action
as necessary to the maintenance of the universe, non-action was seen as
evil or detrimental. Therefore, it was desirable to take the long hard
journey, to be constantly in movement. Yet, anything seems easy to one
that does not do it. Raed is related to the other "journey" runes Lagu
and Sigel, as well as Eh which also implies movement.
Raed can also represent the hard journey, the difficult road to travel
in life. The "Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem" verse could refer to the refusal of
the hero to take that journey, a part of Joseph Campbell's Monomyth.
Refusal indicates a loss of what could have been a great reward, while
acceptance can mean great benefits will be received after a hard time of
In divination Raed means a journey that should be or has been taken. In
magic, it can be used to send one on a journey or to keep ordered