The runic universe


as described by ancient texts


Runes and the increase of male power




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First ætt : Audhumla’s family and the primal runes


The runes belonging to this ætt describe well-defined ideas (concepts) that are primary features of humankind.


Fehu : Freyja’s rune, of wealth, of soft femininity. Primal protection rune.


Uruz : rune of female and male strength, of the fertilizing waters dripping over Yggdrasil toward our world. Primal healing rune for a fast healing leaving no scars.


Thurisaz: rune of the giants, of male brutality, it puts to sleep the female magic powers. Primal rune of brutality.


Ansuz: rune of the Æsir, seen as gods of magical speech and of cleaning mystics. Primal speech rune.


Raido: rune of the shamanic ride and of the sorcerer’s drilling eye. Primal shamanic magic rune.


Kaunan: rune of decay seen as an internal fire and of resistance to magical aggressions. Primal healing rune for a lengthy and painful healing.


Gebo: rune of confidence in partnership. Primal married life rune.


Wunjo: rune of comfort and physical delight. Primal happiness rune.



Second ætt: Hagala’s family and the creation of the cosmos

The eight runes of the second ætt are the ones of our natural environment and of our relationship with this environment, as they have been understood by the pre-Christian Nordic scholars.


The three runes of the cosmos


Hagla or Hagala is the rune of hail, the one of the icy ‘big bang’ that drove the creation of cosmos, of the purifying cold.


Naudiz : rune of the unavoidable destiny, and of the dread of facing one’s destiny. Rune of cosmos’ ending, still icier than its creation, the ragnarök.


Isaz: rune of the ice bridge that links the living’s dwelling to the one of the dead’s.


The three runes of the relations between our surroundings and humankind


Jeran: Freyr’s rune, of prosperity brought by the year’s harvest and of the happy relationship between humankind and their ‘small world’. Rune of the mature sorcerer helping the beginners in magic.


Ihwaz or Iwaz: rune of the yew and of the world’s tree, Yggdrasil, that keeps in place our world. It symbolizes sturdy manliness, a constantly renewed marital love, a sane mind, someone you can rely upon. Yggdrasil is by itself a part of our universe and it symbolizes plant life.


Pertho: rune of Mother Night (thus of the winter solstice), of the big storms dues to the furious hunt (improperly called ‘wild hunt’ – thus of the disruption in weather conditions). It is also symbolizes a woman open to her surroundings.


Algiz: rune of the elk, of insanity and sanity that run within the human brain. The elk symbolizes animal life.


Sowelo is the rune the ‘she-sun’, in charge of keeping the delicate balance of the universe, of feminine warmth.



Third ætt : Týr’s family and of the clannish links


The first ætt deals with concepts relative to the human world, to the relationship between each human and humankind. The second ætt provides a much broader viewpoint since it deals with our universe and our relationship with the cosmos. The third ætt, so to say, ‘narrows’ the viewpoint since it describes how the clan should behave, and how each individual should behave in his\her clan.


Tiwaz: rune of the God Týr, of faithfulness to the sworn word, of intelligent victory, which unites the clan. It symbolizes the cohesion of a human group.


Berkanan: rune of the healthy youths, whose growth forecasts better days.


Ehwaz: rune of the horse. Together with Fehu, a primary protection rune. Rune of the links between the clan and the ‘obscure’ forces. As opposed to a clinging legend, it helps fighting our nightmares. 


Mannaz: rune of the humans, of humankind. It defines humankind.


Laukaz: rune of disputed meaning: rune of water or rune the leek (or onion, or garlic etc.)? It is anyhow the runes of the internal strength, of ‘viridity’. Rune of a 'primitive' Thórr, God of the storms and of internal strength. It is the rune giving us the strength to feel pride in belonging to a clan and, at the same time, to be welcoming to strangers.


Ingwaz: rune the king as being the gatherer of humans. Rune of a balanced prosperity. This rune explains to clan needing growth how to grow while respecting its human and natural environment.


Dagaz: rune of the day and of the daily restoration of the clan, after the isolation in sleep. Rune that turns the monsters into stone.


Othala: rune of the link with the ancestors, of our inheritances.