bindrunes: healing & purging

©2022 Michael Raven

As I dig further into my rune studies, I’m starting to explore combining the symbolically-interpreted meanings of various runes into a single sigil, known as a bindrune. Some of the better known (and more complex) bindrunes include the Icelandic staves known as Vegvísir (protection against getting lost; probably post-Viking) and Ægishjálmur (“The Helm of Awe”, for defense and instilling overpowering fear in an enemy; possibly Viking, mentioned in the Poetic Edda), but more simple rune combinations were used on various markers or, in the more recent case of ‘bluetooth’ which combines the latter version of the H rune (ᚼ, hagalaz) and B rune (ᛒ, berkana) to form the bluetooth symbol:

The letters were merely initials representing Harald Bluetooth, a king of Norway, not meant to have any mystical or symbolic rune meanings. But it worked.

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runepoem | 25 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

in my harrow kneeling
i ask the spirits
to guide & protect
all associates, family, and friends
through turn of the wheel --
a lamppost in the dense forest
on a cold & snowy night
of the soul

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

runepoem | 23 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

casting, asking
for a sign hands have
really reached out to me:

upcoming opportunities,
a gift & oaths exchanged
with
a god breathing through
is enough confirmation
for me

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

runepoem | 18 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

standing still
grounded
breathing balance
stripping away the
nonessential
protected &
strong

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

bindrune | 13 dec 2021

I’ve been exploring creating bindrunes. This one may exist elsewhere, but I came up with it independently. Unless it came through as a subconscious thing, it is an original.

I don’t know that I’m done with it yet, but there is already a lot there, some of it unintentional until I started looking at the creation closer.

I started with a single algiz and two raido (for my upcoming trip).

algiz (ᛉ): protective, connections to higher self

raido (ᚱ): to guide me and set me along the right path (doubled)

Then, I added a stem to mirror to algiz and “double” that up as well. And that might have been the end of it, but I now see that a number of other runes are present.

inguz (ᛜ): seed, rest, internal growth (x1)

kenaz (ᚲ): transformation, enlightenment (x2; alternately, x4 or x6)

sowilo (ᛋ): guidance, wholeness, sun (x2)

othala (ᛟ): legacy, lasting peace (x2)

thurisaz (ᚦ): defense, protection, catalyst (x2)

gebo (ᚷ): gift, exchange, vision (x2)

tiwaz (ᛏ): sacrifice, justice (x2)

laguz (ᛚ): memory, dreams, water, unconscious (x4)

isa (ᛁ): stillness, self control, unity (x1)

nauthiz (ᚾ): understanding ørlǫg and wyrd, learning and opportunity (x4)

raido (ᚱ): with stem is now x4

algiz (ᛉ): with stem is now x2


In other words, there’s a lot going on here that came up as a result of me doing the initial mirrored raido combined with a single algiz. There are others that could potentially be represented, but I feel it is a bit of a stretch to do so.

runepoem | 09 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

snow tomorrow
another hurdle
to bringing the kitten home
i have galdr & spirits
to safeguard me on the
roads on which i roam

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

runepoem | 05 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

rediscovering the past
to inform what should
reclaiming the center
claws, beak and aett
stand as shields while
tearing apart the veil
to let in the light

Note: For the purposes of these runepoems, I randomly select three runes and consider the meanings of each rune as I interpret and understand them based on a number of different resources, which may or may not be in alignment with accepted interpretations. I am a rune enthusiast, not an expert or scholar. These “runecasts” are not intended to be treated as divinatory, although there are elements of personal alchemy and shamanic practice in the crafting of each poem.

rune trios: wunjo | sowilo | mannaz

©2021 Michael Raven

if i could
i would
spellspin
a web of love
protection &
self-compassion
to my friends
& loved ones
to wish them all
joyful and hale

wunjo

“Joy”, optimism, familial/friendship/fellowship bonds, bliss, pleasure, prosperity, wishing, spell-craft/galdrcraft, fulfillment

Murk: blockage of flows, misery, unhappiness, loneliness, strife, sorrow, deception, betrayal

sowilo

“Sun”, guidance, revelation, the whole, action, life force, spiritual will, health, higher self, personal growth, illumination, “icebreaker”; Alternative name: sowulo

Murk: bad advice, misleading success, inaction, darkness, stagnation, fragmentation

mannaz

“Humanity” or “Man”, mind, memory, social order, sustainability, mental/creative and spiritual power, self-actualization, compassion, extending love to others

Murk: depression, self-delusion, arrogance, social division, chaotic mind, forgetfulness, misanthropy, farewells, hatred, grief, mortality

interloper rune

As I was moving my sachet of runes, algiz (ᛉ) fell to the floor. Because I rarely accept events such as that as being a coincidence, I have included algiz in the poetry above as a modifier rune.


Argument: Ever evolving this process, I have decided that three is a sacred number for runes (as is nine) and have expanded the number of runes to include in my exploration. Please do not confuse this for a wyrd reading, there is no divination implied in these rune explorations. However, there is always shamanic and internal alchemy being explored.

rune pairs: algiz | pertho

©2021 Michael Raven

lifting the veil
from cloud-covered eyes
listening to messages
beyond all time
the web stretches out
embracing the unknowing
kissing the dice
before rolling...

algiz: “elk”, protection, divine plan, connections, awakenings, spirituality, fearlessness, listening, hidden danger, being tested, unlocking the higher self, communication with the other worlds

pertho: prophecy, chance, psychological or emotional addictions, delusion, fantasy, living with unknowns, perception of wyrd, patterns, luck, play

Note: There is no divinatory question being considered, but merely an investigation into the relationships the runes might suggest as they come together. For these exercises, I am starting now to consider the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing primarily on the core concepts. I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

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