runepoem | 03 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

fire drawn
calcinate feathers black
imbue, renew & purify
ashes rising
centered, unmade
restored

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.

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 | 28 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

down wending roads
nine for nine to find
a dark woods path embrace

disassembled &
 mother womb kissed
brought forth
from an ulcerous
shed slag to
burn in healing 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.

Futhark update: kenaz added

©2021 Michael Raven

I’ve revised my interpretations of kenaz (ᚲ) based on additional reference material, inner reflection, and meditation. Rune poems and other writing referencing this rune moving forward will use the revised interpretations.

Once all runes have be reworked, I will migrate the old interpretations to the archive to maintain link integrity and for historical references.

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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 | 22 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

verðandi
take my hand
and lead me to
urðarbrunnr's edge
under the vast tree
my sanctuary
sing into me
breath into me
show me patterns
in the tapestry
illuminate me
set my soul
on fire
heal 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 | 19 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

this
is going
to hurt

i recall the faces
of my ancestors
 
stay grounded
stalwart
stand tall
letting cleansing fire
wash over
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 | 15 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

the path
endless, with many tempting detours

when encountering other wayfarers
with compassion
one discovers oneself --
lampposts illuminating the way

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 | 13 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

by light & shadow
i see the shapes
of the harvest
to come
birthed in fertile grounds
of old rot
leached of poison

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.

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