runepoem | 12 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

the waystation
is not the destination
following waterways
to the edge
where the mind
meets emotion
meets center
meets 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 | 02 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

no more clinging
i cast away
endless cycles
spinning round in place
follow the dreaming
to the wellspring
in the west
to be recast
renewed
reborn

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 | 01 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

drawing from the well
drinking in reflection
shapes in shadow
dancing into 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 | 21 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

bury me bury me
bury me deep
here are the new songs
spells sung to keep
flow with the waters
move like the sea
here are the new songs
bone dance with me
spirits of my ancestors
ghosts of my soul
stand with me, wights
make me whole

Special Note: This being winter solstice, I cast the runes with the intent of looking forward to the new year. Unlike my typical practice where I avoid divination, this particular drawing was intended to be divinatory in nature.


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 | 16 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

not-dream dreams
return, return
riding that tree
root to crown
water flowing under, through, within

a handful of wood
click-clatters in rhythm with
the tok tok tok of the clan
whence i was born

an elder singing
old songs
in the rain

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 | 12 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

the answers
lie at the water's edge

i am the ocean, the tide
spelled & transmogrified
 a seed cast into
the next turn of stars
the next age
mine

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 | 04 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

the wheel keeps turning
old memories orient the path
but are ultimately deadwood
as with all thing serving
their purpose
clear away the path of the old
to reveal those treasures
left buried by the vagaries
of time

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 | 30 nov 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

past selves culled
razor-shave layers peeled back
sloughing skins &
chucked all to funeral pyres
immolate
until only core remains
hammered into shape
standing
ready

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: laguz | tiwaz | eihwaz

©2021 Michael Raven

ocean waters call to me
with the raucous laughter of
trickster cousins teasing
life, death, rebirth?
all nonsense they insist
be honest now --
there is only feasting, play
&
the wind under your wings

laguz

“Lake”/”Water”/”The Unconscious”; Sound: “L” as in “lake”

Subconscious, memory, dreams, water, guidance through difficulty, testing, journey by or to water, inner flow/wellsprings, tidal synergy

Murk: fear, depression, avoidance, toxicity, poison, emotional blackmail, blockages, perils, internal difficulties

tiwaz

“Tyr” (the god)/”The Warrior”; Sound: “T” as in “Tuesday”

Justice, faith and loyalty, principled action, honesty, self-sacrifice, balance, chaos comes to order, opposition that must be faced with courage, higher causes, tenacity

Murk: injustice, imbalance, mendacity, zealous behavior, disloyalty, futile battle, misapplication of warrior energy

eihwaz

“Yew”/”Transition”; Sound: “I”, “E”, or “Y” as in “tip”, “tree”, and “yew”; Alternate name: “Ihwaz”

Mysteries of life/death, liberation from fear of death, recalling past lives, vision, ancestors, shamanic ecstasy, near death experiences, cycle of life/death/renewal, threshold, continuity

Murk: confusion, breaking cycles, weakness


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.

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