rune pairs: jera | raidho

©2021 Michael Raven

sensing the Path
fumbling feet seeking
the dirt to ground
breathing harmonized
with the true mother
to walk in beauty

jera: “year”, cycles, progress, plenty, peace, lasting change; murk: conflict, regression

raidho: “ride”, journey, the path, justice, right direction, logic and rationality; murk: rigidity, crisis, restlessness, irrational thinking

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.

rune pairs: kenaz | fehu

©2021 Michael Raven

looking forward
with shoshin
reaching for calcination
of this diseased soul
to release buried gems
& scatter them
to all winds
for others to hold

kenaz: “torch”, acquisition of knowledge, hearth, tradition, illumination, enlightenment, cunning, transformation, craft; murk: disease, decay, ignorance, arrogance

fehu: “cattle”, wealth (actual vs. luxury), personal power (circulated), luck, charisma, sexual attraction, fresh starts/beginner’s mind, foresight; murk: endings, greed, failure, procrastination

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.

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.

rune pairs: gebo | hagalaz

©2021 Michael Raven

handfasting
and oaths recalled

i now submit:
letting hailstorms
hammer me into shape
for you

gebo: “gift”, exchange, sexual/mystical union, oaths, equilibrium, self-sacrifice, divine vision, obligations, giving oneself from within

hagalaz: “hail”, radical change, acceptance, surrender, transformation, spiritual awakening through crisis, subconscious “baggage” (Jungian “shadow”) removal, confrontation with past patterns

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 not considering the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing exclusively on the core concepts. At a later date I may consider the implications presented by a reversed rune — possibly when I start casting the runes in a more traditional way — but I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

rune pairs: sowilo | eihwaz

©2021 Michael Raven

paths wend through
tangles & time
all much more than this
this life is a mirror
of the mirror of a mirror
looking back
i take up my blackthorn staff
& follow the unending track
until the end of time

sowilo: sun, faith in outcomes, action, revelation, enlightenment and guidance along the path, spiritual and individual will, dedication, victory

eihwaz: yew, mysteries of life/death, liberation from fear of death, recalling past lives, vision, ancestors, shamanic ecstasy, near death expereiences

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 not considering the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing exclusively on the core concepts. At a later date I may consider the implications presented by a reversed rune — possibly when I start casting the runes in a more traditional way — but I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

rune pairs: nauthiz | thurisaz

©2021 Michael Raven

fettered by the past
and present, too
charged air itself seems poised
for thunder and light
to come crashing forth
tempering fresh steel
for the times
now waking

nauthiz: necessity, need, recognizing one’s ørlǫg, resistance, constraint, overcoming adversity

thurisaz: awakening, lightning, break resistances in mind/body/spirit, conflict, psychological problems, catalyst

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 not considering the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing exclusively on the core concepts. At a later date I may consider the implications presented by a reversed rune — possibly when I start casting the runes in a more traditional way — but I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

rune pairs: gebo | ehwaz

©2021 Michael Raven

i draw the blade
make the cut
make myself a gift
of sacrifice
though there is doubt
of my waking dream
trust this is for the best

gebo: gifts, exchange, sexual/mystical union, oaths, equilibrium, sacrifice, divine vision

ehwaz: sexual energy, trust, teamwork, symbiotic relationships, complement, harmony

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 not considering the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing exclusively on the core concepts. At a later date I may consider the implications presented by a reversed rune — possibly when I start casting the runes in a more traditional way — but I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

rune pairs: mannaz | inguz

©2021 Michael Raven

bloodless,
the time has come
to withdraw
to the center
draw forth, prepare
for the wyrding days
to come

mannaz: self-actualization, mind and memory, opening the eye, humankind, divine influence

inguz: male energies, self care, creative energy, storage and building of energy, inner child, gestation

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 not considering the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing exclusively on the core concepts. At a later date I may consider the implications presented by a reversed rune — possibly when I start casting the runes in a more traditional way — but I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

rune pairs: laguz | berkanan

©2021 Michael Raven

i dream my shadow
past that underground lake
plunging blind seeing
to emerge
transformed
healed
sheltered within the
breasts of a goddess

laguz: “lake”, subconscious, dreams, imagination, the Jungian “shadow”, development of second sight or prophecy, love

berkanan: birth or becoming, change, stillness, creative processes, concealment, female, healing, safety

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 not considering the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing exclusively on the core concepts. At a later date I may consider the implications presented by a reversed rune — possibly when I start casting the runes in a more traditional way — but I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

rune pairs: jera | othala

©2021 Michael Raven

tides ebb and flow:
though we seem to drown
time and again
wyrd is not merely
tempering steel --
it is ascension, too

jera: realization of the cyclic nature of the multiverse, patience, plenty, peace, “this too shall pass”

othala: inheritance, prosperity, freedom, home, paradise, utopia, contentment, harvest

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 not considering the murkstave implications from the drawing, but focusing exclusively on the core concepts. At a later date I may consider the implications presented by a reversed rune — possibly when I start casting the runes in a more traditional way — but I am more intent on learning the primary meanings and making connections via wyrd at this time.

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