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.

rune trios: ehwaz | kenaz | hagalaz

©2021 Michael Raven

blood washing blood
at the river ford
a never-ending festering wound
time to move
leave the old behind
or be forced to follow wyrd
anyway

ehwaz

“Horse”; Sound: “e” as in “equity”

Trust, harmony, a friend, cooperation, perception of subtle cues, speed, animal bonding, movement, restlessness, symbiosis, setting personal boundaries/limits

Murk: betrayal, enemies, mistrust, indecisiveness, “stuck”, boundaries not respected, stagnation

kenaz

“Torch”/”flame”; Sound: “k” as in “candle”

Knowledge, enlightenment, cunning, acquisition of knowledge, transformation, illumination, female occult secrets, warmth, friendship, unity, “brightstave”

Murk: disease, ignorance, lack of humility, arrogance, elitism, health issues, ulcers, inflammation, fever

hagalaz

“Hail”/”Disruption”; Sound: “h” as in “hail”

Change and growth for long term, inner harmony, correction, evolutionary progress, transformation, inevitability of wyrd, representation of the dark hag (e.g., the crone, Cailleach), sudden change

Murk: crisis, radical change, disruption, unavoidable trial, the shadow, discomfort, catastrophe


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 trios: raidho | nauthiz | kenaz

©2021 Michael Raven

westwards to crest
the ninth wave
salt stinging scars
this, too, was writ

sharp beaks tear away
at the scrim
veil of my eyes
cutting through myrk
i see, now,
i see

raidho

“Ride”, journey, the path, justice, right direction, logic and rationality, inner compass, intuition, protection for travelers, initiating action

Murk: rigidity, crisis, restlessness, irrational thinking, obsession with control, inaction, straying from the path

nauthiz

“Necessity”, need, constraint, friction, “no pain, no gain”, hard work, understanding ørlǫg, self-reliance

Murk: toil, distress, guilt, ignoring personal needs, worry, laziness

kenaz

“Torch”, knowledge, enlightenment, cunning, acquisition of knowledge, transformation, illumination, female occult secrets

Murk: disease, ignorance, lack of humility, arrogance, elitism


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 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 trios: jera | gebo | ansuz

©2021 Michael Raven

i am ever the fool
primed to walk the path
but find the first step hardest
this time
i gift myself to the
turning of the wheel
a wayfarer cloaked in black

jera

“Year”, cycles, progress, plenty, peace, lasting change, time, understanding the cyclic nature of the universe, patience

Murk: conflict, regression, repetition, stagnation, wrong timing, rushing, conflict

gebo

“Gift”, exchange, generosity, reciprocation, hospitality, honor, mystic union, oaths, favors

Murk: greed, dishonesty, over-sacrifice, bad guest, disloyalty, uneven exchange

ansuz

“A god”, communication, meaning, breath, inspiration, transformation, word power, acquisition of wisdom, ecstatic experiences

Murk: misunderstandings, manipulation by others, bad advice, hypocrisy, foolishness


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 trios: ansuz | pertho | raidho

©2021 Michael Raven

will o' wisps beckon
a heavy hand on my shoulder
breathing in my ear
with a whisper like gravel
your path, right now, is forward
i turn to see who speaks
seeing only black feathers
drift to the ground

ansuz

“A god”, communication, meaning, breath, inspiration, transformation, word power, acquisition of wisdom, ecstatic experiences

Murk: misunderstandings, manipulation by others, bad advice, hypocrisy, foolishness

pertho

Literal meaning unknown, prophecy, chance, living with unknowns, perception of ørlǫg and wyrd, patterns, luck, play

Murk: psychological or emotional addictions, delusion, fantasy, ignoring signals, joylessness

raidho

“Ride”, journey, the path, justice, right direction, logic and rationality, inner compass, intuition, protection for travelers, initiating action

Murk: rigidity, crisis, restlessness, irrational thinking, obsession with control, inaction, straying from the path


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 trios: pertho | mannaz | laguz

©2021 Michael Raven

the nornir show their hand today
carving their wyrd
not into a tree, but me
before tossing me to drown
in the well of dreams
laughing at my
grasping greedy hand
as i slip beneath the waters

pertho

Literal meaning unknown, prophecy, chance, living with unknowns, perception of ørlǫg and wyrd, patterns, luck, play

Murk: psychological or emotional addictions, delusion, fantasy

mannaz

“Mankind”, mind, memory, social order, sustainability, mental and spiritual power, self-actualization

Murk: depression, self-delusion, arrogance, social division, chaotic mind, forgetfulness

laguz

“Lake”, subconscious, memory, dreams, water, guidance through difficulty, testing

Murk: fear, depression, avoidance, toxicity, poison, emotional blackmail


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 trios: sowilo | tiwaz | hagalaz

©2021 Michael Raven

frozen needles pierce
my pink skin
sowing hard seeds within
i give my faith in
a rising sun cresting
to guide me to
balance, health and whole

sowilo

“Sun”, guidance, revelation, the whole, action, life force, spiritual will, health

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

tiwaz

“Tyr” (the god), justice, faith and loyalty, principles, honesty, self-sacrifice, balance, chaos comes to order

Murk: injustice, imbalance, mendacity, zealous behavior, disloyalty

hagalaz

“Hail”, change and growth for long term, inner harmony, correction, evolutionary progress, transformation, inevitability of wyrd

Murk: crisis, radical change, disruption, unavoidable trial, the shadow, discomfort, catastrophe


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 trios: berkanan | ansuz | gebo

©2021 Michael Raven

kneeling acquiescence
marked for oath-taking, though to
wanderer or lady, i cannot say
rebirth, healing, detoxification
or
riding the tree and transformation
perhaps both command
my way

berkanan: “birch”, becoming, healthy, rebirth, present moment, sanctuary, safety, detoxification; murk: deceit, stagnation, insecurity, unsafe, sickness

ansuz: “a god”, communication, meaning, breath, inspiration, transformation, word power, acquisition of wisdom, ecstatic experiences; murk: misunderstandings, manipulation by others, bad advice, hypocrisy

gebo: “gift”, exchange, generosity, reciprocation, hospitality, honor, mystic union, oaths, favors; murk: greed, dishonesty, over-sacrifice, bad guest, disloyalty, uneven exchange

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 trios: gebo | ansuz | mannaz

©2021 Michael Raven

striving to offer
more than i demand
fill my lungs with
your breath, hrafnaguð
pierce my mind & heart
open the gate &
guide me from
this myrkur path
i've wandered

gebo: “gift”, exchange, generosity, reciprocation, hospitality, honor, mystic union, oaths, favors; murk: greed, dishonesty, over-sacrifice, bad guest, disloyalty, uneven exchange

ansuz: “a god”, communication, meaning, breath, inspiration, transformation, word power, acquisition of wisdom, ecstatic experiences; murk: misunderstandings, manipulation by others, bad advice, hypocrisy

mannaz: “mankind”, mind, memory, social order, sustainability, mental and spiritual power, self-actualization; murk: depression, self-delusion, arrogance, social division, chaotic mind, forgetfulness

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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