revisiting runes: overview

©2021 Michael Raven

If it hasn’t been plainly obvious, I am obsessed with runes since I started looking into them earlier this autumn, trying to realize their symbolism, spiritual and shamanistic potential. I am a lifelong student of matters of the spirit and, as time goes on, it is pretty plain to me that my leanings are with Northern European traditions with a shamanic lens filtering how I perceive various elements. The thoughts and stories that touch me most are aligned with early Celtic, Norse and (what little is known about them) Pictish paths, with a healthy dose of traditions found with the far northern pastoral nomads calling themselves the Sámi.

Runes, to me, seem to resonate in a way that other spiritual and occult tools have not, although I still haven’t dug as deep as I need to with ogham/ogam (which I will, after I feel like I understand enough about runes to not conflate the two systems). Runes “speak” to me in ways that other methods of spiritual practice do not.

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runepoem | 08 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

caught up
between dog & wolf
untethered, unmoored
i allow myself to drift
across rippling waters
trusting wyrd's guidance
to homeward shores

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 | 07 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

i know nothing
i am even less
i sacrifice myself
to lose my self
to see the dawn
within

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 | 06 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

the past is stone and ice
yet, the wheel still turns
balance will prevail
quiet waiting holds
its own rewards
the bonds hold firm and
a reckoning comes with
the changing of winds

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.

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 | 03 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

tracing my fingers
over your curves in
candlelight & afterglow
giving myself to you
as you give yourself to me
luxuriating
between sighs &
softly whispered oaths

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 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

For today’s rune-inspired poem, I was asked in the comments from yesterday’s poem by Harshi to include a rune of their choosing in my random selection of runes meant to inspire today’s poem. They randomly chose tiwaz (ᛏ) as their rune and I drew from lots the other two.

ørlǫg is sometimes
too set to break &
wyrd already writ as a result
cycles upon cycles
lead to unions & bonds
some trials
lead to wyrd's eventual
rewards

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 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

thunder in the distance
i ride towards the storm
to honor my fylgja
to renew oaths
to find myself
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 | 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.