runepoem | 04 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

breathe with me
spirit me
shatter the shackles
binding me
fill me with your breath
& lift me to the sky
pour your fire
over my life

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 | 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 | 20 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

creaking of the wheel
on the millhouse axel
turns still in bright sunlight
raven stands stoic
watching each revolution
in silence
seeing the long years
ahead

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 | 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 | 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 | 25 nov 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

once again:
entre chien et loup
shadows lengthen as they will
in the winter ahead

an axe in hand to break the ice
gathering strength to strike
free the light 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.

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: 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: sowilo | kenaz | nauthiz

©2021 Michael Raven

straining against deep roots
immutable, those lots already cast
their ropes cannot constrain
i follow the sun
stretching, reaching
the cusp of change
burning, searing within

sowilo: “sun”; guidance, optimal health, success, victory, wholeness, taking action, optimism, invigoration; murk: poor advice, gullibility, misguidance, stagnation, lost, failure

kenaz: “torch”, knowledge, enlightenment, cunning, acquisition of knowledge, transformation, illumination, female occult secrets; murk: disease, ignorance, lack of humility, arrogance, elitism

nauthiz: “necessity”, need, constraint, friction, “no pain, no gain”, hard work, understanding ørlǫg, self-reliance; murk: toil, distress, guilt, ignoring personal needs, worry, laziness

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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