runepoem | 13 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

energy rising
namesake walking
the edge of myrkrlands
seething red hot
those ladies prepare to
push me over the precipice
to fall
or to fly

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 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

draining poison pasts
drawing up the source
i
hold on
hold on
hold on
to the beginning
&
the old ways

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 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

old bonds, old ways
blackwing, my clan
blackfeather, my name
drawing the water
drinking in the air
filling me, my fylgja
cast off the dross &
hammer me into shape

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.

modifiers: algiz (h) & kenaz (o)

runepoem | 28 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

down wending roads
nine for nine to find
a dark woods path embrace

disassembled &
 mother womb kissed
brought forth
from an ulcerous
shed slag to
burn in healing 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 | 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 | 19 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

this
is going
to hurt

i recall the faces
of my ancestors
 
stay grounded
stalwart
stand tall
letting cleansing fire
wash over
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.

Futhark update: Uruz

©2021 Michael Raven

Just a quick note that I’ve now updated the revised interpretations to include uruz.

As I said previously, I’m looking to eliminate as much duality as possible from my understanding of the runes. Therefore, there are no outright myrkur interpretations in this reworking and I’m including more references as well as including the rune poetry associated with each rune.

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: laguz | uruz | ansuz

©2021 Michael Raven

Argument: Every 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.

to be continuously tested
must be my wyrd
i have surrendered
to the old grey guy
though i never asked
for any of this
let him breathe
into me, transform
so i am healed
and strengthened
by his song

laguz: “lake”, subconscious, memory, dreams, water, guidance through difficulty, testing; murk: fear, depression, avoidance, toxicity, poison, emotional blackmail

uruz: “aurochs”, strength, tenacity, pragmatism, determination, stone-willed, life force, healing, endurance; murk: weakness, obsession, uncontrolled rage, sickness, brutality

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

rune pairs: uruz | ansuz

©2021 Michael Raven

seeking gravity's center
like stone people know
muttering breath in galdr
whispering healing song

uruz: self-healing, assertiveness, territorial, independence, tenacity

ansuz: breath of life, spellsong, speech, poetry, creativity

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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