runepoem | 04 apr 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

two joyous ones
hand in hand
mouth to mouth
&
breath for breath
pain as they slide into
solitude

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 | 31 mar 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

entranced & enchanted
by joyous promise
ground out such things
put your ear down & 
listen to the earth

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 mar 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

breaking winter
into spring
legacy flowers
push through
& face the sun

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 mar 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

a precarious balance
creativity swells
floodwater flowing under
the crossing
carrying away debris

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 feb 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

imbolc dice
still tumble in the cup

warmth in the distance --
how long before the
joy of spring?

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 | 17 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

i seek the low places
none of those places in the sky
i seek the same places as water
those worlds most leave alone
i cast away ritual
i cast away words
i cast away intellect
i cast away it all

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 | 12 jan 2022

©2022 Michael Raven

the waystation
is not the destination
following waterways
to the edge
where the mind
meets emotion
meets center
meets 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: wunjo added; Freyr’s aett complete

©2021 Michael Raven

I’ve revised my interpretations of wunjo (ᚹ) based on additional reference material, inner reflection, and meditation. Rune poems and other writing referencing this rune moving forward will use the revised interpretations.

Additionally, wunjo completes the first of three aetts (families/clans) of runes, Freyr’s aett.

I’ve been relatively happy with how this reworking of Elder Futhark interpretations has been going, as I attempt to present them in a non-dualistic framework. While there are potentially “negative” interpretations included (and expect more with Hagal’s aett), I have endeavored to leave those readings to the person looking at these pages. Please let me know, as always if you find something amiss or missing in these pages (including something you’d like to see included). I have decided against prose interpretations and explanations, as too likely to reflect my own personal biases than to accurately reflect the various meanings for each rune. Other than that, I am interested in developing these tools further and can add information, if it will help someone else.

Once all runes have be reworked, I will migrate the old interpretations to the archive to maintain link integrity and for historical references.

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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 | 29 dec 2021

©2021 Michael Raven

Special note: As I contemplated these random runes today, it seemed to speak to me of the new beginnings many people seem to find in the passing from one year to the next. I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions, as I consider my personal alchemy to be in constant flux and a garden that needs to be weeded constantly. However, it seems as appropriate (perhaps more so) to extend my sincere wishes to everyone that the next year favors you in your lives, given and received, with the three items in the poem: patience, compassion and love. Almost everyone I know seems to need more of those things — so please pay it forward if you have enough to spare for the next person. There are many people who struggle to find enough in their lives. Go, with love.

thought & memory
carry my galdrar aloft
windwalking

patience
compassion
& love
spelled forth
as the wheel
spins anew

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.