Bright Blessings, Witches, Witchlings, and Witchlets! In this series we’re delving into the Runes of the Elder Furthak. With each post, we’ll go over the meaning and interpretation of each focused Rune and show what each one looks like. Let us begin.
WHAT ARE RUNES?
Runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets. Runes were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialised purposes thereafter. In addition to representing a sound value (a phoneme), runes can be used to represent the concepts after which they are named (ideographs).SOURCE
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Runes have been found in places that hold root in Germanic-speaking countries like Iceland, Scandinavia, parts of England and Central Europe, Constantinople and anywhere the Vikings journeyed.
WHEN WAS THE RUNIC ALPHABET USED?
AD 150 is the earliest date that runic inscriptions have been recorded. With time, the Latin alphabet replaced these characters as those who utilized runes were subjected to the Christian Reformation. In Central Europe, this happened around AD 700 and in northern Europe, AD 1100.
USING RUNES FOR DIVINATION
Interestingly enough, using runes for divination is NOT an ancient practice used by the Vikings. There is no evidence to support this commonly-held belief. The closest thing we do have are a few Icelandic magickal texts that use runic symbology. Other than that, the utilization of runes for divination didn’t come about until the 17th century.
While runes may not have been used by the Vikings, this doesn’t mean this system of divination isn’t a viable one. I know plenty of witches – including myself – who cast runes and consult the messages found from the Divine.
THE DAGAZ RUNE
Today’s rune is DAGAZ and it is pronounced ‘DAY-gahz’. The literal interpretation of this rune is ‘day’ or ‘dawn’. The esoteric interpretation is ‘awakening’.
WHAT DOES THE DAGAZ RUNE LOOK LIKE?
It is represented by two vertical lines connected with an X in the middle.
- Lack of foresight
- Huge change
When DAYGAZ makes an appearance in a divination cast, it can signal:
- Hope is on the horizon
- Things are more complex than they appear
- Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
- Acceptance of things you cannot change
- A time of renewal
The DAGAZ rune is said to govern our ability to receive metaphysical and esoteric revelations from Odin. DAGAZ also helps us to master the art of invisibility and transforming something into its opposite. Our left and right brains are able to come into balance under DAGAZ. In this same vein, the man/woman division is brought together to become one complete existence.
Having DAGAZ make an appearance in a casting signifies that big change is coming; however, this metamorphosis can only happen if we are able to be honest with ourselves. Our actions, thoughts, and beliefs must all align before we are able to advance. This change signaled by DAGAZ is an important one our journey, but again, can only be tackled by those who are willing to put in the work.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of the Rune Series! The aim is to offer an introduction to each rune to give an idea of what they all mean and to encourage new casters to try their hand at this divinatory practice. Do you cast runes? Are you inspired to start? Let me know in the comments and, as always, Bright Blessings and Happy Crafting!