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Rune Series: SOWILO

SOWILO RUNE SERIES

Bright Blessings, Witches and Witchlets! This is another installment in our Rune series where 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 specialized 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).

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SOWILO RUNE

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?

SOWILO RUNE

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

SOWILO RUNE

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 SOWILO RUNE

SOWILO RUNE

Today’s rune is SOWILO and it is pronounced ‘SOE-wee-low’. The literal interpretation of this rune is ‘Sun’. The esoteric interpretation is ‘wholeness’ and ‘success’.

WHAT DOES THE SOWILO RUNE LOOK LIKE?

SOWILO RUNE

It looks like an angular ‘S’.

SOWILO KEYWORDS:

  • Guidance
  • Setting Goals
  • Success
  • Wholeness
  • Fire
  • Sunlight
  • Action
  • Motivation

When SOWILO makes an appearance in a divination cast, it can signal:

  • Hope
  • Guidance
  • Honor
  • Life Purpose
  • Faith
  • False Success
  • Bad Advice
  • Naivety
  • Loss of Interest

The SOWILO rune is said to govern thoughts into energy into action. An increase in spirituality and all fronts of health (emotional, mental, spiritual, physical) comes with the positive aspects of SOWILO. This rune offers guidance along the path of enlightenment.

Having the SOWILO rune show up in a casting is a sign to hold hope for the best case scenario. Success in your goals is absolutely possible with absolute faith in the outcomes meant for your life. Other signs from a SOWILO appearance include the loss of goals, being steered by bad advice, and seeking false goals.

IN CONCLUSION…

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!

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