Rune Study : Perthro

Perthro : Mystery, Fate, Lot-cup, Womb/Vagina

Perthro embodies the mystery of all the runes. After all, the word rune just means mystery. Perthro is the unknown, the undefined, the unanswered. Perthro is the womb, from which all life springs forth. The magic, those things that are so hard to wrap our logical minds around, but our hearts feel, this is Perthro.

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Rune Study : Eihwaz

Eihwaz : Yew, Yggdrasil

Eihwaz represents the axis of the physical and spiritual worlds. It is associated with the yew tree, as the yew has long been viewed as a sacred tree, connected to the physical and spiritual realms. Trees in general, with their roots in the earth, and branches reaching into the sky (towards the spiritual realms) are a symbol of this connection of worlds.

The Yew tree is associated with life and death. As an evergreen, it is life in the midst of death, and embodies the duality of the universe, and the bringing together of binary opposites. The yew is a poisonous tree, and was a favourite wood for bow-making among ancient Celtic tribes-people.

Eihwaz is the rune of inner power. Allowing us to journey inward, we can use it’s energy to connect to ant of the nine worlds, and so this rune is integral to seidhr-work. Seidhr is the shamanistic practice of journeying outside of ones body, traveling throughout the nine worlds to gather information and seek answers. The rune Eihwaz allows us to connect to Yggdrasil, and journey within.

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Elder Futhark

Introduction to the Runes

As I was writing this introduction, the first few sentences proved to be the most challenging to face.  How can I begin telling people about these wondrous things called runes?  Firstly, I suppose, I should explain the meaning of the word “rune”. 

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How I met the runes… A vitki’s story.

I have been asked alot recently about when and how I started practicing or learning about the runes. So I decided to write down my story, and share my experiences.

Once upon a time, I was 13 years old, and in the library at my highschool. While surfing the net, (I honestly have no idea what I was looking at before!) I stumbled upon a page about the runes. Immediately captivated by them, their use as a divinatory tool, and their potential use in healing and magic work, I printed off everything I could find.

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On Consecrating Runes…

“A tree is the most perfect of spiritual beings, with its roots buried alive in Mother Earth and its limbs alive and growing in Father Sky.

According to the Song of the Sybil, when the earth was young, Odin and his two brothers found two trees: an ash tree and an elm, faint, feeble, with no fate assigned to them. Breath they had not, nor blood, nor senses, nor language possessed, nor life-hue. Odin gave them breath. Hoenir gave them senses (shape). Blood and life-hue was given by Lothur. We are the forbears of the trees.

One does not just carve runes, one recreates this ritual. By chanting the name of the the rune, one give the rune breath, the energy of its name. By carving it, one gives the rune senses (shape). By coloring the rune red (blood is optional), one gives it life’s hue.  When you carve runes you create life.”

-Russ the Runester


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Hammer Rite : Hammarsetning


This example is written in a northward orientation, and appropriate changes of course should be made in the order of galdrar in rites of an eastward orientation.

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