Chapter 15; Re Imagining the Runes

Perhaps there is a silver lining in that so very little of our runes/religion made it through to the other side of Christianity intact. At least there is no rigid dogma.

The Runes are free to be a living, breathing, malleable system.

When interpreting the runes as modern folk, I often find myself at a loss to bridge the accepted meaning to something more present in my everyday life.

As an example, Uruz represents the great Ox. A wild force of nature that can affect our life.

Hagalaz represents Hail. A reunion of opposites, fire and ice.

To our ancestors, Uruz was a known known, it was Hagalaz that was beyond their ken.

Both represent natural forces we have to contend with in our path. But to me, it has been quite a while since anyone encountered an Auroch.

It felt very sensible to switch these two runes in terms of which one was still mysterious in its nature. I know what causes hail, it still could get in my way, but I understand it. The great Ox, I have no frame of reference for.

With some slight adjustment, I am more comfortable now with the definitions of these two runes. A simple, and in my opinion, allowable change.

I feel like this is how our religion stays relevant and personal to us in the modern era. Thoughts?

There are other examples of this. Jera is the rune encapsulating the concept of “you reap what is sown”, or cycles. To enjoy the fruits of your labors. This was likely largely concerned with farming.

It could obviously be extended to other scenarios, but it was based in the world of crops and working the land. Not easy for me to relate to. So I have taken the natural step to accept the rune mostly in terms of PLANS. The same underlying rules and consequences, but easier to understand in relation to the world I live in.

The Runes are free to be a living, breathing, malleable system.

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