The first aett of the Elder Futhark consists of these eight runes: Fehu Uruz Thurisaz Ansuz Raido Kenaz Gebo Wunjo The runes in this aett are ruled by Odin. They represent the period of creation, to the end of the golden age. The order of the runes is important, because they are both an alphabet […]
Wunjo (woon-joh) is the eighth and final rune of the first aett. It represents perfection, bliss, and joy. It has no negative associations; it depicts a perfect, Garden of Eden type world of childish perfection, where everyone shares playfully no one is left wanting. There is a like-mindedness and harmony here. It is sometimes called […]
Gebo (yay-bow) is the seventh rune of the first aett. It represents a gift or exchange (including that of hostages), and reminds us of debts that are due. We constantly owe to the gods, we must honour them, give offerings, and honour our ancestors. We must be grateful and give back. It represents legal contracts, […]
Kenaz (kay-naz) is the sixth rune of the first aett. It means “to know,” and it represents controlled fire, and the illumination of the sun and moon. It is associated with knowledge and learning. It can tell us to light and pass a torch of knowledge.
Raido (rye-doh) is the fifth rune of the first aett. It literally means “riding” or “journey.” It represents the path ahead, or the right way. Raido is also associated with leadership, or “taking the reins.” It represents the ordered movement of celestial bodies, like the path or the sun across the sky. Raido is associated […]
Ansuz (awn-sooz) is the fourth rune of the first aett. It represents order, consciousness, and communication. It is associated with Odin. It is associated with planning, intellect, and the ability to make choices and create order. Ansuz is associated with Lammas.
Thurisaz (thoo-ree-saz) is the third rune of the first aett. Thurisaz is the oldest name of Thor, and literally means “giant.” It represents a blending of the fire and ice of the previous two runes, as the mixing of primordial fire and ice made the giants. It represents the brink of consciousness, a primal urge […]
Uruz (oo-rooz) is the second rune of the first aett. It represents elemental ice, the primal ice of Niflheim. It indicates the patient will to survive, and carries implications of perseverance, endurance, and the aggression behind survival. It can mean you need to wait, or be used for healing. It is associated with the auroch, […]
Fehu (fay-hoo) is the first rune of the first aett. It represents primordial fire, the primal fire of Muspelheim. It is associated with domesticated cattle, a form of measurable and movable wealth. There is responsibility associated with the wealth, because cattle take care and responsibility to maintain. Wealth takes work. It also indicates exchange and […]