I have many interests.
The Futhark happens to be one of those interests. However, in my studies on learning these old runes, I have had a hard time trying to figure out how to say the many names of the runes. SKALD’s song, Rún, has made the pronunciation on the runes much clearer for me. Many of them have various ways they can be said – the runes are used by Anglo-Saxons and Norsemen, the way they are said shifting from one culture to the next.
However, as a woman who has a hard time with some words and the way they are to be said, the song is a big relief for me. The song itself is pretty, enchanting to listen to, and I enjoy settling down after a long day to hear SKALD sing this song (among others).
The runes themselves are a great tool for self-reflection, I’ve found out. When using them as a means of seeing into a given situation, they can offer insight we would otherwise not see without their gentle, vague prompting. The hard part is learning the meanings of the runes have and the way they can be interrupted.
Fehu and Uruz, for instance, refer to domesticated cattle and aurochs (wild ox that has long since gone extinct). The two are related, yet, at the same time, they are opposites. If one looks at Fehu, the rune of cattle, and the meaning referring to wealth, then one can see a sense of security or a sense of comfort. Uruz, on the other hand, shows there are dangers and strength behind the rune of survival. They complete one another, in a way.
There’s much to learn, but Rún has, at the very least, given me a way to know how each of the different runes sound. That’s one thing I didn’t have that I can now use for my own studies as I make my way further into my studies. Spirituality is a fascinating thing, truly.