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Hey everyone. Thriving Viking here! Welcome to my first post! (Yay!!!) Today I’m going to talk about some viking stuff. Little bits and pieces that you may not know about your modern world. The vikings had such an influence on our modern world and a lot of people don’t even realize it.
Days of the Week
Surprised? Don’t be. The gods of the vikings were able to survive Christianity in their smaller communities and enclaves and even within the borders of the Holy Church. They are the roots of most of the days of the week! So lets start with two of the more well known gods; Odin and Thor. “But there’s no days with their names in them!” You’re protesting. Don’t be so sure. Lets start with Odin…
Odin, the chief god of Asgard has many names. Like literally hundreds! The lore on him is extensive and changes with each dialect of European language. His day of the week is Wednesday. How do you get that from Odin…? Like this: Among the differing names, based on language, one of his names is Wotan or Woden. Does that look a bit closer?
Now we look at Thor. He’s a bit of a hothead and he got stuck with Thursday. Yep, that day when we’re all done with this week and just want Friday to fly by. Thor and Thursday already look pretty close. Now I’m going to bring the runes into it, those 24 angular characters that adorn all manner of viking and pagan art. The rune associated with Thor is Thurs. How about that! Damn near identical, eh?
Right now, you’re asking how these got by the church. Especially when they set up the calendar! Well, imagine you’re trying to integrate an entire culture into your civilization and the direct means are a bit…bloody? So instead you artfully integrate pieces of their culture into yours. Over the years they come around and join you, no war, no blood.
So, where were we… Friday! Surprise, this one’s viking too but, there is some question as to which goddess its attributed to. Frigga or Freya… I’m of the opinion (yours may differ) that its Freya as she is the goddess of magic, sex and
In this section, we will mention some of the main things we use when ‘laying down’ runes. Of course, there is no single interpretation to the meanings. For better understanding of rune, we recommend the book from Ralph Blum.
Origin of the Runes
The original meaning of the word rune is “secret, or something hidden”. Some indications show that the early runes were not used so much for writing, but rather as magical signs, that means, they were used in magic and for divination (but there is no direct evidence of this). They were probably transformed from the Tarot and the Chinese Book of Changes and were used as the I Ching of the Vikings at that time. With the rune-masters, their wisdom died as well. Nothing was left except the sagas, the scattered fragments of runic history and the rune itself
The influence of the runes on their time was undeniable. Elliott writes that the tribal leaders and advisers of Anglo-Saxon England called their consultations, which they held in secret meetings, “Runes”. As Bishop Wulfila translated the Bible into fourth century Gothic, he used in Markus 4, 11 (“you are given the knowledge about the secret of the kingdom of God”) for the word runa “secret”.
From the beginning, the runes also had a ritual function, for divination and invocation of higher powers that could affect the lives and happiness of the tribe. The are of the rune masters touched every aspect of life, the most holy to the everyday, practical. There were runes and spells to influence the weather, the tides, the seed, love and health. Runes for fertility, and a curse for the abolition of a curse, for birth and death. Runes were carved on amulets, drinking cups and javelins, and carved on the lintel of the houses and at the bow of the Viking ships.
The rune masters and vikings wore striking clothes, which you could recognize easily. Adored, welcomed and feared at the same time, those shamans were familiar figures in tribal circles. There is evidence that a sizable number of runes experts were women.The detailed operation of a similar tradition is much older and is from the Roman historian Tacitus. In the year 98 AD, he reported on the customs of the Germanic tribes.
Although in later Anglo-Saxon period alphabets included up to thirty-three sign, the traditional Germanic Futhark script consisted of twenty-four runes. These were divided into three “families” of eight runes, it was said that the numbers three and eight, had special magical powers. The three groups (aettir) were named after the Nordic gods Frey, Hagal and Tyr.
Odin is the chief god in the pantheon of Norse gods. His name is derived from the term for “wind” and “spirit”. Through his suffering, his self-sacrifice, Odin brought the runes to us. According to the legend, he hung for nine nights on the Yggdrasil tree, the world ash tree, wounded by his own sword and tormented by hunger, thirst and pain. He was alone and without any help, until he was near to death, then he he saw the runes and, with a last, mighty effort reached for them and got them.
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Runes and their meaning
1. MANNAZ – The Self
Remain modest – that is the right of the oracle. Be in the world, but not from the world. Stay receptive to impulses, that come out of the divine in the inner and outer sphere. Seek to live the usual life in an unusual manner.
If you take the ‘itself’ rune and cut through it in the middle, you are going to receive the rune of joy and its reflection. So there is a fine warning not to be careless. The acrobatically dancing energy of the balance is asked here to bring its higher itself. Nothing in the excess – that was the second request that was to be read at the entrance to the delphish temple. The first advice read: Recognize you yourself!
2. GEBO – a Partnership, a Gift
If this rune is pulled, that is a sign that unity, union or partnership is near. But you are requested, not to throw yourself into this connection. A true partnership can only consist of two independent, healthy beings, that preserve there own independence also in this union. This advice is important at all levels: in romantic relationships, in commercial things, simply in partnerships of every type.
3. FEHU – Property, Food, Livestock
Fehu is the rune of fulfillment: ambition satisfied, salary received, fulfilled love. It also promises food, from the commonplace to the holy divine. This rune requires a deep exploration of the importance of profit in your life. Another aspect of Fehu is the conservation and preservation of what has already been won. Caution and vigilance are necessary, especially in happy times. Even if there is a reason for celebration, don’t be distracted by reckless bliss.