stav with maddy elruna
The runes are the foundation of my life, they shapes how I perceive world. most of my understanding of the runes comes through a tradition called Stav, this is a starting point for exploring rune-lore and Stav.
I struggle to write about Stav for various reasons.
#1 Its such a big topic I don’t know where to start.
#2 I know so little, there are so many others with far more experience and knowledge than me- I worry about doing justice to the wisdom.
#3 Its personal. Most of my understanding comes from my own personal journey.
So I’m going to try- to share my personal take on Stav (none of which is definitive), and to link to others that share elements of Stav.
No Stav journey can start with out a link to the Heimbu Page- here you will find information shared by Ivar, it is his family tradition which I was so blessed to be able to step into.
Stav is a wisdom tradition based on the 16 runes of the younger Futhark. Each of the runes has a focused movement (a little like tai-chi), a name, sound, at least one deity associated with it. You can find a YouTube demonstration of the stances here.
Fun as programmes like The Vikings and The Last Kingdom may be- reading the Edda's and Saga's for yourself (or listening to them on audio-book) is a great way to connect to the tales.
If you are looking for great places to start I recommend; Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, The Poetic Edda (Jackson Crawford has a great translation), and The Volsung Saga. I know some would disagree- but The Lord of The Rings is a great Nordic inspired tale as well.
I translated the Old Norse and Icelandic (in italic) rune poems myself. As with everything I have written it is not definitive- it works for me. But do check and see how other people have translated them. Here you will find the 16 runes of the younger futhark, the sound of the rune and the main deity/s associated with the rune.
Frey (fe) f
Wealth causes strife amongst kinsmen
The wolf lives in the wood.
Wealth- source of discord amongst kinsmen
And fire of the fsea
And path of the serpent
Vidar (ur) u
Dross is from bad iron
Oft runs the reindeer on the hard snow
Shower- lamentation of the clouds
And ruin of hay harvest
And abomination of the shepherd.
Thor (tor) j
Thor causes the monthly sickness of woman
few are aroused at this time.
Thor- torture of woman
And cliff dweller
And husband of giantess
Odin (oss) o
Estuary is the way of most journeys
But the sheath is that for the sword
God- aged gautr
And prince of Asgard
And Lord of Valhalla
Hel (rei) r
Riding it is said is worst for horses
Reginn forged the best sword
Riding- joy of horsemen
And speedy journey
And toil of the steed
Loki (kreft) l
Ulcer is the curse of children
Death makes a man pale
Ulcer- disease fatal to children
And painful spot
And abode of mortification
Heimdal (hagl) h
Hail is the coldest of the grains
Christ (crystal?) formed the world in ancient times
Hail- cold grain
And shower of sleet
And sickness of serpents
Urd, Verdandi, Skuld (nud) n
Need makes for a difficult situation
The naked freeze in the frost
Constraint- grief of the bond-maid
And state of oppression
And toilsome work
Skarthe (is) i
Ice we call the broad bridge
The blind need to be led
Ice- bark of rivers
And roof of the wave
And destruction of the doomed
Jord (ar) a
A good harvest is the profit of men
I say the Lord was generous
Plenty- boon to men
And good summer
And thriving crops
Balder & Forseti (sol) s
The sun is the light of the lands
I bow to the holiness
Sun- shield of the clouds
and shining ray
and destroyer of ice
Tyr (tyr) t
Tyr is the one handed among the Aesir
The smith has to blow often.
Tyr- god with one hand
And leavings of the wolf
And prince of temples
Frigg (Bjork) b
Birch tree is the limb greenest with leaves
Loki brought the luck of deceit
Birch- leafy twig
And little tree
And fresh young shrub
Freya (mann) m
Mankind is the increase of dust
Mighty is the talon span of the hawk.
Man-delight of man
And augmentation of dust
And adorner of ships
Njord (laug) l
Waterfall is that which falls from the mountain as a force
But gold objects are costly things.
Water- eddying stream
And broad geyser
And land of fish.
Ull (ull) y
Yew is the greenest of wood in the winter
There is usually, when it burns, crackling
Yew- bent bow
and brittle iron
And giant of the arrow