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All about runes

If you are curious about runes- this is a great place to start!

This page has lots of information about my journey to connect with the runes, rune poems, and what how I use the runes.

Each month I will be having a rune focus- and over time I will collate each of these pages to create a unique rune-lore resource.

This month is Heimdall, click the link to find out more!

If you are curious about "Lokk-seidr" the Nordic shamanic healing I practice, then I have a whole page dedicated to it- with recordings for you to experience...

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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.

If you want to work with me to learn more about the runes- you can find all the options here.

This page is the start of me gathering some useful resources to support your understanding of the runes, don't forget to head to my led meditations- many of which use the rune sounds as a healing tool. (you can find that here)

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. 

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.

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.

Rune poems

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. 


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 sea

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

All 16 runes can be found in this symbol, often referred to as "the web of wyrd"

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Think of a rune as a primal symbol. Each rune has a web of associations, and as you build your understanding of each rune- so you deepen your understanding of all runes.

We can start with a list of associations, but a rune is so much more- it has an energy, a vibration, some thing primal than can not be fully expressed in words.

Over time, as I build my online course, and teach I will add more resources to this page- so keep an eye out. 

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