Learn the Viking Runes: Dagaz

Learn the Viking Runes: Dagaz

When you look at the paired triangles that form Dagaz, you might see the shape of a butterfly. That’s very fitting for this Viking Rune, which symbolizes daylight, certainty, and hope. Dagaz is strongly associated with inspiration, illumination, and the opening of the mind.  What Does Dagaz Mean? When you’re casting runes and Dagaz appears,…

Learn the Viking Runes: Manaz

Manaz is a rune that truly represents how runic alphabets evolved over time. The symbol for man – and by extension, humanity and community – Manaz looked like a person with upraised arms in the Younger Futhark alphabet. In the Elder Futhark – the runic alphabet featured in our rune sets and pendants – Manaz…

Learn the Viking Runes: Ehwaz

Ehwaz is the rune for horse. Horses were incredibly important to the Vikings – and indeed, to all people of that era – as they provided the strength and power needed to clear land, transport goods, and carry warriors into battle. There’s plenty of archeological evidence that horses were in some ways sacred to the…

Learn the Viking Runes: Algiz

Algiz is a rune of protection and self-defense. There are several strongly competing theories about what the shape of the Algiz rune is meant to represent. It could be the figure of an elk – the outstretched arms representing an elk’s antlers, lowered to fend off predators seeking an easy meal – or the rune…

Learn the Viking Runes: Hagalaz

Hagalaz is the Viking rune for hail – the icy pellets that plummet from the heavens without any notice, crushing crops, breaking objects, injuring people. Nature’s wild forces can bring destruction and upheaval. That’s the lesson of  Hagalaz: we are all vulnerable to things outside of our control. Understanding Hagalaz: Readings from the Rune Poems…

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