The Names of the Runes:: Fehu. Uruz. Thurisaz. Ansuz. Raidho. Kenaz. Gebo. Wunjo. Hagalaz. Naudhiz. Isa. Jera. Eihwaz. Pertho. Algiz. Sowilo. Tiwaz. Berkana. Ehwaz. Mannaz. Laguz. Ingwaz. Dagaz. Othila. Ac. Os. Yr. Ior. Ear. Cweorth. Calc. Stan. Gar.
Spellings vary, pronunciations vary, meanings vary, shapes vary, ways of creating vary, consecrations vary, origin stories vary, archaeologies vary, mythologies vary, rituals vary. Like most ancient traditions, trying to think/read/teach our way into the runes overlays our modern ethos onto living being. Yesterday I was reading This Ancient Heart: Landscape, Ancestor, Self and opened again to an essay I visited this summer. In it Camelia Elias writes that our ancestral heritage is, "a heart that goes before time, before the time of history and evidence, before the time when we started measuring, quantifying and qualifying according to states of pre-condition." She says that systems of correspondences--our intellectual way of knowing a thing, a place or a being--should not come at the expense of experience. It is only through relationship of our own experience that the Ancient Heart of our ancestors becomes a part of us--not through memorizing, but through intimacy. Through relationship we become the lineage of the ancient heart, which in spiral time, we always are.