A Meditation on the Elder Futhark Runes for Beltane


In this meditation, we will celebrate the Beltane season by learning the significance of three Elder Futhark runes that are related to this time of year: Laguz (lah-gooze), Inguz (ing-ooze), and Othala (oath-ah-law).

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In many Northern traditions, we face north during ceremonies. If you are practicing this way, set up your altar or ritual space so that you face north as you sit before it. Draw the three runes you will focus on during the meditation. Place them on your altar or in front of you.

Place the container of water before you. Trace the Laguz rune three times above it, while saying the rune name aloud. Then, say: “From the Well of Wyrd this water flows, and to the Well it shall return.”

Sprinkle some of the water over the altar, and say: “I bless this space with the waters of the Well of Wyrd.”

Spend some time in silence, allowing your breathing to become deep and even. 

Point to the north, and say: “Guardians of the North, of the element Earth, and keepers of the secrets, hallow and ward this stead.”

Point to the east, and say: “Guardians of the East, of the element Air, hallow and ward this stead.”

Point to the south, and say: “Guardians of the South, of the element Fire, hallow and ward this stead.”

Point to the west, and say: “Guardians of the West, of the element Water, hallow and ward this stead.”

Return to the north, point upwards, and say: “Hallow and ward this stead.” Point downwards, and say: “Hallow and ward this stead.”

Light the candle, and focus softly on its flame. If you are imbibing in cannabis, you can light it in the candle and enjoy it now. 

When you are in the right headspace to begin meditation, look down at the runes.

Look at Laguz. It reminds me of a flower, looking down at its reflection on the surface of a pond. I also see the gentle rain, splashing up as it fertilizes the earth. Laguz reminds me of the act of scrying, looking into the water to see visions in the mind. What messages does Laguz speak to you?

Look at Inguz. While Laguz is the rain, Inguz is the earth that receives it. It is the seed and all of the potential of generations. It is fertile, and while it may be seen as phallic it is also feminine ... it looks a bit like a cervix, open and receptive. We can see similarities to the DNA helix. What do you see when you think of Inguz?

Look at Othala. This is the seed that grows from the blood of your ancestors. It represents inheritance and land held for generations. A good leader is willing to spill their blood to protect their home, and this blood can nourish and consecrate the soil. Be willing to defend what is rightfully yours. What does Othala represent to you?

When you have considered each rune individually, turn your mind to how the three relate together. What message do you see from them? How do they interplay?

One message I see here is a reminder that Beltane is the mirror to Samhain. It is a joyous, fertile rite... but also sombre. We celebrate love, but remember death. 

When you feel the meditation has run its course, blow out the candle and gather the bowl of water. Say: “Now my rite has ended. I thank all who have attended and lent their energy tonight.” 

Take the water outside and return it to nature, or pour it down the drain and say: “May the water return to the Well of Wyrd.”

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