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A Meditation on the Elder Futhark Runes for Litha

Amanda Tamane

Rune Meditation for Litha

In this meditation, we will celebrate the Litha season by learning the significance of three Elder Futhark runes that are related to this time of year: Dagaz (thaw-gauze), Fehu (fay-hoo), and Uruz (oo-rooz).

You will need:

Image of the runes Dagaz, Fehu, and Uruz

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 Dagaz. This rune is connected to the summer solstice, as it sits counterpoint to the Jera rune, which is associated with the winter solstice. Dagaz resembles an infinity symbol or Mobius strip, and the rune represents the cataclysmic, transformative power of a wildfire. It may destroy, but there is a promise of new growth in its wake. What messages does Dagaz speak to you?

Look at Fehu. It represents the primordial fire of creation. Fehu is associated with cattle, because a herd of cows is a measurable form of wealth, but a form of wealth that requires responsibility and care. Visually, it looks like grains of wheat on the sheaf. What do you see when you think of Fehu?

Look at Uruz. It represents the patient will to survive. Uruz is associated with the auroch, a species of undomesticated cattle, as opposed to the domesticated kind associated with Fehu. It carries implications of perserverence, endurance, and the aggression behind survival. What does Uruz 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 is the transformative power of fire. The sun is high, and the days are long. The heat of summer is upon us, and sometimes embers can burst into flames. Fire destroys and consumes what it finds in its path without consideration. Whether good or bad, it burns until there is nothing but ash in its wake... but given time, new things grow from the ashes of a wildfire. After the pain and destruction, new seeds find their way up through the ash and into the sunlight, until the landscape is lush once more. 

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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