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  • Writer's pictureErik Lugnet

Folk Futhark, Part 4

Nauthiz - This rune's stave is unchanged from the Elder Futhark, and it still represents the "need-fire", or the flame of necessity. When pulled during divination, Nauthiz can symbolize both necessity or constraint. The stave resembles two sticks being rubbed together to make a "need-fire".

Isa - This rune's stave is also unchanged from that of the Elder Futhark. The word "Isa" means "ice", but we should also take into consideration that Meister Von List felt it also could relate to "iron". Isa is a rune of stasis, stoicism, and steadfastness. When this rune is pulled, it likely means that the user should remain strong or unmoved throughout whatever struggle they feel the rune is relating to. The stave resembles a wall, or the stillness of a person standing upright, unphased by circumstance.

Jera - This stave is different from the one seen in the Elder Futhark. Jera translates to "year", and its meaning is quickly found here. It represents the changing seasons, a full cycle of time, the distance from Charming of the Plow to Freyfaxi. As you look at the shape of Jera and think of Freyfaxi, think back to Inguz and Charming of the Plow. Inguz is the fresh seed newly-planted, while Jera is the seed after it has grown roots and fruits. The stave literally looks like a seed in the earth, with a root stretching downward, and its reward thrusting upward to be grabbed by the Folk.

Gothi Trent East

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