Wight of the Nine Worlds

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Wyrd: The blank rune


Many modern rune readers have introduced an extra, blank rune to the accepted symbols of the Elder Futhark. However, since the runes are essentially an alphabet, and each rune represents a letter, there is very little justification for this.

After all, each letter signifies a sound, or combination of sounds, and even in the modern alphabet there is no symbol that represents silence. In addition, there is no historical evidence whatsoever that the rune masters of the past ever included a blank stone or stick either in their divinations or in the runic calendar.

Some modern practitioners of runic divination have given the blank rune the name Wyrd, a word that literally means "fate". The norns were said to weave the web of Wyrd, in other words, creating the destiny to which we are all individually bound. In turn, according to some myths, the Norns were the daughters of a mysterious goddess called Wyrd, who seems to be little more than a personification of their collective function. One interpretation of the blank rune is that it signals that fate has taken a hand in your affairs and that you should look no further into the reading. However, this is a function that is already present in the Elder Futhark, found under Pertho. The function of fate as a necessity can likewise be found within the meaning of the rune Nauthiz. In summary, the Wyrd rune does not belong to any of the three aetts of the Elder Futhark.

For those who wish to use the blank rune in their readings, however, here are a few suggestions as to its possible interpretation. The Anglo-Saxons and other races of northern Europe believed in a universal force that they called Orlog. Orlog, which literally means "doom" or "destiny", governed the fate of nations and entire populations ( in fact, there is a Dutch word, oorlog, which means "war" ). In terms of this rune, Orlog should be taken to mean the individual fate that is our birthright. In expresses the karmic debt, which many believe has been carried over from a previous life. According to this view, most of the important elements if life are already predestined and nothing can be done to change them. When the blank rune turns up, it means that you are reaching such a point and that there is absolutely nothing you can do to change it. Although free will exists, at this moment events will go as they have been ordained.
If the blank rune turns up as the answer to a specific question, the answer is that this is not the right time to ask it.
The blank rune also indicates major changes in your life. Some even suggest that a bereavement is likely. However, since the rune has no symbolic associations, it would be difficult to work out if this is the case.
In my opinion, the use of Wyrd, the blank rune, is not necessary to runic divination, and is simply a modern addition to the ancient practice of rune-casting.


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10 comentários:

NorvicensianDoran said...

Honestly, I've taken the opposition to this rune and thought of it in a whole new way.
The blank rune has achieved almost as much hatred from the strictest Heathens as Loki has. Therefore, I think of the blank rune as sort of the outside stuff that says "Wow. You are WAY too "set in your ways." Let's see what I can do to shake things up and yank you out of your comfort zone or remove the stick from your ass."
For some reason, I also painted a mini-labyrinth on one side of mine. I actually do use that as the face-up side, because in order to get to where you Need to go, instead of where you think you're heading, sometimes life has to throw you curve balls.

Arith Härger said...

Well, i totally see your point there, as a matter of fact, i dont use this rune, i acctualy use the elder futhark only, i go to the old traditions rather then the "new" stuff. But i had to post info fot those who are more familier with this blank rune.

thank you for your comment and support :)

Rydre Dusks said...

Every sight I've been going to has been telling me to use the blank rune as a substitute for others, and that any book that states how to use it is lying. I'm just starting out with the Elder Futhark set, but I use the blank rune as a reminder that not all things are within my power to control. I think everyone will interpret their runes differently. You provided the information about it that I have been struggling to search for. Thank you. :)

Arith Härger said...

You are very welcome. Indeed one of the first things we learn from the runes is that some subjects are kept in the secrets of the gods and we mustn't know. I always work with the Elder Futhark only, but i also need to share the knowledge of the other sets of runes for those who prefer to work with them. I'm glad that i've helped you.

Emily Newton said...

Before the rune was ever explained to me it was obvious what the meaning was. The sets feel incomplete without it. To me it represents forces you can't understand because they are too complicated for a mortal man. Just like you said. A divine intervention beyond your comprehension. Thanks for this.

hairinspirations said...

I think it can be used in readings as an amplifier. Endless possibilities or complete emptiness is fated, toward the runes it surrounds.

Ebony said...

The same went for me, I pulled it up when asking the results of future challenges and almost instantly knew that this meant I couldn't know now as it either hadn't been decided yet or I had no way to change it. I also saw it as a suggestion to go out and find your own answers!!

Ebony said...

Thank you for explaining this!! It really helped as a confirmation of my own beliefs about the rune!
I did my second reading today and pulled this up when asking about the result of future challenges (Kenaz) and almost immediately guessed that it meant that now wasn't the right time to ask, either because it wasn't decided yet or because I wasn't supposed to know as it was out of my
Hands. I really believe that this rune belongs in the set and the idea of a sound for silence seems mystical (like runes!) but also that its a reminder either to go out and make your own fate or that fate is not always in your own hands and some things are beyond us as mortals! (depending when/how you draw it) !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Here is my understanding of the blank rune.

According to many students of the runes and its historical lore, the blank rune is a new creation from the 1980 by a man with little background on the subject as a whole. The students rail against its use and strongly suggest the rune NOT be included with the other 24 traditional runes.

They argue that Peroth is adequate to represent the issues given the blank rune. But other scholars of rune lore have adopted the blank rune to symbolize the three Norns or Karma – the unknown -that which is beyond human understanding.

Let’s take a different perspective here. Consider that tradition states the Runes were earned by Odin and shared with humanity. Consider too that the meaning of those runes has evolved from human use and understanding as our world evolves from that of primeval forests of Northern Europe. Yes, they were a type of alphabet but they originally reflected human behavior, motivation, and thought before writing.

Consider, too, other runic systems exist which have been “added or subtracted” to/from the Elder Futark. So the addition of a blank rune by Blum is not without historical precedence. Also keep in mind that using the Runes is not reading from a “cookbook” but an exercise of human intuition interrelating with the runes in question. Human intuition or meditating is primary to interaction with the runes and this includes adding additional ones as the need surfaces, I think.

The blank rune is closely related to that of Peorth or the dice cup but different in focus as Peroth is related to divination and/or secrets and the blank rune symbolizes the total unknowable unknown which is fated by previous human behavior. Chance rules Peroth. Karma rules the blank rune where chance may or may not be the deciding factor, but prior behavior always is.

Whereas Peorth can disclose a mystery, the blank rune tells nothing except that Karma is working on the issue at hand. It represents the X in the equation of human endeavors, which cannot adequately be allowed for or explained by our view of the world in its present state.

Connie said...

To "Anonymous": a huge thank you for your shared insight...I found your post helpful indeed!