Black Wooden Viking Runes
A set of runes of the Elder Futhark.
25 runes (including an empty plank)
Impregnated with a compound based on beeswax and natural oil and polished.
The Diameter of the box - 104 mm (4 in.).
Patented box locking mechanism with three hatchets.
A set of Elder Futhark runes made from black oak veneer wood.
Each rune has dimensions: 22 x 11 x 3 mm
Dimensions of box: 104 x 104 x 18 mm
Both box and the runes are sealed with beeswax.
Viking Compass or Vegvísir was the symbol of power, magic, and mystique. Vegvísir possessed eight spikes pointing out (though they were not exactly the spikes). The symbol, to a certain extent, resembles the compass. Many people interpret the design of Vegvísir as the protection and the guidance in the storm.
The origin of this symbol was of mystique and there have been no convincing materials related to this at all. But as far as we are concerned, this symbol is now known as the Viking Compass. The meaning of the word “Vegvísir” could be interpreted as “the signpost” or “the Wayfinder”. “Vegur” means “road”, “path” and “visir” means “guide”.
The Power of Viking Compass:
The power of this symbol was presented in some lines of a prose:
“If this sign is carried, one will never lose one’s way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known”
As long as he/she carries the symbol of Vegvísir, they will not get lost. In the circumstances of not wearing the symbol, when they cannot find their path, they will find their way if they draw out the symbol of Vegvísir.
Runes of the Elder Futhark:
Name: Fehu, “cattle.” Phoneme: F. Meaning: wealth.
Name: Uruz, “aurochs.” Phoneme: U (long and/or short). Meaning: strength of will.
Name: Thurisaz, “Giant.” Phoneme: Th (both soft and hard). Meaning: danger, suffering.
Name: Ansuz, “an Aesir god.” Phoneme: A (long and/or short). Meaning: prosperity, vitality.
Name: Raidho, “journey on horseback.” Phoneme: R. Meaning: movement, work, growth.
Name: Kaunan, “ulcer.” Phoneme: K. Meaning: mortality, pain.
Name: Gebo, “gift.” Phoneme: G. Meaning: generosity.
Name: Wunjo, “joy.” Phoneme: W. Meaning: joy, ecstasy.
Name:Hagalaz, “hail.” Phoneme: H. Meaning: destruction, chaos.
Name: Naudhiz, “need.” Phoneme: N. Meaning: need, unfulfilled desire.
Name: Isaz, “ice.” Phoneme: I (long and/or short). Meaning: unknown (the rune poems are ambiguous and contradictory).
Name: Jera, “year.” Phoneme: Germanic J, modern English Y. Meaning: harvest, reward.
Name: Eihwaz, “yew.” Phoneme: I pronounced like “Eye.” Meaning: strength, stability.
Name: Pertho, Phoneme: P. Meaning: unknown – Esoteric: The Norns, Fate, Lot-Cup
Name: Elhaz Phoneme: Z. Meaning: protection from enemies, defense of that which one loves.
Name: Sowilo, “sun.” Phoneme: S. Meaning: success, solace.
Name: Tiwaz, “the god Tiwaz.” Phoneme: T. Meaning: victory, honor.
Name: Berkanan, “birch.” Phoneme: B. Meaning: fertility, growth, sustenance.
Name: Ehwaz, “horse.” Phoneme: E (long and/or short). Meaning: trust, faith, companionship.
Name: Mannaz, “man.” Phoneme: M. Meaning: augmentation, support.
Name: Laguz. Phoneme: L. Meaning: formlessness, chaos, potentiality, the unknown.
Name: Ingwaz, “the god Ingwaz.” Phoneme: Ng. Meaning: fertilization, the beginning of something, the actualization of potential.
Name: Othalan, “inheritance.” Phoneme: O (long and/or short). Meaning: inheritance, heritage, tradition, nobility.
Name: Dagaz, “day.” Phoneme: D. Meaning: hope, happiness.
Runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialised purposes thereafter. The Scandinavian variants are also known as futhark or fuþark (derived from their first six letters of the alphabet: F, U, Þ, A, R, and K); the Anglo-Saxon variant is futhorc or fuþorc (due to sound-changes undergone in Old English by the names of those six letters).
In Norse lore, the god, Odin, impaled his heart with his own spear and hung on the world tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days and nights all to perceive the meaning of the runes. The runes were symbols that sprang from the Well of Urd – the source of fate – and the Norns used these runes to carry that fate up the trunk and branches of Yggdrasil to the nine worlds amidst its boughs.
In some modern Pagan traditions, divination is done by casting runes. Much like reading Tarot cards, rune casting isn’t fortune-telling or predicting the future. Instead, it’s a guidance tool that works with your subconscious to help solve problems by looking at potential outcomes.
The word rune comes the Old Norse word rún (meaning “secret, runic letter”), which comes from the Proto-Germanic word *rūnō (meaning “letter, literature, secret”), which comes from either the Proto-Celtic word *rūnā (meaning “secret, mystery”) or the Proto-West Germanic word *rūnu (also meaning “secret, mystery”).
But runes aren’t only letters. They have been used for centuries as tools of divination, a fancy way of saying “to predict the future” or otherwise uncover the unknown through supernatural means. There is some evidence of runic magic practices being used as far back as the 3rd century. The sequence alu (ᚨᛚᚢ), an early charm word, “is found in numerous Elder Futhark runic inscriptions of Germanic Iron Age Scandinavia (and more rarely in early Anglo-Saxon England).”
According to Norse mythology of the Viking Age ((c. 790- c. 1100 CE), Odin, the king of the gods and the god of wisdom and war, “willingly hung himself from Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life, for nine days while pierced with his own spear in order to gain knowledge of the runes. He then shared that knowledge with mankind.”
Hail Odin the Discoverer of the Runes!
Hail the Gods!
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