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    Berkana
    Pronunciation: Bear-khan-awn
    Letter: B
    Meaning: Birch tree or twig

    Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem
    Birch is without fruit / but just the same it bears / limbs without fertile seed / it has beautiful branches / high on its crown / it is finely covered / loaded with leaves / touching the sky.

    Old Norwegian Rune Poem
    Birch twig is the limb greenest with leaves / Loki brought the luck of deceit.

    Old Icelandic Rune Poem
    Birch twig is a leafy limb / and a little tree / and a youthful wood.

    This rune is associated with the birch tree. It also is connected with fertility and birth (or rebirth).This rune tells of new beginnings both spiritually and physically. It is a time of fertility, when the seeds that have been planted will burst forth, yielding a bumper harvest. This is also a fertile time for ideas. It suggests a very positive time for relationships. The mother and fertility goddesses are associated with this rune: Holda, Frigga, Freya and Indunn

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    Ansuz
    Pronounced: Awn-sooze
    Represents the A
    The word literally means a "God" . Represents Odin and the reverse, Loki.

    The Anglo-Saxon poem :
    The Mouth is the source of every speech,
    The mainstay of wisdom,
    And solace of sages,
    And the happiness and hope of every eorl.

    Icelandic poem :
    Ansuz (i.e. Odin) is the ancient father,
    and Ásgard's chieftain,
    and the leader of Valhalla.

    The Norse poem:
    The river mouth is the aim of most journeys
    but a scabbard is the sword's.

    This rune represents Odin and more specifically the “passing of breath” from Odin to us. It’s about passing on traditions and storytelling. Knowledge, communication, insight, speech and wisdom are all represented here. I can’t help but think of galdr when looking at what this rune means and the singing of runes in spell work. It also means messenger, this message may be truth or lie. I also see this rune as one of owning your words or what you say. In general this seems to be a positive rune to draw to me.

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    Isa
    Pronounced: Ess-ah
    Represents: i
    Meaning: Ice

    Norwegian:
    Ice is called the broad bridge; the blind man must be led. Icelandic Ice is bark of rivers and roof of the wave and destruction of the doomed

    Anglo-Saxon
    Ice is very cold and immeasurably slippery; it glistens as clear as glass and most like to gems; it is a floor wrought by the frost, fair to look upon

    Ice is cold, hard and dangerous. It can be hard or too thin. It is one of the first two elements that triggered life, ice being it’s own element from water in Norse practice. It can damage crops and freeze a person to death. This rune is about stopping or standing still. To me it means suspending what is going on or a blockage of some kind. It doesn’t mean give up but wait, it will thaw. It can also be a protective rune of sorts with a wall of ice being a boundary. This rune is about cooling off and standing still with movement to come at a later time.

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    Tiewaz
    Pronounced: Tee-vahz
    English letter: T
    Meaning: Tyr, the god

    Norwegian Poem:
    Tyr is the one-handed god; often happens the smith must blow.

    Icelandic Poem:
    Tyr is a one-handed god,and leavings of the wolf and prince of temples.

    Anglo-Saxon Poem:
    [Fame] is a sign, it keeps faith well with athelings, it is always on its course over the mists of night, it never fails.

    Tyr and the rune both rerpresent honesty, integrity, honor and fight both in the warrior and everyone else. It's about doing right and doing the right thing even if at great sacrifice. The story of Tyr and Fenrir is the best example of doing what needs done knowing it could harm you or hurt you. It's a rune of justice as well. I have used this rune in spells where I wanted to see justice done. Just make sure your the wronged party if you use this rune. It about using your head and not your heart when making a decision and walking your talk.
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    Ingwaz
    Pronounced: ing-was
    Letter:ng
    Meaning: Fertility, God Ing or Freyr

    Anglo-Saxon Poem:
    Ing among the East-Danes was first beheld by men, until that later time when to the east he made his departure over the wave, followed by his chariot; that was the name those stern warriors gave the hero.

    Like Tiewaz this rune represents a god, Ing or Freyr. This rune takes on that quality of the god. Fertility and new beginnings. It's considered the castrated god or Freyr's sacrifice to make the fields fertile. I read once it was the build up of energy right before it burst. It also can represent a doorway home. It's a rune of sexuality more than sex in my mind. In the Futhark it's a diamond shape giving the impression of a womb. In the Anglo-Saxon runes its two x's on top one another. To me that is more representative of the twins(Freyr and Freya) or of coupling. Either way the rune is not really reversible.
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    Dagaz
    Pronounced: Daw-ghawz
    Letter: D
    Meaning: Dawn or day

    Anglo-Saxon Poem:
    Day, the glorious light of the Creator, is sent by the Lord;
    it is beloved of men, a source of hope and happiness to rich and poor,
    and of service to all.

    Dagaz represents the day or the 24 hours period of day and night. Like Jera where the seeds are planted and change comes, it is fast change where Jera is slow change. It’s the sun bursting over the horizon and shining over the land. This is usually a spiritual transformation and it is considered positive. Just as the sun illuminates the world so it illuminates the issue at hand. It has no reverse but can lay in opposition. Manni and Sunna are represented with this rune as are Heimdall and Loki.

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    Sowilo
    Pronounced: So-iölo
    Literally: “Sun” (Sol)

    Anglo-Saxon Poem: Sun is by seamen / always hoped for / when they fare far away / over the fishes´ bath / until the brine-stallion / they bring to land

    Old Norwegian Poem: Sun is the light of the lands / I bow to the holiness

    Old Icelandic Poem: Sun is the shield of the clouds / and a shining glow / and the life-long sorrow of ice

    Sowilo is the power and light of the sun. It’s illuminating and very positive. Reaching goals, breakthroughs and moving on are all part of this rune. This rune is progress and movement. It has no reverse or opposition. This rune would mean that something is ending for the postive, a block has been lifted a problem is solved. It could also mean a positive new beginning.

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    Gebo Meaning: Gift
    Pronounced: "gay-boe”, hard g as in gift

    Anglo-Saxon Poem:
    Gift is for every man / a pride and a praise / help and worthiness / and of every homeless adventurer / it is the estate and substance / for those who have nothing else

    Gebo is two even lines crossing which represents what a gift should be. Gift giving in Heathen practice is important and should be done as evenly as possible. Don’t over or under give. Gifts were exchanged for all sorts of things and don’t have to money or an item per se, any contracts and legal agreements as well. This rune is also representative of husband and wife and the gifts they share, including the physical. It’s about balance, debt and payment. This is a rune has no reverse but it could be in opposition to show a lack of balance or to say genuine reciprocity has not been done.

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    Wunjo
    Pronounced: “Won-joe”
    Letter: W
    Meaning: joy, perfection Anglo-Saxon Poem:

    He enjoys Delight who knows little of woe,
    Of suffering and sorrow,
    And has for his own prosperity, pleasure,
    Eke the plenty of cities This rune is about joy and happiness on one level, just as its meaning says. It’s also about relationships, kin, clan and victory. It can also represent the ecstasy of working or knowing the gods. It looks like the unfurled flag put down after a win or to represent who we are and knowing yourself (and being ok with it). It’s a positive rune but can show a lack of progress or happiness.

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    Algiz
    Pronounced: Awl-ga-eze
    Letter: Z or rolling R
    Meaning: protection, elk, maybe even swan

    Anglo-Saxon Poem:
    Elk´s sedge has its home / most often in the fen / it waxes in the water / and grimly wounds / and burns with blood / any man / who in any way / tries to grasp it

    Icelandic Rune Poem:
    Man is the increase of dust; mighty is the talon-span of the hawk

    This is a rune of our connection to the gods through Yggdrasil and is a powerful rune for protection. It represents the Elk’s antlers, the world tree or a person reaching up to the gods. There reoccurring themes in a most translations are the gods, our kin, standing up for one’s self, protection and energy. The Valkyries are associated with this rune.

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