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    Re: Rune of the Month

    Peorð - it is a tricky one, to be sure, and often interpreted as a dice cup lying on its side, meaning in divination people often associate it with luck or games of chance. With its reference to a beer cellar (in the AS version anyway) we are back in the world of warmth and laughter, where warriors drink, boast and 'have fun' (whatever that meant to them.)
    Being Anglo-Saxons however, I doubt that is what it really means at all...
    Sorry to sound a bit cryptic - will try and come back with some more thoughts soon.
    Rae'ya is absolutely right that nobody is sure what the title word means - that is something that happens quite a few times in the AS rune poem. It could mean it originated in a dialect... that it had a specific meaning now lost.Or that it was meant to sound like something else!
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    Re: Rune of the Month

    I have been sooooo bad at this lately. Naughty me. lol.

    Seeing as Tylluan is the only one who's chipped into Pertho so far, I'm bumping this before I add the next rune

    As for Pertho... I don't actually have a lot of experience with this rune, as I've never used it for any sort of workings or bindrunes. I also have it rarely come up in divination, but when it does, I interpret it as meaning that the outcome is chancy, could go a number of ways, or otherwise is not able to be influenced by your machinations and you'll just have to try it and see what happens. Depending on what sort of reading I'm doing and where it ends up on the mat (I cast, I don't draw) it can also mean sheer luck, chance, taking a risk or someone who flies by the seat of their pants.

    I think that in some ways, the unknown nature of the meaning of Pertho is fitting, given the two commonly accepted interpretations of the rune. I've seen it most often interpreted as either chance/risk/luck, or the unknown/mystery/wyrd (sometimes both at once!). I definitely lean more towards the chance/risk/luck side of it, with the understanding that there is an undercurrent of wyrd and hamingja to those things. Our 'luck' is influenced by the hamingja that we have accrued via the deeds that we have done and how our community views us. Our wyrd is influenced not just by the will of the Nornir, but by our past actions and how we have shaped our available pathways due to our choices. In a sense, very little in our life is truly about sheer random chance (Thalassa has a specific word for this, but I can never remember what it is). So then why have a rune that represents sheer random chance? I think it's less about actual literal luck/chance, and more about the way that we view the events of our life, the way that we view the possible outcomes, and the predictability of those outcomes. Sometimes we need to take a chance rather than plot out every little detail of our lives. That doesn't necessarily mean that the possible outcomes are unknown or unknowable, just that maybe we need to relax a bit of our control and trust our wyrd to play out. This is where the unknown/mystery/wyrd part comes in... I don't feel that there is a mystical depth to that 'unknown'... it's not a woo woo future hidden in the shadows of the crystal ball... it's just that the predictability is less and maybe it would do us good to take a chance for once. Or maybe the outcome will be negative but we should be doing it anyway as we'll learn a valuable lesson from it.

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    Re: Rune of the Month

    Pertho has come across to me as having a few meanings. Like has been said, the idea of it being a dice cup on it's side has come up a few times, and I've used it as such for bindrunes involving luck or chance.

    To go along with that, is the concept of the unknown, of randomness, and of fate. I've had it come up a few times when I've done some divinations, though rarely. In each of those times, the combinations of other runes were so jumbled and hard to get a handle on, Pertho always sat by itself off to the side as if to say "FISH OFF". In that respect, I think to equate it with Frigga, and her ability to foretell the future but with a reluctance to do so because knowledge of one's fate can be disastrous, and so is intentionally clouding the issue so that it cannot be known.

    Another sort of connection to Frigg, is that the rune itself can be seen as an "open" Berkana, which has been used as a rune of growth and gestation. Connected to the idea of the future, Pertho is "giving birth" to what is to come, either literally (as Frigg has been invoked to aid with pregnancy) or figuratively.

    I've found it to be a rather feminine and earthy rune, grounded in life and revelation, and have always seen it as silvery in color.

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    Re: Rune of the Month

    Jēra

    Elder Futhark: *Jēra (sometimes *Jēran), Proto Germanic, meaning 'harvest'
    Younger Futhark: Ár, Old Norse meaning 'year'
    Anglo Saxon Futhorc: Gér, Old English, meaning 'year'

    Phonetic value: 'y' for *Jēra and Gér; 'a' for Ár

    NB: Ár and Gér have different stave shapes, just to be confusing!

    Pronunciation:
    For the Proto Germanic *Jēra, the 'j' is pronounced like the 'y' and the start of 'year'. Remember that the 'e' sound is more like the 'ey' in 'hey', but the accent means that we need to draw it out a bit. In Proto Germanic 'r' always has a slight trill, and the 'a' is just like any ending 'a' in English. So we have 'YEEY-ra'.

    The Old Norse Ár is easy. Just put on a pirate accent and you'll be pretty close! The 'Á' is a long 'aaa' then with the 'r' on the end. So 'AAR'

    In Old English the 'G' is a tricky one. Most of the time it's pronounced like a short, sharp 'y', but sometimes it's a hard 'g'. In this case, it's 'y'. The 'é' is a long 'ey' like in 'hey', which is a tricky vowel to hit when it's right after a 'y' sound. 'R' is just like 'r' in English (unless you're Aussie, in which case remember to pronounce it properly!). So Gér becomes 'Yaer'

    Now you all reply and add your insights...

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    Re: Rune of the Month

    Bump.

    Before I post up a new rune, I want to bump this one to see if anyone has any thoughts on Jera?

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    Re: Rune of the Month

    Again this is another rune that, in AS anyway, has layer upon layer of meaning. It's not just about harvests and years, but about the redistribution of wealth.
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    Re: Rune of the Month

    I always saw Jera foremost as 'reaping what you sow'. That's almost always the first impression I get when I see it in a casting... you reap what you sow, you get out what you put in... that sort of thing. But it's also about cycles (of time, events etc) and about biding your time. What goes around comes around, time heals all wounds... all those cliche little sayings are favourites of Jera.

    I don't tend to use Jera in magick often, because it can be tricky to combine it right so that you don't end up biting yourself on the butt. Because it's very much about reaping what you sow, you can end up undermining yourself inadvertantly. I have successfully harnessed that for the express purpose of helping me to see the consequences of my words, though.

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    My own experience working with the AS rune poem, is that it needs to be read as a whole... verses foreshadow some and hark back towards others. It's a path rather than a series of disconnected and disjointed 'meanings' IMHO.
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    Re: Rune of the Month

    Can we get this one up and running again?
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    Re: Rune of the Month

    Sure, I just got lazy when participation waned off. You wanna have a go at the last couple before I pull a new one?

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