Stav Runes (As)

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Meaning: Kingship, the God Head.
Symbolises: Knowledge, shamanic man riding an eight legged horse.
Mythology: Odin, Wotan
Fylgja: Ravens, eagles, wolves, horses, snake/dragon
Class: Konge
Tree: Ash
Plant: Oats
Day: Wednesday
Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme:
Estuary is the way of most journeys; But the sheath is that for swords.

This rune is Odin’s rune, the all father and relates to wisdom. As with Thor we find Odin playing a significant role in nearly all of the stories in the Eddas. The stories that are of most immediate interest are those telling how Odin acquired his wisdom. How he hung of Yssdrasil for nine days and nine nights with out food or drink, with a spear in him.

On the ninth night he cried out and looked up and was shown the runes and won his wisdom. The price of the wisdom was knowing the truth even if it is painful. The rune poem suggests a dedication to the god before beginning a journey, asking for protection and guidance.

The estuary would have been the beginning of most journeys in places like Norway, with the dangerous mountains, travel by water would have been the easiest way to travel. The second line balances this request for help with a reminder that you are responsible for your own protection. Is your sword in its sheath before you set off in case you meet danger.

The protection that the sheathed sword offers is not a threatening one, you’re not being aggressive and possibly provoking a problem. This leads to the suggestion that the rune represents personal responsibility. As the Konge (King) Odin has a menagerie of Fylgja which relate to every class. This is related to the wisdom of Odin and the knowledge that he gained.