Stav Runes (Laug)

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Meaning: A bath, water.
Symbolises: Washing, coastal seas,.
Mythology: Niord – God of Commerce and the Sea, father of Frey and Freya
Fylgja: Sea birds, Geese, Sea Mammals
Class: Karl (Merchant aspect)
Tree: Apple
Plant: Leek/Garlic
Day: Saturday
Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme:
Water is that which falls from the mountain as a force; But gold objects are costly things

This is a sign of water and is associated with Niord, the god of the sea. The rune poem relates to both the power of water and the value of gold. Water falling from the mountains can be a considerable source of wealth. If may be a source of clean, safe water for drinking, by people and animals, and for irrigating crops. Without a consistent and reliable source of water the life of any community is precarious to say the least.

Beyond this there is the power of fast flowing water that can be harnessed to drive water wheels for grinding corn and driving machinery. This rune suggests that we should harness the power that is already flowing through our lives rather that let it escape without drawing on its potential. The second line of the rune rhyme suggests that there are always nuggets of gold to be found in life if only we are prepared to search for them.

There is also the association with the sea, and its harvest as well as the dangers of the sea. There is also the symbolism of drifting aimlessly with the tides and the currents which can only lead eventually to shipwreck.

Coupled with this notion of an inner sea of deep psychic knowledge and intuition that comes with understanding the ocean. The Vikings apparently used crystals for navigation which focused the psychic/intuitive powers of the navigator. Laug can indicate this kind of psychic awareness.