Upright and Inverted runes
- I have done readings where an inverted meaning was not negative, and I have done readings where an upright rune was negative. As a rule, I interpret their orientation as being positive for upright and negative for inverted. But there are exceptions, just based on the way they "feel."
Get Your Free, Private E-mail at http://mail.go.com
- Only some of the Runes can be inverted, some cannot e.g. the IS - Ice
Rune, GYFU - Gift Rune and DAEG - Day Rune). Whether or not you
choose to use inverted or reversed Runes is up to you but the
decision must be made BEFORE the reading!!
- Firstly apologies to the group for my recent quietness. Life
is totally hectic and there are currently more demands on my time
than I can cope with. I hate being an absent landlord though to
this group but since no one else has come forward to help
moderate, I really don't have a choice. This group is very
important to me though and I am delighted to see it continue
to grow and I do read each and every post even if I don't post
as many replies as I did.
The question of reversed runes is an interesting one and one
that each rune reader has to decide for themselves. As I think
I have said here before, I do take some notice of the
orientation of the rune, but it is far from the sole determinant.
We like simply divisions these days, and to see things in
black and white but reality is rarely like that. There is not
any simple "upright" = good, and "reversed" = bad equation
that can be applied. Boden wrote the other day about the
calm movement that is Laguz (Lagu),which is very true,
but I have also encountered situations where this rune
upright suggested that "going with the flow" was more a
case of hanging on tightly as one journied across
metaphorical rapids than either peaceful waves breaking
against the seashore, or a leisurely journey across a calm
lake. What determined the meaning here was the other runes
and there are several runes which don't have an inverted
position but which upright would have had a transforming
effect on the reading in a way that most people would
feel was not positive. Nauthiz (Nyd) and Hagalaz (Haegl)
are obvious ones. If Laguz (Lagu) had been surrounded
by these two, it would have been too much to hope for
a calm passage!
Given though that as I have just indicated, not all runes
can reverse you might wonder why bother with inverted runes
at all. It has always seemed to me to be something of a
contradiction to argue that Odin's inversion on Yggdrasil
is a gesture of great symbolic importance, if you are then
going to claim that the orientation of the runes is without
any meaning whatsoever. If, is as generally thought, the
glyphs represent things of significance in the lives of
the ancient peoples, then these were objects which clearly
had a correct way up. An icicle does not hang upwards. A
tribal banner would presumably be held upright proudly.
If these were to be reversed for example, surely a
superstitious society could not but help and see this as
imbued with meaning?
That said, I don't believe in different meanings for
upright and inverted runes. For me the orientation of the
rune stave changes /emphasis/ and not /meaning/. I see
it like underlining a piece of text on a page. The
meaning of the words hasn't changed but your attention
is drawn to part of the meaning in a different way.
- --- Greg Smith <Shadowhawke_@...> wrote:
> I have done readings where an inverted meaning wasI've learned that sometimes the reverse can just mean
> not negative, and I have done readings where an
> upright rune was negative. As a rule, I interpret
> their orientation as being positive for upright and
> negative for inverted. But there are exceptions,
> just based on the way they "feel."
that there is something in your life that you need to
learn depending on the position they hold. I could
also mean that there is something you know, but are in
> GO.com Mail
> Get Your Free, Private E-mail at http://mail.go.com
Do You Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Auctions - buy the things you want at great prices