In Viking Rune Meaning Part 1, we have discussed the meaning of the first eight Viking Runes including Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raidho, Kenaz (Kanu), Gebo, and Wunjo. This blog post is going to focus on the next eight runes which belong to the second Aett (“family”).
The next eight runes in Viking Rune Meaning include Hagalaz, Nauthiz, Isa, Jera, Eihwaz, Pertho (?), Algiz, and Sowilo.
Hagalaz (ᚺ or ᚻ)
The appearance of the Hagalaz rune often suggests someone let go of the past. Hagalaz is probably the smaller part of Ragnarok which was the doom of gods. Ragnarok presents not only the destruction but also the rebirth. So does Hagalaz. This rune reminds us of the destruction of certain blocks and ties in our life. Only through such destruction can we move forward to the next chapter of our life.
Nauthiz might be the fruitless harvest. t might be the unfulfilled desire. This Nauthiz rune might be the yearning of the soul. Whatever it might be, Nauthiz refers to the need for something, the unfulfilled desire for something. But this rune is just temporary, so it is necessary that one try to fill this Nauthiz rune with every step they take in life.
This simplest rune presents the stillness and the purity of the ice. Figuratively, this rune indicates the time that one person needs to rest before continuing something. It can be the time of recharging or of assessing. The Isa rune wants us to wait, keep calm because better things are going to take place in our life.
Jera symbolizes two scythes sweeping. It means the successful crops. The long winter has come to past and the hard work of cultivating has finished. Now comes the times of reaping the harvest. In the figurative sense, this Jera rune presents the permanent rewards that appear after many hardships.
This Eihwaz rune presents the very important change in one’s life. It can be the puberty, adulthood, marriage, or career path change, etc. This change may appear to be uncertain at first but gradually it will be a necessary change. Because of such an important change, one might become more strong and stable in life.
In Viking rune meaning, the name “Pertho” of this rune is just a common theory, however. Anyway, Pertho symbolizes a cup and this Pertho cup is full of mystery and secret things. The meaning of this rune is quite vague for the few surviving materials. Many people believe this rune presents the game of chance and fate.
This Algiz rune depicts a person with hands rising. This rune commonly presents the protection and defence. The presence of this Algiz rune remind us of a threat and there is something that we should protect. This Algiz rune appears in the Aegishjalmur which was a famous Viking symbol of protection.
Sowilo (ᛊ or ᛋ)
Sowilo refers to the dynamic and energetic personality. It also reminds us of the progress in one task. Because it is the Sun Rune so it can offer the healthy energy from the Sun that stimulates a remarkable recovery.