RAIDHO

Raidho, described as the journey Rune, actually has far more depth of meaning than this. Raidho is also the journey the heavenly bodies take through the Cosmos. The stars were the subjects of close observation by those who journeyed both by water and overland in those days when there were no compasses or GIS apps on cell phones. Travelers in the Northern Hemisphere could orient themselves by the North Star, also known as the Pole Star, and the trek of Sun and Moon across the night sky.[1] People who depended on their skills to orient their sense of place in space by such methods noted the roundness of the heavenly bodies. Perhaps this was the first concept of a wheel. Certainly we have the idea of “solar wheel” for the Sun. This Rune is also interpreted as the “solar wagon,” or chariot of Thor as he drives his goat cart across the heavens. The heavenly bodies sustain each other in their orbits via the laws of gravity and electromagnetism. Therefore it is also understandable that this Rune also holds the concept of “right rhythms” within the natural orders of the Cosmos.

I tend to extend this meaning of “right rhythms” one step further, to “right relationships.” My reason is simple. I’m a practicing shamanist. My Spirit Guide has spoken to me often about the importance of remaining in right relationship with the land, nature spirits, and other “invisible” helpers I work with, including the souls of plants, trees, and animals in order to remain in Balance. The concept of Balance is a very important one in shamanism. The Peruvian Indians express it as Ayni – “Today for me and tomorrow for you,” a version of reciprocity, and Munay, meaning “Love.” Right relationship has been expressed in other times and cultures, such as Buddhism. I am thrilled that my ancestral religion too has its version of it.

When the Runes first “downloaded” themselves into my awareness back in 2013, when it came to Raidho, I saw men working together as they prepared for war. They were dressed in leather armor, and the forges were working at hammering out swords, and the men were loading wagons with supplies. Then another scene imprinted itself upon me. Monks were working to load hay on to wagons for the care of the cattle during the winter months. Working together for war or peace represent aspects of this Rune that stands for Right Rhythm and Right Relationship. Within the natural cycles are included the year (the Rune Jera) and the daytime/nighttime cycle (the Rune Dagaz). To this list I would add the laws of the Cosmos: attraction, repulsion, and equilibrium.[2]

Inherent in the aspects of Raidho as a Rune of Right Relationships is communication. One can expect messages via letter, phone, telegram, or email. Generally a fortunate Rune, when one encounters Raidho reversed it could mean failure in communication, difficulties in transportation, delays in one’s plans, or the need to make a journey at an inopportune time.

[1] Edred Thorsson also relates the North Star to the Rune Tiwaz, also called Tyr, after the God of War who sacrificed his hand in order that the Fenris Wolf be bound.

[2] See chapter on Valknut where I spend some time discussing the correspondences between Gurdjieff’s Laws of Three, Seven, and the Runic Ætts.