SOWELO

SOWELO

Sowelo corresponds to the Sun, bringer of light and sustainer of life, whose warmth and light call forth the seed waiting quietly in the soil until the warm Sun of spring informs it of its time to be born. The Sun is a sphere, and as such, its emanations are felt from all directions. To the Norse, this was a powerful victory Rune. I think of its appearance as making the impossible possible. The figure, drawn like a zigzag, indicates the flow of energy activated by this Rune, moving in a spiral motion every which way throughout every situation, refreshing and enlivening. Also known as SOL, Sowelo relates to our higher self, seeking conscious becoming from the depths of the subconscious. From a shamanist viewpoint, Sowelo’s energy as a figure-eight on the horizontal plane interacts perpendicularly with its energy as a figure-eight on the vertical plane, spinning like a top, revolving from a vortex, pushing outward and upward, contracting back to its point of origin in a repetitive process, causing unusual and unexpected things to happen.[1] This Rune is the light in the darkness that enables one to see one’s way with greater clarity. It enables one to see the hidden potentials within one’s own being, activating hope and ultimate success. In a reading this Rune is almost always beneficial, as it has no reverse position.

Thus ends the second ÆTT which began with Runes for disaster and ends up with the most optimistic Rune of all, but getting through the difficulties presented by the earlier situation have meant life challenges and the growth of one’s will. Hagalaz present the sudden change, Nauthiz is the dire need directing one to the knowledge of what is needed to overcome the difficulty, and Isa represents the time of stopping and waiting for the obstacles to clear and be overcome. Jera, too, speaks to the need for waiting, but its term of waiting is for the results of your period of work to culminate in the harvest. Eihwaz connects us to both sides of the doing, as it represents upward and downward motion along the trunk of the Tree of Life, as Algiz represents the root and the branches crowning the Tree. Perthro, and the Norns, represent those unknown and un-nameable factors that arise within the situation. If you are given timely advice and are willing to do the work advised, you will be given help from above. Otherwise, don’t bother the gods. The Sowelo, like Perthro, represents the unseen forces that contribute to the outcome of any situation. Unlike Perthro, it is always optimistic and can make what seems impossible, possible.

[1] Meadows, Kenneth. Rune Power. P 81.