*Sowilo

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo ristan

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo fahido

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo galar

Sowilo, the sun, shines upon the land, bringing with it the light of hope and growth. The energy of its rays brings life up from the ground. It is the mighty sustainer of life; without which there would be only cold and death. In its light, the seed will grow; in its absence, the seed will die.

“Sun is light of lands.
I bow to the dome of holiness.”
-Danish rune poem

The hope of the sun’s returning has held the hearts of men afloat for ages innumerable. As winter closes in and the sun’s light seems to leave us forever, the promise of its return remains. Through the harsh winters, we have persisted in the knowledge that the life-giving warmth will be felt again. We rejoice in the waking of the earth once again.

“Sun is ship’s shield,
shining halo,
turning wheel.”
-Icelandic rune poem

Guiding light is given by the sun, when men seek to travel across both land and water. In the dark of night oft do men stray from their course and become lost, or fall prey to dangers lurking, but by day the way is clear, and the hazards visible. The sun is that which both gives life and helps to maintain it. Hail to the life-giving orb!

“Sun is constant pleasure to sea men,
when they travel over fishes’ bath,
until it brings them to land.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo ristan

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo fahido

Sola gjekk I ringen, sumaren sende
hanar galar rismål for alvar I enga

Tveimar ek sowilo galar

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Number: 16

Phonetic Value: S

Literal Meaning: Sun

Associations: Light, guidance, returning, turning wheel

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