Plant Tree Runic Number

Color

Elements

Phonetic
Equivalent

Associated Myths and Deities

Gemstone

Mistletoe
Jumiper

16

White

Air

S

Sol

Ruby




Name: Sowilo | Translation : sun
Pronunciation | soe-wee-low
Zodiac Sign: | Aquarius and Pisces
Healing: | Help to evacuate all things that harm the body from the inside. (poison, pus....)
Magical Uses: | protection for travelers, to ease or bring about change, to reconnect



Divinitory Meanings: journey, pilgrimage, change, destiny, quest, progress, life lessons

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Analysis : The sun is held sacred by almost every religion in the world. Its light and warmth symbolize life and growth and all that is good. Norse cosmology describes the sun being driven around the heavens in a chariot and chased by a great wolf, which will devour it at Ragnarok. Throughout Indo-European Paganism, the sun has frequently been associated with the horse, often described as being carted around the sky by a horse. Both are symbolic of life and fertility, and are usually considered 'masculine' in polarity, although in Norse myth the chariot is driven by a girl. The swastika or sun wheel is a constant motif in rock carvings dating back to Neolithic times, and occurs throughout Europe and Asia. The sun rune itself is a variation on this symbol, and represents motion and energy. Sowulo marks the end of the second aett, and like wunjo represents success and glory. However, unlike the rest and relaxation of Valhalla, the sun is very much an active symbol. We have reached the end of the aett successfully, and the conclusion is a positive one, but in this case we are fully aware of the changing and transient nature of the universe. We can see the wolf at our heels, and we know that we must move on. Here, though, the journeyer may pause briefly in the warmth and light of the sun, absorbing and applying its energy to the work ahead. This time we won't need to be blasted out of our safe position, but will rather choose to leave it in order to continue on the journey.


The Rune Poem - Verse XVI
The Sun is the hope of the seafarer
As they move across the fishes bath,
'til the sea-steed brings them to land.






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