Runes – SOWILO

(S: The sun.)

Pronunciation: “soe-wee-low”

DIVINATORY MEANINGS: Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire. Positive energy, increase, power, activity, fertility, health

MAGICAL USES: energy, strength, success, healing, fertility

ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Sunna

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 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 Neolithic times, and occurs throughout Europe and Asia.  The sun rune itself is a variation on this symbol, and represents motion and energy.

Sowilo marks the end of the second aett, and like wunjo represents success and glory.  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 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.

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