Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Air (Rune)

Air (wind, future, change, ideas).  Not a true Ancient Norse Rune but one I use for practice from other runic alphabets.
Air we cannot see,
Swirls of laughter and music. 
Air is the element that we breathe into our busy lungs.
               Air is the element of the East, connected to the soul and the breath of life. If you’re doing a working related to communication, wisdom or the powers of the mind, Air is the element to focus on. Air carries away your troubles, blows away strife, and carries positive thoughts to those who are far away. Air is associated with the colors yellow and white.
               Breath is a divine gift, returned to the giver at death.  We take Air into us which contains vital energy.  When we breathe in deeply we inhale this life force and rhythmic breathing exercises helps to attune you to the powers of Air.
               The voice of the Air spirits is heard in the wind. There were many scared groves where the voices of spirits were heard in the wind whispering in the trees.  The powers of Air are also concerned with the intellect, the powers of the mind, knowledge, logic, inspiration, information, teaching, memory, thought and communication. Like the other elements, the powers of Air can be constructive or destructive. The gentle breeze cools and brings the life giving rain, but it can become the destructive hurricane.
               The movement of Air can tell us many things. It can bring the scent of spring, letting you know if the warming season will be early or late.  Or in some folk legends in various cultures supported the belief that the dead could ride on the winds.  It is for this reason that the symbol of Air is like a two-edged sword.


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