Sunday, February 2, 2014

Daeg Rune

The d rune (ᛞ) is called Daeg day, transition, turning point.

Day, the glorious light of the Creator;
is beloved of men, a source of hope and happiness to rich and poor,
and of service to all.


This is the rune of Day. Daeg, which translates directly to Day, is a Sweartaelf, son of Delling (Dawn) and the charioteer and companion to Sunna (the sun). While the sun is the source of light and warm in the world, without day, she would neither be able escape Skoll (Treachery) the wolf chasing her to consume her, nor would she appear in the skies. Today we know that the sun does not rise above the Earth, but that the Earth turns to face the sun, we could consider then that Daeg is charioteer taking Sunna on her circuit of the Milky way, and ruler of the day time.

This all aside, Daeg is a rune of beginnings. While the modern culture states that the day begins at midnight, and the Celtic view begins at sunset (relating it to conception, or the planting of a seed), the Heathen view begins the day at sunrise, which is related to birth. You are only your own person once you are born, whilst in womb you are entirely at the mercy of your mother, you grow, like a seed beneath the soil, and yet have to make any mark on the world.

The Mother, represented by Beorc, carries you, nurtures you and puts all her energy into creating you, it is only once you have faced the pain of birth, a shared experience with your mother, whilst she experiences the pain of contractions and childbirth, your head and body are squeezed to the size of a lemon and pushed violently from the warm, calm, nurturing womb, into the cold, dry, bright, loud world, only then can you begin to make your mark.


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