Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dragon (Rune)

Dragon, chaos, destroyer, nothingness. Not a true Norse Rune but one that I use for rituals.

Dragons flying in the sky, swooping down and soaring high.  Mighty wings, so awe inspiring, always moving, never tiring.


In Norse mythology there are several references to dragons. Many European stories of dragons have them guarding a treasure hoard. Both Fafnir and Beowulf's dragon guarded earthen mounds full of ancient treasure. The treasure was cursed and brought ill to those who later possessed it.

Dragons in European traditions have wings, allowing them to soar freely above, resulting in a perspective that encompasses a huge panorama below. In this context, dragons can be thought to symbolize the ability to see the “big picture” as well as the ability to see far off danger or future circumstances.

In many cultures dragons are viewed as representing the primal forces in nature and the universe. They can alternately breathe Fire, poison or ice. These abilities demonstrate that they are both creators and destroyers. Fire gives life (and sometimes death); ice and poison mete out death. Early muskets were named “dragons” due to their fire-spitting ability. Likewise, muskets can serve either to procure food and preserve life or to dole out death in battle.

1 comment:

  1. It is a complex mark that is not a true Norse Rune but one that I use for rituals. It comes from Orlanthi Runes -