Saturday, February 8, 2014

Iar Rune

Iar used for io/ia (serpent), binding or encircling.  j

The world serpent has us all
in its grip;
lord of eternity
the cycle of birth and death.


The serpent (a snake or snake-like entity) is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and represent dual expression of good and evil.

Occasionally, serpents and dragons are used interchangeably, having similar symbolic functions. The venom of the serpent is thought to have a fiery quality similar to a Fire spitting dragon. The Greek Ladon and the Norse Nidhogg are sometimes described as serpents and sometimes as dragons.

Ior symbolizes dual natures, evident in the amphibious habits of many water beasts (like the World Serpent).  In Norse mythology the World Serpent (or Midgard serpent) known as Jormungandr encircled the world in the ocean's abyss biting its own tail. It also signifies the unavoidable hardships in life that we can do nothing about, but should still not worry about.

The Ior is protective and binding in nature.  Like the serpent that it symbolizes, it entwines itself around life, causing change by bringing death and subsequently allowing new life to begin. 

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