Thursday, February 13, 2014

Moon (Rune)

Manni Moon, freedom, passion. d  Not a true Ancient Norse Rune but one I use for practice from other runic alphabets.
Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in his silver shoon;
This way, and that, he peers, and sees
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
And moveless fish in the water gleam.

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. Its prominence in the sky and its regular cycle of phases have, since ancient times, made the Moon an important cultural influence on language, calendars, art and mythology. The Moon's gravitational influence produces the ocean tides and the minute lengthening of the day.

In Norse mythology, Manni is the moon personified.  At night he rides a chariot pulled by horses through the sky, and determines its waxing and waning. Mani is chased by the wolf Hati ("hate"). Whenever the wolf managed to catch the moon, a lunar eclipse would take place. This caused great concern, and by making a lot of noise people tried to scare the wolf away.


G Waxing Moon


m New Moon


M Full Moon


T Waning Moon

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