A friend who is working on another TB fanfic story was asking about use of runes in ancient divination, so I pulled out my rune set that I hadn’t used in some time. The runes are particularly appropriate when considering questions related to Eric, as they are part of Viking folklore and spirituality. According to Norse mythology, the god Odin (the All-Father) hung upside down on the World Tree (Yggdrasil) in order to learn the wisdom and power of the runes and share that knowledge with mankind. Just for fun, I asked the following question:
What advice do the runes have for Eric in regard to his relationship with Sookie?
I found the answers to be very intriguing, given Eric’s recent past, his current circumstances and what I hope for Eric’s future. As you will see below, the pivot points all have to do with Eric’s understanding of who he is and he will choose to be in the future. As far as Sookie goes, the runes indicate a positive development — but not for some time. (In the TB timeline, I’m guessing that means at least until next season in practical terms. But hope for Sooric remains.)
I drew a five rune spread with the runes drawn representing the following aspects of the situation:
- The overview of the situation
- The challenge faced
- The course of action called for
- That which must be sacrificed (I.e., that which must be given up to progress; that which has to be peeled away, shed or discarded)
- A new situation that is evolving in regard to the question.
Here is the reading I drew, with interpretation of the individual runes in each position. The italicized quotes are from Ralph A. Blum’s Book of Runes.
Overview of the situation
Mannaz (reversed). The Self. This is a time of major growth and rectification, and as a rule, rectification must come before progress. The field is tilled before the seed is planted, the garden is weeded before the flower blooms, and the self must know stillness before it discovers its true song…(In the reverse position) If you feel blocked, Mannaz urges you to begin by being clear with yourself. Do not turn to others, but look inside, in silence, for the enemy of your progress. No matter what area of your life is in disarray, stop and consider: You will recognize the outer enemy as but a reflection of what you have not, until now, been able or willing to recognize as coming from within.
The Challenge Faced
Thurisaz. Gateway/Non-Action/The God Thor. With a gateway for its symbol, this rune indicates there is work to be done both inside and outside yourself…Thurisaz is a rune of non-action. Thus, the gateway is not to be approached without contemplation. Here you are being confronted with a clear reflection of what is hidden in yourself, what must be exposed and examined before right action can be undertaken. This rune strengthens your ability to wait. Now is not a time to make decisions. Deep transformational forces are at work in this next-to-last of the Cycle Runes. Visualize yourself standing before a gateway on a hilltop. Your entire life lies out behind you and below. Before you step through the gateway, pause and review the past: the learning and the joys, the victories and the sorrows –everything it took to bring you here. Observe it all, bless it all, release it all. For it is in letting go of the past that you reclaim your power.
The Course of Action Called For
Raido (reversed) Journey/Communication/Union,Reunion. Receiving Raido reversed puts you on notice to be particularly attentive to personal relationships. At this time, ruptures are more likely than reconciliations and effort may be required to keep your good humor. Whatever happens, how you respond is up to you. The requirements for your growth may totally disrupt what you had intended. Desired outcomes may elude you. And yet what you regard as detours, inconveniences, disruptions, blockages and even failures and deaths, will actually be rerouting opportunities, with union and reunion as the only abiding destinations.
What Must Be Sacrificed (Let Go)
Inguz Fertility/New Beginnings/Ing, the Hero Go. This rune is akin to the moon, the intuitive part of our nature, with its urge toward harmonizing and adjusting in the sphere of personal relationships. Inguz embodies the need to share, the yearning to be desired, a search after similarities. The completion of beginnings is what inguz requires. Drawing this rune may mark a time of joyful deliverance, a new life, a new path. A rune of great power, receiving it means you now have the strength to achieve completion, resolution, from which comes a new beginning. Above all, completion is crucial here. It may be timely that you complete some project now; if so, make it your first priority. Perhaps a difficult state of mind can be clarified or resolved. The appearance of this rune indicates you must fertilize the ground for your own deliverance…You may be required to free yourself from a rut, a habit or a relationship; from some deep cultural or behavioral pattern, some activity that was quite proper to the self you are leaving behind.
New Situation Evolving
Jera Harvest/Fertile Season/One Year. A rune of beneficial outcomes, jera applies to any activity or endeavor to which you are committed. Be aware, however, that no quick results can be expected. A span of time is usually involved; hence the key words “One year,” symbolizing a full cycle before the reaping, harvest or deliverance…To those whose labor has a long season, a long coming to term, jera offers encouragement of success. Know that the outcome is in the keeping of Providence and continue to persevere.