Sowilo symbolises the energy of the sun, the great guiding orb that is carried by the Goddess Sunna in her bright carriage. The rune brings blessings to sailors as it helps them navigate across the unknown waters and, for those on a spiritual path, it performs the same function – guiding us whether the path is smooth or rough. In the northern tradition the sun, moon and stars are all thought to be of the same fiery material – shards flung out from the flaming realm of Muspelheim. Sowilo connects in not just with the sun but also with glittering stars who guide sailors and astrologers as they chart the passage ahead.
The rune is wonderful to work with if you are seeking guidane and clarity upon your path. It is also very beneficial for healing and is used by healers to assist and guide them.
Traditional meaning: Sun
Colour: Yellow, green, gold
Elements: The appropriate element for Sowilo is fire, it represents the great sun wheel, ever turning upon its course.
Half month: February 12th-February 27th
Plants: Oak, juniper, mistletoe
Body: Heart chakra, solar plexus, used to treat burn and skin disorders and to knit bones and wounds
Aroma: Bay, sandalwood
Object of power: Shield
Sowilo is the eighth rune in the Second Aett (second family) of the Elder Futhark. I have developed a series of recorded journeys to help you experience the energies of the runes in an accessible way. There are three downloads available for purchase covering the first, second and third Aetts. Each download comes with a PDF guide explaining what to do and giving the rune correspondences; a track to open sacred space and a track to close it; and eight rune journeys. Take a journey to encounter the rune Sowilo for yourself, the guided meditation provides an accessible way for you to encounter the rune. Journeys with the Elder Futhark – The Second Aett costs £9.00, you will be sent the download autmoatically by DigitalDelivery following payment by Paypal.
- Oswald the Runemaker’s summary analysis of Sowilo
- Magin’s discussion of the half-month of Algiz 2011