What is runic astrology?
The concepts of time, the cycles of nature, and the stars themselves are embedded deep within the runes. The Eddas, Old Icelandic tales and other sources of our knowledge about the ancient mystery traditions of the north give tantalising hints at the existence of an astrological system unique to the northern peoples. Runic astrology is a system re-imagined from the whispered legacy of history and myth. The system I use builds on the work of Nigel Pennick including his attributions of the northern deities to the planets in our solar system and the way in which the runes are arranged around the ecliptic. My work with the birth runes has taught me that runic astrology can produce profound results.
Where are the planets in the Runic Wheel today?
What is it for?
Astrology is an art, not a science, and there are many, many
differing opinions regarding its value, effectiveness and purpose. If you love it, then do it, if you don’t – then don’t worry about it. To me runic astrology is the practice of listening to and responding to the ‘theme tune’ of the universe; a continually evolving, complex ‘song’ created by the interaction of the earth, moon, planets and Sun within the runic wheel. When you tune into your birth runes you are listening to your own song; you are in alignment and flow with yourself. When you tune into the song of the universe you are acting for the greater purpose and dancing in the flow of Wyrd.
How can we use it?
Imagine that the universe is extending its hand to you. It’s saying “Dance with me.” You start to move in time. You sit with the energy of the runes that are present right now. You raise their energies, sing their song, trace them on your body, create their shapes with your hands, channel them within and without. You experiment with how your birth runes, and the runes of the moment interact together. You harmonise them, you embody them. The changes we need to make as a species, if we are to thrive, and if our planet is to thrive, suddenly seem less scary, less unreachable. “Dance with me, be in flow first,” says the universe. “The rest will follow.” Interested? Sign up to my newsletter for your next steps with your dance partner.
As Sunna rides her chariot through the skies she brings light and enlightenment to all the worlds. She is the beacon of hope and the gladdener of hearts. Her own rune, Sowilo, is known as the navigator. Sunna’s Chariot completes a circuit of the runic wheel every year. She spends just over two weeks in the segment of each of the 24 runes of Elder Futhark. The position of Sunna’s Chariot at the time of your birth dictates your Sun Rune.
The Moon (Manni’s Chariot) moves through the runic wheel approximately once a day. It is hugely important for our emotional and biological cycles and influences the desiring self in your birth runes. For information about key moments in the lunar cycle each month sign up to the Magin Rose newsletter.
Odin’s Chariot (Roman name Mercury) takes approximately 1 year to go through all 24 runes in the Elder Futhark. Odin can stay with one rune for about 7 to 15 days, depending on its motion.
Frigga’s Chariot (Roman name Venus) takes between 2 weeks and just over 1 month to travel through each rune sign. It travels the full rune circle over a period of 8 years.
Tyr’s Chariot (Roman name Mars) takes 2 years to travel through all 24 runes averaging 1 rune per month.
Thor Chariot (Roman name Jupiter) takes about 12 years to go through the 24 runes, staying in each rune for an average of 6 months.
Loki’s Chariot (Roman name Saturn) takes approximately 29.5 years to go through all 24 runes, staying in one sign for about 1 year and 3 months.
Urd’s Chariot (Roman name Uranus) moves through all 24 runes over the course of approzimately 84 years averaging one rune every 3.5 years.
Aegir’s Chariot (Roman name Neptune) takes 165 years to go through all 24 runes, staying in each rune for approximately 7 years.
Hela’s Chariot (Roman name Pluto) takes approximately 248 years to go through all 24 signs, staying in each one from 7 to 15 years.
The names and associations of the planets I use come from the work of Nigel Pennick who has written extenstively on the runes and northern tradition.