into life, emotions, following the flow of Life, unconscious
wisdom and intuition
is the rune of water or the sea and the ancient poems
tell of the hazards of churning water' and the `brine
stallion' that does not heed its bridle. To the Vikings
water was a frightening yet exciting concept because sea
journeys could be hazardous, but could lead to wondrous
journeys and great conquests and discovery of new lands.
In the tales of noble exploits it is forgotten that many
did not survive the voyages over stormy oceans.
Aegir, the gods and goddesses of the sea, both gave and
took life and offered fertility and wealth Sailors would
always carry a coin with a hole in it or gold earring
so that they might pay Ran, wife of Aegir, the principal
sea god a tribute to live in her coral caves under the
waves if they drowned. The sun shining on the waves was
said to be Ran’s treasure.
When the leader of an expedition approached a new shore,
he would throw into the seas the ainstafar, ( huge wooden
posts from the abandoned hall at home) These would be
used to mark the new enclosure and where the currents
carried the posts ashore they too would land and mark
out their new territory.