The sixteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. Sowilo ends the second Aett on a high note. It brings us out of the dark night of the soul which Hagalaz invited us into; Sowilo is the light at the end of the tunnel, the culmination of our efforts. Sowilo represents the sun, its clarity and its blessings for us. Sowilo brings success, the victory we win for ourselves and what we care about. Sowilo empowers and rejuvenates, releases stagnation, and brings us into our healing wholeness. After this Aett’s journey, it is hard won and well-earned.
Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love; it purifies and opens our hearts to deep emotional healing, tenderness and compassion, and inner peace. It’s the stone of love and lovers, connecting us to one another as both friends and beloveds, creating or restoring harmony and trust. It also is the stone of self-love, reminding us to extend that universal love and understanding and acceptance to ourselves as well.
Comfrey is known as the consummate travel protection herb, certainly for physical travel from self to vehicle to luggage abroad (and has been known to protect against theft while traveling)—but when paired with proper complements, like amethyst, it can also protect in the astral. Comfrey with malachite is especially helpful for travelers. Some sources also say that comfrey can be used in smoke cleansing and can also facilitate healing energies and encourage fidelity in parted lovers.
The ninth rune—and the leader of the second aett—of the Elder Futhark. It is the rune of change. Those familiar with tarot cards will find Tower energy here: Hagalaz is the necessary change. It breaks patterns and helps learn unlearned lessons. It is self-reflective and as healing as it is deeply uncomfortable. It represents the divine spark within devastation; the difficult storm to weather before clearer journeys. It is the first rebellion. Hagalaz is powerful for self-growth and shadow work. It is culturally linked (though not attested) with the goddess Hel.
The eighth and final rune of the first aett of the Elder Futhark. It is the rune of bliss and one of the Victory Runes, rounding off our first aett on a high note. It is harmony and contentment, it is the feeling of having enough, of feeling joyful and satisfied. It can also help with emotional healing to align with that sought state of joy, including being present in the moment and being grateful for what you find there. If you let it, it can direct you to new potentials and prevent stagnation. I have also found it useful in unlearning codependence habits.
It’s called “the extreme gem” the Gemological Institute of America. Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes! Peridot is a great healer: it aids in resolving matters of the heart, helps boost confidence, releases negativity and unhelpful patterns, and empowers growth. Linked with solar energies, it’s a stone of abundance, forgiveness, wealth, and happiness.
Sage is a popular herb and familiar to almost everyone! Sage is known for its cleansing abilities, but some sage is endangered. Your kitchen sage can be used for the same thing and has many properties, including focus, wisdom, cognition, protection, and grief support.
Allspice is a friend to the kitchen witch; it’s something cooks tend to have on hand in the spice rack. Using 7 whole allspice is said to bring good luck; when used in conjunction with nutmeg and cinnamon, it’s said to attract money! Some associations of allspice are energy, virility, manifestation, and determination, too.
This popular stone was once so rare it was called a Cardinal Gem, along with sapphire, ruby, diamond, and emerald. It has been prized since antiquity. Some associations are sobriety, intuition, insight, purification, emotional balance, meditation, mental healing, clarity, and fortitude.