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peorth

peorth

When I wrote my post “Aetts,” I decided to summarize what I had previously written in the Diary about the runes by means of links to those posts. It also gave me a good picture of what I had accomplished, and what remained to be done.

Today is the final day of the fortnight (January 13-28) governed by the rune Peorth. Its symbolism is perhaps the most obscure and contentious of any rune. The shape of the rune is sometimes interpreted (as in the illustration above) as “cornucopia,” a sign of abundance. But my favored interpretation is “dice cup,” a device for casting lots.

Others are “game-piece,” “pawn,” “chessman,” or even “board game.” Many of these interpretations imply an interaction of conscious free will with the structural constraints of the game itself. However, the association of Peorth with a dice cup more strongly implies the interaction of one’s will with chance. It reminds us of the instability, volatility, and changeability of the Regenerative Aett, the “Wind-Water” phase of the cycle.

In all of the interpretations of the rune, Peorth signifies the potency of “Ørläg,” a word which is most usually translated as “fate.” In the Northern Tradition, Ørläg does not carry the connotation of predetermination which flavors the English meaning of the word. Predestination is concept alien to the Northern belief system, which has a healthy respect for the fact that outcomes can sometimes be almost accidental.

Nevertheless, the rune does remind us that one’s future is influenced by the deeds one has done in the past in much the same way as is expressed by the Hindu concept of Karma.

three fates 4In the Northern Tradition, Peorth contains the mystery of the Nornic laws which define cause-and-effect in the universe. The Norns are three mythic women called “the three fates”: Urdhr (“that which has become”), Verdhandi (“that which is becoming”), and Skuld (“that which should become”).

Peorth’s unique power is one and the same with the great pattern of cosmic becoming.

Its magical workings can bring abundance and pleasure even to the point of excess, and the rune is not to be overused. Used with evil intent, Peorth can seduce others to excesses in gluttony, lust, and drunkenness. It can make them spendthrifts.

Says author Nigel Pennick, “Like wine it is delightful in moderation, but deadly in excess.”

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