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Cool Rune Study Group: Sowilo

"soe-wee-low" ( The sun.) This rune looks similar to the letter S.

A historical note is necessary. The Celtic (sun) cross predates the Christian cross as a holy symbol. It has been said that the Celtic cross evolved from the Teutonic/Norse sun cross, Sowilo. The Teutonic/Norse Sun Cross was made by laying two Runes of the Sun over each other. This forms a swastika. Unfortunately, the symbol of holiness and power is now associated with the nazi regime. Hitler did not make it a symbol of darkness by ‘changing’ it to ‘spin’ counter-clockwise. It’s meaning is not changed. It can be reversed and bear the same meaning, as it did for thousands of years, before Herr Shicklegruber deprived the world of the rightful use of the sign.

A Rune of Transformation, reason for hope. Good counsel is given.

Concentrate on goals to bring success.

Sowilo is invincibility, final triumph, unstoppable action; the will to act…however it is not a rune to overcome others, but a rune that strengthens self.

It wards against wounds and defeat.

The sun (Sowilo) melts ice (Isa) to leave reality exposed (reveal that which is hidden).

Guardianship (protection).

It indicates honor, luck, and protection from hostile forces. Educational undertaking may/should be in the offing.

(See similarities to Raidho for the path of the sun, and Laguz for the waters, which must be crossed).

Merkstave would be bad counsel, demise of a previously successful venture.

As a person, it indicates a sailor or a teacher.
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