No matter what fields of interest I pursue, connections to the Runes and other aspects of Heathenism are revealed. This is not some New Age mish-mosh, nor the old Hermetic thing of attributing everything to an Element or a thing symbolized by a Planet. It is there and evident: an outworking of a potency and its manifestation in the everyday, phenomenal world.
Among the things that interest me are railroads, military history and tactics, physics, geology, seismology & vulcanology, human nature, meteorology, oceanography, and so much more. This is a big world with many interesting things for us to enjoy. It all interests me. And in all these interests I find correlations to the Runes many times over.
It is easy to say, “Oh, yes, transportation is the Raido Rune, education is the Ken Rune and Thurs describes Vulcanology.” Those are facile descriptions. It is within them that we see so much more. Raido is a Rune of time and space. That includes scientific concepts like Relativity as well as measurements of time and distance. What is speed but the time it takes to traverse a given distance? The Runes are rich in meaning for those who pay attention.
Each Rune also has a “feel” to it. Actually, each has several of them. We can experience them if we take time to go to a place where the Rune’s manifestations are strongest. One can experience essences of the Fe Rune in places where animals are raised and sold as livestock. It is also felt in financial places, such as banks. Those places that deal with raw material also have a piece of Fe.
Raido can be felt in a busy train station or bus terminal. It is best if several routes and forms of transportation converge on that place. Go there when things are quiet. Visit again during peak times, like “rush hour.” Raido is being a passenger. How different it is to the Eh Rune, where one rides a horse or drives the car. Instead of being cargo as in Radio, the individual has freedom to choose and pursue a route to a destination.
The Naud Rune is one of pressure and compression. It crushes downward and inward. Opposite it is Jer ,which expands. Think of the clockwork spring in a wind-up toy that produces energy as it expands from a tight coil to an open one. Gyfu is like crossing a bridge from one side to the other. This is an exchange of places. Hagal is a burst that scatters randomly. Think of a shotgun’s blast or a hailstorm. Tyr is focused and aimed, and not random at all. Using advertising to illustrate the contrast, Hagal sends out mass numbers of flyers hoping a few fall into the hands of the right people. Tyr is an aimed campaign using data to send advertisements directly to the most likely customers. It would use specific criteria to determine who these customers are, and avoid sending to uninterested people.
The above are a few examples of places where Runes abide openly in the everyday world. You can find many more by purposeful observation. The connections are not secrets. They cannot be kept from you if you seek them. All you have to do is pay attention and be patient. Answers come as they will.