Runes – Raidho
The Runes are magical in nature, but also a practical written language. It is thought that the alphabetical order of these symbols derives from the Etruscans in Northern Italy – in the border region of Switzerland and Austria. The Germanic Tribes in the Alps merged their symbols with the Etruscan form of writing to create a working system for their people. The runes were used for good luck, love, blessings, a good harvest, victory in battle (engraved in sword blades), and divination.
Raidho is the symbol of the sun as it makes its way across the seasons in the form of a wagon drive by cows with the goddess Nerthus at the reigns. Weapons were put aside as a sign of peace as respect at ceremonies. Though she was benevolent in nature, slaves that washed her and the wagon at certain times of the year were sacrificed to the waters with the wagon around her sacred island. Nerthus is seen as perpetuating life as she draws the sun up each day and governs the seasons. Raidho is based on the importance of the wheel – its invention made life easier and meant the tribes could travel or migrate with more goods. The spiritual connotations of this sign are of travelling in a meditative state to commune with the gods or ancestors. Raidho is a sign of fertility, prosperity, peace, balance, travel and deep spiritual communication.
Hand crafted porcelain – made in Australia
Cord Length: 66cm or tie to desired length.
Pendent dimensions: 3.3cm x 3.7cm
Ancient Realms designed by – Sharon Bush, B.A. History/Ancient History U.N.E