rune mothers

Commonly, the Futhark is arranged in
three rows of eight for a total of twenty-four runes.
Over the years there have been many attempts to
categorize and order them, such as via numerology,
color and elemental correspondences,
as they relate to the nine worlds,
with the zodiac and birthstones, to the tarot and I-Ching,
as they relate to herbs and animals,
with the gods and magical powers,
with the Celtic Ogham alphabet,
and the seasons of the year.
None of which have anything to do with what we
know about the Runes, and most of which are distractions.
Knowing what we do of the Runes – which is a great deal
why look to an outside source, let alone add-on
extraneous and grossly misleading information?

For myself, I’ve tried to work with the Runes,
choosing to see them for what they are.
As such, I have noticed that they can be categorized –
something seemingly unique to my own research and perception.
For example, there are:

Four animals:
Auroch (Urur),
Elk, Deer, Reindeer (Algir),
Horse (Ehwar), and
Man (Mann).

Ten natural features (terrestrial and celestial):
Thorn (Thorn),
Estuary, a River’s Mouth, god (?) (Ansur),
Hail (Hagl),
Ice (Isa),
Year, Good Year, Harvest (Gera)
Yew Tree (Eoh),
Sun (Sowulo),
Birch (Berkana),
Lake/Water (Lagu), and
Day (Dag).

Two God names:
Tyr (Tyr), and
Ingur (Ing).

Four human conditions:
Ulcer, Sore (Ken),
Joy (Wunjo),
Need (Need), and
Trying, Testing, Putting to Proof (Peorth, 1).

and, Four human creations:
Wealth (Feoh),
Ride, Journey (Rad)
Gift (Gebo), and
Heritage, Homeland (Odal).

~Essay: Runes: Beyond the Futhark
By: Valarie Wright, 2000