Sowulo and six of the other twenty-four Elder Futhark runes have no reverse position, or Merkstave. This does not mean they are simpler than the other seventeen, nor that their most commonly accepted meanings should be taken for granted. There is another side to these seven – a “shadow” which the experienced diviner or astute student can draw much meaning from.
Today we’ll discuss the shadow side of Sowulo.
Though not yet proven by science, human beings require sustenance of spirit in addition to that provided by food, water, and air. Some get this from the higher realms – some get this from people and things in the world around them. The former is the essence of Sowulo; the latter is the essence of Sowulo’s shadow.
Do you seek wholeness from within, or do you look to other people, addictions, and/or material things to make you whole? Those who take the latter path (one many of us have travelled at some point in our lives) often become controlling or bullying, manipulative, emotionally needy, chemically dependent, and/or materialistic. They do whatever is necessary externally to feel whole and worthy, even if this means hurting themselves and others in the process.
Contrary to societal teachings, no person or possession has the power to make us whole. Sowulo’s shadow reminds us that true, sustainable wholeness can only come from within.
More on Sowulo can be found here.