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“The Road goes ever on and on…”

— J R R Tolkien

Today’s affirmation comes from the fifth rune of the first aett (or “family”) of the Elder FutharkRaido. Its traditional meaning comes from the Rune Poems, the oldest of which translates as follows:

For every hero in the hall is Harness soft
And very hard for him who sits astride
A stout steed
Over miles of road.

–The Anglo-Saxon rune poem, Verse V

Symbolically this rune equates to anything that moves an individual from one point to another. When the verse above was written this meant “A stout steed,” but today it means any type of vehicle. Looking at the stanza again, we can see how it also speaks to the journey’s process – covering “miles of road” and eventually arriving at “the hall.”

Raido’s deeper meaning is deceptively simple: life is a continual series of cycles. When you find yourself journeying down a difficult road, uncertain what the next turn will bring, take a deep breath and keep moving forward. All will eventually become clear. Around some corner ahead is a place of comfort – a place where you can sit and reflect on the challenge you’re facing now and draw wisdom from it. Eventually you’ll set out again to face another challenge, learn another lesson, and continue your growth.

Raido affirmation:

I am aware of my personal cycles, and give myself permission to honor them. I move forward when inspired to, and rest and reflect when I need to.

A note about this affirmation: if the words presented don’t ring true for you, change them! Make it something that feels good and reflects who you are. The words don’t do the work on their own…it’s words + repetition + personal intent and emotional connection that make affirmations such powerful catalysts for positive growth.

Click here to see other affirmations in this series.

Rune source material: Oswald the Runemaker

Affirmations inspired by Orin and Sanaya Roman

I’ve been a runology student for 20 years. See the About page or click here to learn more about my work with the runes.

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