Midwinter's Blot and runic month of Perthro begins
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:36 PM
January 12th - Known as Midwintersblot in Norse culture, this is the day of Midwinter's Offering. It is a day of homage to Tiw/Tyr, Teutonic god and ruler of the Althing. Tiw was called on when Icelandic parliament was called to order and the next year of Lawspeaking began. It is this day, Tiw's Day (Tuesday), when the weeklong Althing begins. As our founding fathers borrowed from the 775 year old Germanic body of law to form our own law system, they implemented this longstanding tradition into U.S. governmental law. This is why all voting is done on a Tuesday.
January 13th - This day is also the beginning of the first full runic month of the physical calendar year. Perthro is the rune of this month, represented by the dice cup, a symbol of finite chance and probability. While it may be argued that any one point in history can have an infinite number of outcomes, Perthro represents the number of most likely outcomes for any one event. As in a reading of the runes, there can only be one of 24 outcomes from any one drawing from the rune bag. And as each rune is drawn, the number of outcomes diminish arithmetically. The very existance of this concept combats the unsupported novice idea of a blank rune, said to symbolize a possibility of no answer.
The sixth rune of the Second Aett of the Elder Futhark, Perthro is the first rune of this Aett that can be drawn "upside down". As such, Perthro does have some negative connotations within a rune reading, possibly symbolizing a wrong turn has been taken or that more outcomes need to be taken into account before making a decision on an issue.
Ponder its significance within the Elder Futhark through January 28th.