Today’s rune from the Elder Futhark is Laugr or Laguz (sound value: L).

Laugr stands for water, flow, and emotion. It’s associated with leeks/onions, Njord and the Moon. It can also symbolize life force and growth, patience, imagination, psychic matters, fantasy, dreams, mystery, the unknown, the hidden, the deep, the underworld, fluidity, balance, fertility, and healing.

It first and foremost says that you need emotion in your life. Don’t bottle them up. Enjoy life as it is, take a break and smell the roses, so to speak. It also says that you have to know when to go with the flow, and when to go upstream. This Rune can also indicate a time for cleansing, revaluing, reorganizing, realigning. As a rune of knowledge, Laug may call you to study spiritual matters. Get in touch with your intuitive knowledge.

Merkstave: You might be getting carried away. Don’t stray too far from your chosen path. Bottled up emotions. Adapting too much to others. being a reflection of other people’s expectations. A warning against going beyond your limits, whether it might be financial, energy or knowledge. It may also indicate a failure to draw upon the wisdom of instinct. You need to reacquire the lost balance. It may indicate a period of confusion.

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A quote from regarding the expression ‘merkstave’:
“Rune users disagree on whether or not to place a different meaning on a rune that falls in an inverted or reversed position. Some runes look the same upside down and right side up. These cannot be “reversed”. Nevertheless, any of the runes may appear as a “merkstave” (which literally means “dark stick” and implies a “dark” meaning), depending on how the runes are cast. Note that a “reversed” or “merkstave” meaning is not the opposite of its primary meaning, but usually has a more negative connotation.”

The merkstave isn’t always negative. Another expression is that the runes ‘lies in opposition’. For example: The interpretation ‘change’ may have the merkstave meaning of slower, less noticeable change.

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