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Aettir, the three divisions of the runes

 

The Futhark alphabet, made up of 24 runes, is divided into 3 groups of 8 runes. Every group is called Aett or aettir in the plural. Every aett bears the name of the god corresponding to the first rune of the group or the family of runes. Every aett conceals a particular teaching and each of the runes of the same aett is bound with the others.

First Aett: the god named Frey

This first family represents the fertility, the vital force and its demonstrations in the human being. It is the awakening of the consciousness, the aett of the "Knowledge".

Wunjo closes the journey through Frey's runes. This first Aett represents the first steps of the future enlightened towards the ultimate purpose. These first eight runes will give the indications necessary for the one who have decided to embark on a sacred quest. Reached this stage, the researcher is ready to approach the forces of the wild and to to give up the conveniences of the material world.

FEHU URUZ THURISAZ ANSUZ RAIDHO KENAZ GEBO WUNJO
Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raidho, Kenaz, Gebo, Wunjo Constitute this family.

 

Second Aett: the god named Heimdall

This aett represents the tangible world, our world. It indicates us how participating to this world and how be integrated into it. It is the intermediate kingdom between the men and the gods. The Heimdall's aett symbolizes the evolution of the human being towards a development of the consciousness and of the magic of soul.

HAGALAZ NAUDHIZ ISA JERA EIHWAZ PERTHRO ELHAZ SOWILO
Hagalaz, Naudhiz, Isa, Jera, Eihwaz, Perthro, Elhaz and Sowilo constitute the runes of this second aett.

 

Third Aett: the god named Tyr

This family expresses the relationship of people with the world of the divine forces and their function in the Fate. This aett describes the human condition, the social aspects and the spiritual transformation of the man or woman.

TIWAZ BERKANO EHWAZ MANNAZ LAGUZ INGWAZ DAGAZ OTHALAZ
It consists of last 8 runes : Tiwaz, Berkano, Ehwaz, Mannaz, Laguz, Ingwaz, dagaz and Othalaz.