Spellings: othala, othal, ethel, odhal
Translations: ancestral property, estate, homeland, nature, inborn quality
Estate is very dear to every man,
if he can enjoy what is right and according to custom
in his dwelling, most often in prosperity.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: ancestral spiritual power, inheritance, heaven on earth, paradise, utopia, estate, freedom from worldly possessions
“… Othala signals the final and eternal beauty of ‘heaven’ in the image of Asgard, and the love for one’s home…”
“… It refers to a transcendence of geography, both planetary and cosmic… One is at home everywhere. We are simply the human tribe.
“… Those who swear fealty to the energy of Othala come to know that working toward heaven on earth is heaven on earth. This runes vision of a united world is an inevitable impetus because of the power of ordinary, every day, peaceful people interacting together in a mundane way, profound in its simplicity… “
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Othala – A home, group prosperity, group order, freedom, productive interaction; or lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery, poverty, homelessness.
LORE: Rune of the homeland — the spiritual state of internal well-being, freedom and security in which development and growth can take place.
Freya Aswynn says:
Othila: Home life; country; spiritual heritage; experience; foundation; fundamental values; establishing.
MAGIC: “…establishing, centering and ‘earthing’ a working down to the physical plane. It is used ritually to invoke its master, Odin. Othila is beneficial in group-workings, as it creates a sense of belonging and togetherness. It is a powerful symbol to bind people together in a common aim …”
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