Spellings: perthro, pairthra, peordh
Translations: unknown*; lot-cup; dice-cup; gaming piece
Lotbox is always play and laughter
among bold men, where the warriors sit,
in the beer-hall, happy together.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: unknown, chance, randomness, meaninglessness, guessing, luck, risk, infinite possibilities, the unknowable, co-incidence
“… The meaning of Perthro is unknown. Rather than suppose the meaning is lost, treat this as itnentional: Perthro repreents that which is unknowable and meaningless in the universe. It is the symbolic equivalent of a blank rune…”
“… Perthro frames the makeup of the universe as uncompromisingly playful. The way to deal with this is to realize life is, in a sense, a sort of high-stakes game. We can transform our life’s work into play. This is the connection of Perthro to the lot-cup, to gambling and dice. At a deeper level, we are constantly involved in a game of chance, with luck as its basis…”
“… One of the harshes realities of Perthro is the suggestion that the universe is ultimately meaningless… Properly examined, Perthro suggests that the fundamental background of meaninglessness it represents is the equivalent of a black canvas of infinite possibilities…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Perthro – Good omen, knowledge of orlog, fellowship and joy, evolutionary change; or addiction, stagnation, loneliness, malaise.
LORE: Rune of the Nornic process of birth-life-death-rebirth. Rune of change and the evolutionary process.
Freya Aswynn says:
Perthro: The deepest creative part of the unconscious; the hidden realm of higher material that is waiting to come to fruition and birth; hidden talents; occult or psychic abilities.
MAGIC: “Its power is related to knowledge. Perthro relates to the recollection of hidden knowledge… extremely helpful in divination, especially when any sort of ‘prediction’ is required. It also represents the collective unconscious and contains the collective memory of our Northern folk, from which I gained my own rune knowledge.”
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