Spellings: sowilo, saugil, sigil, sol
Sun is by sea-men always hoped fore
when they fare away over the sea
until the ship they bring to land.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: guidance, goal setting, success, motivation, life-giving force, action, the sun, the star sol, the daystar
“… There have been thinkers who have known that the sun was a star at least since Anaxagoras, who lived in Athens, Greece, around 450 BCE… The sun is an unimaginable nuclear furnace, as are all stars, but only a trickle of that energy reaches our world. Life uses that energy very efficiently. It doesn’t take massive energy to do what we need to do…”
“… Sowilo teaches us to unite clarity of thought (sunlight) with gradual self-perfection (evolution). The perfection of this principle is intrinsic to the life of the truly wise who would take their fates into their own hands…”
“… the sun shines on the good and the wicked alike. Just as many small changes can consciously be made, inattentiveness to the principles Sowilo points to will allow thousands of unconscious factors to cause instability, chaos or even our inevitable destruction…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Sowilo – Guidance, hope, success, goals, honor; or false goals, bad advice, false success, gullibility, loss of goals.
LORE: Rune of guidance from an outside source in the process of making a journey or transformation of any kind. Rune of the light of the inner sun, and its link with the outer sun — both of which are signs of the goal of the process of runework.
Freya Aswynn says:
Sowulo: Position of the higher self in relation to the unconscious; the direction in which you will be guided by the higher self; the ability to establish contact between the higher self and the unconscious.
MAGIC: “Magically, Sowulo is often used for healing. It contributes strength to any healing spell. Its only specific function is to reinforce other runes with solar energy. It helps in centering and directing a working.”
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