Germanic Name: Perthro, lot-cup, device for casting lots
Phonetic Value: P
Pronunciation: PER - throw
Translation: Dice Cup
Modern English: Perd
Rune Number: 14 of the Elder Futhark & 6th of Heimdall’s Aett
Color Association(s): Black
Elemental Association(s): Water
Deity Association(s): Nornir
Herbal Association(s): Aconite
Tree Association(s): Beech
Astrological Association(s): Saturn
Month/Days: January 13 – January 28
Chakras: Sacral, Solar Plexus, Third Eye
Tarot Card(s): The High Priestess, Wheel of Fortune, Justice
Magickal Uses: Increase connection with the unseen world. Use in conjunction with Laguz to help increase psychic powers. Use to increase luck or use with Nauthiz to appeal to Norns to reweave fate to your benefit.
Overall Meanings/Keyword(s): Fate, Destiny, Luck, Illumination, Secrets, Transformation, Karma, Chance, Destiny, Divination, Choice, Primal Law
The ancient Norse were serious about gaming. The gods assisted when the dice were rolled. Either the act of throwing/tossing dice or other playing implements.
Little difference between techniques & tools of rune casting & gambling. Gambling was a passion among Germanic peoples. Testing luck was the same as their essential being.
Something to be filled & drunk from. Hand of fate through karma or Divine predestination is showing strongly in one’s life.
Power order & purpose behind the seemingly random events.
Intense forces of change from behind the scenes are occurring currently. Perthro suggests positive forces unless shown with negative runes.
A reminder that not black & white is an oversimplification of fate into good or bad. The change referenced is associated with an infinite amount of complexity & subtlety.
Fate exists at a level we can never truly know what seems true may be false.
Brightstave/Upright: A good source of joy to powerful enlightened ones. Good “lot” to have. Good fellowship & happiness indicates constant evolutionary change & growth. Entertainer or musician. You may soon be on the receiving end of luck & something unknown. Creative, fierce, spontaneity
Merkstave/Reversed: Too much of this force such as an addiction to its pleasures, can cause chaos, destruction, & confusion. Use of it leads to dissipation & squandering of vital forces. A stoppage of this force results in stagnation, loneliness, & withering of life’s pleasures. Malaise. Maybe psychological issues present that need to be explored. May not mean a readiness to explore hidden mysteries. A desire that is not accompanied by the wisdom of experience. Tread carefully.
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