Set of all four bindrune patches in black/white or black/gold. Each patch is 1" Wide x 2" Tall.
The “Tactical Virtues” Bindrune (OATTH) Patch
The OATTH runes, originally inspired by the essay “The Way of Men, Gods and Runes,” were selected to symbolize the 4 Tactical Virtues introduced in The Way of Men and the Germanic gods and concepts most closely associated with them. Men all over the world have had these runes tattooed on their knuckles, arms, torsos and even their heads to remind themselves of these primal masculine virtues.
O - Othala. Othala (ᛟ) is most closely associated with the “ancestral home or inherited estate.” Often used to symbolize tribe, family and the people within the sacred enclosure or perimeter, here it is associated with the tactical virtue of Honor. At its simplest root, honor is a concern for one’s reputation within one’s own circle or peer group. To care about your own honor demonstrates respect for the opinions and values of the men included in your “we.”
A - Ansuz. Ansuz (ᚫ) is the god rune, most closely associated with Odin, the Allfather and leader of the Aesir. Odin is a god of magic, ecstasy and inspiration -- but also a seeker of knowledge and understanding. He hanged himself on Yggdrasil for nine nights to receive the mysteries of the runes, and gave his eye to drink from Mimir’s well of wisdom. Here, Ansuz and Odin are associated with the tactical virtue of Mastery. In addition to Strength and Courage, men have always demanded competence and a mastery of useful skills, as well as a certain self-mastery and discipline from each other. Odin is a complicated and mysterious figure with a dualistic nature, and Ansuz is found in the OATTH bindrune reflected.
T - Tiwaz. Tiwaz (ᛏ) is linked to victory and the god Tyr, who courageously sacrificed his own hand to Fenrir to maintain order and balance in the world. Here, Tiwaz is connected to the Tactical Virtue of Courage. Historically, Tiwaz runes have often been stacked to invoke Tyr and ensure triumph in battle, and they are stacked here as well
TH - Thurisaz. Thurisaz (ᚦ) is the thorn and the Thurs -- the external enemy or “giant.” The Thurs rune is still used today in several languages, and has often been used to spell the name of the god Thor, as in Þórr, Þunor and Þonar, whose name comes from the Germanic root Þunraz, meaning “thunder.” Thor is the Thunder God and strongest of all the gods. Here, Thor and Thurisaz are connected to the Tactical Virtue of Strength. Thor’s nature is also complex and dualistic, however, and the Thurisaz rune is mirrored here. Strength is a raw power and can be used for or against one’s people. Thor was half Thurs or “giant,” and chose to fight for the Aesir against the other half of his nature. He is a protector to those inside his enclosure, but a giant to giants, a fearsome slayer of giants, enemies and outsiders.
The “Masculine Triumph” Bindrune (MTT)
Originally conceived and still used as a bindrune to symbolize “the triumph of men” in Cascadia (see the trees?) and associated with the Cascadian chapter of the Wolves of Vinland, there are also broader and more universal interpretations of this bindrune. The Mannaz (ᛗ) rune is the essence of manliness, and contains both the runes for joy (ᚹ - Wunjo) and for gift, sacrifice and “day” (ᛞ - Dagaz). The victory of man demands a joyful and willing sacrifice in harmony with the task at hand. MTT is the perfect bindrune for conquering a great task, especially one which requires ascension of some kind, like climbing a mountain.
The “Higher Choice” Bindrune (ZZFF)
Algiz (ᛉ) is the man with arms stretched upward, connecting to a higher, more divine and eternal purpose. When doubled, Algiz produces a mirrored Fehu (ᚠ), the rune associated with wealth, prosperity, and sometimes fecundity and the god Freyr. As it is known that “Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin,” any kind of prosperity brings its own challenges. When the world offers many choices, the ZZFF bindrune is a reminder to choose the higher path and the better choice -- what you really want, not simply whatever presents itself or feels good at the time.
The “Sacrifice” Bindrune
This bindrune was created for the “All Training is Sacrifice” essay. It is meant to symbolize the elements of Odin's sacrifice and exchange on Yggdrasil. In addition to an inverted and upright Ansuz(ᚫ), the rune most closely associated with Odin and used for mastery in the OATTH runes, the bindrune contains Laguz (ᛚ) (symbolizing the lake or the Well of Urðr), Eihwaz (ᛇ), symbolizing consciousness and the world tree Yggdrasil, Isa (ᛁ) , for concentration and inspiration, Hagalaz (ᚼ) from the Younger Futhark for creation through destruction, Gebo (ᚷ) for exchange, and even Tiwaz (ᛏ) for purpose, courage and victory.