DMV Runes…

So yesterday I went to the DMV to renew my license, and I posted briefly about some astrological and Tarot symbols that seemed especially relevant.  Today, I thought I might follow up with some Runes to help characterize the “adventure” in general terms…

First, the entire errand was aimed at me clearing the way to once again ferry myself about town without worry of running afoul of legal/bureaucratic requirements.  The Tarot has the Chariot Card which can at times indicate the concept of roaming about (as can a few others — the 6 of Swords, for instance, often refers to a jaunt outside the norm, and this can even be an actual, literal, physical jaunt rather than just a metaphorical one…), and similarly, the Elder Futhark furnishes us with two separate Runes that, for me, can ably speak to the notion of traveling about here and there…

For one, we have the Rune called Raido, which is used to denote the “r” sound, looks quite a bit like our own capital “R,” and literally means “Journey.”

Raido: "R," and also "Journey."
Raido: “R,” and also “Journey.”

Another Rune that seems very on-point here would be the one known as Ehwaz.  This Rune represents the “e” vowel for the most part, and literally means “Horse.”  This is distinct from the meaning of Raido, in that our conveyances (be they horses, or examples of the two-ton, engine-driven chassis on wheels we so love, or anything else that gets us from one point on the globe to another — all of which are Ehwaz manifestations) are distinct from the journeys that we undertake by making use of those conveyances (which journeys are Raido manifestations).  In my mind, getting your driver’s license renewed enables you to more freely take journeys (Raido) by using your primary conveyance, or figurative “horse” (Ehwaz)…

Ehwaz: "E," and "Horse."  Yes, it definitely resembles our capital letter "M" more than anything else, although if you rotate Ehwaz a quarter-turn in the counter-clockwise direction, you'll see that there is, after all,  a bit of an "E" hiding itself away in there, too...
Ehwaz: “E,” and “Horse.” Yes, it definitely resembles our capital letter “M” more than anything else, although if you rotate Ehwaz a quarter-turn in the counter-clockwise direction, you’ll see that there is, after all, a bit of an “E” hiding itself away in there, too…

Next, if you’ve ever been to the DMV yourself…you’re probably still there, waiting for your turn at the counter…  Ha!  Thanks, folks, I’m here all week!…

But I kid…the point is that the DMV, like other hubs of governmental function, can become a rather intense assembly point for all manner of people, all teeming together at a single geographic locus point.  If you sit in the DMV for even a short while (especially at the one I went to yesterday, which is in the heart of Hollywood), you’ll see all walks of life represented, all shapes, colors, ages, genders, dispositions.  In short…you’ll witness humanity.  People.  Community.  Masses.  Society.  Humankind.  This is the province of the Rune called Mannaz…

Mannaz: "M," and "Humanity," to boot!
Mannaz: “M,” and “Humanity,” to boot!

Another Rune that seems to call out for mention here becomes evident once we examine the reason why I was there at the DMV in the first place.  I was there among the other representatives of humanity and trying to unfetter myself from bureaucratic constraints on my ability to journey with my “horse,” as discussed.  But why?  Did I enjoy this pilgrimage to the DMV?  Was I happy to be there?  Well…no offense to the Hollywood Dept. of Motor Vehicles, but no, and no.  The truth is…I needed to do this.  It was a requirement.  If I failed to play along as demanded by the State of California, there would be consequences: maybe I couldn’t keep driving at all, feeling too duty-bound to honor the prohibition against us citizens doing so without a valid license…or maybe I’d risk it, but face dire penalties if caught in such an act.  I needed to be there, at the DMV.  Need.  Any need — physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, other — is arguably well within the province of the Rune called Nauthiz, the “N” Rune.  Nauthiz = “Need.”  When we attend to needs — when we Take Care of Business — we’re doing Nauthiz work…

Nauthiz: "N" and "Need."
Nauthiz: “N” and “Need.”

And finally, while I could insert a few other possibly applicable Runes here, the one that best wraps up this post is the Rune that suggested itself most strongly to me after my somewhat lengthy stay at the DMV finally came to an end.  This Rune is the “W” Rune (and is also drafted in to serve as a “V” by modern Rune-users, as, oddly enough, the people we lump together under the heading of “Vikings” didn’t actually have a “V” letter in the Elder Futhark, their earliest prototype alphabet…).  It looks more like a straight-line version of our capital letter “P,” or maybe a pointy windsock, but it’s the “W” Rune.  This Rune, the one I flashed on while the bounce returned to my post-DMV step, is called Wunjo.  It means…Joy!

Wunjo: "W," and sometimes "V," and "Joy!"  Joy of the kind you feel when the DMV is a dot, dwindling steadily in your rear-view mirror...
Wunjo: “W,” and sometimes “V,” and “Joy!” Joy of the kind you feel when the DMV is a dot, dwindling steadily in your rear-view mirror…

And with that…I’m headed offline to go do various things, all enabled by the fact that my driver’s license has been renewed, anew…

5 thoughts on “DMV Runes…

  1. I like how you put the runes’ meanings into a story. It helps me get a better grasp on their meanings and having it in story form makes me think of them more clearly and practically. THanks!

    1. Hi, Tim — thanks for the feedback! I’m happy to hear that this format was helpful to you in terms of getting more meanings out of the individual Runes that I threw into the mix this time. I’ll definitely consider doing some more posts along these lines, since that might be useful to you and other people reading. Thanks again for taking the time to write, it really means a lot!

      1. I’ll look forward to it. No problem. If you get the chance, check out my blog and let me know how you like it. I am always looking to improve. Thanks. And I will be sure to check out more of your blog. 🙂

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