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Also known as: Sowulu, Sol, Sunna
Letter sound: S
Keywords: light, energy, good health, success
Magical Uses: Strengthen self-confidence, motivation, success, healing, victory over challenges, spiritual guidance
Sowilo is the rune of the Sun and the life-sustaining light it provides. While Kenaz represents the light of the torch fire, guiding one through the night, Sowilo represents the light of day, in which all is illuminated and there is no darkness to obscure our vision. It is the rune of the light’s victory over the dark and can bring much needed clarity and healing to a situation. Sowilo’s verse in the Anglo-Saxon rune poem describes the sun as “a joy in the hopes of seafarers,” keeping sailors’ spirits up as they move across the water toward safe landing. Sowilo is telling you that you are surrounded by warmth and light. Success, good health, and joy are yours if you will allow yourself to have them, as are good luck and prosperity. Depending on your situation, however, you may need to open yourself up more and clear out your own inner shadows to let more light (and life) into your experience. Drawing Sowilo indicates that you are in a position to use the beneficial energies of the Sun to illuminate your path and reach your goals. Draw on your creativity and your inherent skills and talents to strengthen your pursuits, knowing that you have great power at your disposal.
While the Sun is crucial to life on Earth, its power can also be harmful if its intensity is not balanced with other forms of energy. Depending on the context of the reading, Sowilo may be asking you to look at how you are directing your vitality. Are you scattered over too many activities or commitments? Are you neglecting your health or at risk of burning out? Be sure to cool off and ground yourself when necessary, so you can continue utilizing the Sun’s power for positive results. Alternatively, you may be making something out to be bigger or more significant than it really is, or placing yourself in the spotlight when it would be more prudent to step back from a situation. Use the Sun’s power to illuminate the issue with rational clarity rather than through the lens of emotions. Be honest with yourself and with others, as deceit keeps everyone in the shadows. Sowilo has no reversed meaning.