Part 3
Futhark Runes
and the Precession
of the Equinoxes
Copyright Audrey Fletcher
Adelaide, South Australia
2000
Updated 2010
Traditionally there are 24 runes in the Fulthark Alphabet. This in itself is significant and encodes a secret meaning.

The number of runes correlate to the 24 hours in a day. Each is separate, yet together they  combine to constitute a whole, a completeness, an absolute. In terms of an Earth-centred universe the Sun rises, sets and rises again. It appears to arc its way across the heavens during the daylight hours and journeys through the Underworld at night. On its one day passage it scribes a circle, and then begins the process all over again. This is referred to as a
Cycle of Time.

Twice a year, during the
Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, the hours of night and day are rendered equal with exactly 12 hours each. It was for this reason that these two days were venerated by the peoples of the past.

Furthermore, it was because the number 12 was sacred that there are 24 (2 x12) hours in a day, and not 11 or 19 or 23, for example.



The Sacred Meaning of the Number Twelve

The sacred meaning of the number twelve relates to the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac. Most of us will be familiar with the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac.. It is reasonable to suspect that most of you reading this will be familiar with the Sign of the Zodiac under which you were born, and many of you will read your stars in newspapers and magazines everyday. You might be an Aries, a Libra or a Scorpio.

The apparent movement of the
Twelve Signs of the Zodiac across the sky does not only take place on an annual basis however. The cycle also occurs over a period of 25,920 years, often referred to as Plato’s Great Year.

The following diagram can be interpreted on both of these levels, but the main emphasis is on the Great Year …
the Four Seasons, the Twelve Ages and the Precession of the Equinoxes. The twelve markers indicating the timing of the Sun entering a New Age and / or Season of the Zodiac are like "flags" denoting the boundaries. In fact they could be considered as "flagships" heralding in each of the New Ages and / or Seasons.

The ensigns of the
twelve Zodiacal Constellations, representing the Twelve Ages in the Precession of the Equinoxes, appear to arch their way across the sky as if in royal procession. The beginning of a new Zodiacal Season is marked by the standards of the Lion, the Bull, the Man and the Eagle … sometimes equated with the Four Cardinal Directions. The Fifth Cardinal Direction is the central point of revolution, the pole of the ecliptic.
The Royal Arch of the Ages of the Zodiac.
The ensigns of the twelve Zodiacal Constellations, representing
the Twelve Ages in the Precession of the Equinoxes,
appear to arch their way across the sky as if in royal procession.
The beginning of a new Zodiacal Season is marked by
the standards of the Lion, the Bull, the Man and the Eagle.
The blue dot within the circle is Planet Earth around which the Constellations of the Zodiac appear to revolve. The "Cross" which is formed by the four quarters of the circle takes 25,920 years to complete one revolution. The completion of one revolution is referred to as a Great Year.
The first of the Sacred Meanings encoded into the Futhark Alphabet is that of the Precession of the Equinoxes.
Within this Great Year are four Seasons, which are defined by the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Equinoxes. For this reason the Great Year is also referred to as the Precession of the Equinoxes.
Today we live in an Age of Science in which Precession is regarded as just another phenomenon. No great deal is attached to it. However in the remote ancient past only the intellectual elite would have been allowed to be initiated into, and share, a secret of such magnitude ... the Secret of Precession.
We have just taken the third step
in deciphering the Runic or secret meaning
of the Futhark Alphabet.
Note: The sacredness of the number twelve was not only incorporated into Time and Astronomy, but also into Measurement: twelve inches in one foot, Finance: twelve pence in one shilling, and Religion: the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Twelve Disciples and the Twelve Days of Christmas. This throws the meaning of Christianity into a whole new light!
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