is on the move
drum and hoof
moving between worlds
all things change
remain the same
I ride my future
into the past
comes to meet me
The Raido poem is one of the 33 original rune poems created by Ingrid Kincaid, the Rune Woman. These poems were first published in her limited edition, completely hand made book(un) familiar.
The beat of a drum.
The pounding of horse hooves.
Rhythmic movement and sound.
Are you riding or are you being ridden?
Raido is a rune that thunders in loaded with questions. Can you call upon Raido when you desire movement or change to occur? Is it possible to be in motion without actually being in motion? Can change occur without things actually changing? Can you channel the power of movement according to your will to produce the results you desire? How does being at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing carry the power of the rune? Is it possible to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and be doing the right thing? What do you believe about the concept of right and wrong?
Is the rune about controlled and orderly movement such as the sun and moon through the sky?
Is there an order and control to movement even if it doesn’t appear to be? If you carry the runes with you when you travel then is the rune of travel is traveling? How does travel affect you? Have you ever considered that all travel might be a spiritual experience? What really happens as you move through time and space, through geography, climates, cultures, languages? It’s easy to see Raido's energy in objects being moved or moving but what about the movement that takes place on the inside of a person, creature, or thing? The movement of fluids within the body or the movement of the actual energies of the cells. When you see a branch moving do you just assume it's being moved by the wind or is it possible that the branch is moving itself? Odin is said to have ridden his eight-legged horse between the worlds. Did he ride to gather knowledge and can we do the same using the energy of Raido? The horse was sacred to many of the Norse/Germanic tribes. Horse-worshiping cults practiced rituals such as sacrificing horses, partaking of their flesh, or even mummifying body parts such the penis and using them in ritualistic ceremonies. In his book The Spell Of The Sensuous, David Abram speaks about the horizon and how it joins the perceivable landscape to the places that exist but are not explicity present. He asks the questions: "is it possible that the realms we are looking for, the place of the past and that of the future, are precisely beyond the horizon?" Using this question we can explore the idea that we literally walk our way into the future that is just beyond the horizon and we can just as easily turn around and walk our way back into our past. And when you do that you meet yourself. For me this is the mystery and the power that is held in Raido. We can ride its energy into the future as well as into the past.
There was a time when it was believed that if you sailed too far you'd come to the edge of the earth and then you'd fall off...and beyond that place there'd be dragons. As some of you know I have dragons tattooed on my hands and dragons tattooed across my shoulders and over my back. I have sailed to the ends of the earth. I have found the dragons. And for me, riding my motorcycle, made of steel, heavy, loud, and powerful is one of the ways I ride the dragon that dwells beyond the edges of what is known and acceptable. I ride with the power and the wisdom of the runes, Uruz, Raido, Ehwaz. I ride with my guardian Cernunnos, the antlered one. I ride with the wind to edges of what is known and written on the maps. I ride to the beyond where the dragons guard the treasure.