“Havamal – The song of Odin”
To the Anglo-Saxons this rune was known as Peoro and in the commun alphabet it is the letter “P”
As the words of the rune poem above indicate, this rune is primarily associated with mysteries and the amusement that results from their revelation. However, there is reason to belive that this part of the poem is a mistranslation, and that it is the wives of the warriors, and not the warriors, who take such joy in the revelation of secrets. On this feminine note, Pertho is connected with birth and death, and thus with beginnings and endings of all kinds. The mysteries of the ocult, and of what lies before and after life, are related ideas. Another side to the rune is its association with gaming, and the very shape of the rune suggests a dice cup. The word “Pertho” is said to mean a pawn or gaming piece, so playing the game, and winning and losing, are powerful concepts relating to this fateful rune.
If Pertho is the first, or, indeed, the only, rune of your reading, then stop immediatly. The rune is telling you that you are not meant to know the answer to your question at this time. Any foreknowledge on your part would change the pattern of the web of Wyrd, and the Norns will not divulge any information that would jeopardise their hard work. However, if Pertho appears in the middle, or at the end, of a reading, then kindly fate is taking a hand in your affairs and celebration is in good company. The rune suggests that you are playing the game of life well, and that you are definitely on a winning streak. Phophetic dreams are associated with this aspect of Pertho, too. There may also be news of a Birth, a new enterprise or, indeed, any event that will transform your life and how you live it. One word of caution: because Pertho is associated with secrets, use any information taht comes your way with discretion. It wouldn’t do to reveal your hand before you have made your play.
The pattern of fate takes on a darker hue and the game of life will transform the board into something rather frightening and unfamiliar.
Perhaps you have overestimated your chances of success and have overplayed your hand. There are facts that you are unaware of, however, so proceed caustiously, gamble nothing and wait until the Norns are in a better humour.
Body Part: Neurological functions of the brain; synapses.
Associated Maladies: Seizures, tics, epilepsy, stroke, synapse interference.
Action: Being random, working intermittently
Solution: Hope for good luck; solution is out of your control.