1. Runic Roots

From the recording Sapphire Oak

The chanted word in this piece is Ansuz, the name given to the “a” rune of the Elder Futhark (the eldest form of the runic alphabets.) The name is based on the Proto-Germanic “ansuz”, denoting a deity in Germanic paganism. As the Anglo-Frisian languages developed, they split the Ansuz rune into three. One of the three became Āc, which is where we get the word “oak”. Runes have deep meanings. Ansuz is commonly associated with these concepts: breath, sound, voice of the universe, music, power of hypnosis, inspiration, and listening to one’s own inner voice.