En 06 Yule, Script, Numbers

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    6. Yule, Script, Numbers

    [045] What is recorded hereunder is written upon the walls of the Treasureburg:

    three wheels

    Wralda — the Potential — the Beginning[1]

    Depicted above are the signs of the Yule, the primary symbol of Wralda and of the Potential or the Beginning, from which came Time, the Bearer, who must conduct the Yule in its circuit forever.

    From it, Frya made the Standscript that she used for her Tex.

    And when she was honorary mother, Festa used it to make the cursive Runscript.[2]

    The ‘witkeaning’ — that is: sea king — Godfreyad the Old made thereof individual counting numbers, for both the Standscript and the Runscript.

    It is thus not unfitting that we should celebrate the Yule every year. Wralda deserves our eternal gratitude for imbuing our ancestors so deeply with his spirit.

    In her time, Finda also devised a script. But it was so pompous and full of flourishes and curls that her descendants soon lost its meaning. They later learned our script — specifically the Finns, the Tyrians and the Greeks — but they were not well aware that it was based on the Yule and therefore must always [046] be written sunwise.[3] They also wanted their writing to be unreadable for other peoples, as they always have secrets. Thus, they went very much astray, so much so that children can scarcely read and understand the writings of their elders, whereas we can read our most ancient scriptures just as well as those that were written yesterday.

    Here is the Standscript and, under it, the Runscript. Further, the counting numbers, in both styles.[4]

    letters of Standscript and Runscript
    Stand. A Á À H Ô O U
    Run. a. á. à. h. ô. o. u.
    Û Ü E É I J Y Í
    û. ü. e. é. i. j. y. í.
    B P T TH D F V R
    b. p. t. th. d. f. v. r.
    N NG M L G K S C
    n. ng. m. l. g. k. s. c.


    counting numbers
    Stand. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    Run. 0. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.


    1. For full size images, see p. 45 of the color section. The ‘Potential’ ('Anfang') is likely what was contemplated at the German-Marsi 'Tamfana' temples, which were destroyed by the Romans as described by Tacitus (Annals I 50-51), rather than the name of a goddess as generally speculated. Likewise, the ‘Beginning’ ('Bijin') may be the etymological origin of the Beguines – a lay order of women in northern Europe dedicated to serviing the community without taking religious vows, the origins of whose name remains uncertain. The word ‘temple’, which also has an uncertain etymology, may thus denote a place of meditation upon (the beginning of) time (tempus).
    2. 'cursive Runscript' (RUN JEFTHA HLAPANDE SKRIFT) — lit.: 'running or loping script'; interpreted as Dutch: 'doorlopend' (cursive), as the pen does not have to be lifted from the paper between the letters.
    3. ‘sunwise’ (MITH SON OM) — clockwise; in the northern hemisphere, the sun appears to move ‘clockwise’.
    4. Full size images on pages 46 and 47 of the color section. The letter TH was sometimes used to represent HT, in which cases it was also transliterated as such; when N and G appear as individual letters in the text, they are separated by an apostrophe (in the Latin transliteration) – e.g., FIN'GRUM; fingers. The letter used for DS/DZ (a mirrored D with a half-spoke through the center: Z — e.g., in the verb SEDSA: ‘to say’) was transliterated as Z. Note also that the Runscript ‘f’ looks like a mirrored Greek lower case φ (phi).

    Sandbach 1876

    [p.65 cont.] What is written hereunder is inscribed on the Walls of Waraburgt.

    (See Plate I.)

    What appears at the top is the signs of the Juul—that is, the first symbol of Wr-alda, also of the origin or beginning from which Time is derived; this is the Kroder, which must always go round with the Juul. According to this model Frya formed the set hand which she used to write her Tex. When Fasta was Eeremoeder she made a running hand out of it. The Witkoning—that is, the Sea-king Godfried the Old—made separate numbers for the set hand and for the runic hand. It is therefore not too much that we celebrate it once a year. We may be eternally thankful to Wr-alda that he allowed his spirit to exercise such an influence over our forefathers.

    In her time Finda also invented a mode of writing, [p.67] but that was so high-flown and full of flourishes that her descendants have soon lost the meaning of it.

    Afterwards they learned our writing—that is, the Finns, the Thyriers, and the Krekalanders—but they did not know that it was taken from the Juul, and must therefore always be written round like the sun. Furthermore, they wished that their writing should be illegible by other people, because they always had matters to conceal. In doing this they acted very unwisely, because their children could only with great difficulty read the writings of their predecessors, whereas our most ancient writings are as easy to read as those that were written yesterday.

    Here is a specimen of the set hand and of the running hand, as well as of the figures, in both.

    (See Plate II.)

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