RunesRunes are concepts we pay attention to that help us grasp the workings of the world. In Euromazdaism we especially rely on the wisdom of the ancient Persians and Greeks for our runes.
ProtorunaThe protoruna are primary or fundamental runes. Some of these are as follows:
ANGHUS - Existence, Being, Reality.
ZURVAN - a period of time, the container of existence, the substrate . (Zurvan Akarana = Boundless Time = Universal Zurvan)
AGATHIA - Goodness (a quality of Anghus) Usually taken to imply the presence of Ushta (Joy), Eudemonia (Good spirit) or Thalia (flourishing) or the conditions for these to occur, or actions taken to create the conditions
LOGUS - the logic of existence, the way things work, the way things need to be done to produce good results
ARTA - the ordering of existence so that the parts are related to each other in a well-fitting manner for a beneficial result
ASHURA - the being that produces Arta or Agathia
MAZDA - the wise mind directing the Ashura
Protoruna in more detailAnghus is Being, Existence, Reality. Anghus is what exists. Anghus is reality. Anghus exists quite separate from our ideas about what exists. Anghus is characterised by multiplicity and complexity as a myriad sources of activity interact with each other and the fossilized structures of the past. As well as this universal Anghus we can also talk about a personal anghus - our personal existence and experience. This may not reflect the world accurately but the experience in itself is a real thing and thus is also a part of the universal Anghus.
Zurvan is the Foundation of Time and Activity which underlies all things. Zurvan is a period of time. Zurvan is the substrate of life, the sea in which we swim. Zurvan provides the material for our bodies and our souls and time for us to play our part in the unfolding of existence. We distinguish between Boundless Zurvan (Zurvan Akarana) which is the the unending Universal Time, and Bounded Zurvan which is the limited time available for a being to grow, live and come to its end. Such periods in our common social life we know as Ages, but each individual has their personal zurvan, their particular lifespan on earth.
Tyche is the manager of the activity that happens in Zurvan. She makes the final decision as to how Anghus unfolds over time. She is the weaver of our reality. Her decisions can be good or bad for us, but she doesn't decide alone. We can influence her by our actions. When we know of Tyche (also Tyke) we understand that the world doesn't really obey our commands. All we can do is make our attempts , our appeals to the Tyke, and depending on what others may do and other factors, hope for the best outcome.
Vaius is the "Blower" - the cause of all activity. Vaius sets everything in motion and continually shapes the progress of the world.Vaius is the source of activity that lives and acts within the space and time of Zurvan.
Agathon - The Good - is pure goodness whether as an abstract idea, an active presence or a passive experience. Agathon is not easily understood in its totality, but we each know it exists from our inbuilt sense that some experiences we have in life are good and some are bad. Agatha is the Ideal Good which we reach up towards like reaching towards the sun. Agatha has an opposite - Kakon the Bad.
Agathia - Goodness - is a quality of existence. We judge our experiences and activities as good or bad. We strive after what is good, and strive to make things good. This is built into us and ultimately is not just a personal whim but is founded on the underlying nature of things.
Logus is the law of Anghus. It is the logic behind the progression of existence through time. It is the way of doing things to produce good results. Knowledge of Logus is crucial for our success. It is not easy for an individual to learn much of the Logus direct from personal experience within a lifetime. Thus we rely much on the transmission of Logus knowledge from the accumulated experience of others who have come before us.
Arta is the Righteous Order or Righteous Progression of the world - a process where the actions of each fit harmoniously with the actions of others and the pre-existing nature of things. It is the ordered world which is congenial to life. Where there is Arta a hungry person will find food, the restless person will find a challenge, the lonely a soulmate, the injured will find healing, the children a parent, the adventurer a world to adventure in and those in difficulty will find the knowledge and tools and the help they need to overcome their situation.
Ashura is the active righteous power that produces the Good Order of Arta. The Ashura has knowledge, energy and strength to shape existence, bringing the different elements together in happy combination to produce a larger harmonious whole. It is important for us to support the Ashura and indeed our religion is all about helping us to do so.
Mazda is the Perfect Mind that fully understand the nature of Anghus, of existence, and of the Logus, the laws of existence. Mazda knows how to create new things, new beings, a newly organised existence, out of what was previously disorganised and chaotic.
According to orthodox teaching Ashura and Mazda work together as an inseparable couple with Mazda being the wise guide of the Ashura. Thus they are often treated as a single entity Ashura-Mazda or Aramazda for short.
NB Ethnic Mazdeans may also use further runes such as are listed in the Chrestic Mazdaism section of this website