“For a man’s house is his castle, and each man’s home is his safest refuge”
Sir Edward Coke 1628
For some the home is a place of luxurious comfort, like ye olde Norman Kings, one’s castle is little more than a status symbol, a demonstration of power, wealth and accomplishment. For others, probably the majority, the home is one’s fortress, the place where we feel safe surrounded by four walls to keep the dangers of the world out, a place we can nest, snuggle and be ourselves. Somewhat contradictory, I feel home should be a place we are safe enough to be vulnerable. Home is about walls and boundaries, anyone familiar with the runes will understand this concept as it is embodied by the rune Othala associated with the household, ancestral lands, estates and so on, even the shape of the rune is very reminiscent of an enclosure.
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