I want to use the Anglo Saxon rune “cen”, shown here (top row, 4th from the right):
correctly (or at least reasonably correctly) in a small(ish) graphic design for possible use as a tattoo.
I want the meaning of the rune(s) to be “light” or “illuminated” but not in the sense of being lit up, but rather in the sense of knowledge, reason, or understanding, or the search for those things.
Looking around I find lots of websites that say that the cen (or ken) rune means things like “illumination, wisdom, enlightenment” (among other things), but these all look like new agey post-interpretation to me. Although I do know the word “ken” has “to understand” as one of its meanings.
So my question is how would I use runes as they may have been used by the medieval anglo-saxons to convey the concept of knowledge or the search for knowledge, and prominently include the “cen” rune, and hopefully be short and sweet so as to facilitate use in a tattoo? Could the single cen rune by itself have conveyed that meaning to someone in England in the sixth or seventh century?
And a kind of related question: is cen pronounced with a “hard” c as in ken, or “soft” like sen?