Thursday, February 9, 2012

Runes~ Elder Futhark Alphabet

Words that you may find in this album:


Midgard- Earth

Orlog- Primal law, law (individual)

Skuld-Future, debt

Urd- Past, origin/s

Verdandi- Present, becoming

Wights- Entities

Wyrd- Kama 

Yggdrasil- World tree

(In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil ("The Terrible One's Horse"), also called the World Tree, is the giant ash tree that links and shelters all the worlds. Beneath the three roots the realms of Asgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim are located. Three wells lie at its base: the Well of Wisdom (Mímisbrunnr), guarded by Mimir; the Well of Fate (Urdarbrunnr), guarded by the Norns; and the Hvergelmir (Roaring Kettle), the source of many rivers.
Four deer run across the branches of the tree and eat the buds; they represent the four winds. There are other inhabitants of the tree, such as the squirrel Ratatosk ("swift teeth"), a notorious gossip, and Vidofnir ("tree snake"), the golden cock that perches on the topmost bough. The roots are gnawed upon by Nidhogg and other serpents. On the day of Ragnarok, the fire giant Surt will set the tree on fire.
Other names for the tree include: Ask Yggdrasil, Hoddmimir's Wood, Laerad and Odin's Horse.
Old Norse: Mimameidr
By Micha F. Lindemans)

Since the Algiz symbol can represent a final rolling -R rather than a Z, one might substitute that sound wherever a Z appears above.

There are as many different pronunciations of the Elder Futhark rune sounds as there are runic authors. Since the names are modern re-creations of what is referred to as "proto-Indo-European", which no longer exists (or perhaps never existed), your guess is as good as the next person's.

The Woden's Harrow website contains Real Audio sound files of the Elder Futhark.

Since I am, myself, learning, I am compiling information from various websites. Primarily:

Fehu – (fay-hoo ) 

AKA- Faihu, Foeh, Fe

First letter of the Runic alphabet

Letter: F

Phonetic: f as in fire

Astrological Correspondence: Aries

Tarot Correspondence: The Tower

Gods/Goddesses: Aesir

Color: Light Red

Tree: Eider

Herb: Nettle

Stones: Carnelian, Green Tourmaline, Amber

Animals: Falcon, boar, cat, bear, cow, tiger, horse, sow, ant, deer, hare, bee, bull, hedgehog, ewe, snake, sparrow, mouse, goat, ram, lion, monkey.

Element: Fire

Translates to: domestic cattle, wealth

Esoteric Meaning: Mobile Property, New Beginnings, Wealth

Key Concepts: Wealth, money, food, sustenance, Hamingja, luck, personal power, circulation of power, financial strength, prosperity

Psi: Beginner’s Mind, presence, freedom, first impressions, young love

Energy: mobility, luck, charisma, dynamic power, liquid and mobile transferable energies, abundance, circulation, ‘mana’, sexual attraction

Mundane: money, recent purchases, reputation, freshness, fashionability

Divinations: Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck, abundance, financial strength in the present or near future, sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness, social success, energy, foresight, fertility, creation/destruction (becoming), energy, travel, money, control

Divinations: Reversed: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep, it indicates some sort of failure, greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage, endings

Governs: Delegating your energy to another, power transference or projection; the sending rune
Drawing gravity into the personal sphere
Promotion of personal and social evolution, changing circumstances of importance
Increase in personal monetary weal
Beginner’s mind and presence as a tool for consciously creating a fresh start

Intuitive abilities are strengthened
Creates channel for projecting, sending, and transferring runic energy
Draws the energies of the sun, moon, and stars
Increases monetary wealth
Increases your wealth of knowledge
Increases the richness of your plans and life goals

Uruz - (oo – ruse )

AKA- Uraz, Uros, Ur

Second letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: U

Phonetic: oo as in loozse, oo as in book

Astrological Correspondence: Taurus

Tarot Correspondence: High Priestess

Gods/Goddesses: Vanir

Color: Dark Green

Tree: Birch

Herb: Sphagnum

Stones: Tiger's Eye

Animals: Ox, bison, bull, cow, horse, whale, dolphin, manatee, boar, sow, goat, ram, buffalo, bear, alligator, anaconda, baboon, sea eagle, gorilla, lion, hippopotamus, dinosaur

Element: Water

Translates to aurochs ( large recently extinct long-horned European wild ox; considered one of the ancestors of domestic cattle)

Esoteric: Endurance, Formation, Manifestation

Key Concepts: life force, physical health, courage, organic structure, manifestation, formation, healing, vigor, endurance

Psi: determination, persistence, freedom, courage, will, territoriality, independence

Energy: Vital formative force, archetypal patterning, raw primal power, survival, healing, endurance, manifestation, organic structuring

Mundane: physical health, stamina

Divinations: constancy, vitality, tenacity, pattern, luck, health, pragmatic knowledge, understanding, Physical strength and speed, untamed potential, a time of great energy and health, freedom, action, courage, tenacity, understanding, wisdom, sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better), sexual desire, masculine potency, the shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self

Divinations: Reversed: Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others, sickness, inconsistency, ignorance. Lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence, ignorance, uncontrolled rage, insensitivity, brutality

Governs: Shaping and forcing fortunate circumstances creatively through will and inspiration
Self-healing and maintenance of good mental and physical health
Assertion of home ground, personal space, independence and freedom
Strength and tenacity, courage, persistence against all odds
Ability to control aggression and take responsibility
Rites of passage, especially into adulthood

Pulls energies together to form a magical pattern
Heals mental and physical ailments
Knowledge and perception of the self
Magical strength and power
Increases business opportunities
Accesses the power and energy that lies within the Earth
Combines energies to assist realization of your goals

Thurisaz (thor-is-as)

AKA- Thuith, Thorn, Thurs

Third letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: TH

Phonetic: unvoiced th as in thorn (never th as in the)

Astrological Correspondence: Libra

Tarot Correspondence: Emperor

Gods/Goddesses: Thor

Color: Bright Red

Tree: Oak

Herb: House leek

Stones: Agate

Animals: Goat, ram, dragon, hound, cat, tiger, lion, leopard, porcupine, mosquito, Tasmanian devil, wasp, bear, elephant, mongoose, rhinoceros

Element: Fire

Translates to: Thurses, giant/s or thorn

Esoteric: Strong one, Resistance

Key Concepts: Unconscious forces, sociological forces, Thor, Loki as giant, chaos, destruction by natural forces, complexities of aggression, conflicts, disputes, psychological problems, lightning, breakthrough, aggressive male sexuality, battering down barriers, thorn of awakening, trouble, enthusiasm 

Psi: enthusiasm, struggle against unconsciousness, male sexual prowess

Energy: enthusiasm, self-empowerment, chaos, active defensive force, breaker of resistance, destructive storms

Mundane: storms, tools, weapons, conflict

Divinations: Reactive force, directed force of destruction and defense, conflict, instinctual will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst, a tendency toward change, catharsis, purging, cleansing fire, male sexuality, fertilization (Thorr, the Thunder god, was of Giant stock.), conflict

Divinations: Reversed: Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness, disease, explosive violence, annoyance, strife, evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies, a bad man or woman. Rape?

Governs: Destruction of enemies, curses binds and fetters
Awakening of the will to action
Breaking resistance of blockages in body, mind and spirit
Increased potency and prowess in romantic relationships
Understanding of the division and separation of all things
Aiming the use of psychic force
The combination of right/left brain processes for generating powerful realization

Protection from enemies and harm
Overcomes hostile situations
Love magic
Increases your will and helps you take action
Increases your awareness of both the uniqueness and commonality of all things
Projects energy and focuses power

Ansuz - (awn-sooze)

AKA- Os, Ass, Ansur

Fourth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: A

Phonetic: a as in call

Astrological Correspondence: Gemini

Tarot Correspondence: Death

Gods/Goddesses: Odin

Color: Dark Blue

Tree: Ash

Herb: Fly agaric

Stones: Lapis

Animals: Wolf, raven, horse, vulture, eagle, hawk, falcon, bear, tiger, cheetah, cat, hound, fox, butterfly, parrot, mockingbird, cockatoo, emu, snake, turkey, bat, scorpion

Element: Air

Translates into Woden

Esoteric: breath or Ancestral Sovereign God

Key Concepts: order, gods, Odin, transmission of intelligence, communication, reason, inspiration, language, breath, sound, origins of language, the Voice of the Universe, spellsong, casting, chanting, ancestors, passing of the breath along the ancestral line, evolution of gods, speech, poetry, discussion of runes, memetics, semiotics, etymology, linguistics.

Psi: mental stability, communion, inspiration, listening

Energy: sovereign ancestral god, animating spirit, breath, communication, exploration, order, answers

Mundane: words, conversation, symbols, elders, music

Divinations: A revealing message or insight, communication, signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming, blessings, the taking of advice, good health, harmony, truth, wisdom, divine inspiration, synthesis, transformation, intellect, open paths of communication

Divinations: Reversed: Misunderstanding, delusion, manipulation by others, boredom, vanity and grandiloquence. (Odin is a mighty, but duplicitous god. He always has his own agenda.)

Governs: All powers of naming and conceptualization
Convincing and magnetic speech and writing, and the power of suggestion and hypnosis
Acquisition of creative wisdom, inspiration, ecstasy and divine communication
Reason, analysis and good advice
Connecting and networking
Listening to oneself and one’s own particular inner-voice

Increases magical powers and instinctive abilities
Gets in touch with divine power and knowledge
Communication with the divine within
Creative inspiration
Assistance in times of change
Ability to change form and work closely with power animals

Raidho (Ride-ho, rye-though)

Fifth letter in the runic alphabet

Letter: R

Phonetic: r as in "ride"

Translates into Ride or Wagon

Astrological Correspondence:  Sagittarius

Tarot Correspondence:  Hierophant

Gods/Goddesses:  Forseti

Color:  Bright Red

Tree:  Oak

Herb:  Mugwort

Stones:  Carnelian, Golden Topaz

Animals:  Horse, goat, cat, boar, sow, ox, cow, starfish, antelope, falcon, eagle, cheetah, hawk, kestrel, sow bug

Element:  Air

Esoteric: Journey

Key Concepts: the journey of Life, stories, heroism, means of transportation, right action, movement, motion, taking charge, being in control, initiative, adventure, decision-making, direction, counsel, the right path, the inner compass, leadership, kingship, nobility held by merit, moral responsibility, integrity, respect for the rights of others, innate knowledge of right and wrong, celestial procession, rituals

Psi: the story ‘form’ in the psyche, freedom from imprisonment, self-mastery

Energy: cosmic cyclical law, rhythm, presence (active)

Mundane: street-smarts, common sense, travel, movement, taking action

Divinations: Rationality, sound advice, action, justice, ordered growth, travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. Seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon it. Personal rhythm, world rhythm, dance of life. 

Divinations: Reversed:crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality, control freak, hypocrisy, wrongful imprisonment, restlessness Disruption, dislocation, demotion, delusion, possibly a death.

Governs: Living in the present/ Access to “inner advice” and our inner compass, following the heart
Movement within one’s natural limits. Blending with personal and world rhythms, consciousness of right and natural processes. Mastery of circumstance and control of situations, taking the lead. Establishment of creative rhythm in activities
Protection while traveling. Decision-making followed by immediate action

Utilized in rituals, especially with the Great Days and Full Moons
Directs runic energy toward a specific goal
Increased link with the cyclic flow of life
Personal empowerment in magic
Works with runic energy
Connection with the powers of transformation
Expanded consciousness

Kenaz (kane-awws)

Sixth letter in the runic alphabet

Letter: K or C

Phonetic: k as in "kick", or hard c as in "cane"

Translates into Torch or Beacon

Astrological Correspondence:  Scorpio

Tarot Correspondence:  Chariot

Gods/Goddesses:  Freyja

Color:  Light Red

Tree:  Pine

Herb:  Cowslip

Stones:  Citrin, Fire Opal, Golden Topaz

Animals:  Cat, salamander, lion, falcon, hawk, eagle, owl, tiger, chimpanzee, bobcat, cuckoo, peacock

Element:  Fire

Esoteric: ‘Ken’ or Knowledge

Key Concepts: torch as a symbol of knowledge and intellect, illumination, searching for enlightenment, shedding light on matters, quest for truth, skills and abilities, creativity, art, craftsmanship, cunning, acquisition and application of knowledge, occult female secrets, intuition, enthusiasm in teaching/learning, study, kin-fire, opportunity, playfulness

Psi: observation, clarity of thought, cognitive faculties, humility

Energy: Controlled energy, transformation (pheonix fire), teaching/learning dynamic, illumination

Mundane: art, technique, improvement of skills, school, the stars

Divinations: Artistic or technical ability, craft, transformation, offspring, new information

Divinations: Reverse: disease, decay, breakup, inability, lack of creativity, ignorance, arrogance, elitism, over-conceptualization Crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality. Disruption, dislocation, demotion, delusion, possibly a death. 

Illumination (torchlight) when exploring transpersonal pathways
Creative inspiration, enthusiasm for learning
Exploration of paradigms in the search for truth
Exposing the hidden to gain new knowledge, esp. through study, reflection and new information
Strengthening of abilities in all realms
Female occult secrets
The light within, the observer

Artistic inspiration
All realms are strengthened
Healing and regeneration
Aids in personal transformation
Aids in love and sexual relationships
Increased fertility 

Gebo (gay-bow or yee-bow)

Seventh letter in the runic alphabet

Letter: G

Phonetic: hard g as in "gift", y as in "yes", or silent

Translates into Gift

Astrological Correspondence:  Pisces

Tarot Correspondence:  Lovers

Gods/Goddesses:  Odin, Gefn

Color:  Deep Blue

Tree:  Ash

Herb:  Heartsease

Stones:  Sapphire, aquamarine, lapis lazuli, rose quartz

Animals:  Raven, wolf, hound, eagle, bear, cat, falcon, lobster, oyster, chimpanzee, firefly, eel, bull, cock, iguana, stag

Element:  Air

Esoteric: Fair Exchange, Sacrifice, Sacred Marriage

Key Concepts: gifts, giving, taking, trade, sacrifice, process of exchange, balance, compensation, equilibrium, law of reciprocation, altruism, the gravity of equals and opposites, generosity, hospitality, honor

Psi: gratitude, forgiveness, appreciation

Mundane: material gifts, thankfulness, trade

Energy: Exchanged powers, sacrifice, dissolution of barriers through gifting

Divinations: Generosity, gift, magical exchange, honor, sacrifice, divine vision

Divinations: Reverse: Gebo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition: Greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice. Obligation, toll, privation, bribery unbalanced behavior, dishonesty

Sex magic
Mystical union and ‘Sacred Marriage’ between partners
Understanding of the true meaning of gifting and binding
Giving of oneself from within
Harmony between brothers and sisters and lovers
Favours, contracts, obligations, debt and oath-taking

Magical commencement
Love magic
Increased relationship harmony
Reconciliation of polarities
Evaluation of divine wisdom

Wunjo (Won-joe or woon-yo)

Eighth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: W or V

Phonetic: w as in "warm", with lips close together, almost like a "v"

Translates to: Joy

Astrological Correspondence:  Leo

Tarot Correspondence:  The Sun

Gods/Goddesses:  Frey, Wodan, Uller

Color:  Gold

Tree:  Ash

Herb:  Flax

Stones:  Diamond, Golden Topaz, Amber

Animals:  Boar, wolf, raven, horse, stag, hound, lion, bluebird, dolphin, dove, hummingbird, elephant, kingfisher, cat, bee, spider

Element:  Earth

Esoteric: Hope, Harmony, Perfection 

Key Concepts: joy, perfection, the art of correct wishing, correct application of the will, well-being, contentment, hope, expectation, relationship, family, bonding, trusted kinsfolk, shared ideals or aims, group harmony, symbols of shared identity, optimism, cooperative effort, like-mindedness, friendship

Psi: contentment, optimism, like-mindedness, wishful thinking, shared identity

Energy: harmony of like forces, effortless ease, fellowship, fulfillment, wishing, genuine friendship,

Mundane: parties, friendship, family, community

Divinations: Joy, harmony, fellowship, accomplishment, prosperity, ecstasy, glory, spiritual reward, but also the possibility of going "over the top". If restrained, the meaning is general success and recognition of worth 

Divinations: Reverse: stultification, sorrow, strife, alienation, delirium, intoxication, possession by higher forces, impractical enthusiasm. Raging frenzy, berzerker. warns of caution, blindness to danger, deception, betrayal, 

Strengthens links and bonds
Invocation of fellowship and harmony.
Banishes alienation and other inharmonious impediments to trust
Creating joy through the use of true will
Realization of the link and multiplicity of relationship of all things
The art of correct wishing, ‘law of attraction’

Strengthens friendships
Increased sense of joy and contentment
Increased sense of purpose
Increases family bonds
Binds energy fields together

Hagalaz (Hag-all-az or haw-gaw-laws)

Ninth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: H

Phonetic: h as in "hail", aspirate "h" as in modern English

Translates to: hail or hailstone 
Astrological Correspondence:  Aquarius

Tarot Correspondence: The World

Gods/Goddesses:  Ymir, Urd, Gullveig, Hella

Color:  Gray, White

Tree:  Yew/Ash

Herb:  Lily of the valley

Stones:  Clear Quartz, Diamond, Moonstone, Opal, Geode

Animals:  Serpent, dragon, falcon, eagle, hawk, owl, vulture, whale, dolphin, wolf, spider, bat, blackbird, chameleon dragonfly, praying mantis

Element:  Water

Esoteric: Crisis or Radical Change

Key Concepts: hailstones, crisis and catastrophe, disruption, radical change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable

Psi: disruption, change, personal past

Energy: power beyond human ability to harness, perfect pattern, seed formation, objective confrontation, destructive natural forces, chaos

Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter

Divinations: Change according to ideals, changes for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, inner harmony, wrath of nature, destructive, uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the unconscious. Tempering, testing, trial, leading to completion, inner harmony.

Divinations: Reversed: cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Natural disaster, catastrophe. Stagnation, loss of power. Pain, loss, suffering, hardship, sickness, crisis, loss of property, short-term disappointment, victim-consciousness, obsession with the past, blame.

Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements
The inevitability of Fate, Wyrd, Orlog
Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming
The outworking of a perfect pattern
Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection
Awareness of the unconscious ideas for eventual processing
Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage’

Combines runic energies
Aids in personal transformation
Guards against harm
Heals physically, mentally, and spiritually

Nauthiz (now-these or not-this)

Tenth letter of the runic alphabet 

Letter: N

Phonetic: n as in need 

Translates to: need of fire or necessity

Astrological Correspondence:  Capricorn

Tarot Correspondence:  The Fool

Gods/Goddesses:  Skuld

Color:  Black

Tree:  Beech

Herb:  Bistort

Stones:  Hematite, Obsidian, Onyx, Smoky Quartz

Animals:  Wolf, dragon, hound, fox, squirrel, spider, cuckoo, serpent, crow, donkey, firefly, flea, meerkat, moth

Element:  Fire

Esoteric: Constraint, Friction 

Key Concepts: Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, force of growth, the consequence of past action, short term pain for long term gain

Psi: resistance, need, effort

Energy: necessity, coming forth into being, urgency

Mundane: doing what must be done, chores, hard work

Divination: recognition of ultimate law, primal truth, innovation, need of fire (self-reliance), personal development and life lessons, achievement through effort, delays, restriction, resistance leading to strength, innovation, distress, confusion, conflict, and the power of will to overcome them, endurance, survival, determination, a time to exercise patience, recognition of one's fate, major self-initiated change, face your fears.

Divination: Reversed: constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity, warnings, worry, guilt, moral cowardice, unfulfilled or unrecognized needs, necessity, extremity, want, deprivation, starvation, need, poverty, emotional hunger. .

Governs: Overcoming distress or negative örlög
Acceptance of the unchangeable
Development of magical will, the manipulation of wyrd
Understanding the dynamic force of “resistance” in the process of creating
The generation of creative energy for problem solving
Protection of one’s own needs
Recognition of personal need
Love magic; especially to obtain a lover

Aids in decisions
Increases clairvoyant ability
Works with your spirit guides
Aids in overcoming mental obstacles

Isa (ee-saw or Iss-ah)

Eleventh letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: I

Phonetic: ee as in sleep

Translates to: Ice

Astrological Correspondence:  Moon

Tarot Correspondence:  The Hermit

Gods/Goddesses:  Rime, Verdandi, Skadi

Color:  White

Tree:  Alder

Herb:  Henbane

Stones:  Milky Quartz, Clear Quartz, Opal, Moonstone

Animals:  Polar bear, whale, walrus, elephant (mammoth), manatee, bald eagle, sea gull, turtle, anaconda, water buffalo, reindeer, clam, moose, penguin

Element:  Water

Esoteric: Stasis, Stillness

Rune of concentration of things in a static or frozen state. Rune of stillness and the Ego-Self.

Psi: mental faculties, focus, ego, self-image/self-identity

Energy: stillness, contraction, stasis

Mundane: cold, self-preservation, harsh reality

Divinations: Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, unity of being, a challenge or frustration, psychological blocks to thought or activity, including grievances, standstill, or a time to turn inward and wait for what is to come, or to seek clarity. This rune reinforces runes around it.

Divinations: Reversed:Isa cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition: ego-mania, dullness, blindness, dissipation, treachery, illusion, deceit, betrayal, guile, stealth, ambush, plots, immobility, self-centeredness, lack of change, psychopathy.

Development of concentration, will and focus
Halting of unwanted dynamic forces as an act of self-defense (ard against demonic influences)
Basic ego integration within a balanced multiversal system
Power of control and constraint over other wights (entities), emotional outbursts
Focus of the will into single-minded action

Concentration and purpose
Ability to recognize patterns
Slows down energy without stopping it
Balances the ego
Increased awareness of how things work in harmony
Increased awareness of possible dangers

Jera (yare-awe or Yehr-ah)

Twelfth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: J or Y

Phonetic: y as in year or j as in jaw

Translates to: year or a year

Astrological Correspondence:  The Sun

Tarot Correspondence:  The Emperor

Gods/Goddesses:  Frey

Color:  Green

Tree:  Oak

Herb:  Rosemary

Stones:  Emerald, Malachite, Aventurine, Green Tourmaline

Animals:  Eagle, boar, horse, hound, bear, squirrel, grasshopper, chipmunk, cow deer, duck, hare, ladybug, peacock, swallow

Element:  Earth

Esoteric: harvest or a good harvest

Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.

Psi: psychological time, patience, the measurement of time

Energy: good harvest, orbits, cycles, progress, biorhythms, right effort

Mundane: waiting, gardening, farming, the seasons, harvest

Divinations: The results of earlier efforts are realized, a time of peace and happiness, fruitful season, it can break through stagnancy, hopes and expectations of peace and prosperity, the promise of success earned, life cycle, cyclical pattern of the universe, everything changes, in its own time, reward for positive action, plenty, proper timing

Divinations: Reversed:(Jera cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): sudden setback, reversals, a major change, repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict, regression.

Fertility, creativity and harmony with the land
Peace, prosperity and plenty
Realization of the cyclical nature of the multiverse, invoking the power of time and cycles
Bringing other concepts gently into material manifestation
Initiating gradual and lasting change in flow of life

Understanding of Oneness
Works with cyclical patterns
Increased creativity and fertility
Increased harmony

Eihwaz, Ihwaz (ay-wawz, eye-wawz)

Thirteenth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: EI

Phonetic: i as in pride, possibly short i as in pick

Translates to: yew/yew tree

Astrological Correspondence:  Scorpio

Tarot Correspondence:  The Hanged Man

Gods/Goddesses:  Odin

Color:  Dark Blue

Tree:  Yew

Herb:  Mandrake

Stones:  Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Blue Topaz

Animals:  Eagle, spider, horse, wolf, raven, serpent, dragon, jaguar, dolphin, eel, salmon, butterfly, dragonfly, lizard, kingfisher, hound, moth

Element:  All Elements

Esoteric: Yggdrasil (world tree) or Kundalini

“The axis or process of spiritual becoming.” Upper and lower worlds meeting in Midgard (earth). Rune of the mysteries of life and death.

Psi: death mysteries, the timeless, kundalini,

Energy: axis of heaven-earth-hel, secrecy, encoding, immortality, the chakra system (hvel)

Mundane: longevity, initiations, trees

Divinations: Strength, reliability, dependability, trustworthiness, enlightenment, endurance, defense, protection, the driving force to acquire, providing motivation and a sense of purpose, indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals, an honest man who can be relied upon, movement toward enlightenment, initiation

Divinations: Reversed: confusion, destruction, dissatisfaction, weakness, death

Initiation into the wisdom of the World Tree (Yggdrasil) and hvel (chakras)
Liberation from the fear of death.
Development of spiritual endurance and hard will to gain initiative
Spiritual vision
Communication between levels of reality – the Worlds or Yggdrasil

Perception of the cosmic
Release from fear of death
Expands your artistic and magical abilities
Increased foresight
Communicates with your ancestors

Perthro (perth-row)

Fourteenth letter of the runic alphabet)

Letter: P

Phonetic: p as in poem

Translates to: lot cup (vagina)

Astrological Correspondence:  Saturn

Tarot Correspondence:  The Wheel of Fortune

Gods/Goddesses:  Nornir, Frigga, Mimir

Color:  Black, Silver

Tree:  Beech

Herb:  Aconite

Stones:  Moonstone, Obsidian, Clear Quartz

Animals:  Falcon, hawk, wolf, hound, water snake like the anaconda, spider, chameleon, clam, oyster, cricket, dinosaur, frog, tortoise, kangaroo

Element:  Water

Esoteric: The Norns, Fate, Lot-Cup (vagina, or feminine qualities)

Rune of fate and the unmanifest. Rune of probability and the role of luck in the evolutionary process of the all things. Universe at play.

Psi: co-incidence, living with the unknown, the art and magic of guessing, pattern recognition, prophecy

Energy: evolutionary force, luck, nothingness, the unborn, the unmanifest

Mundane: gambling, random occurrences, guessing

Divinations: good omen, knowledge of örlög, fellowship and joy, evolutionary change, uncertain meaning, a secret matter, a mystery, hidden things and occult abilities, initiation, knowledge of one's destiny, knowledge of future matters, determining the future or your path, pertaining to things feminine, feminine mysteries including female fertility, and vagina

Divinations: Reversed: or doom*, psychological or emotional addictions, stagnation, loneliness, delusion, fantasy, unknowability, malaise. 

*Doom is the way in which the uncontrolled aspects of our self conspire in our destiny. It does not necessarily mean death.

Perception of the layers of örlög and wyrd
Manipulation of cause and effect
Placing runic forces in the stream of Nornic law
Alteration of probability and dependence on luck
The creation of favorable circumstances
Chance, gambling, divination and the art of guessing

Perceives your fate

Algiz or Elhaz (al-jiz, all-yeese or ale-hawz)

Fifteenth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: Z or -R

Phonetic: z or final R

Translates to: elk, protection

Astrological Correspondence:  Cancer

Tarot Correspondence:  The Moon

Gods/Goddesses: Heimdall, Valkyries.

Color:  Rainbow

Tree:  Yew

Herb:  Angelica

Stones:  Rainbow Tourmaline, Fluorite, Agate, Jasper, Diamond

Animals:  Elk, reindeer, swan, goose, stag (hart), ram, wolf, raven, horse, cat, bat, owl, crab, lobster, wasp, goat, boar, crane, blackbird, hound, bear, porcupine, wolverine, cock, cougar, starfish, eagle, hawk, magpie, mongoose

Element:  Air

Esoteric: Protection, Higher Self

Rune of the essential link or connection with the patterns of divine or archetypal consciousness, such as the Valkyrie. Rune of the possible danger of realizing this link when unprepared.

Psi: divinity, higher self, the state of listening

Energy: protective teaching force, the divine plan, Valkyries

Mundane: protection, safety, spirituality

Divinations: Protection, a shield, the protective urge to shelter oneself or others, defense, warding off of evil, shield, guardian, connection with the gods, awakening, higher life, it can be used to channel energies appropriately, follow your instincts, keep hold of success or maintain a position won or earned

Divinations: Reversed: Hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link, taboo, warning, turning away, that which repels, fear

Strengthening of hamingja (personal gravity, ‘luck’) and life force through courageous deeds
Mystical and religious communication with non-human sentient beings
Communication with other worlds, especially Asgard
Receiving instruction on the magical potential of the runes
Banishing the fear of death

Protects from harm
Movement toward the completion of your patterns
Understands celestial correlation
Increases healing powers

Sowilo (so-iölo or soe-wee-low)

Sixteenth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: S

Phonetics: s as in sun

Translates to: sun, the sun (sol)

Astrological Correspondence:  The Sun

Tarot Correspondence:  The Sun

Gods/Goddesses:  Sol

Color:  Gold

Tree:  Juniper

Herb:  Mistletoe

Stones:  Ruby, Carnelian, Citrine, Golden Topaz, Cat's-Eye

Animals:  Cat, wolf, boar, horse, bear, groundhog, blue jay, camel, cock, salamander, bee, cheetah, lizard, peacock, robin, snake

Element:  Fire

Esoteric: wholeness, success

Rune of guidance, goal setting and success.

Psi: central nervous system, seat of the soul, revelation, wholeness

Energy: sun-wheel, strengthening the hvel/charka, cosmic energies, motivation, life-giving force, action

Mundane: sunlight, fire, meeting of goals, confidence, taking action

Divinations: Guidance, hope, success, goals, honor, life purpose, faith in outcomes, goals achieved, honor, the life-force, health, a time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory and success, contact between the higher self and the unconscious, wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire

Divinations: Reverse: (cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): False goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals, destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity, wrath of Odin (god)

Governs: Transmutation of thought into energy for action
Activating highest values
Strengthening of psychic centers (hvel aka Chakras)
Increase in spiritual will and optimal health
Guidance through the pathways, “enlightenment”
Victory and success through individual will

Increases your magical patterns
Develops your extrasensory talents
Moves toward enlightenment
Aids your patterns to come to realization

Tiwaz (tea-waz or tea-wawz)

Seventeenth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: T

Phonetics: t as in tear

Translates to: Tyr (the sky god)

Astrological Correspondence:  Libra

Tarot Correspondence:  Justice

Gods/Goddesses:  Tyr

Color:  Bright Red

Tree:  Oak

Herb:  Sage

Stones:  Ruby, Garnet, Jasper, Bloodstone, Golden Topaz, Citrine

Animals:  Wolf, falcon, hawk, hound, owl, bear

Element:  Air

Esoteric: Justice, Sacrifice

Rune of the balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for well-being of the whole (society).

Psi: spiritual warrior, honour, righteousness

Energy: sovereign order, sacrifice, right decision making

Mundane: the rule of law, fairness, peace keeping

Divinations: Honor, justice, leadership and authority, analysis, rationality, knowing where one's true strengths lie, willingness to self-sacrifice, victory and success in any competition or in legal matters, faith, loyalty, analysis, honesty, even-handedness

Divinations: Reversed: One's energy and creative flow are blocked, mental paralysis, over-analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance, strife, war, conflict, failure in competition, dwindling passion, difficulties in communication, and possibly separation, defeat, tyranny.

Governs: Obtaining just victory and success in battle, litigation or legal matters
Building spiritual will and development of sound judgement
Develops the power of positive self-sacrifice
Develops the “force of faith” in magic and religion

Increases trust in the universe
Interpretation of what needs to be done
Successful completion of patterns
Increases spiritual energy
Teaches positive use of order

Berkano (burr-can-oh or bear-kawn-oh)

Eighteenth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: B

Phonetic: b as in bed

Translates to: Berchta, the birch goddess

Astrological Correspondence:  Virgo

Tarot Correspondence:  The Empress

Gods/Goddesses:  Frigga, Holde

Color:  Dark Green

Tree:  Birch

Herb:  Lady's mantle

Stones:  All Gems

Animals:  All Animals

Element:  Earth

Esoteric: Birth, Sanctuary

Rune of continued growth and continual rebirth or renewal in all things. The rune of becoming.

Psi: secrecy, silence, safety, mature wisdom, dependence

Energy: container/releaser, female fertility, trees and plantlife

Mundane: motherhood, healing, gardening, child raising, the womb

Divinations: Birth, general fertility, both mental and physical and personal growth, liberation, regenerative power and light of spring, renewal, promise of new beginnings, new growth, arousal of desire, a love affair or new birth, the prospering of an enterprise or venture, becoming, life changes, shelter, sanctuary, secrets

Divinations: Reversed: Family problems and or domestic troubles, anxiety about someone close to you, carelessness, abandon, loss of control, blurring of consciousness, deceit, sterility, stagnation, conspiracy, insecurity

Governs: Rebirth in the spirit
Strengthens the power of secrecy
Works of concealment and protection
To contain and hold other powers together
Realization of stillness, the Now-ness of all things
Bringing ideas to fruition in the creative process

Understanding transition
Protects and masks energy
Revitalization and empowerment
Draws and directs the powers of nature
Increases insight

Ehwaz or Ehwo (eh-was, ay-wawz or ay-woh) 

Nineteenth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: E

Phonetic: a as in day

Translates to: horse, two horses

Astrological Correspondence:  Gemini

Tarot Correspondence:  The Lovers

Gods/Goddesses:  Freyja, Frey

Color:  White

Tree:  Oak/Ash

Herb:  Ragwort

Stones:  Milky Quartz, Diamond, Clear Quartz, Pearl, Amber

Animals:  Horse, hound, boar, cat, goat, falcon, hawk, eagle, bear

Element:  Earth

Esoteric: Trust

Rune of harmonious teamwork and trust. Rune of pairs of entities working together for a common goal.

Psi: trust between individual entities, sexuality

Energy: trust, cooperation, the Fetch

Mundane: animals, teamwork, friendship

Divinations: Transportation, may represent a horse, car, plane, boat or other vehicle, movement and change for the better, gradual development and steady progress are indicated, harmony, teamwork, trust, loyalty, an ideal marriage or partnership, confirmation beyond doubt the meanings of the runes around it, a friend

Divinations: Reversed:This is not really a negative rune. A change is perhaps craved, feeling restless or confined in a situation, reckless haste, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal, duplication, nightmares, indecision, an enemy


Activating the energies of your inner Fetch
Ability to detect deceit and uncover subtle queues
Facilitates swiftness in every regard
Establishing trust and bonds with animals (ie. horse whisperers)

Increases wisdom
Increases magical power
Speeds personal patterns
Enhances harmony in relationships

Mannaz (man-az or mawn-nawz)

Twentieth letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: M

Phonetic: m as in man

Translates to: man, mankind

Astrological Correspondence:  Jupiter

Tarot Correspondence:  The Magician

Gods/Goddesses:  Heimdall, Odin

Color:  Rainbow

Tree:  Holly

Herb:  Madder

Stones:  Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet, Amber, Rainbow Tourmaline, Smithsonite, Amethyst

Animals:  Wolf, raven, eagle, hound, cow, horse, fly, bear, salmon

Element:  Air

Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: The Self; the individual or the human race, your attitude toward others and their attitudes towards you, friends and enemies, social order, intelligence, forethought, create, skill, ability, divine structure, awareness, expect to receive some sort of aid or cooperation now, sustainability, divine influence in life

Divinations: Reversed: Depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, cunning, slyness, manipulation, craftiness, calculation, expect no help now, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.


Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential

Amplifies knowledge, memory, and wisdom
Comprehends the polarities of personality
Increases understanding of social order
Enhances achievement of your full potential

Laguz (log-uhz or law-gooze)

Twenty-first letter in the runic alphabet

Letter: L

Phonetic: l as in let

Translates to: water, ocean or a leek

Astrological Correspondence:  Moon

Tarot Correspondence:  The Star

Gods/Goddesses:  Njord, Ran

Color:  Dark Blue-Green

Tree:  Willow

Herb:  Leek

Stones:  Aquamarine, Azurite, Calcite, Chrysocolla

Animals:  Swan, seal, sea gull, duck, whale, dolphin, otter, beaver

Element:  Water

Esoteric: Unconscious, Collective Memory

Rune of the unconscious context of becoming or the evolutionary process. Rune of Life’s longing for itself.

Psi: emotion, psychic powers, unconscious mental processes, love, dreaming

Energy: life energy, ocean spirit, origins of life, collective unconscious, the astral plane, love as unity, evolution

Mundane: water, imagination, occultism, dreams

Divinations: Flow, water, sea, a fertility source, the healing power of renewal, life energy and organic growth, imagination and psychic matters, dreams, fantasies, mysteries, the unknown, the hidden, the deep, the underworld, success in travel or acquisition, but with the possibility of loss, passing a test, sea of vitality and of the unconscious growth, memory, dreams

Divinations: Reversed: An indication of a period of confusion in your life, you may be making wrong decisions and poor judgments, lack of creativity and feelings of being in a rut, fear, circular motion, avoidance, withering, madness, obsession, despair, perversity, sickness, suicide, fear, manipulations, emotional blackmail, lack of moral fiber, fantasy, poison, toxicity

Governs: Transpersonal powers
Mastery of emotion in order to shape wyrd
Guidance through difficult initiatory tests, ie. initiation into life
Increase in vitality and life force
Communication between your conscious mind to another’s unconscious mind
Development of ‘second sight’ or prophetic wisdom
All powers of dreaming (lucid dreams, astral projection)

Expansion of physical and spiritual life
Comprehends and assimilates your emotions and desires
Negative energy is discarded
Unwanted patterns are washed away
Increased awareness

Ingwaz or Inguz (eeeng-wawz or Ing-guz)

Twenty-second letter of the runic alphabet

Letters: NG

Phonetic: nasal sound as ng in singer

Translates to: Seed or Ing, the earth god

Astrological Correspondence:  Moon

Tarot Correspondence:  Judgement

Gods/Goddesses:  Ing, Nerthus

Color:  Yellow

Tree:  Apple

Herb:  Self-heal

Stones:  Malachite, Rose, Quartz, Citrine, Golden Topaz, Aventurine, Amber

Animals:  Cow, goat, horse, ox, dove, bee

Element:  Earth

Esoteric: Process, space

Rune of isolation or separation in order to create a space or place where the process of transformation into higher states of being can occur. Rune of gestation and internal growth.

Psi: internal growth, personal development, the power of suggestion, the inner-child, wholeness

Energy: earth-god, stored energy, gestation process, male mysteries, subtlety, planned bursts

Mundane: male sexuality, agriculture

Divinations: Male fertility, gestation, internal growth, common virtues, common sense, simple strengths, family love, caring, human warmth, the home, rest stage, a time of relief, of no anxiety, a time when all loose strings are tied and you are free to move in a new direction, listen to yourself, expectation

Divinations: Reversed: (Ingwaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Impotence, movement without change, production, toil, labor, work, scattering, frivolity, immaturity.

Governs: Storage and transformation of power for ritual use.
Stored Energy
Passive meditation and centering of energy and thought
Sudden release of energy
All forms of subtle, creative action

Increases and channels energy
Completes or redirects patterns
Symbol of rebirth and awareness
Focuses energies
Love and sex magic

Othala (oh-thall-ah or oath-awe-law)

Twenty-fourth and final letter of the runic alphabet 

Letter: O

Phonetic: o as in oat

Translates to: homeland or ancestral lot/property

Astrological Correspondence:  The Moon

Tarot Correspondence:  The Moon

Gods/Goddesses:  Odin

Color:  Deep Yellow

Tree:  Hawthorn

Herb:  Gold thread

Stones:  Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Clear Quartz, Amber

Animals:  Eagle, wolf, raven, bear, hound, sheep, cow, swine, cock, hen, horse, bee, salmon, peacock, ibis, octopus, owl

Element: All Elements

Esoteric: Inheritance, estate, noble

Rune of anscetral spiritual power, divine inheritance and earthly estate.

Psi: ancestral spiritual power

Energy: ancestral spiritual power, inheritance, heaven on earth, “The gift of Ing”, paradise, utopia

Mundane: household, estate, inheritance

Divinations: Inherited property or possessions, a house, a home, what is truly important to one, group order, group prosperity, land of birth, spiritual heritage, experience and fundamental values, aid in spiritual and physical journeys, source of safety, increase and abundance, a home or estate, group prosperity, freedom, productive interaction

Divinations: Reversed:Lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery, poverty, homelessness, bad karma, prejudice, clannishness, provincialism, what a man is bound to, xenophobia, racism, genocide.

Governs: Rightful inheritance from ancestral holdings
Collection of numinous power and knowledge from past generations
Acquisitions of wealth and property
Right understanding of global unity
Security, safety, protection, the walls of Asgard
Ascension to King amongst men
Realization of Paradise

Balance of the elements
Actualization of dreams
Comprehending the Oneness of the universe
Increased wisdom

Dagaz (Day-gahz or thaw-gauze)

Twenty-third letter of the runic alphabet

Letter: D

Phonetics: voiced th as in the (never unvoiced th as in thick) or d as in dog

Translates to: day or dawn

Astrological Correspondence:  The Moon

Tarot Correspondence:  Temperance

Gods/Goddesses:  Odin

Color:  Blue

Tree:  Spruce

Herb:  Clary sage

Stones:  Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite, Azurite, Sapphire

Animals:  Wolf, raven, horse, eagle, bear

Element:  Fire

Esoteric: Awakening

Rune of the hyper-consciousness. The process of concept becoming realized.

Psi: paradoxical truth, incommunicable experience, conceptual realization, Enlightenment, satori

Energy: twilight/dawn polarity, non-dual reality, unity, synthesis, transmutation

Mundane: another day, daylight, the inevitability of dawn

Divinations: Breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty, a time to plan or embark upon an enterprise, the power of change directed by your own will, transformation, hope/happiness, the ideal, security and certainty, growth and release, balance point, the place where opposites meet, paradigm shift

Divintions: Reversed: ; or lack of vision, sleep, blindness, hopelessness, cataclysmic change.


Attaining the mystical moment through penetration of the secret of paradox or non-duality
Reception of mystical inspiration – the gift of Odin.
Disappearance and the act of becoming the invisible
Invisibility as an organizing principle of Higher Consciousness
Synthesis of right-left brain dynamics.
Transformation of one thing into its opposite
Integration of female and male into complete being

Awakens the light within you
Embodies the powers of light and darkness
Increases magical patterns
Spiritual enlightenment
Protects from harm

Blank Rune

There is no historical support for a "Blank Rune" in runic divination. It was invented in the 1980's. It should not be used in a rune casting. If you bought a rune set with a blank piece, save it in 

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