(torch, light). Essentially, I see this as the creativity rune,although that gives short shrift to the creative qualities inherent inmany of the other runes. However, here I see the cognate as Bridgit of the forge (Irish lore) -- she who forged the steel, tempering it in water. The rune is directed synthesis, brought about by fire energy, temperedwith thought. It may indicate knowledge passed on. It can also "lightthe way" for inner explorations.
(gift). Balance. There is a balance in true giving and receiving. The things we do in life have a way of coming to an equilibrium, andsome of the wisdom is understood in coming to terms with this, andmaking adjustments accordingly. Sacrifice (without martyrdom) issometimes indicated. Gifts and giving resonate on a multitude of levels; the linear tit for tat is the least of it.
(joy). The oldest translated meaning is "perfection", and FreyaAswynn indicates that this rune may represent the most perfect,"good" side of Odinn. One may use the rune to indicate the
towards perfection. A joy or happiness is implied in this rune, a senseof fitting in appropriately with the universe.
(hail). Sort of The Tower of the Futhark world. There may bedisruptive forces at work, requiring change. Frequently this is on aninner level; adjustments on world view and outlook may be indicated. Itdeals with the dark side of oneself, which is clamoring to beunderstood rather than shut away.
(need-fire). I see this as relating to a primal need within aperson; possibly even unconscious. This need is a motivating force,and seeks equilibrium. Something may be out of balance. Whatpurpose, on any level, does the need serve? Working with this rune canhelp bring such answers to the fore, where the need can be addressed,satisfied, or dismissed. (Note -- needs and wants are not necessarilythe same.)
(ice). A challenge, a frustration. A sense of self-containment andpreservation are a part of this rune. It is a status quo, which may benecessary or it may be something to break down. (Or both and more,as life and living hold complexities.) It may relate to a sense of awareness of the "I", and it stands firm in ways that may make it anobstacle.
(year). Everything changes, in its own time. It can break throughstagnancy. Overall, this is a positive rune, although it can indicate thereturn of unfinished business as well as the finished.