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Runes OVERVIEW HISTORY DESCRIPTIONS & MEANINGS A. Mannaz B. Gebo D. Othila E. Uruz G. Nauthiz H. Inguz J. Algiz K. Fehu M. Jera N. Kano P. Berkana Q. Ehwaz S. Hagalaz T. Raido V. Dagaz W. Isa Y. Odin IV. Layouts used for divination A. Odin's Rune B. Three Rune Spread C. Runic Cross D. Three Life Spread
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Ansuz Perth Eihwaz Wunjo Teiwaz Laguz Thurisaz Sowelu
I Overview ----------Runes are a method of divination similar to the Tarot or the I Ching. The difference is that Runes are a set of 25 stones instead of 78 cards or a set of sticks with patterns. As with the Tarot, most of the Runes may be rightside up, or up side down, the meaning differing with the case. There are also some Runes that can not appear up side down. In practice, the Runes may be made of any material; ceramic, stones, sticks, or drawn on cards.66 II. History ----------Before the Germanic peoples of ancient Western Europe possessed a true alphabet, they used pictorial symbols to carve into stones their ideas and thoughts. The earliest of these pictorial writings date from about 1300 BC. They were probably linked to Sun and Fertility cults. Among the signs were parts of the human body, weapons, animals and variations on the circle, square, and swastika. These pictoglyphs later evolved into the more abstract glyphs that were composed of lines resembling no particular objects. That there was power endowed to those who were adept at the use of these glyphs is indicated by the name given to the glyphs themselves. These glyphs were called Runes, from the Gothic Runa, meaning 'a secret thing, a mystery.' The Runic letter or Runastafr was use to foretell the future by Runemal, or the casting of the Runes. The Runes were inscribed into tools, weapons, rocks, alters, and other personal items. Runes were also used by the clergy as an alternative to the Latin alphabet. It is believed that Runes were derived from a northern Etruscan alphabet used among Italic tribes in the Eastern Alps. They may have been developed by people living in the area of Bohemia. From the beginning Runes were used for the casting of lots, for divination and to evoke higher powers that might influence the 'luck' of man. There were Runes that influenced the weather, the harvest, curses, the tides, love, and
It is unfortunate that more than 300 years ago the last of the Rune Masters died taking with them the true art of Rune casting. As time wore on. The Practicianer of Runemal was easily recognizable by the very clothing they wore. In one hand she carried a staff with a knob on the end and her belt. do not make this a . Inverted: If there is blockage now. Gebo: An 'X'. Mannaz: Two vertical lines with a horizontal 'X' connecting the top of the two lines so that it appears like a golf flag and its mirror image. Clarity. These three aettir. Eihwaz. Algiz. devoted and moderate. holding together her long dress.healing. Othila. as they were called were: Freyr's Eight: Fehu. Only then will you have a true direction. Kano. The Anglo-Saxons are credited with spreading Runes and Runecraft through out Europe. Jera. then you can be right with others. Although in some places the Runes numbered as many as 36 or as few as 16. Be yielding. Hagal and Tyr. However. "She wore a cloak set with stones along the hem." As you can also see from this passage. Laguz. Wunjo Hagal's Eight: Hagalaz. the Runes themselves became standardized through out Europe. many of the Rune Masters were women. Thurisaz. B. not to others at this time. Dagaz. In recent years people such as Ralph Blum have tired to revive the ancient art of Rune Casting through books. Berkana. Inguz. The outer enemy is but a reflection of yourself. Perth. Twenty-four of these were the basic Runes. \ / x / \ Normal: A union is at hand. Around her neck and covering her head she wore a hood lined with white catskins. As the 13th century author of the 'Saga of Erik the Red' said. >< Normal: Essence is water. Raido. Nauthiz. and through research into ancient books and manuscripts for references to Runes. Isa. it comes from within. Stop and reconsider. Become right with yourself. III Descriptions and Meanings ----------------------------A. There were 3 families of 8 Runes each. Mannaz. hung a charm pouch. or futhark. Ansuz. Gebo. Uruz. Look to yourself. willingness to change is effective now. Ehwaz. named after the Norse Gods Freyr. casting Runes. Sowelu Tyr's Eight: Teiwaz. The name futhark comes from the first 6 Runes.
life is a cycle and you will again reach this point to again have this choice. Inverted: Do not be bound by old conditionings. D. A connection with the Divine may be at hand. Uruz: A tall vertical line on the left. Ansuz: An 'F' with the arms pointing downward. keep yourself. Inverted: This rune is impossible to invert due to its symmetry C. Flow is the proper attitude at this time. Prepare for the opportunity disguised as a loss. Draw from the well for yourself first. \ Normal: The life you have been living is at an end. Inverted: Failed communication may seem to be a block. If the well is clogged. . Remember. what happens now is timely to your development. Othila: A diamond shape with the two lower sides extended beyond the point at which they meet to form legs. This may be difficult to do because part of what you may have to give up is a portion of your background. connected on top by diagonal line. Be aware during meetings with others. You may be called upon to take a radical departure from old ways. E. Let the winds of Heaven blow between you and your partner. However.total union. a shorter vertical line on the right. It is possible that your strength may seem to be used against you. but the light will bebrighter at the end. The seeming failure may come as a minor or major jolt depending on your awareness. it is instead a Rune of new beginnings. Remember. \ \ Normal: There is a new life unfolding. Similar to a 'squared' small letter 'n'. Inverted: You may fail to take dvantage of the moment. There may be darkness of a tunnel leading to the new life. then clean it out. /\ \/ /\ Normal: A shedding of old skins is called for. Be totally honest with yourself now. then you will have the strength to draw from the well for others. but it may require you to give up something else. this is not a Rune of ending. You may receive benefits.
H. If you repeat the old. Surprises may be in store. the movement takes you out of check and danger. Perth: A vertical line on the left with an elongated 'v' connected to the top from the right. You may have 'bad luck' or recognize a specific block. \ \ Normal: There is a definite need for restraint. \/ <> /\ Normal: Now is the time of great strength when completions can be finished and as a result new beginnings started. Inverted: Here is the great teacher disguised as the bringer of pain and limitation. It depends on your point of view. restore balance at least. G. \/ /\ Normal: Inner changes are taking place. and an elongated inverted 'V' connected to the bottom from the right. There is danger. and the need to reconsider your plans carefully. Inverted: Do not expect too much now. I. Nauthiz: A vertical line with a diagonal line crossing it. Movement may cause you to free yourself from a rut in your life. Cleansing is needed to strengthen the character. except as it shows you your inner self. but like the King on a chess board. Inverted: This rune is impossible to invert due to its symmetry. The butterfly now emerges from the cocoon. Only after great darkness will we know and see the true light. There will be holdups. Inguz: Two 'X's stacked on top of each other and touching.F. Do not focus on the past or you will neglect the true now. If you can not restore harmony at this time. Nothing external matters here. and a short diagonal line running from the bottom towards the . Difficulties can be resolved and clarified. Only at the darkest hour do we see just how bright the light is within ourselves. Eihwaz: A vertical line with a short diagonal line running from the top towards the lower right. or challenge. The diagonal line runs from the upper left to the lower right. expect to suffer. consider the uses of adversity.
Patience and waiting are called for. not them. the branch now bears fruit. \ \ Normal: There maybe blockages. Winning may not be possible. and you can now reap the . Is it wealth and possessions. and ask. but even they help our progress. / / Normal: Clearly define what it is that you desire. but in losing there is a form of winning through learning and the progress takes place. Fehu: An 'F' with the horizontal lines pointing upward. "What do I need to learn to further my progress?" You now have the opportunity to see where your true nourishment lies. You may seem to be powerless at this point in time.upper left. for the mark of a well nourished self is the ability to nourish others. or self-rule and growth of will? Enjoy the good fortune of now but remember to share it. Wait on the will of the Heavens. Observe the situation. Growth is promoted through inconvenience and discomfort. Inverted: Health and associations are to be examined now. Correct actions are the only true protection you have. Your ship has come in. If you are in pain. K. L. Only then will you benefit from it. If persons are 'using' you. do not try to hide from it. \ / Normal: The shifts that were due are completed. \ / Normal: Control of the emotions is called for. and you know it in your heart. but you are at the stable awaiting a good horse. or turbulence. Algiz: A cross with both ends of the horizontal bar pointing upward. for it is only the pain and turbulence of progress. Wunjo: Shaped like the letter 'P' with the rounded upper portion being made from two straight lines like the 'greater than' sign >. J. then know that you are the one responsible for the outcome. Inverted: Your arrows repeatedly miss the target either by an inch or a mile.
/ \ Normal: This is the Rune of the opening. Teiwaz: An upward pointing arrow. understanding is now available to you and you may be able to spread the light and understanding to others. Light now breaks through and dispells the clouds. Here you will find your deepest needs. Inverted: Clouds are now beginning to cover the sun. Kano: A 'less than' sign (<). You are now the center where harmonic and beneficent forces meet. or are you focused on the task for its own sake? . A partnership may be passing away. Inverted: The harvest is slow to mature. Remember however that failure to notice this passing away will result in a missed opportunity. It may take time for no quick results can be expected. or plans may be seen for the limited undesirables they are. and most powerful resources. As seen in its true light. remember that it is then no longer appropriate or valid for you in this stage of development.harvest. Jera: A 'greater than' sign (>) above a 'less than' sign (<). but remember that they have served their purpose. At the end of the season. N. \ / / \ Normal: Beneficial outcomes apply to what ever endeavor you have undertaken. If so. but of clarity there is none now. Through new clarity existing ambitions. Knowledge transforms itself into understanding. / \ Normal: Look within and delve down to the foundations of your being. Examine newly formed partnerships. Are outcomes your goal. Associations may be short lived. O. Examine yourself and your motives. Your real enemy just might be yourself. rejoice in abundance. everything is a test. M. There is light mixed with the dark. goal. Patience may be called for now. Not even the farmer can speed the harvest by tugging on the young shoots. A difficult passage is at hand. A span of time is always involved. This is a Rune of dedication and perseverance. for there may be great works for you both to perform together. Give up gladly the old so that the new can be received. Through awareness of the light. Inverted: Danger may arise from hasty or illtimed actions.
Inverted: If movement is blocked. Hagalaz: Shaped like the letter 'H'. S. R. "Face the future with assurance. Examine your motives. Relate to yourself correctly. Ehwaz: A large capital letter 'M'. Are you putting your wants before the wants of others? Q. Inverted: There is interference with growth now. all else follows. we have to recognize that not all opportunities are not for us. Excessive striving can be damaging. Only then can the harvest ripen. Laguz: The right half of an upward pointing arrow. Resistance must be dispersed first. then work may be begun. > \ / Normal: Delve into things deeply. except the the two rounded portions are made from straight lines. like the 'greater than' sign >. \/ Normal: Transitions and physical shifts are occurring now.Look within for the answer. If you have dark corners. "As I cultivate my own nature. \ Normal: There is a need to break free from constricting . Inverted: Do not over reach yourself. \ Normal: Reorganize and re-align. P. be sure that what you are doing is correct action. If you feel disheartened for not taking the right action. and success will follow. Berkana: Shaped like the letter 'B'. with care and awareness. If you need help to cleanse the corners. What is yours will come to you. There are no missed opportunities. You may have the chance to act again. relax. Steady growth and development slowly accumulate. seek an expert. Immerse yourself in the experience of living without evaluating or understanding. clean them out now. Are you really drawing upon your wisdom of instinct? Go within yourself and honor your receptive side. with the horizontal bar at a slight angle slopping to the right. Contact your intuitive self.
both within yourself and without. remove resistance while waiting. but not predictable. There are some things beyond your control. Ask guidance from the Powers above. If you wait. \ / \ Normal: Communication is addressed by this Rune. Dagaz: An elongated 'X' with both the left and right sides being close into triangles by vertical lines. Inner worth increases. The line extends above and below the > sign. You can now see that which is hidden inside. Break-ups may be more plentiful than unions now. Though this Rune has only an upright position. but we must remember that we are not intended to rely on our power alone. and know that in so doing. remove resistance while waiting. Waiting may be just the right action to take. a . Raido: Shaped like the letter 'R' with the rounded upper portions made of two straight lines like the 'greater than' sign >. Keep a sense of good humor no matter what happens. Inverted: Personal relationships are accented now. Waiting may be just the right action to take.circumstances. > Normal: There is work to be done. U. Timing is correct. Inverted: Personal relationships are accented now. There may be a loss before there is a great gain. V. You may feel as though you are waking from a long sleep and take some time to come to your full senses. it operates through reversal. Keep a sense of good humor no matter what happens. you will be doing the right action. Even failures may be re-routed opportunities. If followed by the blank Rune. the transformation may be so total as to portend a death. especially when it has two sides. Even failures may be re-routed opportunities. you will be doing the right action. If you wait. \ / x / \ Normal: A major breakthrough is at hand. and know that in so doing. T. Break-ups may be more plentiful than unions now. You may be ready to contact the Divine. The right outcome is inevitable. Thurisaz: A vertical line with a 'greater than' sign attached to the middle.
or the basic answer to your question. A cold wind is reaching you over the ice flows of outmoded habits. Let the Sun illuminate the secrets you hid even from yourself. you already are. Shed the outdated. and in the end. but make it a retreat in strength. You may have to retreat from pressing situations. and shake them up. winter follows autumn. X. Normal: Winter has come upon you. Reach into the pouch and draw out a single Rune. Layouts Used for divinations --------------------------------A. As with the Fool in the Tarot. Only when you rely on the Divine can you accomplish anything of greatness. you may have to leap over the precipice into the void. Watch for signs of spring. . Sowelu: Shaped like a single vertical bolt of lightening.successful conclusion to your passage. It may be that you have no control over the conditions causing the winter. W. and you turn it over that you do not accidentally do not invert the Rune. But do so empty-handed and with utter faith. Make sure when the Rune is pulled out. nothing remains. for that would be reckless. You seem to be frozen in ice and can not move. Odin: This is the blank Rune. not weakness. Odins Rune. What becons is the creative power of the unknown. This Rune will reveal the crux of your present situation. that by yourself you can do nothing. Positive accomplishment is unlikely now. In the beginning there was nothing. Normal: The unknowable and unseen is active in your life at this time. Isa: A vertical line. Always remember however. But remember not to collapse yourself into the future. Try to discover what it is that you are holding onto that prevents the spring from arriving. Control can not be used on that which does not yet exist. IV. The dawn has given way to full daylight. Y. / -/ Normal: What you are striving to be. Place the Runes into a cloth pouch. but spring will always follow winter. In this case remember that this is the way of Heaven and Earth. This is the time for recharging and regenerating yourself. and the thaw will follow.
This Rune reveals the foundation of the situation. This Rune is your future incarnation. The third Rune goes to the right of the first Rune. C. This Rune is the challenge ahead of you. [ed. This represents you now.I don't agree with the majority of interpretations presented here. The second Rune goes to the left of the first. . placing them in the following order. Read the Runes and interpret them relative to their position. Reading from the left to the right. Three Rune Spread. This Rune is your birth and childhood of this life.B. The forth Rune goes below the first Rune. The forth Rune goes below the second Rune. Place the Runes into a cloth pouch. This Rune represents your present. Interpret the Runes relative to their position and also relate them to what must be gained in each incarnation. The sixth Rune goes above the fifth Rune. note-. --Amythyst] . Three Life Spread This spread is useful for exploring past incarnations. This rune represents the best outcome. The third Rune goes to the left of the second. and remove five of them. This represents your past. 1) You now. The second Rune goes to the right of the first Rune. Runic Cross Place the Runes into a cloth pouch. This Rune represents the future. but figure that someone will find it useful. 2) the Challenge ahead of you. Draw out three Runes and place them in a horizontal line in front of you. This Rune reveals your past incarnation. This Rune is your future in this life. The fifth Rune goes above the second Rune. and 3) the Best Outcome. D. The first Rune goes on the right side of you work area. There are five runes involved in this spread. Place the first Rune in the center of your work area. The fifth Rune is placed above the first Rune. the positions represent. Place the Runes into a cloth pouch. Now draw out 6 Runes and place them in the following order.
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