divine protection + courage + independence
We often face overwhelming odds in life, forces that, despite our best efforts, we cannot withstand on our own. Algiz (AHL-geez) is a rune for when such situations arise, offering divine protection from utter destruction. Algiz is also a rune of courage; it emboldens us to channel our inner strength and take decisive action. In doing so Algiz promotes independence, autonomy and spiritual awareness. It encourages us to both identify and connect with our higher selves and to act in alignment with our own personal truths.
divinity + wisdom + communication
Ansuz (ANH-sooz) is the rune of Odin, the god of wisdom and the father of all other gods. Divine wisdom and power flows through Ansuz to the human world, enabling us to channel the guidance of higher spirits in our pursuit of accessing a boundless trove of ancestral knowledge. Odin’s rune also governs communication and highlights the power of spoken language. It encourages us to exercise mindful diligence when choosing our words so that we may most effectively preserve and accurately share knowledge over time.
fertility + renewal + healing
Berkana represents the universal idea of the Goddess and indicates the strong presence of a powerful inclination toward nurturing, protection, support and creation. It is the rune of fertility and growth, new beginnings and renewal, recovery and life changes, physical and spiritual birth and rebirth and of motherhood and sacral wisdom. Berkana (bur-KAH-na) is also associated with the birch tree; its energies are healing and life giving and it acts as a sign of regeneration, growth, beauty and new perspective.
clarity + growth + change
Translated literally, Dagaz (DAY-gahs) means daylight. It suggests that dark times have passed and as things begin to change for the better, past individual difficulties will, in turn, prove to stimulate future personal growth. Dagaz does not whisper of change in the distant future; instead it provides the clarity necessary to recognize that a breakthrough in the process of self transformation is happening in the present. Dagaz encourages us to welcome such change, embrace fresh opportunities and boldly choose an unfamiliar, yet exciting, new direction in life.
cooperation + trust + harmony
Ehwaz (AY-wahz) is the rune of cooperation. It extols the importance of community and suggests that the best course of action in life is not to go at things alone but is instead to work with others to achieve common goals. Ehwaz symbolizes close personal relationships; its shape is suggestive of two people holding hands, a pair of trusting souls who always have each other’s best interests at heart. Ehwaz also represents the union of our inner and outer selves; both selves existing in perfect harmony allows for a life of complete integrity.
transformation + endurance + deflection
Eihwaz (AYE-wahz) is a symbol of transformation; it encourages us to let go of the past so that we may embrace a future replete with new beginnings, new dreams and new adventures. Eihwaz also suggests that change itself is the only true constant in the world and acceptance of this principle, along with unrelenting effort and enduring patience, enables us to persevere despite all of the discomforts that an unstable environment is certain to present. One who is deft enough can even deflect the disruptive forces of today to influence the outcomes of tomorrow.
wealth + fulfillment + vigilance
Fehu is the rune of wealth and fulfillment; it can signify financial prosperity, a satisfied ambition or a realized romance. Fehu promises nourishment of the mind, the body and the soul but it also caveats that hard work and follow-through are necessary to realize fulfillment of a desired reward. Proper stewardship of that which has already been gained is paramount and as such Fehu (Fay-hoo) warns that we must exercise vigilance with wealth. Rather than fall prey to reckless bliss, Fehu insists that to become truly wealthy we must give freely and abundantly however and whenever possible.
good fortune + generosity + love
Gebo (GAY-bow) is the rune that predicts good fortune. It can appear in myriad forms, ranging from material gifts to discovering a new skill or ability to love-related serendipity to being the recipient of unconditional generosity or hospitality. Gebo resembles a cross with wide open arms of equal length, and through its uniformity acts as a symbol of love, representing partnership and balance. It serves as a reminder that when the acts of giving and taking are in perfect harmony, good fortune and love can flourish without restriction.
change + new beginning + freedom
Hagalaz (HA-guh-laz) portends change. It acts as a reminder that there are disruptive influences in nature that cannot be controlled. Hagalaz is frozen hail; its destructive and transformative forces create a clear path for rebirth and play an active role in shaping a new, more resilient existence. The hallmark outcomes of the Hagalaz hailstorm are freedom, liberation and an original perspective on life. Fresh ideas will germinate and unfamiliar opportunities, those never thought possible before, will begin to emerge.
energy + growth + wholeness
Ingwaz (NG-wahz) represents an accumulation of stored energy in the form of pure, concentrated potential. We ourselves may act as the catalyst required to unlock this previously untapped energy and, in doing so, actively initiate our own journey of personal growth. Ingwaz references the type of individual development that manifests from a series of steady, incremental changes over time and ultimately signals the integration of the four selves: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. As such, Ingwaz symbolizes the enduring drive toward completion, totality and wholeness.
stasis + self-awareness + inertia
While many of the Elder Futhark runes suggest some form of action, Isa (EEE-sah) demands the direct opposite: stasis. It is a rune of control and self-awareness, encouraging us to contemplate everything but decide nothing and to set aside passions in favor of maintaining an objective point of view. Sometimes a period of inertia is all that may be required to reach new heights in life; our attention can then be diverted from outside turmoil to instead focus on an inner journey. To be still, Isa suggests, demonstrates not only courage and self-control but also tact and wisdom.
cycles + balance + fruition
Jera (YARE-uh) is the rune of natural rhythms; it reveals that all things run in cycles that, when taken in totality, balance out the world. This phenomenon can be most readily observed with the change of seasons: winter nourishes and waters the soil, spring brings new growth, summer is the time of ripening and autumn yields the harvest. Jera encourages us to work in harmony with the passage of time; it indicates that the bounties of fervent effort will come to fruition in due course. Jera, however, also reminds us to remain diligent, as we will reap only what we sow.
knowledge + enlightenment + curiosity
Kenaz (KAY-nahz) is the rune of knowledge and enlightenment; it acts as a torch, illuminating one’s path forward in life. It represents the willingness to seek out truths by not only considering scientific facts but also through logical reasoning. Further, Kenaz encourages us to continuously fan the flames of our own intellectual curiosity. Kenaz suggests that a truly curious mind, one with an insatiable thirst for ever more knowledge, is perhaps the most valuable asset that an individual can have as we forge ahead on our own uniquely personal journeys through life.
intuition + creativity + flow
Laguz (LAH-goos) invites us to discover the concept of collective memory and to recognize and embrace the vast extent of our own unconscious minds where the power of intuition reigns supreme over that of conscious reasoning. It depicts endless possibility, pointing to the depths of the soul where peace, wisdom and creativity reside. Laguz foretells that what is most deeply seeded within us will indeed manifest - becoming readily apparent to the senses - and ultimately dictate the flow of our own singularly unique life forces.
collectivity + reciprocity + fairness
Mannaz (MAH-nahz) tells of a self that is strong, capable and independent but is at the same time deeply influenced by and interconnected with the greater community. It represents the concept of collective existence and stresses the importance of give and take, reminding us to treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated. Mannaz is also the rune of fairness; it suggests that greed can be kept in check when all members of a community respect one another. Truly understanding the value of mutual self-interest can lead to limitless success for both the individual and the group.
necessity + determination + discipline
Nauthiz (NOW-theez) is a symbol of needs and demands, compulsions and desires, restrictions and endurance. It identifies patience, self-control and purposeful determination as the tools necessary to readily discern basic needs from nonessential desires. Nauthiz encourages us to control cravings, support restrictions and set limitations on all things that adversely affect our quality of life. Exercising discipline to overcome temptation increases both mental and physical strength and promotes greater overall feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment.
heritage + inheritance + ancestral wisdom
Othala (OWE-tha-la) invites us to discover and embrace our heritage in all forms, from the material to the highly spiritual. It encourages respect of inherited fundamental values and traditions and encourages the practical application of knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Othala invites us to embrace and deploy the ancestral wisdom and other forms of heritage that reside within - all of which shape us as truly unique individuals - to promote forward progress and to work toward attaining a more desirable future.
mystery + fate + chance
Perthro (PAIR-throw) points to the concepts of randomness, coincidence and infinite possibilities; it is the rune of mystery, fate and the unmanifest. Perthro represents the mysterious force that directs our path forward in life, a guiding hand of inevitability toward an entirely unpredictable destination. Perthro also explains that fate is not necessarily anchored to an immutable endpoint. As such, it encourages us to take chances along the way as even minor changes to a seemingly predetermined course can have a significant impact on where life ultimately takes us.
journey + initiative + personal direction
Raido (RYE-doh) refers to the journey of life; it encourages us to make informed decisions and take initiative so that we may move, with purpose, toward something new, exciting or more promising. Radio challenges us to break old habits and embrace the here and now because we all have the power to determine our own personal direction in life. Radio also serves as a reminder that the actual paths that we choose to follow should be as rewarding as the places that we ultimately hope to end up because life itself is a journey, not a destination.
warmth + positivity + success
Sowilo is the rune of the Sun. It symbolizes warmth and vital energy and represents the embodiment of all things positive – from good health to limitless learning potential to victory over suffering. Sowilo (so-WEE-lo) projects wholeness and represents the link between the conscious and subconscious minds. When such a connection exists it produces a spiritual awareness that provides guidance and protection and helps us to stay focused on and dedicated to following only those pathways in life that will lead to successful outcomes.
protection + perseverance + patience
Thurisaz (TOO-ree-saz) literally means thorn. It is a point that protects against aggressors while powering its way through the world via the unconscious forces of the psyche. Thurisaz encourages the confrontation of fear and obliges us to overcome personal trepidation so as to shatter obstacles and reveal new, exciting opportunities. Thurisaz also acts as a reminder to employ patience, to contemplate and to always take great care when confronted by forces that are beyond our control.
spiritual warrior + justice + integrity
Tiwaz (TEE-wahz) is the rune of the spiritual warrior, the guardian, someone who tirelessly gives of themselves and expects nothing in return. It represents a dignified strength that manifests as righteous courage and symbolizes a conscious recognition that our actions are guided by proper and rational balance, honor and justice. Tiwaz is also the rune of positive regulation. Being shaped as an arrow indicates the concentration of decisive forces that, when implemented, lend us the power to aptly evaluate any circumstance with both virtue and integrity.
inner strength + determination + vitality
Uruz (OO-rooz) is the rune of pure, unharnessed primal energy and inner strength fueled by raw determination, courage and tenacity. It represents a type of power more potent than that of mere brute force dominance and control because it allows for endurance, flexibility and adaptation. As such, the Uruz rune may indicate that we have matured beyond and outgrown our current life situation, suggesting that it is time to embrace meaningful changes that will promote personal progress and foster positive individual growth.
joy + companionship + emotional satisfaction
Wunjo (WHUN-joe) is the rune of joy and pleasure; it embodies all forms of satisfaction. Wunjo values companionship and encourages us to nurture personal relationships; it highlights the importance of associating with the right people and of taking loving care of valued partnerships. Wunjo also urges us to recognize happiness as a humbling experience and to spread joy whenever possible. Striving to help others also achieve happiness will further heighten the level of emotional satisfaction that we enjoy in our own lives.