How to Cast Runes
Runes are cast ideally on an East-West axis or facing the sun. A
white cloth is laid down and used to determine the shoat or direction
of the casting. From here the focus should lie with the pressing
question. The runes should then be drawn or cast from either a box or
leather pouch where they should normally be kept. After casting the
stones onto the cloth the ones which have fallen the right side up are
read and depending upon whether the rune is reversed or not will have
a bearing upon its meaning and the reading as a whole.
Rune Stone Meanings - Frey
A Rune sacred to Freya, Goddess of fecundity and love.
A fulfillment rune of good fortune, material stability, security,
wealth. FEOH feeds and nourishes on both the spiritual and material
planes. An indication of something earned or won. "The primal cow,
the sow, the fertile originating animals, our common beginning." It
is essential to share good fortune with others. This rune also
indicates fertility and harmony.
At a standstill, lack of balance and possibly some form of loss.
Rune Stone Meanings - Uruz
A Rune sacred to Thor, God of thunder and strength.
A rune of creativity and sexual energy. UR also represents the death
of a cycle, out with the old wild ox and in with the new. May
indicate a dark period with material loss or the loss of a person but
new opportunities will arise from this. It is indicative of an
unpredictable power, tests and greed. Opportunities, sexuality and
good luck are the keywords for this rune.
Opportunities that have passed by, possible health problems and a lack
of progress in certain areas.
Rune Stone Meanings - Thorn
A Rune sacred to Loki, trickster and shape changer.
A rune of negative change, contemplation and conflict. Synonymous
with the hammer of Thor, this rune represents: trolls, demons, giants
and male power. Strength may be found by observing the past and
future. As Thor was the Norse God of strength other key meanings of
this rune are: security, protection and possibly good news.
Thorn (th) as a thorn bush can indicate dangers of a smaller less
significant kind. However reversed this rune can indicate
unfavourable news or a sense of feeling vulnerable.
Rune Stone Meanings - Ansuz
A Rune sacred to Odin, God of Wind and Spirit.
A rune of God's blessing and joy. A time to expect the unexpected,
new beginnings and communications, messengers, signals and gifts. A
guarantee of harmony and order. A warning to fortify oneself before
attempting to come to the aid of others. "The divine breath, the
sacred ash and the world tree." As this rune is also representative
of Odin himself other meanings associated with this rune are: wisdom,
psychic power and aid from someone older.
This rune reversed serves as a warning against trickery or pranks,
this is even more true if it involves an older person. A warning
against an older person causing trouble or playing tricks and games.
Think carefully before accepting any advice.
Rune Stone Meanings - Raido
A Rune sacred to Thor and thunder.
A rune of personal development and transformation. This rune is
indicative of journeys and travel. The journeys may be of a physical
or spiritual nature, but either way will bring about some positive
developments. It is also a time of choice and of making the right
move to ensure all effort and energy is channeled in the right direction.
This rune reversed is indicative of delays and possibly difficult
journeys. It can also mean that there are important lessons that need
to be learned.
Rune Stone Meanings - Kaunaz
A Rune sacred to Heimdall, the underworld watcher.
A rune of renewed light after a period of darkness or confusion. It
is also a warning of a danger to health, possibly in the form of:
fever, abscesses, ulcers, physical or mental problems. As a torch
this rune also represents creative fire and artistic impulse. it is a
shining beacon of hope in the dark.
This rune reversed is indicative of a block on creativity.
Rune Stone Meanings - Gebo
A Rune of a sacred mark dedicated to the Gods.
A rune of generosity and the giving and receiving of gifts; and with
the help of the Gods, kindness and aid to others. It is a gift and a
greeting of peace. Partnerships and relationships are blessed.
People unite and relationships move to a deeper level. "The lovers
kiss; the bountiful Goddess abundance." This rune also represents
sacrifice and the balance of opposing factions or elements. A remnant
of Gyfu gis still sent today to mark the passing of another year.
This rune reversed is indicative of harm to friendship, separations
and self centred behaviour.
Rune Stone Meanings - Wunjo
A Rune sacred to Odin.
A rune of material and emotional gain, through diligence. It also
indicates comfort and renewed energy. Situations will change for the
better. Peace balance and harmony are the keywords with the
possibility that wishes will be fulfilled. A time to re-evaluate
one's plans and goals as darkness has given way to light.
This rune reversed is indicative of conflicts and changes that are not
positive. It is a warning to anticipate strife in certain situations.
Rune Stone Meanings - Hagalaz
A rune sacred to Heindall the watcher and Mordgud, keeper of the icy
bridge to the underworld.
A rune that warns of illness. Hagal means hail and is symbolic of
uncontrolled and destructive forces. It is a time of upheaval,
discord and disruption and general bad luck. There will be setbacks
and problems all which need to be endured in order to come through on
the other side.
This rune reversed is indicative of uncontrollable events leading to
Rune Stone Meanings - Nauthiz
A Rune sacred to Norns, weavers of fate and Nort, Goddess of night who
gives birth to day.
A rune of limit, limitation and patience. Keywords include:
necessity, need, absence, sadness, tiredness. It is indicative of the
hardship of existing on less than enough. Much hard work and patience
is needed to work through the pain and strife, but the experience must
be treated as a period of learning in order to overcome difficulty
rather than becoming bitter. There is a warning against greed and
desire as this will only prove destructive.
This rune reversed warns against hasty decisions and careful thought
about any pending commitment.
Rune Stone Meanings - Isa
A Rune sacred to intensity, it intensifies any other rune associated
The rune of obstacles and mental blocks. It is a barrier stopping or
preventing, while warning against proceeding. As a beacon it is a
"shining light", but stillness, patience and sacrifice of the "I" may
win the prize. Other meanings include: coldness between people,
lethargy, death end, termination, strong hidden forces and blocks to
thought and deed. This rune intensifies the meaning of any other
runes associated with it.
This rune reversed is indicative of a coldness which gives rise to
conflict and arguments. only by acting positively can the ice be melted.
Rune Stone Meanings - Jera
A Rune sacred to Freya and Frey the bountiful couple.
The rune of harvest, fertility and the turning wheel. This rune is
symbolic of success, an abundant year and the cycles of nature and
life. Projects will succeed although plans cannot be rushed and
patience must be observed. Effort reaps its reward. Other meanings
include: the sacred marriage between heaven and earth, thriving crops,
generosity of kings and prosperity. "When the harvest comes -
This rune reversed symbolises a block in nature. Matters come to a head.
YR or EOH (el)
Rune Stone Meanings - eihwaz
A Rune sacred to Odin, who gathered the dead souls for their journey
to Valhalla or the underworld.
As with the 13th card of death in the tarot deck, this rune is also
symbolic of death, but death in the sense of a cycle of life. It
highlights the importance of death in human life as in death,
regeneration and rebirth. This rune is symbolic of the gate to the
underworld. Patience is needed to work through a period of
stagnation. Old ways will pass giving rise to the new.
This rune reversed symbolises nostalgia and a hankering for the past.
It can also represent emotional problems linked to the death of a
Rune Stone Meanings - Pertho
A Rune sacred to Frigg, the "All Mother".
This is a rune of mystery and things not being quite what they seem.
It is a time to experience the unexpected and live for the now. Other
meanings include: womb, female fertility. A game that is played
between "desire and destiny". A rune of revelation.
This rune reversed is symbolic of hidden things that are revealed and
cast out into the open.
EOIH or AQUIZI (Z)
Rune Stone Meanings - Algiz
A Rune sacred to Heimdall, the watcher.
A Rune symbolic of protection and shelter. Temptation may be put in
the way of an individual, but this is to be resisted. Emotions must
be contained and pain and strife overcome in order to move forward.
Other meanings include: new beginnings, protect what has been worked
for, the hand sign to ward off evil, divine aspirations, elk-sedge a
plant which hurts anyone who touches it and a strong symbol of protection.
This rune reversed warns of avoiding danger which may be caused by
Rune Stone Meanings - Sowulu
A Rune sacred to Balder, the beautiful God and the Solar Wheel.
A rune of health, wealth and happiness and contact with one's higher
self. Now is the time to use the sun's energy for regeneration and
reveal secrets that are hidden. Other meanings include: creativity,
guidance particularly of sailors, spiritual power to "resist
disintegration", the light of the world and positive beneficial magic.
This rune reversed warns of the possibility of carelessness or
recklessness leading to ill health or danger.
TRY (God of War)
Rune Stone Meanings - Teiwaz
A Rune sacred to Tyr, Lord of the Heavens and war leader.
A rune of bravery and steadfastness in the face of any adversity. New
partnerships will produce great things. This is a rune of energy,
contentment and passion and it is a much used talisman. Other
meanings include: a brave and noble death, self knowledge, faith,
victory and success in law and war.
This rune reversed is symbolic of frustrations and quarrels that sap
Rune Stone Meanings - Berkana
A Rune sacred to the Earth Goddess.
This is a rune of new birth and new beginnings. Although it can be
indicative of an actual birth or marriage it can also refer to
personal growth and development and the prosperity of an enterprise.
It can indicate the start of something special and to facilitate this,
doubts must cleansed before moving forward. Other meanings include:
fertility in the bodily sense, beauty and the breasts of the Earth
This rune reversed is symbolic of hurdles or problems getting in the
way of the birth or start of something. This rune reversed warns of
Rune Stone Meanings - Ehwaz
A Rune sacred to Frey, Summer sun and the erect penis.
This is a rune of travel and change, possibly of job, career,
residence or maybe all three. This rune brings a message from the
Gods and rank, pride, happiness and an aid to the restless. It may
also indicate spiritual journeys and faith in one's destiny.
This rune reversed warns of a restlessness and a desire to escape by
traveling or moving away from the problem - a passage away from pain.
Rune Stone Meanings - Mannaz
A Rune sacred to Odin, the "All Father" and Heimdall, the watcher.
This is the rune of mankind and all of the attributes which set humans
apart. it suggests that the middle path should be sought and followed
and it also refers to family matters. Other meanings include: a
connection to others, mutual joy intelligence, memory and culture.
Also a desire for change.
This rune reversed symbolises a lack of of common sense. A need for
solace and isolation, particularly form family.
Rune Stone Meanings - Laguz
A Rune sacred to Njord, God of the wealth of the sea.
This is the rune of unconscious intuition and mystery. It can be
indicative of some levels of psychic ability and the courage to trust
in hunches. It can mean success in travel, also gains made at the
expense of loss. Other meanings include: the ebb and the flow of the
tides, waves, seas and lakes and the power of green growth bursting
through the soil.
This rune reversed symbolises stormy waters and emotional turmoil.
FERTILITY (The God Ing)
Rune Stone Meanings - Inguz
A Rune sacred to Frey, Summer sun and consort of Freya.
This is a rune of peace and prosperity, also fertility especially male
potency. It is symbolic of the erect phallus and fertilising power.
Projects, ideas and even people reach their full potential. Matters
come to a head and problems are resolved. The hearth and home are
This rune reversed warns of the need to be more diligent and that
progress is being blocked.
Rune Stone Meanings - Dagaz
A Rune sacred to Heimdall, the watcher.
This is a rune of harmonious unexpected success. It is a balance
between light and darkness; as night gives way to dawn, this gives way
to day and so on. It is a beacon of light bringing forth clarity,
success and abundance in life. The time is right to embark upon a new
project, but be cautious in the journey forward.
This rune reversed warns of treading carefully and conserving energy.
Rune Stone Meanings - Othila
A Rune sacred to heritage.
This is a rune of inheritance and the discarding of traditional well
worn ways in order to move forward. It symbolises mental and
spiritual heritage, property and old traditions and family values.
Other meanings associated with this rune are: the freeing of an
individual from a group or clan, fundamental ideas and spiritual
values. Although something may have to be given up or lost in order
to acquire property or an estate, the wise use of resources is
This rune reversed is symbolic of family disputes and break ups,
problems with parents and possibly arguments or problems with any
THE BLANK STONE
ODIN or WYRD - The unknowable - the beginning and the end
This rune stone is blank and symbolises something that cannot be known
or cannot be controlled and as such fate will decide the outcome.
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