MEANINGS AND USES FOR THE RUNES
This is a brief synopsis of the Runes that make up the Elder Futhark.
The Elder Futhark consists of 24 Runes. Futhark means `alphabet' and
this word comes from the first 6 staves (letters) of the Futhark.
Other Runic alphabets have different numbers of staves. For example,
the Younger Futhark has 16 and the Anglo-Saxon Futhark has 32 or 33
staves. The word `Rune' has several interpretations it means `to
roar', `to whisper', `mystery' and `secret'.
The Runes are strongly associated with the God, Odin who is credited
with their discovery through an act of sacrifice and shamanic
initiation. Odin hung from the World Tree, Yggdrasil (which means
`horse of Ygg', and Ygg is another name for Odin) for 9 days and
nights, fasting and pierced with his own spear sacrificing himself
to himself. The story of Odin's sacrifice is depicted in the Havamal
Each Rune represents an object or force in nature. These forces can
be harnessed for magickal purposes, bound in talismans or invoked
through rune-song (galdr). They also make a good focus for
meditation. Reciting the entire Futhark can be used as an effective
The pictographs, names and interpretations of the runes have some
variation. The details that follow are taken partly from various
written sources and partly from the direct experience of myself and
I will list the corresponding lunar fortnight (just over 15 days),
hour, god(s), stones and symbols for each rune and give details of
their magickal use. This is not a definitive or complete
correspondence table as space does not permit me to include all
available information but it should give you an overview of the
meanings and uses of the Runes.
Rune name: Feoh
Quality: Primal growth
Fortnight start: 29 June
Magickal use: Increase wealth, happiness or vitality.
Rune name: Uruz
Meaning: Auroch (extinct large wild bovine)
Quality: Primal strength
Plant: Mint, rue
Fortnight start: 14 July
Deity: Freyr/light elves
Magickal use: Healing, fertility, energy and vitality.
Rune name: Thurisaz
Meaning: Ice giant
Symbol: Shield or hammer (mjollnir)
Fortnight start: 29 July
Magickal use: Self defense, hexing and returning curses.
Rune name: Ansuz
Symbol: Mouth or the wind
Plant: Fly agaric/gum mastic
Fortnight start: 13 August
Magickal use: Public speaking, confidence, study, creative writing and
release from bonds.
Rune name: Raido
Stone: Moss agate/sardonyx
Fortnight start: 29 August
Magickal use: Determination and focus. Also safety in travel.
Rune name: Kaunaz
Fortnight start: 13 September
Magickal use: Solving problems, increase knowledge, spiritual
enlightenment and overcoming depression
Rune name: Gyfu
Fortnight start: 28 September
Magickal use: Balancing the self, relationships, partnerships and love.
Rune name: Wunjo
Fortnight start: 13 October
Magickal use: Draw happiness, conclusions, gain favour with superiors,
exams, success and hope.
Rune name: Hagalaz
Symbol: Dark Moon
Stone: Hag stone
Fortnight start: 28 October
Magickal use: Hexing, protection and to return a curse.
Rune name: Nauthiz
Symbol: Domestic Fire
Stone: Smoky quartz
Fortnight start: 13 November
Deity: The Norns
Magickal use: Bringing a person back to their destiny and bringing
what is needed against all odds.
Rune name: Isa
Quality: Static force
Stone: Black tourmaline
Fortnight start: 28 November
Magickal use: Stop/slow a situation, increase courage, resolution and
Rune name: Jera
Fortnight start: 13 December
Magickal use: Change, resolutions, overcoming bad habits, fertility
and moving on.
Rune name: Eihwaz
Quality: Cosmic connection
Fortnight start: 28 December
Magickal use: Shamanic work, self reliance and getting in touch with
the higher self.
Rune name: Perthro
Fortnight start: 13 January
Magickal use: Fertility, creativity, change, healing, psychic work and
Rune name: Elhaz
Quality: Divine link
Tree: Service tree
Stone: Herkimer diamond
Fortnight start: 28 January
Magickal use: Meditation/prayer, spiritual work, invoking divine aid,
protection, healing and friendship.
Rune name: Sowilo
Quality: The Self
Stone: Iron pyrite
Fortnight start: 12 February
Magickal use: Courage, healing, success, happiness, energy and
Rune name: Teiwaz
Quality: Universal law
Stone: Tiger eye
Fortnight start: 27 February
Magickal use: Bring justice, balance, protection and strengthen will.
Rune name: Berkana
Symbol: Full Moon
Plant: Honeysuckle/ladyÃ¢â¬â¢s mantle
Fortnight start: 14 March
Magickal use: Female problems, nurturing, self love, calming the mind,
health and healing.
Rune name: Ehwaz
Quality: Transformation as an act of will
Tree: Horse Chestnut
Fortnight start: 30 March
Magickal use: Increase will and determination. Bring swift change and
overcome difficult circumstances.
Rune name: Mannaz
Symbol: Pentagram/Endless knot
Fortnight start: 14 April
Magickal use: Balancing all aspects of the personality, understanding
Rune name: Laguz
Quality: Liberated subconscious
Fortnight start: 29 April
Magickal use: Prosperity, psychic/dream work, inspiration and
Rune name: Inguz
Quality: Reconciliation of Opposite/limitless expansion
Fortnight start: 14 May
Deity: Freyr (Ing) and Freyja
Magickal use: Relationships, marriage, sex magick, binding runes
together, gaining positions of respect and balance.
Rune name: Othila
Quality: Knowledge of birthright
Fortnight start: 29 May
Magickal use: Strengthen family; protect home, security, oaths and memory.
Rune name: Dagaz
Symbol: Mobius strip
Quality: Unlimited potential/unity
Plant: Clary sage/celandine
Fortnight start: 14 June
Magickal use: Completion and success, drawing energy in and new
The original source is missing, but the meaning of the runes can be