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Manifesting with Runes



Runes are a kind of magickal system of pictographs. They were symbols representing various sound values, belonging to a runic alphabet. Runes are powerful, minimal and tribal in nature. They can be carved, painted or drawn onto pieces of wood or crystal or stone and kept in a pouch. They were later used in divination practises. It is important to cleanse your runes just like you cleanse your other divination tools.


Runes are ancient symbols from the Elder Futhark alphabet, which consists of 24 runes. They are part of the early Germanic culture, referring to people who lived in certain areas of Central Europe, Scandinavia and Iceland, dating back to 200 BCE. They are also linked to Nordic and Viking culture.



Rune comes from the norse root word Runa - meaning whisper, while in old english Rune means mystery. Thus it is only fitting that each Rune symbol has secret meanings and properties. They were first used in the norse pagan world of gods and goddesses to work with elemental forces.


Runes can be used for reading, healing, protection and manifesting. When asking questions, it is best to only ask yes or no questions, and save more detailed queries for Tarot cards. When used for healing and manifesting, Runes must be used carefully with utmost care and respect. Runes are often used as protective sigils.


A student of runes is called a Runester or Vitki (viti means 'to know' in Icelandic) and a rune reader or interpreter is called a Rune Caster or Master


Runes were symbols representing various sound values, belonging to a runic alphabet. The runes themselves could be used both as an alphabet or as stand-in for whole words (as logograms). They are broken up into 3 groups of 8 runes each, each representing different elements of space and direction. Here they are:



Runes can be used in conjuncture with one another (called binding) and then inscribed on candles, wood, crystals, drawn on paper, traced in the air with your fingers / crystal wands, or simply just visualised in your mind.


The best way to use them is to first invoke them, use them with or without your other divination tools in your alter, but make sure to use a candle because fire is required for any form of manifestation. Then focus/meditate with them for 5 minutes a day for 11 days to manifest your desire(s). Do not try this before you're well acquainted with energy work. If you want to manifest with runes, get in touch with a practitioner or healer first so they can guide you through it.






The 24 runes can be simplified and explained in the following way:


1) FEHU represents Livestock. It symbolizes Wealth, Abundance, Success, Security, Fertility.


2) URUZ represents a Bull. It symbolizes Strength, Tenacity, Courage, Untamed Potential, Freedom.


3) THURISAZ represents a Thorn. It symbolizes Reaction, Defense, Conflict, Catharsis, Regeneration.


4) ANSUZ represents an Estuary. It symbolizes the Mouth, Communication, Understanding, Inspiration.


5) RAIDHO represents a Wagon. It symbolizes Travel, Rhythm, Spontaneity, Evolution, Decisions.


6) KENNAZ represents a Torch. It symbolizes Vision, Creativity, Inspiration, Improvement, Vitality.


7) GEBO represents a Gift. It symbolizes Balance, Exchange, Partnership, Generosity, Relationships.


8) WUNJO represents Joy. It symbolizes Pleasure, Comfort, Harmony, Prosperity, Reward, Success.


9) HAGALAZ represents Hail. It symbolizes Nature, Wrath, Being Tested, Overcoming Obstacles.


10) NAUTHIZ represents Need. It symbolizes Restriction, Conflict, Willpower, Endurance, Self-Reliance.


11) ISA represents Ice. It symbolizes Clarity, Stasis, Challenges, Introspection, Watching & Waiting.


12) JERA represents the Year. It symbolizes Cycles, Completion, Changes, Harvest, Reaping Rewards.


13) EIHWAZ represents a Yew Tree. It symbolizes Balance, Enlightenment, Death, The World Tree.


14) PERTHRO represents a Dice Cup. It symbolizes Fate, Chance, Mystery, Destiny, Secrets.


15) ALGIZ represents an Elk. It symbolizes Protection, Defense, Instinct, Group Effort, Guardianship.


16) SOWILO represents the Sun. It symbolizes Health, Honor, Resources, Victory, Wholeness, Cleansing.


17) TIWAZ represents the god Tyr. It symbolizes Masculinity, Justice, Leadership, Logic, Battle.


18) BERKANA represents a Birch Tree. It symbolizes Femininity, Fertility, Healing, Regeneration, Birth.


19) EHWAZ represents a Horse. It symbolizes Transportation, Movement, Progress, Trust, Change.


20) MANNAZ represents Humanity. It symbolizes Individuality, Friendship, Society, Cooperation, Help.


21) LAGUZ represents Water. It symbolizes Intuition, Emotions, Flow, Renewal, Dreams, Hopes & Fears.


22) INGUZ represents a Seed. It symbolizes Goals, Growth, Change, Common Sense, The Hearth (Home).


23) OTHALA represents Inheritance. It symbolizes Ancestry, Possessions, Heritage, Experience, Value.


24) DAGAZ represents Dawn. It symbolizes Awakening, Certainty, Illumination, Completion, Hope.


For more detailed meanings check out this page which is an excerpt from the book "The Elements of Runes" by Bernard King.



When it comes to binding runes, they are combined for different outcomes. For example, heres what a love rune made by a fellow rune caster out there. Once you get familiar with runes, you may feel pulled to one over another, and can start to use them and create your own rune which is a blend of other ones, that is unique just to you.


Once you're aware of the symbols, Runes are so rustic and natural that you'll start noticing them around you all the time. On your cats forehead, in leaves, streams of water and brand logos. They're everywhere.


People incorporate and use Runes in innovative ways, ranging from tattoos to keyboards, phone wallpapers to baking them into biscuits. Not gonna lie - I'd kill for this keyboard! So cool.




"I mistranslated ehwaz... It means partnership, not defence; I mixed it up with eihwaz."— Hermione Granger after her Ancient Runes O.W.L.

Heres some fun Runes trivia: In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we see Runes as a subject -"Study of Ancient Runes" - which is explored in the Hogwart's sixth year History of Magic classes. This can be attributed to the fact that many Old English inscriptions were written in runes in the Early Middle Ages; which caused them to be widely used by many Medieval magick communities in Great Britain.





Another fun Rune fact is that each of us actually has a birth Rune. The mythology of Runes states that when a child is born, the Nornir and Dissir (goddesses and spirits of time) weave all aspects into the destiny of the child, including the good and the bad. They stretch threats out across the land which fix in place aspects of that child's doom. The runic astrology assumes this is an analogy for the position of the stars and planets.


Your birth ruin is calculated using tables that indicate your solar birth rune and your birth hour rune, akin to the Sun sign and our Rising sign in astrology. Dividing 24 runes into 12 months of a year, shows that each rune governs half a month called RUNIC HALF-MONTHS or SOLAR RUNES. Your birth runes are puzzles that unlock different parts of your personality and give you insight on themes of your overall destiny.


Curious about your birth runes? Get in touch and I'll do a Birth Rune match for you.


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