Intro to Runes

Rune Reading

Runes are both symbols and an ancient alphabet that date back centuries.  Most popular in Scandinavia and Northern Europe from the 9th – 11th century, the Runes allowed people to communicate in written form with each other and connect with the Nordic Gods of the time for wisdom and prophecy. Derived from the Gothic word “runa” which means “secret” or “mystery”, Runes are believed to be a gift from the Nordic God Odin himself.  

Below you will see 24 Rune symbols presented with its Old Norse name, its English name, and an abbreviated modern meaning for each Rune.  In working with the Runes, you will develop your own connection and relationship with the symbols.  You may have additional meanings come to you as you work with them.  Trust what you feel and go with your own impressions for a deeper meaning for each one.


Modern Meanings

Click on a symbol below for the meaning of each Rune.

SIGNALS | ANSUZ

GROWTH | BERKNAN

OPENING | KANU

BREAKTHROUGH | DAEGAZ

MOVEMENT | EHWAZ

ABUNDANCE | FEHU

PARTNERSHIP | GEBO

DISRUPTION | HAGALAZ

STANDSTILL | ISAZ

CONSTRAINT | NAUDIZ

WHOLENESS | SOWILO

GATEWAY | PURISAZ

HARVEST | JERA

SEPARATION | OPILA

WARRIOR | TEIWAZ

DEFENSE | EIHWAZ

FLOW | LAGAZ

INITIATION | PERTH

STRENGTH | URUZ

PROTECTION | ALGIZ

THE SELF | MANNAZ

JOURNEY | RAIDO

JOY | WUNJO

FERTILITY | INGWAZ


Note about the Blank Rune: If you are working with a set of Runes and draw the blank Rune in a pull or full Rune cast, it represents “The Unknown”. It means that either the foresight you desire cannot be shared as the outcome is not yet clear, or it is in your best interest at this time that clarity you seek to not be shared. Be patient, more will be revealed to you when the time is right.