Runes - Meanings and Interpretations
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The fascination with runes and their meaning is omnipresent. In addition to their character as letters, the runes are also said to have magical properties, and they are also of particular importance in Nordic and Germanic mythology. The older Futhark consists of 24 runes. Sometimes a 25th blank rune is added, which means something like "no further information is given on this aspect". Alternatively, it is equated with fate. This 25th rune is also known as Odin's rune and is a modern creation.
Although the Blank Rune, also called Fate Rune, or Odin's Rune is not part of the Furthark, the blank rune, is often included in purchased rune sets. It has the same meaning as Perthro. If it is pulled, it represents an unattainable size and reminds those seeking advice that certain knowledge is beyond its reach and must remain a secret forever.
The Rune Wunjo symbolizes joy, pleasure, partnership, harmony and hope and bliss. It ensures harmonious calm and strengthens the feeling of togetherness in the partnership, but also in friendship. It stands for harmonious coexistence and is intended to prevent alienation. Wunjo can also stand for wealth and prosperity, i.e. for success. At the same time, it also represents energy that combines different force fields. Wunjo symbolizes joy, pleasure, partnership, harmony and hope and bliss.
The rune Uruz stands for strength and vitality, for courage and tenacity, but also for energy. Uruz also symbolizes self-determination as well as wisdom, knowledge and understanding, but also ignorance, recklessness, violence and illness. It is also a phallic symbol and stands for sexual potency. Uruz stands for the announcement of a change. It is important not to be oppressed by the violence of others and not to be out of balance by recognizing weaknesses and using them to your advantage.
The rune Tiwaz embodies the power of the god Týr and symbolizes justice. Challenges are mastered and they are met with a victory. What has been learned so far should be bundled in strength and used to defy these challenges, even if it means admitting your own weaknesses. Only in this way can it be converted into strength.
The rune Thurisaz is a powerful rune used to defend yourself, but also to destroy and curse enemies. It announces an upcoming change and should warn against the fact that a path already taken can be the wrong way, and should therefore advise against emotional decisions. Thurisaz also means fertility, male sexuality and thus indicates the phallic symbol. Translated, Thurisaz also means thunder, hammer, which is supposed to symbolize the power of Thor.
The rune Sowilo is the Rune of the Sun. The sun symbolizes awareness, zest for life, the urge to live and life energy. The Sowilo Rune stands for the will and the energy to make changes in life and to achieve the goals that have been set. In addition, this rune also symbolizes the will to change. It embodies one aspect of the goal and also the active, resolute pursuit of that goal. Just like the sun, it illuminates the way and drives away the darkness.
The Rune Raidho stands for the journey, both in a practical sense as well as a spiritual one. Raidho stands for the right way of life, which offers new perspectives. It also promotes spiritual skills and clairvoyance, as well as a sensitivity and letting yourself be guided. Raidho symbolizes the life cycle, the cosmic law of the natural course of things, i.e. the recurring and the new beginning. But it also stands for challenges that are not always easy to master.
The rune Perthro symbolizes a dice cup. This can be seen as the source of one's own destiny. The fallen cubes are influenced and controlled by fate, which reminds us that we make decisions that directly influence and direct our lives. This rune says to take fate into your own hands based on your own decisions. It is a mistake to submit to one's seemingly inevitable fate. The rune can also indicate growth and evolutionary change. Perthro is also considered the rune of the mystical.
The rune Othala symbolizes property, material prosperity and well-being. In the narrower sense home or land, which is passed on from generation to generation within a family. Othala also stands for the inheritance in the spiritual realm, which is passed on from generation to generation. Like the rune Fehu, with which the Futhark begins, Othala, with which the Futhark ends, stands for possession. Othala stands for the end of a journey. Othala also stands for social order and human freedom.
The rune Nauthiz represents the cosmic power that shape the fate of humanity and the world. Nauthiz stands for overcoming suffering and need and thus for fate; Fate in relation to accepting this and living with it. Taking care of its negative fate and developing from suffering the unconditional will to overcome the mental pain. Hardship and misery are indispensable for the fulfillment of our destiny. The Nauthiz Rune thus stands for misery itself, but also for redemption and overcoming it.
The rune Mannaz stands for man and humanity. In addition to the obvious characteristics of men and women, i.e. the external gender characteristics, each person has a female side and a male side, which are united in the human individual. These two sides should be in harmony with each other. The Mannaz Rune also stands for the power of human intelligence, memory, reason and tradition.
The rune Laguz symbolizes water and thus the basic energy, the origin of all life, from which all living things on this earth arise. The Laguz Rune stands for the subconscious and for immersion in the soul, in the inner self. Every moment should be lived and enjoyed to the fullest. Attention should be paid to the inner voice. Under no circumstances should one hide the subconscious and with it dreams or face them with ignorance. Water means emergence, in this case the emergence of desires.
Kenaz is the rune of regeneration and healing. The inner fire can be used to get rid of inconsistencies or to heal old problems. It symbolizes inspiration and creativity as well as wisdom and revelation. It embodies the will and the ability to create and produce something and stands for the combination of ability and knowledge. The fire can be controlled by humans and can therefore be used sensibly. This rune is also used in its positive meaning in the area of sexual desire and passion.
The rune jera represents the cyclical pattern of the universe. It symbolizes the cycle, i.e. the cycle of nature. The fruits of hard work can now be harvested. If you worked hard, you will now be rewarded for it. The Jera Rune also symbolizes the reward for honorable, lawful and natural behavior in the past. Jera can announce big changes.
The rune Isa symbolizes willpower or the development and emergence of willpower and concentration. Other meanings of the Isa Rune are Ice, concentration, silence, imposed rest, and increased self-confidence. However, Isa also stands for obstacles and resistances, for blockages of the psyche but also for physical, i.e. physical blockages, which always mean stagnation at first (ice). In addition, Isa is the opposite of the Fehu rune.
The rune Ingwaz is a symbol for knowledge, perfection and fertility, but also for the divine and energy. According to God Ing, people cannot change the past, but you can influence the present. Inguz teaches us that we are driven by the hope of changing something and from this we draw strength to carry on in life. It makes no sense to remain in the past, but to focus on the here and now and to hold on to the belief that our work will positively change the future.
The rune Hagalaz stands for protection, primal creation, perfection, and sudden change. It keeps our powers in balance and thus helps our inner harmony. The Hagalaz runne represents the cosmic ice egg, which contains the cosmic original pattern as well as the crystallized magical power. It is considered the mother of all runes, the primeval rune and thus symbolizes the original creation. On the other hand, Hagalaz stands for the forces of nature and chaos, but also the eternal cosmic harmony.
The Rune Gebo is a symbol for the gift or the act of giving, but also for hospitality, interaction and fairness on all levels. Gebo stands for the important balance of giving and taking. On the spiritual level, it could be a gift that is given to you. Gebo also symbolizes partnership and loyalty, but also the union of two people and is used in the field of sexual magic. This in turn represents the attainment of knowledge and divine wisdom. Giving and taking is the be-all and end-all.
The Rune Eihwaz is a very strong protective rune. Eihwaz stands for trustworthiness and assertiveness as well as determination. It can thus become a powerful tool for those who have a clear view and choose their destination carefully. Eihwaz also symbolizes an Old Norse tree, which has been represented by a yew tree. This is considered a symbol of immortality due to its special properties, although it is one of the most poisonous plants in the world.
The Rune Ehwaz symbolizes vitality, partnership, trust. Ehwaz is, therefore, the rune of trust and loyalty. This rune should encourage movement in the important things in life. Clear and focused action will be rewarded. Ehwaz also gives you the strength to take a different path. It is also the symbol of the ideal man-woman relationship.
Dagaz is the rune of complete awakening, of light and thus symbolizes enlightenment. Light is the symbol of positive energy from which we draw strength. Light is also a symbol for illuminating dark paths and thus showing the right path, the path to enlightenment and success. The Rune Dagaz also helps to find answers to questions that are still open and to shed light on them and thus clarity. An opinion could be revised by illuminating or thinking and thus new views could be gained.
The rune Berkano embodies all becoming and being. Berkano symbolizes the time of a new beginning and the adventures. New ideas should help to leave the past behind and thus be able to draw strength for a new beginning. Lessons should be learned from the past and if this has happened, it is time to look ahead and go to make room for something new. It is time to take bold steps. Furthermore, besides a new beginning, the Berkano Rune symbolizes the cosmic and human birth and rebirth.
The rune Ansuz stands for visions and symbolizes wisdom, communication, and inspiration. Good advice can be worth gold and should also be accepted. This is especially useful before an important step is taken. Ansuz also symbolizes the reception, preservation, and application of spiritual power and divine knowledge. Furthermore, it embodies the magical power of the ancestors and the connection between the divine and human power. The rune is both what inspires and the inspiration itself.
The rune Algiz is a strong protective rune and protects against enemies and against evil. It symbolizes an elk, which is armed with its mighty antlers against attacks by enemies and can therefore protect itself from them. The Algiz Rune stands for the receptivity of spiritual influences, positive as well as negative. If you follow your instinct, you are on the right path. It also stands for awareness and awareness. The rune Algiz is also considered a rune that connects man with the gods.