Wunjo, the Rune of Joy

wunjobAll the Runes have some association or allegorical presence in the ancient tales and poems. The Anglo-Saxon Runic Poem says the following about Wunjo: He enjoys who knows not suffering, sorrow nor anxiety, and has prosperity and happiness and a good enough house.

Wunjo is the rune of joy; of happiness, of things finally coming together. Wunjo speaks of the culmination of the phase of learning and growth. When Wunjo appears in your casting you can be assured that a positive result that brings joy to your heart is in the offing.

This Rune is emblematic of a new clarity and understanding for you in your current situation. Wunjo tells you that you have the presence and connection with your inner self and who you are to be able to do whatever it is you choose. Take the time to review your plans and your goals and make sure they are in alignment with one another. It really sucks when you’ve put all the work into making and executing plans and then, after all that work and energy are expended you realize that your plans did not effectively take you any closer to your goals.

Wunjo is the joy of understanding your inner self. Your path to
this rune may have had it’s ups and downs, but the process has taught you much and now you are ready to incorporate all the new lessons into the you that you are now. You are ready to open your arms and your emotions to the joy the Universe is ready to send your way.

Better get the glad rags out and be ready to party because Wunjo is indicative of socializing and meeting new people. For those who are single and looking for the right person to come along, Wunjo may be the messenger you’ve been looking for! Wunjo can indicate a fair haired, fair skinned person may just be coming your way. Those who have already found health of the warriors are sure to enjoy additional closeness and deepening of the existing relationship if Wunjo turns his face up in your spread.

Wunjo also has happy meanings in the business world. If you’re thinking about a partnership, a joint venture, or merger, Wunjo is telling you that if you’ve done your research, it’s probably a good move. Part of the energy of Wunjo is that it allows you to build on the lessons you have learned, incorporating those recent lessons into a path that leads you to your future. Wunjo indicates that a partnering of some kind in the business arena will bring rewards and forward advancement.

It isn’t difficult to see with the happy energy that it imparts that Wunjo is truly the “love” rune!

Wunjo – Joy

Wunjo brings his joy to Freyr’s Aett.

Key Word(s): Joy, happiness, light, the absence of suffering and sorrow.

Element: Evidence of the reality of the joy that Wunjo brings, Wunjo is aligned with the earth; so you can depend on Wunjo’s message being solid.

Planetary Line: Wunjo is aligned with Venus, especially in her negative phase.

Tarot Link: The Tarot card aligned with this rune is that of Strength. With the strength of knowledge of our inner self (for it is only as we know our inner self that we can achieve true joy) we can create the future we want to have happen.

Color: Wunjo is related to the color of yellow – of brightness, the color of the Sun.

Polarity: Wunjo with his positive probing happy energy is definitely a male polarity.

Healing Property: Many medical care professionals today are taking additional training and interest in the “whole body/mind/spirit” concept. For many years medicine looked at the body and forgot about the emotions. Now even medical science is proving that joy, happiness, and being active in life have healing properties no prescription medication could ever impart! After all, laughter is the best medicine!

Modern Letter Counterpart: Wunjo is related to two consonants, W and V; and is aligned with the vowel U.

Special Runic Associations: When Wunjo appears in a casting, his power is so strong that it can nullify any of the negative runes nearby. Wunjo is the ultimate in love runes. It represents total love and is one of the four “love runes” recognized by practitioners of the rumenal.

Posted in Runes | Leave a comment


uruzbUntil the 17th Century a mighty beast walked the earth, especially in the northern climes. He was bo primigenius, the aurochs. More commonly called the Wild Ox or Viking Ox, it was an animal known for its recalcitrance until trained, and its massive strength when put to good use. The Ox has long been associated with the idea of or participation in sacrifice.

Uruz is calling you to look and see if there is something you need to sacrifice in order to move forward. What is it in your life that is holding you back from achieving that which you desire the most? Uruz reminds us that through sacrifice we can move into a state of being far better than we had imagined at the time the sacrifice was made.

It should be realized that the sacrifice called from by Uruz need not be required of you. It may be that you are witness to, or part of the path that allows another to reach their goals through sacrifice. Sacrifice talks of diligence and hard work. Sacrifice talks of loss and lack of control. Here the sacrifice that Uruz requires may be to let go and let the flow of the energy of the universe show you that life does find a way. But, in order to find a way, life makes changes to adapt and capitalize on each niche. Uruz is asking you if you are in the right niche? Is it time for you to leave the safety of your old ways to embark on a new, more exciting future?

A very intelligent lady once told me “nothing is free – you pay for it one way or another,” and, well, Mom was right. Alchemist called it the theory of Equivalent Exchange. Some call it karma. Some say it is fate. Whatever you call it or term it, Uruz reminds us that everything does have a price. Some prices are much easier to pay than others. When we go to the grocery store we choose what items we feel have an appropriate price tag for our circumstances. Uruz transcends this physical application of energy into the spiritual plane as well.

Learning and growth can be painful in the process (ask any high school student who got nailed with a pop quiz the second day of class)! Adversity can be a great instructor. However, we have to choose to ignore the discomfort and remain as we are or we can make a conscious choice to change. The operative word here being *choice.* Uruz encourages you to make the wise choice for yourself, which is not necessarily always the most comfortable or easiest one to make.

Uruz encourages you to let go and embrace the darkness, accepting what is offered up to you as you sacrifice some of your “control” by letting go and letting the energies flow. Sacrifice, properly applied, can bring great benefits totally unexpected or assumed. Allow the power of sacrifice (whether it’s an attachment to physical goods or allowing yourself to let go of old ways of thinking) to put power in your life.

Uruz – Strength

Uruz belongs to Freyr’s Aett.

Key Word(s): Keywords assigned to Uruz include: strength, manhood, womanhood, the aurochs (wild ox), sacrifice, and growth.

Element: Uruz, represented by the Ox is the firmament of the Earth upon which the mighty beast stood.

Zodiac Sign: The obvious link with Taurus is kind of hard to miss. However, the link is to the spiritual aspect of the Taurean nature rather than to the physical.

Tarot Link: With it’s links to sacrifice, giving, and letting go, The High Priestess is the perfect Tarot accompaniment to the Elder Furthark’s Uruz.

Color: Green, the color of the grasses that feed the great aurochs is the color associated with Uruz

Polarity: Uruz is masculine, firm, solid, hard. Uruz can give us a gentle nudge if we listen well, or Uruz can repeatedly hit us around the head and shoulders with a “clue-by-four.” Uruz requires action and has been linked to long range effects.

Healing Property: Uruz is most closely aligned with the muscles and anything connected with bodily strength. The body has an amazing property to heal itself (life does find a way). Uruz’s challenge in health issues is to keep your body systems strong as well.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Uruz is most closely associated with the modern vowel U and the consonant W.

Special Runic Associations: Uruz is the third rune in the Cycle of Initiation. It is through the strengths we assume as we achieve maturity
(manhood/womanhood) that we learn through sacrifice come the greatest rewards…even when the reward was not seen during the course of the sacrifice itself.

Posted in Runes | Leave a comment

Tiewaz, the Spiritual Warrior Rune

teiwazbTiewaz is probably the most well known of the Elder Futhark runes. It’s shape that of a simple arrow belies the complexity and power of this rune. Tiewaz is the rune of the ultimate warrior. Tiewaz represents the Spiritual Warrior. Not to gainsay the honor and bravery of those who place themselves in harm’s way as a warrior of peace for others, Tiewaz speaks specifically of a deeper battle…the battle with our inner selves.

Tiewaz’s harshest message is when he is telling you that you must let go or sacrifice an old way of thinking. For most of us, this is a very difficult thing to do. These are not issues of outer consideration, but the issues that appear deep within the core of each of us where the battle of the Spiritual Warrior never ceases. The Spiritual Warrior is on a path, a quest to connect with the higher self. In order to accomplish this, sacrifices must be made – mainly those of the inner self. The sacrifice of Tiewaz is only as painful as we make it be. Tiewaz tells us to go within so that we can let go of what constrains us.

Warriors of battle on the physical plane painted Tiewaz on their shields. Its power was said to grant courage and strength to the warrior while granting him protection as well. Tiewaz represents a positive outcome in battle. Many tribes tattooed this symbol to the arms of warriors so all would know their high standing and importance. It has only been in modern times that those who sacrifice the most for peace have not been held in the absolute highest esteem.

The famed Red Branch of ancient Ireland is a perfect example of the high regard warriors received. At one time warriors were given the place of honor at the fire pit or table. The warrior’s portion was normally the best piece of meat served to one who had acted heroically during the battle. The health of the warriors was watched with great care for without them there was no defense! Warriors were directly below royalty or tribal chiefs on the social/political ladder. In many cultures it took a vote of the warriors for a decision to be made (while others it was a vote of the elders). Even today, around the world, among those who are serving in harm’s way there is a soldier wearing Tiewaz.

The warrior application of Tiewaz is also seen in its shape. Its obvious representation of an arrow cannot be denied. The arrow is a powerful weapon when wielded by a skilled archer. It can kill nearly silently with just the shushing sound of displaced air. Archers were respected for their strength, skill and stamina. It took powerful muscles to wield a war bow or long bow. Even the cross-bow takes effort. With the application of effort working in conjunction with a simple machine (the bow) an individual can become an effective long range weapon. Without the archer the bow is a piece of wood with sinew attached. With the archer it is a force to be reckoned with! Be the archer of your body, mind and spirit!

Tiewaz – The Warrior

Tiewaz, the Warrior is aligned with Tyr and a member of
Tyr’s Aett.

Key Word(s): Tiewaz is the warrior. Victory in battle, The Norse Sky God – Tiw (you refer to him each time you say Tuesday), and the war god Tyr.

Element: There is nothing receptive about Tiewaz. Tiewaz is the symbol of the ultimate male polarity. Positive, surging, probing, aggressive, the warrior is not passive in his craft unless the situation calls for it (i.e. an ambush – but beware you are not setting up an ambushing on yourself)!

Only Mars, the red planet, named for a different pantheon’s God of War, is the planet most strongly linked with Tiewaz. Reading the stories and mythologies of the gods of war in myth and legend may help you connect with your inner warrior.

Tarot Link: The Warrior protects his or her people. The Warrior is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of the self to ensure that those they care for are safe from harm’s way. The Warrior is there to ensure a sense of justice in the world. It is the Justice card that is linked with the Warrior, for Tiewaz points up, speaking of the Warrior’s high ideals.

Color: Flame red, what else? We are said to “see red” when we are angry. But the wise warrior knows to wait until the red of emotional anger fades before deciding on a course and proceeding.

Polarity: Male energy at its most potent. Within this Rune and its representation are the emblem of the best and worst of us as a race. In the aspect of the Spiritual Warrior it represents those who have chosen a stronger connection with the inner strengths and warming embrace of their belief system. In its most noble aspect it is the Physical Warrior who nobly sacrifices self for the protection of those they care for. In its most negative extreme, Tiewaz symbolizes war. While many noble and heroically brave and stunningly selfless acts occur on the battlefield, war is still hell and epitomizes the worst of our race.

Healing Property: Tiewaz, who demands the best of those with the most promise – the young men and women of fighting age – does not forget those who make it through the battlefields to old age. Tiewaz’s strongest healing energy is for rheumatism, arthritis and other joint ailments; especially those of the hands.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Teiwaz is associated with the letter T.

Special Runic Associations: Tiewaz is the Warrior Rune, it is one of the four Love Runes and is one of the runes in the Physical Healing grouping.

Posted in Runes | Leave a comment


thurisazbThurisa is called the Gateway Rune. It’s glyph is used in drawing and sketching gateways. Gateways represent moving from one space into another. Gateways and their symbols abound in modern culture. Whether it is the gate at the secure neighborhood, or the gate for the remote ranch, or the “gate” of the doorjamb which is the entrance to every home, the gateway is a place of transference from one space to another.

Without gateways to show us that we are transferring from one space to another we may not realize the transfer has occurred. Thurisa is related to the heart. Modern medicine has shown us that there are valves (another word for a one-way gate) within the heart. When the gates, or valves, work properly our hearts pump sustaining nutrients and oxygen through our cardiovascular system. The steady rhythm of your heartbeat is one of the ways doctors test the body to see if it is strong. When the gates or valves malfunction, serious medical issues may immediately occur.

Thurisa speaks of standing in the gateway, ready to take the step. The young virgin bride stands in the arbor (another representation of a gateway). She can’t help but review her life of innocence that she has lived until now. With her father escorting her towards her soon to be husband she reflects on her past that she is symbolically and physically leaving behind. However, her eyes rest on the one soon to combine with her in perfect partnership, creating a bright future for them both. This is Gateway’s power — The power of passage from one form of being to another.

This rune features highly for those runemal that look at the progressions of life’s progress. Many believe that our life is cyclical and we repeat scenarios which are similar although we may interpret them differently. This theory can be expressed with the oft repeated phrase “if we do not learn the lessons of history we are doomed to repeat them.” Whether interpreted for mankind as a whole or the individual self, Thurisa calls you to wait at the precipice before stepping off into the future. Take the time to review where you have been as it will allow you to appreciate your accomplishments and help solidify your path ahead.

Thor, the Norse God of War is aligned with this Rune. If you’re of the right demographic, you may remember Thor from Saturday morning cartoons or comic books at the 5 and Dime store. Thor was a major player in the Norse Pantheon. The association of Thor should not be missed and the fact that he is still “alive” today in popular culture speaks much of his endurance. We still honor Thor in today’s calendar – Thor’s Day is Thursday.

Thor’s aggressive association may be warning you that those around you are being false or giving you false information. Thurisa warns you to watch the thorns among the roses!

Thurisa – Gateway

Thurisa belongs to Freyr’s Aett.

Key Word(s): Thorn, defence, giant, and non-action.

Element: Thurisa is aligned with the element of fire. Once you have stepped through the gateway you will never be the same again. Yet, like the Phoenix who rises from its own ashes within the fire, you have matured, developed and grown through the transmutive properties of fire.

Thurisa is aligned with the gas giant Jupiter.

Tarot Link: Only the Emperor could hold the regality of the knowledge of proper time and place. The Emperor is truly in command of all that he surveys. He waits, watching the members of his Court, allowing them to show their true colors to him.

Color: Red, the color of fire and change.

Polarity: Gateway is masculine. Thurisa invites you to step forth, but only after proper reflection.

Healing Property: One of the properties of the gateway is the healing essence it brings to the human emotions.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Thurisa is associated with the phonetic combination of TH or P.

Special Runic Associations: Thurisa is the Twelfth in the Cycle of Initiation. Speaking of the non-action to assimilate lessons learned, it hints at the promise of the future beyond the gateway. Thurisa is one of the runes in the Emotional Healing Runic Grouping and the Protection Runic Grouping.

Posted in Runes | Leave a comment

Sowelu, the Rune of Wholeness

sowulobSowelu is the final of the runes of the Elder Futhark. After traveling through the entire set of Runes we come to Sowelu – Wholeness. Sowelu is the wholeness to which we all belong and are connected. Sowelu is finding wholeness and completeness within whom we are and how we interact with others. Sowelu is the Sun in it’s most magnificent and beneficent guises. Sowelu is the harvest from the fields stored and ready to carry through the dark of winter’s night. Sowelu is achievement. Sowelu is celebration. Sowelu means having what we need when we need it – even if we can’t see the truth of that in the current moment.

Sowelu’s wholeness can also be the wholeness found in a happy and appropriate relationship. Sowelu indicates that your personal regenerative powers will allow for you to continue to grow even after you have achieved wholeness. It is once you have achieved wholeness for the self that you can truly participate as an equal partner in a romantic relationship. For, as it is often said, we must learn to love ourselves before we can turn the internal light of self-love out to the world. Loving ourselves allows us to choose those relationships that are healthy and nurturing for us and our partner.

Sowelu speaks of basking in the glory of the sun’s rays. The spiritual warrior has achieved his center. His final arrow has been released and he now knows the inner workings of his own character. Through this position of wholeness a new, stronger, more solid, and higher foundation is created.

Although Sowelu speaks of completion and wholeness, he also challenges you to remember that life never stands still. Regardless of the dictates of man, the earth revolves, the moon smiles down on us as she goes through her phases; together earth and moon along with the other planets and moons revolving around the sun; our solar system is part of a huge galaxy called the Milky Way that is believed to circle like a pinwheel around a structure called a “super-massive black hole.” “As above, so below” was an oft used phrase to describe this string of similarities from the smallest forms of life into the unknowns of the universe, it seems when we find differences in life we find even more similarities.

Sowelu is strongly aligned with the Sun’s Energy. The sun’s energy is anything but passive. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is a European Space Agency satellite launched by NASA in December 1995. It has been quietly revolutionizing knowledge about our sun’s mechanics. SOHO has shown us that the surface of the sun is a roiling mass, shooting out ejecta, coronas, and arcs. Never the same, it is always changing, burning, roiling – the solar winds have serious impact on our small planet. But without the solar winds and ejections we wouldn’t know the glory of the northern (or southern) lights! The sun’s energy warms the wrinkled face of the old woman in her chair as well as the smooth skin of the new born babe. Sowelu beckons you to recreate yourself from the crone to the babe, ready for a new life journey.

Sowelu – Wholeness

Aett: Sowelu, the last of the marked runes is a member of Hagal’s Aett.

Key Word(s): Sowelu – the Sun, wholeness, completeness, personal life force, the growing energy of the sun.

Element: Sowelu calls us to the higher parts of our existence, to reach for the sun (it is the closest star, after all), and expand our life force for a new path soon to be chosen.

Again, The Sun. In all it’s aspects, Sowelu operates under the guises of the Sun. Sowelu allows you to accept the new you with an open heart and mind. Allow your new light to shine and combine with others to reflect the warming growth of the sun within your lives and relationships.

Tarot Link: Predictably redundant, The Sun is the Tarot card most closely aligned with Sowelu.

Color: White – the brightest of lights.

Polarity: The sun shines down upon us. Sowelu is a masculine or male polarity rune.

Healing Property: With its strong association with the sun, Sowelu is believed to be beneficial when working with burns or skin problems.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Sowelu is aligned with one of the most used letters of the alphabet – S.

Special Runic Associations: Sowelu is the last of the love runes. When Sowelu appears in regard to a relationship issue pay close attention to the message. Although it cannot totally negate the meanings of other runes around it in a casting, Sowelu does much to either shine light on issues you need to look at or mitigates some of the more negative aspects of the runes close to it.

Posted in Runes | Leave a comment


raidobRaido speaks to us of the ending of a journey. Whether it is the journey within or a physical journey you embarked on, you now can see the value in your efforts. Raido reminds us that the path we walk in life is a journey of the body, a journey of the mind, and a journey of the soul. Each (body, mind or soul) may respond to stimuli differently, but they are all separate aspects of the entirety of the self. The body provides the stimulus for the mind. The soul directs the mind to a higher course. The mind incorporates the stimulus of the body and the directives of the soul to create the journey of life.

Communication is another meaning assigned to Raido. It’s not chance that Radio uses the same letters – in fact the only change is the transposition of the i and the d. The radio is the ultimate symbol of modern communication. I doubt that Mr. Marconi ever thought we’d have wireless internet, but he sure had vision and created a medium that has evolved to allow us just that luxury. However, Raido normally means the communication at issue is that with the inner self. Rarely does it include outside communications coming to you that are of import to the inner self, but primarily this is a rune of introspection.

Within its construct, Raido contains Wunjo (joy). Raido invites us to find the joy of going within ourselves. Raido invites us to continue on the journey of the Cycle of Initiation. Through communication with our inner voice, our inner self, our universal essence, we achieve a state of internal joy that need not be tended to by others. We become joyful within ourself. Raido can indicate a period of aloneness where we have to focus on our internal self, distancing ourselves from those who have influence over us. Hence the journey.

The wisdom of Raido is to continue on your journey of growth and connection with the inner self. You may have to face some of your greatest fears. You may have to open the musty closets of your memory and allow yourself the healing journey of reviewing the past for it’s lessons before gently letting go of the negative associations while remembering the learning and growth received.

Raido reminds us that all good things come to he (or she) who waits. Raido cautions patience. As we understand ourselves better we have to incorporate the lessons as we walk our path. Patience grants great rewards to those who learn her lesson. To learn the lesson of patience one must travel within to find their center. Without that centering, patience can turn into stagnation. Be receptive, but remember movement is required for the journey to continue. Make a forward step. Be daring. Find your inner journey to guide your outer steps.

Raido – Journey

Raido belongs to the Aett of Freyr

Key Word(s): A journey, riding, communication, motion, travel, and wheel are all key words associated with Raido.

Element: The elements of water and air are both aligned with this rune. Remember that water teaches us to go with the flow, while air reminds us to leave space for growth, change and development.

Zodiac Sign: The duality of Raido (remember, it takes “two” for communication to occur – a sender must send to a receiver who receives) is signified by the alliance with Gemini, the Zodiac sign of the Twins.

Tarot Link: With its requirement of an inner journey and communication with the inner (some call higher) self, it is no surprise to see that it is the Hierophant to whom Raido is aligned.

Color: Raido, communication, is associated with the color red.

Polarity: Raido is the active force of communication…the sender…the masculine polarity in the communicative act.

Healing Property: With it’s allegiance to travel, Raido lends its considerable healing energy best to the legs and gluteal muscles. As you are walking out the pins and needles in your legs from riding too long in your car which has shocks and a passenger compartment and fully padded ergonomically designed seat, imagine what the poor horseman who spent all day in the saddle must feel.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Raido’s modern counterpart is the letter R.

Special Runic Associations: Raido is the Eleventh Rune in the Cycle of Initiation. Through the communication with the inner self which results in the journey of the soul, we prepare ourselves for the future we are now creating.

Posted in Runes | Leave a comment

Perth, the Rune of Initiation

perthPerth comes into a casting with strong messages. Perth is not a gentle or passive rune, although it is aligned with a feminine polarity. Perth is the relentless force of water. Unstoppable, controllable only to a point, and then, suddenly – with no warning – the water is out of control, drowning everything and smashing it to bits and pieces as flotsam is slammed and hammered into buildings or structures. Perth clears a path for change.

Perth is associated with initiations and in some cultures the symbol is worn with pride by the girls who have entered into womanhood. This was a mark of her leaving total innocence of life’s greatest mystery behind and moving through the change of childhood into adulthood.

Perth talks to us about the unknowable in life. Although usually a prod to action, Perth can be telling you that your situation is far different that what you perceive it to be because there is much
going on outside of your range of vision or knowing! Sometimes the best action is no action. An indication of this is that many rune masters will terminate a reading before it truly has begun if the first rune pulled is Perth. It is said that if Perth is the first to appear that the answers are beyond comprehension at this time. It’s not saying you’re stoop-id! It is saying that no matter how well you think you know the situation there are important factors beyond your ken.

Perth speaks of secrets and the unknown, of hidden forces and unseen activities. Perth appears to tell you that there are things going on beyond your control so it is best to set things aside for now. Perth isn’t saying that you should give up, just set that particular issue aside for the now and let life take it’s course. Action will come, but wait until you have all available input. Perth reminds us to choose our moments for action appropriately. The time for you to take overt action.

On the material plane Perth is about surprises, gains or unexpected rewards. (Just because it’s “unknown” doesn’t mean it isn’t good!) Perth can be showing you where you have laid the proper foundation and are now in the position of being able to reap the benefits and rewards of your endeavors. When Perth shows up in your spread, you can be sure that there is a mystery involved. Mysteries can be good (ever heard of Agatha Christy?), or they can sneak up and bite us in the butt when we least expect it.

On the inner plane, when Perth arrives she invites your spirit to soar to a new degree of wholeness and acceptance. That invitation is an invitation to soar on the wings of the mighty eagle – the bird most aligned with nobility of spirit. Through the lessons Perth teaches she provides you with opportunities to soar. “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Allow your inner self to capitalize on the chance to fly by being prepared to capitalize on opportunities that come your way.

Perth – Initiation

Perth is a member of Hagal’s Aett.

Key Word(s): Keywords associated with Perth are initiation, uncertainty, things beyond your knowning or ken in action, a secret matter and mystery.

Element: Perth appropriately, is aligned with the element of water. Water is essential to life. Without water we die in seven to ten days. Allow Perth and the hidden depths of her watery affiliation to flow through your life, clearing, cleansing, and setting a stable foundation for the inner self to achieve wholeness.

Zodiac Sign: The sign of the Scorpion, Scorpio is the sign most closely associated with Perth.

Tarot Link: It should come as no surprise that the Tarot association with Perth is the Wheel of Fortune. Letting go and trusting to the flow of the Universe may be difficult, but allowing for a little chance brings sparkle. (If not, how the heck do they sell all those lottery tickets?)

Color: Perth is associated with black. Black is the ultimate unknowable. Black is the ultimate darkness. Black is the ultimate unseen.

Polarity: As discussed above, Perth is telling you to be receptive with it’s feminine polarity.

Healing Property: All matters of physical healing are aided by this Rune. Wearing the rune Perth is said to help heal those who are injured or sick.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Perth is most closely identified with the modern consonant “P.”

Special Runic Associations: Perth is specific – if it is the first Rune pulled, the matter should be reviewed at another time as forces are still in motion and the outcome undetermined. In the Cycle of Initiation it is the fourth Rune focusing it’s properties on initiation or something being hidden. Perth is in the physical healing grouping – most of the time in physical healing we don’t actually see the regenerative growth happening cell by cell, but we know it is there as we heal and grow stronger.

Posted in Runes | Leave a comment


othliaOthila speaks to us on both an earthly plane and the plane of spirit. Othila brings the bounty of the universe to us, but asks that we take appropriate action in order for that to happen. If Othila has been cast in your spread, it is wise to work with his powerful energy.

Othila speaks of new experiences coming to you. Although they come to you, you have to remember to reach out and embrace them. Whether it is the
bounty of financial security or the fulfillment of finding a new approach to our thinking, Othila speaks loudly. Othila may be indicating an older person (normally a family member) is having too much control over you. On the other hand, Othila may be warning you that you aren’t taking the counsel of others strongly enough. These truly are two sides of the same coin.

The change Othila brings could be that of the physical residence. Othila may be telling you it’s time to have a couple of garage sales (or sell it on e-bay) and clear out the old stuff so you can start anew. Othila speaks strong of home, property, real estate and land. Referred to as the Rune of acquisition and benefits it is thought to have special help for those in the fields of caring for the treasures of history. For example, the Director of Acquisitions for a Museum would do well to study Othila’s energy. Then again, the Mom getting ready to go to the grocery store may do well by doing the same thing!

Othila speaks to us of our spiritual nature too. Othila asks if we are being true to the nature within, or are we becoming a physical hoarder because we are afraid of being without? Along with the spiritual lessons carried with Othila are the generational issues it represents. It may well be time to “break ranks” with the family’s status quo if it no longer fits who you are. Shake loose old ways of doing things and look at the new innovations out there. Just because it worked for Grandpa and Grandma doesn’t mean there might not have been a better idea since then. However, Great-Grandma’s old sugar scoop works just as good now as it did when she got it new. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but when you’ve checked to make sure the bucket is empty except for the dirty water, throw out the dirty water, rinse out the bucket and get ready to move on to the next phase.

Your life is what you make it. Sometimes we work very hard to achieve something and the achievement leaves us empty and we continue on scrabbling for that which fulfills us. Othila reminds us to look to our foundation. Is it supporting us, lifting us and allowing us to reach new heights, or, is it an anchor holding you stagnant in old ways of thinking and believing. As we change and grow in our lives we constantly need to evaluate our spiritual and physical paths to ensure we hold true to our internal compass.

Othila – Separation

Othila is one of the runes in the Aett associated with the Norse God Tyr.

Key Word(s): Separation. Protection. Financial help. Inherited property. Inheritance. Native land and home.

Element: Othila is aligned with the elements of earth and fire. Othila reminds us of the roots to our home, our parents and our ancestors. For more of our history than not, mankind has gathered in communal groups at the hearth (remember, a bonfire party is really just a gigantic extension of the communal band or family hearth) to eat and commune with his fellows. With the hearth of rock (earth) and the warmth of heat (fire) man grew into a social animal and realized his spiritual conscience.

Zodiac Sign: With its direct association to long term money matters and the inheritance of either money, societal or familial attitudes, Othila is linked with the astrological sign of Capricorn.

Tarot Link: The Tarot link aligned with Othila is The Moon. With her hidden aspects and long-range associations, the Moon is the perfect comparison for Othila’s spiritual course.

Color: The colors of yellow and ochre, the colors of fire and earth, are associated with Othila.

Polarity: Othila is male in its aspect, it is an active rune. Othila calls you to action, begs you to overturn old ways of being and asks you to sift through the sands of your history and save the precious kernels while allowing the chaff to fall to the wayside.

Healing Property: Othila has been believed to help those who are suffering from diseases rooted in the genetics of the person. We cannot change our DNA pattern, but we can accept that as a growing spiritual and physical being that change is a very essential part of our nature.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Again, the powerful association of Othila is easily seen in it being aligned with two vowels: O or E.

Special Runic Associations: Othila is the second Rune in the Cycle of Initiation with the words and benefits of Separation, Retreat, and Inheritance Othila allows us to move into a position of strength. Othila is one of the runes in two of the Runic Groupings. It holds places in both the protection and financial help groupings, confirming it’s association with fiscal issues and protection of the inner self.

Posted in Runes | Comments Off

Odin, the Newest Rune

OdinTotal emptiness, or is it total possibilities? What does the blank rune say to you. This rune was added by rumenal in order to allow for the breath of chance from the universe when a spread is cast. When Odin appears in your spread you can be sure that the unknowable is at work even though you can’t see it.

What Odin’s rune means in a spread is often debated. Whether you feel it is telling you that there are endless possibilities before you, or you see it as the emptiness of nothingness, Odin’s message is strong.

Wyrd, the Blank Rune, is a message to look to the inner self. The blankness of this rune is actually a invitation to go deep within. For, the forces that are moving unseen in the background are forces you have put into effect. The forces represent the culmination of your life’s actions to that very moment. One of Wyrd’s messages is that the emptiness that is the blank slate at the beginning of our lives is filled by our own actions. These actions cumulate over time creating an energy flow that is carried with us as we move on our life’s path. It is on the small decisions we make moment by moment that we create our future. Wyrd is reminding you that life is a clean slate, ready to write your future on.

None of us is perfect, we all have our foibles and down-sides. It is how we allow them to affect our path to our goals that defines our intentions. When we are willing to go within and face the blank darkness — that part of ourselves we have denied and kept hidden, never allowing the light within. Odin commands us to let go and have faith…to step into the darkness with the realization that somehow our path will be illuminated so that we don’t fall.

Odin was the Norse God of Gods. Odin taught the oghram. Odin hung from the tree of knowledge and obtained the runes of knowledge. Odin in his capriciousness and changeability challenges you to reach the untold heights his rune represents. If you ignore the call to move forward into the blankness with hope and faith in your heart, you ignore the call to personal greatness. Not the greatness of fame and fortune (although it could be, but normally not so), but the greatness of one who knows themselves. The greatness of the dignity and grace that comes with self-wisdom are available, you just need reach for them.

Whether you call it fate, karma, just desserts, synchronicity, or just plain weird/wyrd, this Rune speaks untold volumes to those who are willing to peruse its depths. Emptiness is often equated to nothingness, but they are not the same thing. Wyrd as a rune represents the fertility of the emptiness which you can fill up with the bounty you create. Nothingness, however, leaves no room for growth because there is no fuel for that growth. Nothingness is just that…nothing. There is potential in emptiness.

When the Wyrd Rune (there are those that recognize the Norse associations to this day by referring to all matters of the paranormal as “the Wyrd and Wonderful”.) Just try doing an internet search for the word Wyrd!

Used more by rumenal than anyone else, Odin’s rune stands for the unknowable. Its representation is that which is not yet ready to be revealed. Odin’s rune can fill you with hope. Odin’s rune reminds you that your future is made from the actions of your life.

Odin was the strongest of the Gods. Odin was all. Odin was the All-Father! Odin, in his wisdom, did not completely chart the course of humankind. Like other pantheonic Gods Odin was not adverse into meddling in the affairs of men. The blank Rune can be indicating the unknowable effect of the Divine in the actions of the individual person or mankind as a race.

When Odin appears to you in the guise of the blank Rune he calls you to look within to achieve a higher understanding of yourself. The blank Rune is said to represent the highest possibilities of human endeavor. A modern cartoon show (Futurama) has an episode wherein a character is given the opportunity to “play god” and, as movies of the same theme show, he screws it up. He finally gets to talk to God and God tells him “If you do it right, they won’t know you’ve done anything at all.” This is the perfect application of the Odin Rune. Whether you believe in the power of a higher being or being(s) or not really doesn’t matter, the higher power believes in you and acts on your behalf whether you know it or not.

Accept Odin’s challenge. Delve deep into the depths of yourself. Hold yourself up to a personal mirror and look deep into the closed areas of your mind. Open yourself to the cleansing flow of energy from the higher power and the connectedness of all that is. (This is another interpretation of the blank rune.)

In observance of the fertility of emptiness, practitioners of runemal don’t assign alignments to this Rune as they do to others. Odin stands alone. When we go deep within ourselves, into the darkness of the depths of our soul, we travel there alone. To give any associations to Odin would be like trying to tie a string around the universe. Instead it is best to let Odin stand empty, ready to
be filled with the life you create from this point forth.

Posted in Runes | Comments Off

Nauthiz, the Rune of Constraint

nauthizbNauthiz is a rune of challenge to the self. We each have our own dark little places, doors in our minds that we have closed and not allowed the contents of the mental room the benefit of fresh air and sunshine. Nauthiz shines a bright light into those rooms, granting the opportunity to dispense with that which binds us to our lesser self. Through Nauthiz we learn the realization that many times when we shut those doors there are issues left untended. When Nauthiz appears in your runes it is sure that you are going to be challenged on an intimate level.

Nauthiz gives the same challenge of the Oracle of Delphi: “Know Thyself.” Nauthiz cautions you to rethink your current plan. Nauthiz cautions you to look within yourself and to be honest about your capabilities before you set yourself up for a situation to allow failure to occur. It is difficult to accept the blessings of Nauthiz at times; but it truly is a blessing come to light.

Nauthiz warns that restraint is the best course of action. Charging in where angels fear to tread just might get your feathers singed! Nauthiz cautions you to think before acting. Do the research yourself. Don’t rely on the work of others because you truly are not in control or mayhap even aware of the depth or breadth of the situation at hand. Look inside yourself. Are you fooling yourself into a corner because you refuse to see the truth of a situation? Are your rose colored glasses getting in the way of reality – which is so much better when viewed with clarity and discernment.

This Rune is sometimes referred to as “the great teacher.” Nauthiz allows us the opportunity to truly look deep within, open up all those doors in the hallways of our minds, and let the healing light of sun, the freshness of the breezes of the air, and the honesty to our own self allow us to open the door wide to a better understanding of whom we truly are. Caution of over estimation of your abilities cannot be overstated. If Nauthiz has shown up in your spread, it may be telling you to wait until the complete lesson is learned before acting!

On the physical plane, Nauthiz reminds us to keep our word – to pay off old debts and restore our personal harmony with the universe. If complete healing cannot take place, at least steps in that direction are a long way on the road to happiness. If we can’t completely pay things off, make arrangements, focus on removing the debt from your life so you are open to receive the bounties the
universe provides.

Are you trying to push forward a project without doing the appropriate background work? Are you relying too heavily upon the efforts of others and not enough on yourself? Are you allowing the terrors of your past and of your mind to restrain you from achieving the heights you desire? All these questions point to how Nauthiz tells us to go within and “Know Thyself.”

Nauthiz – Constraint

Nauthiz is a member of Hagal’s Aett.
(Sometimes seen as Nauthis.)

Key Word(s): Constraint, need, necessity, pain, lessons, hardship and learning.

Element: The receptive polarity of female energy is the challenge of Nauthiz. Be receptive to that which you need to accept, let go of, or change.

Nauthiz is aligned with the Planet Saturn who hides secrets within its many rings.

Tarot Link: Nauthiz is linked with the Tarot card of The Devil. One of the more prominent symbolisms of this card is that one is chained by one’s feelings or belief. In the traditional depiction of the card there is a couple depicted as being chained to the devil, but the chains are loose enough to be removed. The couple remain “chained” because they do not see (or are unwilling) that they have the ability to unchain themselves.

Color: Black is the color most normally associated with Nauthiz. We have to enter into the blackness, into the deep well of the inner self to answer the challenge represented by this Rune and its association with the color black.

Polarity: Feminine energy is at work here. Nauthiz is asking you to be receptive to the knocking of the doors within your mind so that you will open them and set yourself free.

Healing Property: Nauthiz is considered to carry healing properties for issues relating to the arms.

Modern Letter Counterpart: Nauthiz, not surprising, is most closely associated with the modern letter N.

Special Runic Associations: Whenever Nauthiz appears in a casting it is wise to look at the surrounding runes in the cast for help in identifying the matter Nauthiz addresses. Nauthiz is the fifth rune in the Cycle of Initiation. Nauthiz is the lesson that without hurt we would not truly understand the importance of joy. Nauthiz speaks of personal constraint. Nauthiz tells us we cannot advance further in our cycle without accepting the pain of growth and change to provide the foundation for future joys to grow within our lives and minds.

Posted in Runes | Comments Off