Norse Rune Magic



It is said that the Norse God Odin, impaled his heart with his own spear and hung on the world tree, Yggdrasil, for nine days and nights without food or water. His reward was the ability to understand the meaning of the runes.  Flowing from the Well of Urd or the source of fate, the runes are symbols used by the Norns to carry that fate up the trunk and branches of Yggdrasil to the nine worlds amidst its boughs. In understanding the meaning of the runes, Odin gained profound wisdom and power.

To the Norse and Germanic peoples, the spoken word and the intention behind it possessed frightfully strong creative powers. Thus to vocalize a thought is to make that thought a part of the fabric of reality, thus altering reality to a certain extent. Each rune is a visual representation of the sound in a language, in essence becoming powerful physical representations of the spoken word and the intentions behind it.

So we see how the runes are thought of as not merely letters or symbols, but as having potent virtues within themselves of a metaphysical or even magical nature. The Norse and Germanic people did not use writing the way we do now, or even the way Mediterranean and other neighboring cultures did then.  Instead, runes were reserved for inscriptions of great importance and power.  Carved into stones to commemorate ancestors and mark the graves of heroes or in to tools or amulets for success or protection.  Because they had inherent meaning, they could be used to communicate between the natural and supernatural, as such they could be used for powerful magical spells.

Below is a list of all 24 Runes of the original runic alphabet, the Elder Futhark. In addition each rune has its primary inherent meaning listed, along with a number of other inherent meanings.

Modern Use.

Below are just two examples of easy ways to harness the power of the runes by incorporating them in to modern day life. The use of runes is only limited by the individuals creativity and intention.



First: Wearing a Rune of Protection Algiz pin can provide the energy for safe travels or the power to move through your days with confidence and courage.

Second: Applying a Rune of Wealth Fehu sticker to your work computer can unlock the energy needed for increased income and abundance in your business.

Below is a list of all the Runes, their chief attribute as well as any other prominent attributes associated with them.

 Fehu - Wealth

Abundance, Luck, Circulation of Power, Success.

Ansuz - Wisdom

Inspiration, Casting, Communication, Order.

Gebo - Generosity

Trade, Fair Exchange, Gifts, Balance.

Naudhiz - Need

Hard Work, Resistance, Innovation, Personal Development.

Eihwaz - Longevity

Mysteries of Life and Death, Initiation, Spiritual Endurance, Immortality.

Sowilo - Success

Honor, Confidence, Goal Setting, Guidance.

Ehwaz - Trust

Marriage, Friendship, Teamwork, Loyalty.

Ingwaz - Male Fertility

Internal Growth, Stored Energy, Gestation, Fertilization.

 Uruz - Strength

Endurance, Physical Health, Sexual Desire, Manifestation.

 Raidho - Movement

Journey, Inner Compass, Leadership, Decision Making.

Wunjo - Joy

Family, Harmony, Friendship, Optimism.

Isaz - Stillness

Focus, Self Control, Ego, Personal Image/Personal Identity

Peorth - Fate

Destiny, Dance, Secrets, The Unmanifest.

Tiwaz - Justice

Peace Keeping,Self Sacrifice, Positive Outcome, Honesty.

Mannaz - Intelligence

Awareness, Planning, Analysis, Mind & Memory

Dagaz - Hope

Awakening, Enlightenment, Clarity, Consciousness.

Thurisaz - Destruction

Breaking Resistance, Breakthrough, Unconscious Forces, Conflicts.

Kenaz - Creativity

Knowledge, Intuition, Opportunity, Teaching/Learning.

Hagalaz - Change

Disruption, The Uncontrollable, Trails, Completion.

Jera - Harvest

Farming, Seasons, Reaping Rewards, Cycles.

Algiz - Protection

Higher Self, Awakening, Safety, Shelter.

Berkanan - Female Fertility

Birth, Motherhood, Gardening, Growth.

Laguz - Healing

Life Energy, Renewal, Dreams, Unconscious Growth.

Othalan - Ancestors

Inheritance, Heritage, Values, Group Order.


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