Rune Magic and Meanings

The Magical Stones That Reveal the Mysteries of Your Life.
Runes are alphabetical signs at least eighteen centuries old elaborated by ancient European people. These signs used to be employed in poetry, stone carvings and fortune-telling by many ancient tribes such as the Germans, the Celts and the Vikings.

Although they are an alphabet, the RUNES never became a spoken idiom. Each of its signs is a magical symbol. Therefore, the RUNES were assumed to be a ritual language, becoming the voice of an oracle.

Oracles, however, do not tell the future. Their purpose is to direct people to what is happening inside their minds in order to reach the answers from the subconscious

Rune kits are made up of many different things from Quartz stones, animal (&human) bones, wood, stones, precious gem stones to make it yourself play dough! NO kidding!. I’ll set up a link for the instructions fro that! Although there are many layouts and ways to use the runes, this one is particularly easy and straight forward. Below are the instructions for use of one way. For more information on the runes, read further down the page to learn specific information on individual rune stones.

The 25 “little stones” must be put inside the bag and should always be picked one at a time. It is possible that fourteen of them can come out upside down. The position is fundamental in this case, because it changes the entire meaning, showing different aspects to be considered. The other eleven RUNES left, present the same meaning at any position.

While consulting, you may never ask questions such as: “Should I do this or that?”. Instead, try to do it in ways like: “I have problems at work, relationships, etc.” The oracle will provide you directions and comments about the matter so you will be able to find your own answers.

There are three kinds of consultants. During all of them, the RUNES must be placed exactly the way they have been picked. If the stone comes out face down, turn it face up. Always place them from the right to the left.

When you are facing a difficult situation and need to understand what is happening, the oracle will give you answers through the runic cross. Pick six RUNES from the bag (always one at a time) and place them in a cross formation. 1 on the left center, 2 on the bottom center, 3 on the right center, 4 below number 2, 5 above number 2, and 6 above number 5.

3 5 1

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1 – It stands for your past
2 – It stands for your present situation
3 – It stands for the future
4 – It reveals the heart of the problem
5 – It is the challenge
6 – It shows the positive results after the challenge is overcome

Use this consultation for urgent situations. It helps you to find elements for an attitude. Pick one RUNE. That is the simplest way the oracle gives you a general view of the situation.

Pick three RUNES (one at a time) and place them from the right to the left in order of appearance.
The first RUNE (on your right): it refers to your present situation.
The second RUNE (the one in between): it is the attitude to be taken.
The third RUNE (on your left): shows the direct consequence derived from your attitude.

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Although there are rune symbols and their respective meanings shown below, these are meant as a basic guide to the runes and not an exact framework for all runes and the art of reading them. There are multiple layouts and means by which the runes may be read, and the info below is not specific to the Gemstone Rune Kits and Sets which we currently offer. If you click on these rune symbols, you will be taken to their more traditional symbols and respective meanings for rune reading and use derived from the Elder Futhark. For a greater understanding of the runes, their usage, and rune magick, you may seek knowledge from rune books we offer ( A Practical Guide to the Runes, andNorthern Mysteries and Magick: Runes and Feminine Powers). These books are a great resource of information and knowledge as well as others found in our Book Category.
EIWAZ EIWAZ It means things will turn out fine, no matter how difficult they are. The obstacles are instruments to test your patience. Hold your anxiety. PERTH PERTH Mysterious powers are taking place but tend to be revealed. It is a perfect time for reflection and also material games. Inverted: Do not expect anything. Your character is being tested. Think positive and keep your sense of humor.
OTHILA OTHILA Means radical break-up ahead but you will reach your dreams: your role in society, material goods and your beliefs. To find out how you really are you may need to put away some of your claims. Inverted: Think twice! BERKANA BERKANA Fertility. The birth of a person or a new idea. Take steps carefully. Inverted: Aspects of your character might be blocking your progress. Pay attention to the needs of the people around you. This is how you will find your way.
MANAZ MANAZ The start up: the need to improve your “self”, to help your relationship with the world. Keep your modesty. Your path will be found. Inverted: Look at yourself: who are your real enemies? Your challenge is to forget old habits. GEBO GEBO It is union, partnership of any sort but you must keep your individuality and self-confidence. For this is the RUNE of freedom. In any position it has the same meaning.
ANSUZ ANSUZ Be ready for the unexpected. Changes! Ansuz urges you to explore your deeps as well as to practice your sensibility and power of observation. ALGIZ ALGIZ This is the RUNE of protection, victory, new opportunities and challenges. Be strong and take control of your emotions. Problems should not be ignored. Inverted: Be aware of your health. Do not assume someone else’s problems.
HAGALAZ HAGALAZ Wish of change and freedom. But for that it is necessary to put the material reality aside. Look at your inner world. If things seem to be out of control a break up might be a good idea. Self-growth cycle. EHWAZ EHWAZ Changes! It can even be a home moving to another country. Your decisions tend to be right. Inverted: Stop! Go slow and think about your choice. Maybe it is better to stay where you are.
KANO KANO This is the RUNE of fire. It means the end of darkness in your life. Your passion and sensuality may be a sign of a coming marriage. Inverted: love or friendship will die so, be ready for a moment of change. TEIWAZ TEIWAZ Victory at any competition. If the question is love, you and your partner have a lot to work out together. Inverted: Teiwaz warns you – hurry and perfection do not match.
RAIDO RAIDO This is the moment to act. Find out what your heart wishes. Resistance will be gone. Raido is union and re-union. The end of the conflicts. Inverted: Be rational instead of instinctive. WUNJO WUNJO Comprehension has become wisdom and a deep and lasting affection is about to come. Joy at work.
THURISAZ THURISAZ The door is its symbol. Then, observe every moment, every detail. Think it over and get free from your ghosts. Then cross the borders. Inverted: consider your past before taking decisions in the future. JERA JERA It invites you to optimism, but nothing comes fast, since each happening has its own cycle. Keep your trust and perseverance.
DAGAZ DAGAZ A big turnover in your life. Might be a new love, new work, new opportunities or a new life attitude. Dagaz claims the darkness is gone and the sun will light your way. NAUTIZ NAUTIZ Your dark sides block you and make you week. Investigate what makes you so attractive to bad luck. Inverted: It is necessary to reach the edge in order to emerge into a new life. Hold your anger, keep your faith and sense of humor.
SOWELU SOWELU It is a victory and success. To some, however, it can be a trip into the inner world in search of balance. It is time to admit something long denied. INGUZ INGUZ Claims you to split up relationships or old habits – you are ready for a new start; even for a new child. The meantime could be dangerous. So, keep your good mood.
LAGUZ LAGUZ You urge to follow your instincts but you forget the negative consequences. This is the RUNE of the supernatural power inside your mind that will give you protection. Inverted: Consult your hearts. Cherish your instincts.


FEHU Great luck: wealth, goals and love to come true. This is a conquest and not a present. Share your luck! Inverted: You may lose all you have conquered so far. Learn the stones’ lesson: beware of people around you.
ISA ISA All your plans will stay frozen and suspended although you do not realize that. Do not overwork. Try to find out what keeps you attached to your situation and throw away what is old. Resignation might mean wisdom. WARNING: Do not count on your friend’s help. URUZ URUZ You may lose someone or something. You will rise from the remainings of old values. Inverted: Do not waste opportunities. No drawing back!
This RUNE is destiny. It guides your karma, the whole of all your previous existences. Your obstacles are the passport to a new start. Cheer up! This RUNE links you to your real fate. GOOD LUCK!


Some say that there is not a plain rune. Other Rune sets have 36 stones but do some more research these I think cover the basis for everything, and its almost like a tarot card reading.


Freyr / Freyja’s AEtt
(F: Domestic cattle, wealth.) Possessions won or earned, earned income, luck. Abundance, financial strength in the present or near future. Sign of hope and plenty, success and happiness. Social success. Energy, foresight, fertility, creation/destruction (becoming). Fehu Reversed or Merkstave: Loss of personal property, esteem, or something that you put in effort to keep. It indicates some sort of failure. Greed, burnout, atrophy, discord. Cowardice, stupidity, dullness, poverty, slavery, bondage.
(U: Auroch, a wild ox.) Physical strength and speed, untamed potential. A time of great energy and health. Freedom, energy, action, courage, strength, tenacity, understanding, wisdom. Sudden or unexpected changes (usually for the better). Sexual desire, masculine potency. The shaping of power and pattern, formulation of the self. Uruz Reversed or Merkstave: Weakness, obsession, misdirected force, domination by others. Sickness, inconsistency, ignorance. Lust, brutality, rashness, callousness, violence.
(TH: Thorn or a Giant.) Reactive force, directed force of destruction and defense, conflict. Instinctual will, vital eroticism, regenerative catalyst. A tendency toward change. Catharsis, purging, cleansing fire. Male sexuality, fertilization. (Thorr, the Thunder god, was of Giant stock.)Thurisaz Reversed or Merkstave: Danger, defenselessness, compulsion, betrayal, dullness. Evil, malice, hatred, torment, spite, lies. A bad man or woman. Rape?
(A: The As, ancestral god, i.e. Odin.) A revealing message or insight, communication. Signals, inspiration, enthusiasm, speech, true vision, power of words and naming. Blessings, the taking of advice. Good health, harmony, truth, wisdom. Ansuz Reversed or Merkstave: Misunderstanding, delusion, manipulation by others, boredom. Vanity and grandiloquence. (Odin is a mighty, but duplicitous god. He always has his own agenda.)
(R: Wagon or chariot.) Travel, both in physical terms and those of lifestyle direction. A journey, vacation, relocation, evolution, change of place or setting. Seeing a larger perspective. Seeing the right move for you to make and deciding upon it. Personal rhythm, world rhythm, dance of life. Raidho Reversed or Merkstave: Crisis, rigidity, stasis, injustice, irrationality. Disruption, dislocation, demotion, delusion, possibly a death.
K or C
(K: Beacon or torch.) Vision, revelation, knowledge, creativity, inspiration, technical ability. Vital fire of life, harnessed power, fire of transformation and regeneration. Power to create your own reality, the power of light. Open to new strength, energy, and power now. Passion, sexual love. Kenaz Reversed or Merkstave: Disease, breakup, instability, lack of creativity. Nakedness, exposure, loss of illusion and false hope.
or “yee-boe”
(G: Gift.) Gifts, both in the sense of sacrifice and of generosity, indicating balance. All matters in relation to exchanges, including contracts, personal relationships and partnerships. Gebo Merkstave (Gebo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice. Obligation, toll, privation, bribery.
W or V
(W or V: Joy.) Joy, comfort, pleasure. Fellowship, harmony, prosperity. Ecstasy, glory, spiritual reward, but also the possibility of going “over the top”. If restrained, the meaning is general success and recognition of worth. Wunjo Reversed or Merkstave: Stultification, sorrow, strife, alienation. Delirium, intoxication, possession by higher forces, impractical enthusiasm. Raging frenzy, berzerker.
Heimdall’s AEtt
(H: Hail.) Wrath of nature, destructive, uncontrolled forces, especially the weather, or within the unconscious. Tempering, testing, trial. Controlled crisis, leading to completion, inner harmony. Hagalaz Merkstave (Hagalaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Natural disaster, catastrophe. Stagnation, loss of power. Pain, loss, suffering, hardship, sickness, crisis.
(N: Need.) Delays, restriction. Resistance leading to strength, innovation, need-fire (self-reliance). Distress, confusion, conflict, and the power of will to overcome them. Endurance, survival, determination. A time to exercise patience. Recognition of one’s fate. Major self-initiated change. Face your fears. Nauthiz Reversed or Merkstave: Constraint of freedom, distress, toil, drudgery, laxity. Necessity, extremity, want, deprivation, starvation, need, poverty, emotional hunger.
(I: Ice.) A challenge or frustration. Psychological blocks to thought or activity, including grievances. Standstill, or a time to turn inward and wait for what is to come, or to seek clarity. This rune reinforces runes around it. Isa Merkstave (Isa cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Ego-mania, dullness, blindness, dissipation. Treachery, illusion, deceit, betrayal, guile, stealth, ambush, plots.
J or Y
(J or Y: A year, a good harvest.) The results of earlier efforts are realized. A time of peace and happiness, fruitful season. It can break through stagnancy. Hopes and expectations of peace and prosperity. The promise of success earned. Life cycle, cyclical pattern of the universe. Everything changes, in its own time. Jera Merkstave (Jera cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Sudden setback, reversals. A major change, repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict.
(EI: Yew tree.) Strength, reliability, dependability, trustworthiness. Enlightenment, endurance. Defense, protection. The driving force to acquire, providing motivation and a sense of purpose. Indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals. An honest man who can be relied upon. Eihwaz Reversed or Merkstave: Confusion, destruction, dissatisfaction, weakness.
(P: Lot cup, vagina.) Uncertain meaning, a secret matter, a mystery, hidden things and occult abilities. Initiation, knowledge of one’s destiny, knowledge of future matters, determining the future or your path. Pertaining to things feminine, feminine mysteries including female fertility, and vagina. Good lot, fellowship and joy. Evolutionary change. Perthro Reversed or Merkstave: Addiction, stagnation, loneliness, malaise.
or Elhaz “ale-hawz”
Z or -R
(Z or -R: Elk, protection.) Protection, a shield. The protective urge to shelter oneself or others. Defense, warding off of evil, shield, guardian. Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life. It can be used to channel energies appropriately. Follow your instincts. Keep hold of success or maintain a position won or earned. Algiz Reversed: or Merkstave: Hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link. Taboo, warning, turning away, that which repels.
(S: The sun.) Success, goals achieved, honor. The life-force, health. A time when power will be available to you for positive changes in your life, victory, health, and success. Contact between the higher self and the unconscious. Wholeness, power, elemental force, sword of flame, cleansing fire. Sowilo Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): False goals, bad counsel, false success, gullibility, loss of goals. Destruction, retribution, justice, casting down of vanity. Wrath of god.
Tyr’s AEtt
(T: Tyr, the sky god.) Honor, justice, leadership and authority. Analysis, rationality. Knowing where one’s true strengths lie. Willingness to self-sacrifice. Victory and success in any competition or in legal matters. Tiwaz Reversed or Merkstave: One’s energy and creative flow are blocked. Mental paralysis, over-analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance. Strife, war, conflict, failure in competition. Dwindling passion, difficulties in communication, and possibly separation.
(B: Berchta, the birch-goddess.) Birth, general fertility, both mental and physical and personal growth, liberation. Regenerative power and light of spring, renewal, promise of new beginnings, new growth. Arousal of desire. A love affair or new birth. The prospering of an enterprise or venture. Berkano Reversed or Merkstave: Family problems and or domestic troubles. Anxiety about someone close to you. Carelessness, abandon, loss of control. Blurring of consciousness, deceit, sterility, stagnation.
or Ehwo
(E: Horse, two horses.) Transportation. May represent a horse, car, plane, boat or other vehicle. Movement and change for the better. Gradual development and steady progress are indicated. Harmony, teamwork, trust, loyalty. An ideal marriage or partnership. Confirmation beyond doubt the meanings of the runes around it. Ehwaz Reversed or Merkstave: This is not really a negative rune. A change is perhaps craved. Feeling restless or confined in a situation. Reckless haste, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal.
(M: Man, mankind.) The Self; the individual or the human race. Your attitude toward others and their attitudes towards you. Friends and enemies, social order. Intelligence, forethought, create, skill, ability. Divine structure, intelligence, awareness. Expect to receive some sort of aid or cooperation now. Mannaz Reversed or Merkstave: Depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion. Cunning, slyness, manipulation, craftiness, calculation. Expect no help now.
(L: Water, or a leek.) Flow, water, sea, a fertility source, the healing power of renewal. Life energy and organic growth. Imagination and psychic matters. Dreams, fantasies, mysteries, the unknown, the hidden, the deep, the underworld. Success in travel or acquisition, but with the possibility of loss. Laguz Reversed or Merkstave: An indication of a period of confusion in your life. You may be making wrong decisions and poor judgements. Lack of creativity and feelings of being in a rut. Fear, circular motion, avoidance, withering. Madness, obsession, despair, perversity, sickness, suicide.
(NG: Ing, the earth god.) Male fertility, gestation, internal growth. Common virtues, common sense, simple strengths, family love, caring, human warmth, the home. Rest stage, a time of relief, of no anxiety. A time when all loose strings are tied and you are free to move in a new direction. Listen to yourself. Ingwaz Merkstave (Ingwaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): Impotence, movement without change. Production, toil, labor, work.
(D: Day or dawn.) Breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. A time to plan or embark upon an enterprise. The power of change directed by your own will, transformation. Hope/happiness, the ideal. Security and certainty. Growth and release. Balance point, the place where opposites meet. Dagaz Merkstave (Dagaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition): A completion, ending, limit, coming full circle. Blindness, hopelessness.
(O: Ancestral property.) Inherited property or possessions, a house, a home. What is truly important to one. Group order, group prosperity. Land of birth, spiritual heritage, experience and fundamental values. Aid in spiritual and physical journeys. Source of safety, increase and abundance. Othala Reversed or Merkstave: Lack of customary order, totalitarianism, slavery, poverty, homelessness. Bad karma, prejudice, clannishness, provincialism. What a man is bound to.
BLANK RUNE There is no historical support for a “Blank Rune” in runic divination. It was invented in the 1980’s. When using other methods of rune casting than those shown above (in our kits), you may wish to save the blank rune as a spare and not use it, as older, more traditional rune casters do not use the blank rune.


Different alphabets have different sayings about the blank rune go with your gut feeling on it!


Heres a link to making your own runes!


This one is out of clay!


This is a very helpful video for learning runes and he very easy to understand and a great teacher!



thank you all and blessed be!




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