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Rune Stones And How To Use Them

What are Rune Stones?


Rune stones originate from the ancient alphabet of Germanic and Nordic tribes throughout much of northern Europe. The alphabet has been used in these communities not only for general writing, but also for prophetic and mystic purposes. Whilst there are many varying alphabets that can be inscribed on runes, the oldest form used is the Germanic alphabet referred to as ‘Elder Futhark’. This alphabet consists of 24 symbols with the first six spelling ‘futhark’. Alongside the traditional Germanic alphabet is the Scandinavian alphabet, a more recent counterpart originating in the 1600s. These slight regional variations and adaptions in rune futhark demonstrates the strong connection different communities feel towards the stones and their divination powers. It shows regardless of language or culture, runes have long-provided clarity to an array of different human concerns.

Runic engravings have been discovered on various articles dating as far back as 200 AD, from jewelry and pottery to even weaponry, however they are most recognisable when inscribed on small, smooth stones. This is what we consider to be rune stones in their most basic form today.

What are they used for?


‘Rune’ means cryptic or mystery, thus its use in the form of rune stones helps us unearth clarity and possible directions to be taken regarding an uncertain situation. They are predictive in nature meaning they provide insight into future events and reveal likely outcomes if the situation in questions was to transpire without intervention. Like other prophetic rituals, such as tarot and angel cards, rune stones are unable to provide fixed and unmoving definitive answers. Instead they provide guidance but with some added insight, without compromising our autonomy at all. Rune stones are great at inferring answers while leaving you to figure out the rest.

For this reason, rune stones are great to use in scenarios whereby information is particularly limited or unclear. The stones may indicate a side of the story unbeknownst to the individual, or they may highlight an angle that has been overlooked. Therefore, these small hints provided by the stones make them the perfect assistive tool and not concrete advice that needs following without some sense of freewill and deviation.

How do they work?


As with anything mystical, there is no definitive explanation that can outline exactly how the rune stones work. However, it is generally believed that the runes stones align the conscious and subconscious mind in order to find answers to uncertain questions. When the stones are cast they aren’t completely random, but there is still enough ambiguity left for the individual to make their own inferences from their subconscious. Often deep down we know the answer to a question, we just need a little push in the right direction in order for it to become clear.

Listed below are all 24 runes and their meanings.


Uruz



Uruz represents higher powers, external from our own beings. If this rune appears in a casting, it may be an indication that victory and prosperity is in store. As this rune is symbolic of supreme forces, it indicates that there will be little control on the behalf of the individual in this circumstance.


Thurisaz



This rune is representative of potential adversaries. It suggests an individual may encounter unforeseen problems in their relationships with others, but assures that they have the resilience to avoid unnecessary escalations. Thurisaz reminds us to be the bigger person in tumultuous times.


Ansuz



Ansuz symbolizes divinity and the workings of the universe. Similar to Thurisaz, the suggestion of higher forces means that this particular rune is associated with steadfastness, quiet resilience and good luck. This an incredibly positive rune when paired with upcoming opportunities anticipated by the individual.


Raidho



This rune indicates the path or journey that will lead us to our goals. It suggests we need to tune into our focused energy and find determination in order to strive and achieve these goals. Simply put, Raidho tells us to get our act together and grab the opportunities that are presented before us.


Kenaz



Kenaz indicates that knowledge is power. Whether it be through learning or through the act of teaching, Kenaz encourages the obtaining of greater knowledge for it produces wiser and more self-aware individuals.

 

Gebo



This rune is indicative of harmony and social connection. All issues concerning friends and lovers are associated with this rune, thus we are encouraged to question if we are treating those around us as well as we could be. The same goes for examining whether or not those around us are treating us as well as they could be.


Wunjo



Wunjo symbolizes stability and equilibrium in times of turbulence. We are reminded to keep things in perspective and stay grounded when we are faced with adversity.


Hagalaz



Hagalaz means hail in ancient Germanic. The hailstone is symbolic of all things destructive and harmful, yet the hailstone also melts into tranquil waters. When applied to real-life situations, the Hagalaz rune suggests there is a lesson to be learnt after times of commotion.


Naudhiz



This rune highlights our needs and wants as individuals. It also highlights that our needs and wants can have a profound affect on our psyches, thus it is important for us to not get caught up in desiring more, but to spend more time appreciating that what we are blessed to have.


Isaz



Meaning, ‘ice’, Isaz symbolizes being frozen and unable to progress in certain situations. However, this stagnancy is not to last forever, and in time the ice will thaw and progression will once again be attainable. 


Jera



Jera indicates that we must embrace the ebbs and flows of life’s uncertainties. Whatever question has been asked, when Jera appears in a casting, it implies that an individual must relax and let divinity take its course. What will be will be.



Eihwaz



Eihwaz is the rune of manifesting. When we put our minds to it, we can attract the things we truly desire in life, therefore, this rune encourages us to spend time focusing on what is good for us. 



Perthro



This rune symbolizes chance and luck, both positive and negative. Despite the uncertainty, this rune suggests that risks need to be taken in a certain situation, as remaining stagnant will not produce the desired outcome.


Algiz



Algiz represents determination and self-control. It asks us to maintain composure during challenging times as these times are not to last forever. By staying controlled and composed, we tackle issues in a far more constructive way, inciting positive changes into our lives.


Sowilo



This rune, meaning ‘sun’, sheds light upon ambiguous or uncertain situations. It encourages us to think deeper and tap into our subconscious mind, unearthing clarity over situations that are difficult to prophesize outcomes for.


Tiwaz



When involved in legal dealings, Tiwaz would be most optimal to see in a casting as it suggests triumph and overcoming. The rune indicates finding justice and coming to peace in times of intense disagreement.


Berkana



This rune means ‘birch’, and is suggestive of births and new starts. Whether it be a new partner, friendship, career or house move, Berkana is a highly positive rune to be met with when feeling stuck or unable to progress in a situation.


Ehwaz


Ehwaz asks us to respect the natural order that exists in this world. Similar to the Jera rune, Ehwaz iterates that some things in this world cannot be changed as is simply meant to be. Whilst we may not have much control in these situations, Ehwaz indicates that we can change our perspectives towards then, helping us find peace and acceptance.


Mannaz



This rune is indicative of all things community-oriented. When we see this rune, we are reminded to stay considerate of those around us and more regularly place ourselves in others’ shoes. We are gifted with wisdom and sensitivity when we adopt this mantra.


Laguz



Laguz symbolizes water and asks us to stay flexible and fluid in times of stress. Remaining fixed or rigid when significant changes are occurring only serves to make the situation more difficult to deal with, so taking lessons from the gentle fluidity of water is in order.


Inguz



Inguz encourages us to dive into the deep end when we are stuck in our comfort zone. Reassuringly, this run is protective, so when seen in a cast grants us the safety net we crave when jumping head first into apprehensive times.

 

Dagaz



Similar to Ying and Yang, this rune is representative of opposites, balance and equity. It suggests there may be uncertain times ahead but there is always positivity to be found.


 

Odal



Odal is the rune of abundance. In this sense, abundance does not necessarily mean wealth and fortune, but rather richness in love, relationships and self-perspective. We must never grow complacent of the blessings we have in our lives, even when they can at times be hard to see.

Odin


Odin, the only blank stone in the set, indicates a void. This void has not beginning, not no end and therefore is reminiscent of the vast universe that we occupy. Odin also implores us to take more time to introspect, working on ourselves and our characters from within. This is a rune of nervousness but also of great courage.


Although these runic symbols are thousands of years old, their ancient meanings are still relevant today. We may have experienced massive changes through the modernization of society, however the same fundamental issues affect us now as they did thousands of years prior. Having knowledge of this fact allows us to engage even deeper with the power of rune stones.

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