Thursday, January 19, 2012


I spend a great deal of time creating Runes for my Etsy shop "inkleing" working mainly in deer antler and Mammoth fossil ivory. I love working with these mediums and discovering the Rune hidden within the antler and ivory. Sometime you get the surprise of lovely shapes as seen here particularly in the Runes Teiwaz and Jera

and sometime it is fantastic color as seen here in the fossil Mammoth ivory. These are cut and polished I have as yet to burn the Rune symbols... these may or may not be listed in the shop the indigo blue intrusions are quite rare.

There are hundreds of books about Rune divination and dozens of variations of the symbols themselves. The symbols I prefer to use are the most simple form and the oldest. These are the ones that seem most natural to me. The more modern versions of the symbols can be a bit more ornate with a couple of extra lines drawn here and there. They can also vary according to tradition and path. The meanings and the names remain the same with occasional spelling variations.

As with most oracles of divination - Runes mean different things if held 'straight up' and mean the opposite if held in the 'reverse'.

Fehu - F: Cattle
Abundance through effort, inheritance of self and self-value, material gain, earned income. Success, happiness and wealth.
Reversed: Abandonment of plans, loss, disappointment, and frustration.

Uruz - U: Brute Strength
Strength, home love on all sides, health, changes, a forceful masculine archetype.
Reversed: Missed abilities, weak will power, lack of motivation

Thurisaz - TH: The seeing of the future
Open the door or gate to seeing the future, luck reflection for action, protection. You will see the truth.
Reversed: Not willing to heed information given, having a stubborn mind-set

Ansuz - A: references the ancestral god, Odin.
Message from within (listen to your 'little voice'), advice from others, chance encounter, careful thought so you will know what to do from this point in time
Reversed: Watch out for trickery, the dark side of yourself when others interfering with your plans, or there is failed communication

Raido - R: Journey
You're about to embark on a journey, either in the physical world or a journey of your soul to heal something that needs healing.
Reversed: Unexpected, unpleasant journey, transit problems, upsetting plans, lost tickets, communication

Kenaz - K: Beacon or torch.
When you feel in the dark this rune will bring an opening, to help you open to who you are and your highest possibilities. From the darkness light will come.
Reversed: withdrawal, anxiety, closing, loss

Gebo - G: Gift of Harmonic Relationships
Unity with self and all others especially with our higher selves, nature and all things around us. Cannot be reversed.

Wunjo - W or V: Bliss and Glory
You do not Need anybody. Peace, pleasure, self-worth, joy and serenity, happy results, harmony, prosperity
Reversed: Sorrow, dissatisfaction, disappointment, friction, delay, possession by higher forces

Hagalaz - H: Destructive forces
This refers to the destructive forces of nature, and things that are out of our control.
Cannot be reversed.

Nauthiz - N: The Negatives of Human Needs
Caution, hold, coming in touch with a side of you that you may not like, resistance, distress, delay, constraint or restraint. Reflect on how bad things can and appreciate what you have.
Reversed: Improper course of action, think twice before acting, don't make hasty judgments.

Isa - I: Ice
Frozen in time, calm, non-action, everything on hold, letting go of ego and seeking your inner truths, you are blocked by your emotions. Cannot be reversed.

Jera - J or Y: The Cycle of One Year
Reaping of a reward when your world seems stagnant, harvest the seeds you have planted, gain, fruition, things happening in their own time and space when they are supposed to! Cannot be reversed.

Eihwaz - EI: Yew Tree
Stability, doing the right things, patience, perseverance, endurance. Decided what is the right way to get the things accomplished in your life. Cannot be reversed.

Pertho - P: Initiation, Things Unexplained, Something Hidden
A hieratic or mystery rune pointing to that, which is beyond our frail manipulative powers.
Perth is associated with the Phoenix. On the side of human nature this Rune is symbolized by the flight of the eagle. Soaring flight, free from entanglement, lifting you above the endless ebb and flow of ordinary life to acquire broader vision - all this is indicated here.
Perth stands for the heart of Initiation - Nothing external matters here, except as it shows you in its inner reflection. This Rune is concerned with the deepest stratum of our being, the bedrock on which our destiny is founded.
For some Perth means experiencing some form of death or transition. It is a letting go of everything, no exceptions, no exclusions. Nothing less than renewal of the Spirit is at stake.
Hidden information and truths, mysteries, esoteric, that which is unknown on a conscious level, it could come into the light and you would understand the 'higher meaning' of things.
Reversed: Events stalled, you need to clear out something. Unpleasant surprise, the old way has to come to an end, do not focus on outcomes, nor bind yourself with memories of past achievements or you will orb yourself of the true present. When your inner being is shifting and reforming, on a deep level, patience, constancy, and perseverance are called for.
Do no repeat the old - let it go!

Algiz: Z
Spirit guides, protection, fortunate new influence, making the connection with spirit and working through your issues.

Sowulo - S: The Sun
The circle is completion wholeness, the sun, the path to awareness and self-knowledge. See your dark side, that which makes you destructive to yourself and others. Seek change to heal and be complete with yourself. Cannot be reversed

Teiwaz - T: Tyr, the sky god.
To be successful in competition, very motivated, finding the spiritual or transcendental self.
Reversed: Low energy and lack of enthusiasm

Berkana - B: Birch-goddess
To be prepared, cautious in what you do. Also references your family and home.
Reversed: An unfortunate domestic situation - so use caution.

Ehwaz - E: The Sacred Horse
The balance of things in the universe, stability, move forward carefully focusing on the tools that will help you get there
Reversed: Sudden unexpected change that is not wanted

Mannuz - M: The nature of Humanity
The self and its place in the collective conscience of humanity. We are all part of the collective unconscious. Your attitude towards and their attitudes towards you. Take this time for personal reelection. Cannot be reversed.

Laguz - L: Water - Emotions
The moon, the flow of emotions and all things into the collective unconscious, all bodies of water Aquarius feminine energies, higher mind, spirituality, health and healing, a time of cleansing.
Reversed: Not listening to your inner voice, tackling something you know you should not do or are not capable of doing.

Inguz - NG: Fertility
Fertility of the joining of human beings, usually for a new life, a pregnancy. Finish what you are doing, tie up lose ends and start something new. Cannot be reversed.

Dagaz - D: Daylight or Dawn.
A new day begins and goes to work. You become more insightful, breaking through your new ideas. Light is around you. Cannot be reversed.

Othila - O: Ancestral property Inheritance
Freedom and independence through releasing ideas and things that keep you 'stuck'.
You will feel 'free'. You will inherit from someone.
Reversed: Not letting go of outmoded ideas and concepts. You will feel 'stuck'.

Blank Rune: Sometimes called “Wyrd” or "Odin's Rune":
Anything is possible and can happen. The sum total of who you are, what you have done, and what you have become. Choose a direction and go for it.
The blank Rune was added to the others in the 1980's. It shows that as humanity has grown – While this is a nice thought I still can’t bring myself to use the blank Rune. Some believe the possibilities are beyond what was conceived by the original Runes. Some include the blank Rune in a reading - while others leave it out!


  1. I am glad you posted this. Until you told me, I did not know that the Blank Rune was added in the 80's. I recieved my first Runes in 1988 that I used up until I bought yours. The Blank Rune has always felt like the 'odd' one to me that just did not go with the others even though my books included it. After we last talked I took it out of my Rune bag and keep it with my crystals in case I want to carry Deer with me. The Mammoth Ivory is so pretty!

  2. I love the idea of carrying "deer" with you :) I have had several people ask for a particular Rune symbol to be burned into the blank or extra Rune. I think it's a great idea to carry as a charm. I do love the Mammoth ivory it is a bit difficult to find enough to get a good match or feeing for a set though. I have to be in the right frame of mind to work with it as well. It has the most amazing Earth energy! I was thinking of doing a few posts about Runes and different layouts .... it might be fun.


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