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The Runes

The Eldar Futhark of Northern Europe

The Runes go back when time began, we of Ásatrú have set a date from when the first Futhark was discovered 2253 years ago. This is known as the Runic Era which places us to date in the year 2253 R.E..

Ásatrúar have always lived in close harmony with the environment, the seasonal and stellar cycles, their Gods and Goddesses, and their ancestors. These forces come together in the mysterious symbols known as Runes. The word Rune means a secret or a whisper. Runes are magical tools for both divination and spell casting.

(Note that the first word below the Rune is the key used to remember its meaning)

Fehu (Cattle)

Letter: F
Wealth; Money, mobile property, finacial prosperity

Uruz (Aurochs)

Letter: U
Strength; Physical strength and vitality.

Thurisaz (Thurs)

Letters: TH
Violence; Conflicts and complexities of an aggressive nature.

Ansuz (Aesir)

Letter: A
Inspiration; The multiverse in magical and religious acts, gaining knowledge.

Raido (Riding)

Letter: R
Journey; Travel, both in physical terms and those of life-style direction.

Kenaz (Tourch)

Letter: K
Guidance; Creativity, and the strengthening of abilities in all realms.

Gebo (Gift)

Letter: G
Generosity; All matters relating to exchanges, including contracts and sacrifice.

Wunjo (Joy)

Letter: W
Satisfaction; Happiness, general success and recognition of worth.

Hagalaz (Hail)

Letter: H
Disruption; Disruption by natural events and uncontrolled forces.

Nauthiz (Need)

Letter: N
Trouble; Needs as opposed to wants, must be overcome hard work.

Isa (Ice)

Letter: I
Blockage; A standstill which may be good or bad.

Jera (Year)

Letters: J and Y
Harvest; Hopes and expectations the results of earlier efforts are realized.

Eihwaz (Yew)

Letters: EI
Enduring; Resilient strength to deflect difficulty or problems.

Perthro (Lot-cup)

Letter: P
Concealed; Something unknown, or not yet revealed; a mystery in the same sense that an unborn child is a mystery.

Algiz (Elk)

Letter: Z
Protection; Shelter oneself, luck through striving, a successful outcome to a quest.

Sowulo (Sun)

Letter: S
Victory; Success or other favourable circumstances.

Teiwaz (Tyr)

Letter: T
Justice; Success in competition in legal matters, honour, leadership and authority.

Berkana (Birch)

Letter: B
Renewal; Healing, recovery, physical or spiritual regeneration, a new growth from old roots, motherhood.

Ehwaz (Horse)

Letter: E
Loyalty; Status as it relates between you and others.

Mannaz (Man)

Letter: M
Intellect; Power of human intelligence, rationality, memory, and tradition.

Laguz (Water)

Letter: L
Passage; Initiation into life as when a heathen child is sprinkled with water and given a name; the primal waters of Niflheimer.

Inguz (Ing)

Letters: NG
Gestation; Potential energy that must undergo a period of time in order to gain strength.

Dagaz (Day)

Letter: D
Awakening; Daylight clarity a time to embark on a new enterprise.

Othila (Property)

Letter: O
Folkland; Inheritances, Your home, physical and spiritual heritage.