Runes For Modern Life
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Meaning: Cattle, Prosperity
This rune card signifies wealth, material possessions, and success in business. Owning cattle was a sign of wealth in ancient times and this inevitably focuses interpretation of the rune's meaning on matters concerning money, property and a new income source (or, perhaps, the need for them). However, it can also indicate forms of wealth that money cannot buy, such as good health, love, and happiness, and serve as a reminder to be grateful for the things in our lives that we may be taking for granted. The need for generosity, sharing your good fortune, or taking time to help others is another facet of this rune. Additionally, Fehu may symbolize exciting new beginnings. This new beginning could be a new business venture, but it could also point to the need to define your life less by outward show and more by the things that are priceless.
Meaning: Ox, Strength
A symbol of brute strength and power, the wild ox of ancient times was both revered and feared because it was wild. This rune is a symbol of physical power, vitality, and good health. It can also suggest great emotional courage. If you are going through difficult times you must find the creativity inside yourself to pull through. You have great power within and you need to unleash that power - when you do, there is no stopping you. This is also a rune about the need to take a risk and not to fear change. But, conversely, it may also be urging caution: energy that is misdirected can do great harm to both yourself and others, so ensure that your words and actions do not wound or result in chaos, but rather in healing and peace.
Meaning: Thorn, Defense
This rune represents a thorn, which itself symbolizes the importance of having protection - or defenses - in your life. It does not indicate imminent attack but rather the need to protect yourself in case of attack. Perhaps you are unwittingly making yourself vulnerable in some way or taking dangerous shortcuts. Drawing this rune could, therefore, be a reminder to take necessary precautions or to be alert to people who seek to take advantage of you. Unexpected change is also associated with this rune, and that change can be a stroke of good fortune. This rune is a warning to be alert to the possibility of something unexpected happening; be watchful and take your time to consider all possible options. Another interpretation is that willpower is required; don't allow emotions or preconceptions to cloud your judgment and be sure to make decisions only from a calm deliberation.
Meaning: Divine, God
Strongly associated with divine communication, this rune card suggests that you need to pay close attention to messages and advice offered to you, either written or spoken. However, this card goes far deeper than mere external communication and indicates that the true insight you are seeking can only be found by searching within. Learn from and be inspired by the wisdom that external voices or divine signs, such as coincidences offer, but also be a discerning spiritual seeker from the inside out. This means doing your research and forming your own opinions, rather than simply accepting all that you are told or presented with by others. It also means having the courage and humility to question your own assumptions and preconceptions. Personal transformation is about being open-minded enough to search for what is true, even if that truth is, at times, unconfortable to confront.
Travel is the key theme for this rune card. When it appears in a casting, it indicates that an exciting journey is about to begin. This could be a physical journey, but it is far more likely to indicate an inner journey, The rune is associated with the right path being traveled, so this suggests that your focus should be enjoying the ride rather than the actual destination: live in the power of now. Being so closely linked to forward momentum, this card could indicate that, if you are currently feeling stuck in your life, your stagnation is due to an unwillingness to look for answers within yourself. Things have gotten to a point in your life, nevertheless, when it will be more painful to remain where you are than to go on this essential journey of self-discovery and personal growth.
Meaning: Torch, Beacon, Fire
This card is most strongly associated with fire. Fire brings warmth and light in a literal sense, but it can also represent intellectual and spiritual illumination; this card indicates sudden insight, an outporing of creativity, and those "Aha!" moments of awareness and clarity. If you are experiencing confusion or stagnation, this card may represent the promise of light at the end of the tunnel or signify that an amazing breakthrough has already occurred. or is imminent, in some area of your life. When that enlightenment comes, you must seize the moment: it is the optimum time to initiate new projects, creative pursuits, or relationships. This card also contains a warning, however: fire is life and brings light into our lives, but it can also burn and destroy. Drawing this card could indicate that something needs, definitively, to end or be destroyed before therecan be a new beginning or a period of growth.
Meaning: Generosity, Opportunity
if this rune card is drawn, the theme of giving and sharing is prominent. There may be a surprise gift arriving in your life soon, whether a material one or in the form of emotional support from others - or even the gift of discovering a hidden talent. The card urges you to appreciate this gift for the blessing it is, but it also indicates the need for you to shine a spotlight on the energy exchanges in your life right now, including personal relationships, partnerships, and contracts. Are you giving too much and receiving too little, or are you the one not investing enough in a situation? You are especially encouraged to ensure there is balance between giving and receiving in all your relationships. It also wants you to take a close look at the mostimportant relationship of all - the one you have with yourself - and to create a harmonious balance between being sensitive to the needs of others and taking care of your own.
Meaning: Happiness, Joy, Pleasure
This rune card is all about joy and the benefits of positivity. It tends to indicate happiness, success, harmony, and exciting new beginnings. The joy can be inspired by either external events, fulfilling relationships, or an unexpected but very welcome development. It can also refer to a quiet inner joy derived from feelings of gratitude and peace. Either way, there are blissful associations with this card, or the potential for bliss if you stay optimistic and understand that true happiness comes from within. This card is urging you to become more aware of your state of mind, because focusing on the negative will only attract the negative. If things are not going your way or you are encountering obstacles and setbacks, negativity may be a contributing factor. Focusing with a positive attitude on what brings you joy is the way forward.
Pronunciation - Haw-Gaw-Laws
Meaning - Hailstone, Disruption
Hagalaz means hail or stone and is closely associated with the unpredictability of nature, which can cause widespread disruption. Nature is a force we cannot name, despite our best efforts. This rune suggests that crisis is taking over in some area of your life - or, at least, threatening to take over - and there is little you can do about it but wait and see where the dust settles. Whatever disruption you are dealing with in your life is beyond your control, but what you can control is your reaction to it. If you can be patient, stay detached, and remain calm, you will weather the storm and may just find that the unwanted shake-up has given you an unexpected and liberating new perspective, insight, or direction. It may also remind you that, sometimes, things happen in our lives that we cannot explain, but these things are amazing opportunities for personal awakening and growth.
Pronunciations - Now-Theese
Meaning - Necessary, Need
The appearance of this rune suggests that someone or something is currently not meeting your needs or is hindering your chances of fulfillment. The rune is associated with the ancient Nordic "need fire," a sacred fire that ancient tribes would light during times of hardship, such as poverty, war, disease, or famine. It is possible that you are having a tough time materially or emotionally. You may feel depleted and frustrated and unable to move forward because of these limitations, but it is during times of challenge and hardship that we learn and grow the most. The card is urging you to stay patient and not allow self-pity or bitterness to get the better of you: there may be delays but the hard times will pass and there is light ahead. Indeed, sometimes challenges and hardships are absolutely the best way to strengthen our resolve and help us focus on what truly matters in our lives.
Pronunciation - Ee-Sahh
Meaning - Ice, Frozen
This card is associated with ice and frozen water and generally indicates a blockage, standstill, or lack of action in some area of your life. This could be a loss of physical energy or a mental fog or psychological block that paralyzes you. This status will likely cause frustrating delays in your life but, instead of fighting the obstacle, the card advises you to stay calm and conserve your energy. Sometimes there is nothing you can do but wait for change in circumstances: bide your time, because the ice will melt. As far as relationships are concerned, this card points to icy tension and possible conflict that feels like it cannot be resolved. There is an urgent need for objectivity and concentration now. You need to decide whether you are going to invest anymore of your warmth and energy into a certain relationship, to see if the ice will thaw, or if it is time to gently and calmly let it drift away.
Pronunciation - Jar-Aw
Meaning - Year, Harvest
There are strong seasonal associations with this card. This is the rune of the good harvest, or the culmination of a year, or a cycle of planning and growing that results in fruitful crops. In other words, this card suggests that there have been many tough obstacles for you to overcome, but you are about to feel the peace that comes when success is hard earned and justified. Your hard work, perhaps, and discipline may soon be rewarded. Enjoy these rewards when you receive them but do not relax too much. There is a forward momentum with this card and you are advised to plan ahead. The seasons of the year have a relentless quality and you need to prepare for the inevitability of another winter, when resources may be scarce again. Overall, this card reminds you that life is cyclical and that during the good times you should build up your strength, learn lessons from any hardships overcome, and prepare for the future, whatever it may bring.
Pronunciation - Eeh-Wawz
Meaning - Yew, Tree
This rune card is associated with endings but, with any ending, there is always a new beginning. Something in your life is fading away but is being replaced by something stronger and more relevant. The card is linked to the symbolism of a yew tree, known for its inner strength, endurance, incredible longevity and ability to regenerate from within its own trunk. if you draw this card you need to allow aspects of your life and yourself (your assumptions) to fade away naturally. Be patient, just let them go and allow new life to take root. While ending (and death) is a dominant theme here, this card is also about endurance and dependability, and the excitement and possibilities of rebirth. You are transforming from the inside out and should not fight this process or try to breathe life into what is dying within you. You are entering a phase of renewed strength, vitality, and personal growth.
Pronunciation - Perth-Throw
Meaning - Cup, Container
This rune card suggests the revelation of secrets or hidden knowledge. You could soon receive important information or learn something that sheds light on a situation that has frustrated or confused you. There will soon be a significant revelation of some kind, but the most likely source of that revelation will be from the intuitive wisdom already within you. Drawing this card could be a sign that you would benefit greatly from taking some time out to meditate and become more attuned to the still, calm voice within that knows what is in your best interests. In addition, it could also be a warning that you are being distracted from what really matters by external or material forces - what is external can never bring you fulfillment. Within you is all the magic, mystery, excitement, and knowledge that you need for a rewarding and successful life.
Pronunciation - All-Geez
Meaning - Elk, Shield
Algiz is the rune card that symbolizes protective forces, or the need for them to be built into your life. The elk is an animal that has impressive antlers for warning off and fighting enemies, and drawing this card suggests that you need to turn the spotlight on your own defenses so that you are kept safe fromm negative energy and negative people. Protect yourself by taking care of your own needs, challenging negative thoughts, and ensuring people don't take advantage of your good nature. The card also points to the importance of trusting and following your instincts. Combine an instinctive and intuitive approach to life with a resilient approach to negativity (both from others and within yourself) and you all the ingredients in place for remarkable personal growth and a fulfilling life.
Pronunciation - So-Wee-Low
Meaning - Sun, Energy
Being closely associated with the sun, this rune card is bursting with natural light, energy and radiance. Illumination is a dominant theme, along with clarity of vision and the defeat of dark forces, confusion, and negativity in your life. You are, or soon will be, experiencing great success, and the only obstacle preventing you from enjoying this joy and light is your own belief that you are not worthy of success. Work on extinguishing those negative assumptions within yourself. Achievement can be yours if you change your attitude, think positively and trust yourself. The sun is the life force, so this card is a very auspicious sign in any reading. But there is a warning; just as flying too close to the sun can get you burned, be careful where and how you direct your energy. Ensure that your plans are dreams are grounded and that you don't lose touch with reality.
Pronunciation - Tea-Wawz
Meaning - Diivinity, Sun
A key theme for this rune card is the sort of passionate leadership that takes into consideration the greater good. it may suggest the need for self-sacrifice, but if you can find the strength and self-discipline to work for the benefit of all, rather than just for yourself, you will reap rich rewards, and the respect of others. Victory is indicated here, but only if you proceed with personal honesty and consideration for others. You need to be proactive - not reactive - now and find the courage within to take whatever action is needed to achieve your goals. Do not take action for the sake of taking action, though, as this card is also a warning against rashness. Be cautious and open your mind to the opinions of others. Weigh up the pros and cons, know where your strenths lie, and then move forward with justified confidence in your ability to be a committed and successful leader.
Pronunciation - Bear-Kaa-Naa
Meaning - Birch, Divine
Berkana celebrates birth and all new beginnings, and these could be a relationship or work project, or simply a new approach to life. The symbol is a birch tree, which i sknown for its fertility and ability to renew. If you are going through difficult times, this card suggests you have the strength to pull through, learn from the experience, and grow, and that good times will return. Associated with maternal and caregiving energy, the card urges you to nurture any new beginnings or relationships because they are going to be positive for you. At the same time, this requires that you nurture and take care of yourself and make sure that your needs are met before caring for others. Family is a strong theme too, and it is possible that this card refers to a family member or friend who will offer much-needed support or care. Perhaps there is someone close to you in need of support or loving care.
Pronunciation - Ay-Wawz
Meaning - Horse, Travel
Travel or change of residence as well as loyalty, trust, and teamwork are dominant themes for this rune card, which is associated with the horse, a sacred animal in many ancient cultures. Just as the bond between rider and horse is based on faith, love, and trust, this rune card reminds you of the importance of these qualities for the key relationships in your life. This card could apply to a work situation or project in your life that requires discipline, trust, and teamwork, if there is to be any forward movement. If you want success, you need to dedicate yourself wholeheartedly; there are no half measures. Finally, the relationship on which this card could be turning the spotlight, is the the one you have with yourself. Do you trust yourself? Do you have absolute faith in yourself? If you don't, this card is urging you to focus your energy less on others and more on believing in yourself and building up your self-confidence.
Pronunciation - Mah-Nawz
Meaning - Humanity, Human
Mannaz is the symbol of both the human race and the individual self in the rune deck. It celebrates everything about humankind that elevates us-our intelligence, our compassion, our creativity, our artistry, and our ability to innovate. It is a symbol of the collective consciousness and values we all share, but at the same time, it is strongly associated with an individual's self-awareness. If this rune appears, you are encouraged to think about your attitude towards others and what your unique contribution to the world is. What assistance or service can you offer others? There may be some conflict between your beliefs and the demands and expectations of your family or society, but if you continue to deny your true self, you will feel increasingly frustrated and isolated. Study, or the acquisition of new knowledge, is another key theme here; perhaps further study is the way for you to find greater fulfillment.
Pronunciation - Law-Gooze
Meaning - Fluid, Water
Laguz is the rune card representing water, and water is a universal symbol for emotion; both positve and negative. If this card appears, you are being encouraged to release your emotions and let them flow to the surface. Tears can be very cleansing, and emotions should be acknowledged and openly expressed. Don't hold back. Allow yourself to feel and live your life to the fullest. This rune also shines a light on the importance of being guided by your intuition, which expresses itself through feelings. What are your emotions trying to tell you? Another association with this card is the need for renewal. Perhaps rigid ideas are holding you back, or stifling your creativity, and it is time to be more open-minded and to let the past go and start anew. Meditating beside a lake or river or visiting or visiting the seaside may help release creative blocks and bring renewed energy and inspiration.
Pronunciation - Eeng-Wawz
Meaning - Fertility
Ingwaz is linked to sexuality and fertility and is a sign of passion in a relationship, or tremendous creativity in work or business. There is strong energy driving you forward and, if this exciting and positive momentum continues, success is likely. This rune card is also a symbol of green shoots and being free to move forward in a new way. The old is left behind, challenges are resolved, and a new dawn breaks. You are breaking through to a new way of thinking and living and there is no looking back. Now is a time for glorious new beginnings and you are encouraged to seize the moment. Ingwaz truly carries with it a sense of magical possibility and the promise of peace, relief, happiness, and inner growth, as long as you do not allow fear to hold you back. Sometimes it is not our limitations but our ability to shine that we fear. This card is encouraging you to step forward and shine brightly.
Pronunciation - Thaw-Ghawz
Meaning - Dawn, Daylight
Dagaz is the rune card associated with dawn and daylight and is, therefore, a symbol of new awareness and hope. To the ancient Norse people's, each new dawn and the welcome light from the sun breaking through after nighttime uncertainty was a miracle. So whenever Dagaz appears in a reading, it tends to be a very good sign indeed. Success is on the cards. However, to ensure that this success materializes, it is important that you continue on a path of self-improvement and think and act positively. Hope is often a crucial ingredient for success in life, so if you are going through tough times, this card reminds you that darkness is always followed by the dawn and a new awakening. You need to have renewed faith in your ability to pull through. Another association with this card is personal transformation. It suggests that you are rowing rapidly in self-awareness and are having, or are about to have a major breakthrough.
Pronunciation - Oath-Awe-Law
Meaning - Inheritance
Othala is the 24th and final rune card. It pays tribute to your family heritage, both the material possessions you have inherited and the attributes and traits that you were born with. When this rune appears in a reading, you are encouraged to think about your ancestors and your current family traditions: which influences and beliefs from your past, including your childhood, have shaped your life and contributed to the person you are today? How far do these beliefs chime with your own? Do you feel there is conflict between what is expected of you and who you really want to be? Either way, this card calls you to be true to who you are and let go of beliefs that you do not feel in tune with anymore. What truly matters too you? An alternative reading of this rune card is that you should research your family history to discover what the past can teach you about who you are and where you came from.