Rune Stones

Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet used for writing, divination, and magic. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, The British Isles, and Iceland from 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. Runic inscriptions that are very old have even been found in North America, supporting stories that the Vikings arrived in the Americas long before Columbus.

An early record of the Runes being used for divination purposes states that a branch was cut from a fruit-bearing tree and divided into small pieces which were marked with the various Runes, and scattered at random on a white cloth. Then the priest of the community (if the lots were consulted publicly), or the father of the family (if it was done privately), after invoking the gods with eyes raised to heaven, picked up three pieces, one at a time, and interpreted them according to the Runes that had been marked on them.

The casting of Rune Stones for divination purposes continues to this day. Traditionally, Rune Stones are made of wood, but today you can find Rune Stones made of almost any material imaginable such as tumbled semi-precious stones, polymer clay, decorative glass drops, or other types of clay.

Runes work best if you look at your current circumstances and then ask a specific question. Runic divination or “Rune Casting” is not “fortune telling” in the sense that you actually see the future. Instead, Runes give you a means of analyzing the path that you are on and a likely outcome. The future is not fixed. It changes with everything you do. If you don’t like the prediction, you can always change paths.

The word “Rune” actually means mystery, secret or whisper. Each Rune has esoteric meanings and properties associated with it, beyond its mundane meaning and phonetic value. Each translates into a word or a phrase signifying concepts important to the early people who used them, representing the forces of nature and mind. Each Rune has a story attached to it.

Ideally, Runes are cast on an East-West axis facing the sun. A white cloth is laid down and after casting the stones onto the cloth, the ones which have fallen right-side up are read and interpreted to address the specific question asked. Whether the Rune is reversed or not also has bearing on its meaning. One Rune Stone can be picked randomly for a single question, or for broader questions a 3 Rune Spread can be drawn.

FEHU – F; Wealth

Any form of wealth is represented by this Rune.
Reversed: Indicates a loss in fortune or failing in business.

URUZ – U; Strength

Represents the strength and power of a wild animal.
Reversed: Indicates a weakness or lack of power.


A force or tower of strength standing up to challenges.
Reversed: Not willing to heed information given.

ANSUZ – A; Holy Being

The Rune of communication, revelation and prophecies.
Reversed: Represents the God of mischief and warns of tricks and subterfuge.

RAIDHO – R; Journey

Refers to the journey of life and how your decisions can change your path.
Reversed: Indicates stagnation or a lack or change.

KENAZ –K; Beacon or Torch

Represents a mind opening itself to new ideas.
Reversed: Signifies a loss of awakened knowledge.

GEBO – G; Gift or Love

Represents a gift, an act of generosity, or a skill.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

WUNJO – W; Joy

Indicates happiness and well-being or enjoying good health and wealth.
Reversed: Symbolizes difficulties and obstacles in the path to finding happiness.

HAGALAZ – H; Destructive forces

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

NAUTHIZ – N; Need or Necessity

This Rune urges you to realize what you truly need to survive.
Reversed: Improper course of action, don’t make hasty judgment.

ISA – I; Ice

Frozen in time, calm, non-action, everything on hold.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

JERA – J or Y;

The cycle of One Year Indicates the fruit of labor or reward for effort.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

EIHWAZ – EI; Yew Tree

A Rune of protection and defense, even in the face of an ambush.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

PERTHRO – P; Dice Cup or Chance

This is the Rune of mystery and chance.
Reversed: It symbolizes hidden agendas or hidden failure and loss.

ALGIZ – Z; Elk or Spirit Guides

Represents protection and defense against elements of harm.
Reversed: Indicates unsafe defenses or being open to attack.

SOWILO – S; The Sun

A symbol of power and strength — represents revitalizing your life force.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

TEIWAZ – T; Warrior

Symbolizes triumph and victory in any competition.
Reversed: Symbolizes defeat and time to retreat wisely.

BERKANA – B; Birch Tree or Goddess

Symbolizes the chance of a new bright beginning.
Reversed: Decline or decrease in growth could take place.

EHWAZ – E; The Sacred Horse

Symbolizes being on the right track to prosperity.
Reversed: Indicates slowness and taking steps backward.

MANNAZ – M; Mankind

Represents the spirit of all humanity.
Reversed: Symbolizes solitude and isolation.

LAGUZ – L; Water or Emotions

Symbolizes the flow of emotions into the collective unconscious.
Reversed: Indicates drowning or submerging yourself.

INGWAZ – NG; The Hero-God Ing

Symbolizes peace and unity.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

DAGAZ – Daylight or Dawn

Represents the coming of a new day, hope and a new start.
Reversed: Cannot be reversed.

OTHALA; Inheritance

Represents gains being passed down from one generation to another.
Reversed: Indicates an empty inheritance.

BLANK RUNE – Odin’s Rune

Anything is possible and can happen. If you get this Rune and you believe in yourself, you can manifest anything.


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