Runelore and Magical Uses of Runes


Odin, the Norse High God of the Aesir, hung from the world tree, Yggdrasil, impaled on his own spear, for nine days and nights in order to gain the knowledge of runes. When the runes appeared below him, he reached down and took them up, and the runic knowledge gave him power. He later passed on this knowledge to the Vanir goddess Freya. She, in turn, taught him the magic of seidhr. Heimdall, the god who guarded the Rainbow Bridge, taught the runes to mankind.

Runic alphabets first appeared among German tribes in central and eastern Europe. The runes were made of straight lines to make the characters suitable for cutting into wood or stone. The Old Germanic Runic alphabet or “Elder Futhark” contains 24 runes. The first six runes of the alphabet spell out the word “FUTHARK”.

Here are the 24 runes that make up the Elder Futhark


Fehu – Divination meanings: finances and prosperity, could also refer to person’s libido

Magical uses: energy projection or drawing energy, increase wealth, increase libido


Uruz – Divination meanings: Represents health matters or courage

Magical uses: Healing, shaping and forming of desire or will, knowledge of self


Thurisaz – Divination meanings: Aggressive conflicts or aimed might- stubbornness

Magical Uses: Warding and protection, curses, awaken the magical will


Ansuz – Divination meanings: Communications, wisdom and learning from past

Magical uses: magical incantation, wisdom, psych-ism and divine communication


Raidho – Divination meanings: Travel or movement, moral right and wrong

Magical uses: Moral justice, rhythm and timing, ordered movement


Kenaz – Divination meanings: Being in control, knowing what to do

Magical uses: Control of sexual energy for  creative shaping and reshaping, releases spirit into realms of power


Gebo – Divination meanings: Gifts, any matter of exchanging, relationships

Magical uses: love magic, endless exchange of energy, mystical union, binding, a gift for a gift, karmic payback


Wunjo – Divination meanings: Personal Wishing, joy or happiness

Magical uses: Personal happiness, healing relationships,


Hagalaz – Divination meanings: Uncontrolled destiny or forces that affect us (can be disruptive)

Magical uses: Completeness and bring into being, warding or protection


Nautiz – Divination meanings: Need, testing or suffering

Magical uses: Overcoming fate and stress, develops magical will, sudden inspiration and inner might


Isa – Divination Meanings: Stuck or blocked, frozen,  could reference the ego

Magical uses: strengthen concentration and will, binding as in constraint or constriction, halt movement


Jera – Divination meanings: Harvest, hopes and expectations, could also be gradual change

Magical uses: Patience and natural harmony of magical will, Spiritual understanding, creative planning, interactions with nature and natural time cycles


Eihwaz – Divination meanings: A person’s motivation or will power

Magical uses: Death initiation, wisdom from past lives, increase and store power, spirit communication


Perthro – Divination meanings: Divination, that which is becoming or something hidden

Magical uses: Divination, perception of fate, to manifest magical intent


Elhaz (Algiz) – Divination meanings: Protection, Spiritual connection or protection

Magical uses: Protection, communication and connection with guardian spirit, spiritual cleansing, strengthen magical power, traveling through other worlds or astral travel


Sowilo – Divination meanings: The higher self or guidance, triumph

Magical uses: Strengthen magical spiritual will, guardianship and guidance, personal triumph


Tiwaz – Divination meanings: Ordering force,  justice or legal matters

Magical uses: Victory and justice, defense magic, to strengthen with spiritual and moral force


Berkano – Divination meanings: Birth or fertility, female nurturing or issues

Magical uses: Fertility magic, concealment and secrecy, to bring into being


Ehwaz – Divination meanings: Bonding or relationships with others

Magical uses: Soul travel, shamanic totem animal, mystical wisdom, projecting and linking magical thoughts


Mannaz – Divination meanings: Matters of the mind, attitude, personal balance

Magical uses: Strengthens all matters of the mind and psychic ability, balanced through meditation


Laguz – Divination meanings: Emotions, issues with death itself or of someone you know , occult      matters

Magical uses: Increase and fill yourself with life-force, to probe the subconscious and the unknown, physical and magical strength


Ingwaz – Divination meanings: Man’s personal sacrifice, male fertility, stored power

Magical uses: To store or transfer magical power


Dagaz – Divination meanings: Spiritual awakening, completion of a cycle

Magical uses: To become one with the universe through mystical inspiration, synthesis of opposites into a single concept such as light and dark; life and death, happy and sad; etc


Othala – Divination meanings: Inheritance, heritage, home and family life

Magical uses: Strengthen the clan or family including spiritual ancestry, to gain past life wisdom or talents, to gain wealth and protect what you own

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Teutonic Numerology

Teutonic is a word that was once used to denote a specific Germanic tribe, but now encompasses a heritage that includes much of Northern Europe including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. This is mainly due to the travels of the Teutonic people and the spread of their wisdom.

Teutonic numerology is different from western numerology and has a different spiritual meaning of numbers in that counting worked on a base 12 system. Therefor the concept of perfect numbers is shifted to 12 and its multiples. In Teutonic numerology the numbers have specific meanings that usually correspond with rune magic.

One – represents the prime source and is the end of the synthesizing process

Two – represents duality, twins and active balance

Three – One of the first magical numbers of the Teutonic people. Three represents action and reaction. It represents the synthesis of opposites.

Four – this is the number of stability, completeness, and the wholeness of Earth. It bears reference to the four dwarves who forged Freya’s necklace. It is also associated with the sun.

Five – The Germanic week was only five days long. Five is a number of active order and control

Six – It is another magical number, representing the balance of two and the synthesis of three, but is not mentioned much in Teutonic mythology

Seven – This number is not mentioned much in the myths, but some believe it can be a number of death and can be used for contact with other worlds.

Eight – Represents the completeness of the Heavens and the otherworlds. It is the number of travel between the worlds being associated with Sleipnir. It is a number of wholeness. There are 3 sets of 8 runes that make up the elder futhark.

Nine – This is the greatest magical number. Odhinn hangs nine nights on the tree Yggdrasil. There are also nine worlds in Teutonic belief. It is a number of power and direction.

Ten and Eleven have very little meaning in Teutonic numerology

Twelve – Another number of great wholeness and being. There are 12 Gods and 12 Goddesses and 12 great halls of Asgard. Twelve is a number of earthly power

Thirteen – This is a number of wisdom and magical power.


Here is a list of each rune name starting at the top and reading from left to right. You will also see the English letters associated below each rune. Please keep in mind that each rune has a much more metaphysical and complexing nature than the generic meanings you see below! These are the Elder Futhark Runes.
FEHU– cattle or wealth or magical life force and energy
URUZ-aurochs, courage and strength or unconscious life energy
THURISAZ-thorn, giant or strong one, brute force
ANSUZ-god, wisdom and inspiration
RAIDHO-riding. Journey
KENAZ-torch, controlled energy
GEBO– gift, generosity, loyalty
WUNJO-joy, wishing, happiness
HAGALAZ-hail, hardship and cosmic pattern
NAUTIZ-need and necessity to endure and constraint
ISA-ice, ego and concentration
JERA-harvest or yearly cycle
EIHWAZ-yew tree and mystery of life and death
PERTHO-dice cup, rune of divination
ALGIZ-protection, to make holy or fill with godly might


SOWILO-the sun or solar wheel, the magical will

TIWAZ– Tyr, the god of justice and victory and the sky god

BERKANO-birch tree or the Great Mother Earth

EHWAZ-horse or twins

MANNAZ-human or man

LAGUZ-water and life energy

INGWAZ-the god Ing and storehouse of potential energy

DAGAZ-day as 24 hours, time of light and darkness

OTHALA-ancestral property


There are 24 runes in the Elder Futhark which is what you see above. Each rune is not only a letter in an old Germanic alphabet, but bears a primary definition of “secret” and must be thought of as a holy concept that must be expressed in concealment. These were ancient symbols used in writing on stones, metal, and wood. The symbols had a religious or magical meaning for those who wrote them. Each rune should be viewed as having a highly complex nature that deals with different forces of nature and energy and from which it flows. The runes origins are Teutonic or Germanic in nature. Runes are used for magic and divination. Runes can be used magically in many ways. The most common way is to inscribe them into talismans or objects for a specific purpose. Some use them for divination or a psychic reading.

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