Runes at a Glance

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talisRunes are an ancient form of writing used in northern Europe, including Germany, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. The listing below is a very basic chart of the Scandinavian runes known as the “elder Futhark.” In modern times, people often use runes for divination, in writing magical texts or spells, or as talismans.

 

Rune

Letter

What it means

What it may signify

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Fehu (f)

Cattle

Wealth, prosperity, status, power

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Uruz (u)

Aurochs (ancient cow)

Strength, courage, determination

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Thurisaz (th)

Thor, or a giant

Protection, obstacles, stubbornness

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Ansuz (a)

Voice of the gods

Wisdom from a higher source

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Raidho (r)

Wheel

A journey, whether physical or otherwise

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Kenaz (k)

Torch

Knowledge, study, skill, ideas

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Gebo (g)

Gift

Gift, love, union, mutual responsibility

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Wunjo (w)

Joy

Good luck or good news, family, harmony

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Hagalaz (h)

Hail

Disruption, misfortune, shock

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Nauthiz (n)

Need

Poverty, distress, something lacking

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Jera (j)

Year

Success, productivity, cycles

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Eihwaz (ei)

Yew tree

Change, flexibility, empowerment, safety

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Perthro (p)

Cauldron or dice cup

Mystery, chance, seeing the future

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Algiz (z)

Elk

Protection, communication, friendship

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Sowilo (s)

Sun

One’s will, success, good health & fortune

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Tiwaz (t)

Victory

Justice, leadership, self-sacrifice

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Berkana (b)

Birch tree

Feminine energy, nurturing, love, beauty

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Ehwaz (e)

Horse

Service, trust, self-control, a helper

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Mannaz (m)

Man

Self, rational thought, friends, consciousness

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Laguz (l)

Lake

Water, intuition, skrying, dreams, the moon

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Ingwaz (ng)

Ing (fertility god)

Sexual energy, fertility, union, intense creativity

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Othila (o)

Homeland

Home, family, inheritance, ancestors

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Dagaz (d)

Day

Beginnings & endings, cyclic change, destiny

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