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Introduction to Runes by Mimosa

Rune Meanings for Modern Day: An Introduction to Runes

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Rune Meanings for Modern Day: An Introduction to Runes

Runes 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 Scandinavian rune meanings known as the “elder Futhark.” In modern times, people often use runes for divination, in writing magical texts or spells, or as talismans.

Introduction to Runes and Rune Meanings by Mimosa

The Elder Futhark consists of 25 runes (24 with characters and one blank rune). The image below provides the name and symbol for each rune, and the following chart describes the historical rune meanings and what it may signify in divination. Feel free to Pin this image to Pinterest to save it as a handy reference guide!

Introduction to Runes - Names and Rune Meanings

Letter

What it means

What it may signify

Wyrd (  )

Odin

All knowledge, cosmic power, fate, destiny, gateway, blank space, void

Fehu (f)

Cattle

Wealth, prosperity, status, power

Uruz (u)

Aurochs (ancient cow)

Strength, courage, determination

Thurisaz (th)

Thor, or a giant

Protection, obstacles, stubbornness

Ansuz (a)

Voice of the gods

Wisdom from a higher source

Raidho (r)

Wheel

A journey, whether physical or otherwise

Kenaz (k)

Torch

Knowledge, study, skill, ideas

Gebo (g)

Gift

Gift, love, union, mutual responsibility

Wunjo (w)

Joy

Good luck or good news, family, harmony

Hagalaz (h)

Hail

Disruption, misfortune, shock

Nauthiz (n)

Need

Poverty, distress, something lacking

Isa (i)

Ice

Stasis, stillness (desirable or otherwise)

Jera (j)

Year

Success, productivity, cycles

Eihwaz (ei)

Yew tree

Change, flexibility, empowerment, safety

Perthro (p)

Cauldron or dice cup

Mystery, chance, seeing the future

Algiz (z)

Elk

Protection, communication, friendship

Sowilo (s)

Sun

One’s will, success, good health & fortune

Tiwaz (t)

Victory

Justice, leadership, self-sacrifice

Berkana (b)

Birch tree

Feminine energy, nurturing, love, beauty

Ehwaz (e)

Horse

Service, trust, self-control, a helper

Mannaz (m)

Man

Self, rational thought, friends, consciousness

Laguz (l)

Lake

Water, intuition, scrying, dreams, the moon

Ingwaz (ng)

Ing (fertility god)

Sexual energy, fertility, union, intense creativity

Othila (o)

Homeland

Home, family, inheritance, ancestors

Dagaz (d)

Day

Beginnings & endings, cyclic change, destiny

 

Wooden Runes - Mimosa Books & Gifts

We love the rustic, natural feel of this rune set, which is perfect for beginners!

 

Although we feel that the physical weightiness of wooden or ceramic rune tiles can’t be beat, especially when you take the time to cast them as part of a ritual or ceremony, you can alternatively incorporate rune oracle cards into your divination practice. There are several great decks of rune oracle cards available and you can use these along with your favorite layouts and spreads rather than casting them (which we must admit does sometimes make interpreting rune meanings a little bit easier than with casting).

 

 

 

Runes for Beginners Book - Mimosa Books & Gifts

Our favorite parts were the mnemonics Chauran provides for each rune, making the task of memorizing the alphabet much more manageable.

 

 

If you want to deepen your knowledge of runes and rune-casting for divination, healing and more even further than this introductory post, there are several excellent books about runes you may be interested in adding to your reading list. Some focus more on history and lore of runes while others are geared for more of a practical, hands-on approach to working runes as part of your spiritual practice.

 

 

 

 


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New Year, New Moon

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New Year, New Moon

by Payton Udo

The New Moon is known as a time of new beginnings and letting go. While some of us may wait until the New Year to make a change or start anew, the moon kindly reminds us each month that we are capable of starting fresh whenever we please. As a cycle comes to an end and a new one begins, it is important for us to continue to set new goals and intentions so we are able to keep growing and learning. May we correct our mistakes and learn by them, or learn something new and keep bettering ourselves, so we are steps closer to the person we desire to be.

While we may have pondered certain goals that we could make, and briefly told ourselves we are going to make a change, did we consciously set an intention to make that change? Are we making reachable goals that we can be proud of? Did we make room in our hearts to move on and grow?

Luckily, each new moon is an opportunity for use the energies of the universe to set and solidify intentions.Try spending this day with a New Moon meditation around your intention for the month. Craft yourself a ritual or a ceremony for the promise you intend to make yourself, or for rebirth and new beginnings. Spend time to reflect on your past month and figure what it is you can shed from the past that no longer serves you.

The Universe has granted us with a plethora of tools to help us cleanse, strengthen intentions, and keep us motivated. We suggest the following tools to help you make the most of this New Moon.

Palo SantoPalo Santo for the New Moon - Mimosa Books & Gifts (translated to “holy wood”) is a great smudging tool that has been used for thousands of years. Known as the bark of the frankincense tree, it has traditionally been used by the Incas and Shamans for energy cleansing and healing. Cleanse your energies by burning a piece of this wood before setting your intention, so that they may be fresh and vitalized.

 

 

Clear Quartz for the New Moon - Mimosa Books & GiftsClear Quartz is one of the highest vibrational crystals that the earth has given us. It’s crystalline structure is so special that it is known to amplify your electromagnetic field. This crystal is an amplifier of all other crystals and intentions. Create yourself a grid full of clear quartz to draw in even more of the New Moon/Eclipse energy and strengthen your ritual or intentions.

 

 

Garnet for the New Moon - Mimosa Books & GiftsGarnet is a great stone for setting intentions due to its properties of motivation and vitality. Try including this in a crystal grid with quartz and any other crystal that may represent what it is you are striving for this month. Garnet will help you stay motivated, feel revitalized, and draw in prosperity and abundance.

 

 

 

Mini Taper Altar Candles for New Moon Ritual - Mimosa Books & GiftsCandles:  Light a white or black candle to help evoke positive manifestation in order to make a positive change in your life.  White candles are known to drawn in positive energy, while black candles help dispel negative energy and call in protective energy.