This post is not intended as curse/ill-intended spell shaming. This is for anyone who is uncomfortable using a curse for any reason. In my case, I don’t like to curse people I live with, and the deities I worship are very specific about when curses are appropriate, so I have to have alternatives on hand.
All associations are based on my personal practice and research.
The first step to handling someone you cannot curse should always be to increase your personal protections. If you can’t interrupt the flow of harm, you can build up your protections to at least make it less painful.
Runes: Elhaz (to protect and maintain dignity without a fight), Thurisaz (to resist/fight passively), Dagaz (to hold back darkness)
FOR THE NEXT THREE SECTIONS: I tend to work by feel on the fly, so I had a hard time finding written spells to accomplish these tasks. I encourage writing yourown, but linked spells to give you an idea of what you’re working toward.
3. Cast a spell of understanding/teaching
If you don’t feel right cursing them, making them understand what their actions have caused might be more your speed. It’s important to the healing process or creation of remorse.
Runes: Sowulo (stark illumination in the dark), Kenaz (the light shed upon new knowledge), Ansuz (the truth)
I especially like to have people who’ve harmed me consider their past, how much kinder they once were, and all of the good people they have left in the dust. I know such instances of rememberance make me more compassionate, and hope it has the same effect on them.
Runes: Gebo (gratitude/love for those that have helped you become who you are), Eihwaz (endings and beginnings, the doors of choice)
When you’re pulling a rune out of the bag do you ever get the same rune 10 times in a row, even when you shake up the bag? I asked for guidance as far as being an artist and I kept getting Eihwaz, the yew tree rune. Does this rune possibly have anything to do with art or creative endeavors?
I recently got my Amethyst Runes and started getting more into it. It was pretty hard to find some good information online, so I thought I’d share with you guys what I found! I just write down what I have in my book of shadows, and this is just what I found, so there may be things that I wrote wrong or that doesn’t fit your believes. I request you look up on this subject yourself too, but this right here might give you a head start.
Runes are symbols which may be used in divination. They are very old and there are many theories as to how or when they originiated, but it’s well known that they were used in Europe.
The word itself comes from the old norse word “Run”, and the old german word “Runa”, which translates to “whisper” or “secret”. Runes are closely tied to Odin and according to ancient germanic people they were created by him.
The runic alphabets are called “Futhark”, after the first six runes, which are Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido and Kenaz. While the elder furthark has 24 characters, just like our alphabet, there are also other versions of the Futhark which range from 16 to 33 characters.
Now to the Meanings!
I have to say, I had a really hard time looking up the meanings of every rune. While some runes have the same meaning everywhere, others seems to have a different meaning every time. I chose what was either mostly named or felt right for me. Feel free to share what you found out about them, or how you use them in the comments below!
Every rune is associated with a letter of our alphabet, so I decided to include them and write them right beside the name. I don’t have the sources to post pictures of every rune (nor the space), but you can easily look them up youself online and get in touch with them.
Fehu - F
The Cattle - Wealth, Prosperty, Financial Matters
Uruz - U
The Aurochs - Strength, Courage, Vitality, for that matter also Health and Recovery
Thurisaz - TH
The Thorn or The Hammer - Destruction, Anger, Violence, sometimes a Warning or Protection
Ansuz - A
The Deity or The Antenna - Wisdom, Communication, Thoughts, Words, Signals, Learning, but also Truth or a Leader
Raido - R
The Wagon - Travels and Journeys, maybe even an inner journey
Kenaz - K
The Torch - Light, Inspiration, Creativity and Knowledge, but for other also Hard Work
Gebo - G
The Gift - A Gift or Generosity, but for another matter also Love, Marriage or Partnership, by seeing the love of another person as a gift
Wunjo - W
Joy - Happiness, Harmony, Comfort, as well as Victory o Productivity
Hagalaz - H
The Hail - Destruction, Force, Disruption, Chaos, Drama, Hazard, Fury, Anger, can be associated with The Tower from the Tarots Major Arcana
Nauthiz - N
Need - Constraint, Neccessities, Distress, Delay, Patience
Isa - I
Ice - Stagnation, Standstill, Frozen, Stuck
Jera - J/Y
Harvest - Rewards, Success, Accomplishments, also associated with Earth
Eihwaz - EI
Yew - Either Reliability, Stability and Trustworthy, or Constricted, Protection, Pain, Perseverence (by looking at it like a bow). The meanings are pretty split with this one.
Perth - P
The Cup - Destiny, Fate, Magic, Mystery, The Unknowable
Algiz - Z
The Elk - Protection, Self Defense, Shield, Standing Up For Something
Sowelu - S
The Sun - Good Fortune, Power, Energy, Health
Teiwaz - T
Týr - Victory, Justice, Honor, Higher Spiritual Power, or Focus and Responsibility
Berkana - B
The Birch - Birth, Beginnings, Fertility, (Personal) Growth, Nurture, Family
Ehwaz - E
The Horse - Transportation, Movement, Travel, maybe also Trust or Loyalty
Mannaz - M
The Self - Person, Human, Man, Identity, Culture, Individual
Laguz - L
The Water - Lake, Sea, Ocean, mostly the Flow, also Intuition, Proohetic Dreams and Feminity
Inguz - NG
Seed or The God, Ing - Common Sense, Internal Growth, Potential, Fertility, Success, Masculinity
Dagaz - D
The Day - Awareness, Breathrough, Transformation, Evolving, Growth, Changes
Othila - O
Ancestral Property or Homeland - Property, Home, Family, Legacy, Possessions, Inheritance
The Blank Rune
No one really knows how or when it came into the set, but at somd point, the blank rune has been occasionally beed added and used in a reading. Using the blank rune or not is personal preference. It can be useless to you or help you, it’s your choice whether you keep it or not. If you do, it should be read and used based on intuition. Consider it’s placement and the relation and connection to other runes. Some runes sets doesn’t even include the blank rune.
It may represent Odin or Fate.
Please note that these are just the names of the runes that I prefer, there are a lot, lot, LOT more other pronounciations or names for each rune, but adding them in here too would be too much.
Runes also have reversed meanings, but that is sonething I haven’t got into by now. Just research for yourself a little bit, learn some more and stick to what feels right to you.
Now to casting them. There are many different ways to cast runes. You may simply pull runes out of a bag with your eyes closed, or you dump some or all of them on the ground. You can do simple Tarot Spreads with your runes or look up different ways to use them.
You can use the runes in magic as well! You may use fitting runes in a spell, or write with then in your book of shadows, or draw them on your altar, wand, etc. There are many things you can do with runes, just take your time and get closer with them!
I hope you liked this little lesson and that it may help you an your way.
- Indicates that you have set a reasonable goal for yourself, and that you can achieve it.
- Eihwaz gives you power to recall your past lives, in short fragments or longer, more complete segments. Invoke Eihwaz when you conduct a meditation or a dream exercise with the purpose of discovering past life patterns in the present.
- Associated with defense and protection.
- Can be invoked for communication with the underworld and the dead.
This is another rune of protection. Drawing this rune indicates that you have set your sights on a reasonable target and can achieve your goals. There may be a slight obstacle, delay or minor problems. But it won’t cause too much trouble so don’t be too eager to move ahead. The obstacle or delay may very well prove beneficial, or it won’t turn out too big. Look at the runes surrounding Eihwaz to determine if there is an obstacle and what it might involve. You should try to anticipate problems that may arise. The advice of Eihwaz is to be flexible, work with change. Use your imagination and turn any situation to your advantage. Eihwaz has been interpreted as having a tie to the past. It could mean that you will hear from someone from your past. Sometimes this rune is an indication that problems from your past that were not dealt with effectively will be returning. In a runecast including Ansuz or Jera, problems that previously had no answer will soon be solved. Though it hints at delays, Eihwaz is a positive rune.
Converse: Your defensive abilities are dormant and must be realized. What appears as a danger will be easily averted through patience and concentrated effort.
Correspondences Alternate Names: Ezck, Yr, Eo Ancient Meaning: Yew, the world’s tree, life and death Keywords: Communication, death, regeneration, knowledge, dreaming, magic Description: Eihwaz represents the Yew tree and its everlasting nature. The Yew may bend, but it does not break. You are on the right course and have the strength and ability to meet your goals. Congratulations! Reversed Description: This may be a time of confusion for you. That which you have built may be in jeopardy of crumbling. Do not allow yourself to give in to your weaknesses. Astrological Correspondence: Scorpio Tarot Correspondence: The Hanged Man Gods/Goddesses: Odin Color: Dark Blue Tree: Yew Herb: Mandrake Stones: Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Blue Topaz Animals: Eagle, spider, horse, wolf, raven, serpent, dragon, jaguar, dolphin, eel, salmon, butterfly, dragonfly, lizard, kingfisher, hound, moth Element: All Elements Magic: Perception of the cosmic, Release from fear of death, Expands your artistic and magical abilities, Increased foresight, Communicates with your ancestors
Magical - yes. Magic - a little more involved, and leaving aside the phonetic uses.
With Runes, I default to the Elder Futhark. Magical is m ultifaceted. For instance, I’m an attorney and I do occassionally incorporate, well more often than not, a small Tiwaz/Raidho bindrune somewhere in most papers. Does it work? Yes, imo, but is it a slamdunk, not really at least as far as timing is concerned.
Freya Aswynn, who ultimately is the one Rune maven I like the most, believes that there is magic involved, which I do too, but thinks it’s both auditorily as well as visually based, i.e. the arrangement of the Elder Futhark - three rows of eight - lends itself to vocalized magic. I’m tone-deaf, in more ways than one, so I have to default to others.
Can sounds be magical - yes, but I don’t think we can be totally correct. What is the sound of Eihwaz or Algiz? Not sure anyone can say with any definity. Or Pethro, I’m not linguist but if I remember correctly, the couple of Romans who wrote about the barbarians (just means foreign in Latin) noted that they didn’t make a distinction between ‘p’ and ‘b’ sounds. So we can be pretty sure that Berkana is B, but Pethro no one really knows.
Ultimately they are magical in the sense of a self-fulfilling prophecy if nothing else. Will Sowilo always bring success? Not in and of itself, but coupled with belief Sowilo can, and does, usher in a general atmosphere of success.
I can get a little new agey, or pollyannaish depending on how everything is viewed, but ultimately ‘everything can be taken from a man except the ultimate freedom - the freedom to choose how to perceive the situation” (Viktor Frankl).
If you believe, Nauthiz, for instance, can show that need is an, obviously, undesirable condition, but one that can bring breakthroughs if heeded in time.
Lammas other known as “Lughnasadh” or “August Eve”.
This celebration takes place on July 31st - August 1st.
The meaning of it is the first harvest. The coming of the dark. The wheat and fruit harvest. The wane of the light. Preparing for winter.
At this time the focused Gods and Goddesses are: Lugh, Demeter, Ceres, Corn Mother.
The symbols of this celebration are: Wheat, Corn, Barely, Oats, Onion, Grapes, Straw Dolls, Corn Dolls, Wood, Straw Bales, Tarot (strength) Rune (Eihwaz).
Its colors: yellow, orange, bright red, violet, dark green, brown.
The stones: Camelian, Cat’s eye, Citrine, Marble, Sale, Granite, Lodestone.
Herbs: grapes, heather, blackberry, pear, rose, sandalwood, goldenrod. Foods: bread, apples, grains, corn, beer, grapes, onion, apricot.