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)
the days before most people could read and write, documents were often signed
with an X. Words were believed to have incredible magical powers. Signing your
name on something was literally binding you to that contract, which is why we
still sign our names on things to this day. The tradition of signing x’s for
hugs and kisses may also have some link with Gebo.
giving of gifts is a very meaningful act. In the Havamal, it says “A man should
be loyal through life to friends, and return gift for gift. Laugh when they
laugh, and repay treachery with treachery.” That idea may not sit well with
many New Age schools of thought, but in Norse mythology, everything had a price
to pay. The gods were unafraid to meet kindness with kindness, and cruelty with
cruelty. Balance is a common theme of the mythology, and it holds true in the
runes as well. Nothing is free.
applies in modern terms as well. If you want something, you have to work for
it. If you do nothing, you will get nothing. You can buy things, but you had to
work in order to get the money to purchase it. Your friends can buy it for you,
but what will you give them in return? If you only take, and never give, you
won’t keep friends for very long.
applies nicely to talents. You’ll never be a good artist if you don’t draw. You
can’t be a chef if you don’t cook. To see results, you must put forth the
terms of oaths, you should never swear or promise to do something you can’t do.
Gebo brings that to mind. You should only promise if you really mean it.
is a gift in a literal sense. The gods gift talents and life itself, and all
the good things we have in the natural world. We have to decide how to use the
gifts they give us, and how we can return the favor to them. Life should be
lived in harmony and balance as best we can, we should always strive to never
take more than we give, or give more than we take. This applies well to environmentalism
and other philosophies about balance and treating the Earth with kindness and
greatest gift that humans have is the ability to know kindness. Some animals
understand it, but as far as we know, humans have the greatest understanding of
both kindness and cruelty in the world. Sharing the gift of kindness with
people, animals, and places that haven’t known much love in the world is a good
thing to do.
with Fehu, this rune is a reminder to share your gifts with the world. Not all
are fortunate enough to have good food and good company. Sharing your talents
with others can brighten their days and yours! However, as with Fehu, there is
such a thing as giving too much of yourself and your resources.
is the first rune in the alphabet to not have a Merkstave.
(*upg marked in Italics, art by
me, please note these are my personal interpretations and the results of my
research. You may not agree with everything I’ve written)
My computer is still ko so I drew this scheme of Freya’s aett… I am sure that whoever is familiar with the Norse Runes knows what I am talking about. I also added Freya’s favourite berries and flowers.
I have some of the most thoughtful friends in the world. One such, I wanna talk about here, because this? This is a true surprise for me, and a very very thoughtful gift. Jeremy has beem a good friend of mine for about three years now. And he’s been a bit of a dick and has a habit of ditching our plans to hang out. Recently he’s shown an interest in my paganism. More specifically, the Viking side of my beliefs.
Now. Jeremy isn’t one for gifts. He’s a very…. cold hard facts kind of guy. But he’s curious about what I follow. And too, in the three years I’ve known him, he’s never given a single gift to anybody but his brother and sister.
So, tonight he texts me out of the blue that he’ll give me a ride home. That’s super! I don’t have to take the bus. So he shows up, and to make a long story short, and to spare the fifteen minute apology he gave me about being a shitty friend, he hands me this. Here’s a bindrune, from a guy who has no previous knowledge of this before he started asking me about them. He went up the side a mountain, walked until he found a branch that spoke to him. He thanked the tree for letting him take it. He researched the runes and their meanings and combining them. He sawed and sanded a disc for me. And he burned the runes in himself. Gebo, the rune for gifts and friendship. Wunjo, the rune of joy, lasting partnership and comfort. He apologized for not annointing it with oil, but honestly? This is more than I could ever have asked or hoped for from him. I am so blown away, and I feel so blessed that he is my friend.
Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing, divinationa nd magick Runes are an oracle from which ones seeks advice. Runes work best if you ask specific questions. This set was hand-made for me by my close girlfriend.
KANO: “Rune of Fire”. The end of darkness in your life.
RAIDO: “This is the time to act”. Do what your heart wants.
DAGAZ: “A big turnover in your life”. New love, job, opportunities.
SOWELU: “Victory and success”. Finding life balance.
JERA: “Optimism”. Keep your trust and perseverance.
NAUTIZ: “Your darkside makes you weak”.
PERTH: “Mysterious powers at work”. Its time to reflect.
BERKANA: “Fertility”. The birth of a new person or idea.
GEBO: A union/relationship but keep your individuality.
I decided to practise Galdr today. I want to better my communication with Loki. I feel not content with the one we have. I think I may be blocking it somehow so I need to aid Loki in improving our contact.
To do that I chose five runes:
Mannaz - it helps with unlocking one’s mind’s eye. My mind needs to be open in order to receive dreams sent by Loki as well as His guidelines;
Algiz - helps with communicating with non-human beings;
Gebo - helps forging better harmony between two individuals;
Dagaz - helps with spiritual understanding and advancement;
Ansuz - used when the communication is needed, I added it to enhance the effects of Algiz.
I’m not sure of the outcome yet, but I believe there will be some even though my chanting may not have been done as correctly as more experienced völvur’s. I’m still learning, after all.
Lydia Ranta and three of her children, 1918. The location is Gebo, Wyoming, a coal mining town near Thermopolis in Hot Springs County. Gebo no longer exists, but was a thriving mining town for 32 years. Lydia and her husband, Carl, emigrated in 1909 from Finland.
It’s that time again…RUNETIME! (This marks one full week of rune posts!) :D
Gebo, shaped like the letter X accurately represents the crossing of two paths. At a crossroads, new meetings (and subsequent relationships) can unfold.
In a reading, Gebo understandably presents favorable meetings that create lasting, meaningful connections. People brought together by this rune work together towards a common goal and experience progress and prosperity under it. Often this takes the form of a charitable, well-meaning project and results in having enough to be generous with your gains. Gebo can also be representative of the relationships of lovers, including favorable marriages or sex.
Occluded, Gebo produces much the opposite of its other meanings. Misunderstanding and missed connections abound; there is a presence of incompatibility in relationships with lovers and friends/family. In extreme cases, Gebo brings up the possibility of being betrayed by someone close to you.
A (very) brief look at the runes of the Elder Futhark
These are my basic interpretations for each of the runes of the Elder Futhark. While these explanations may reveal the basic meanings of these symbols, at least according to my own research and experience, they only scratch the surface of the layers of wisdom that can be found in the runes. For deeper study, there are many wonderful books out there that expand on them. I would personally recommend Diana Paxson’s Taking Up the Runes as a great starting point.
As a personal aside, I would consider myself a fairly conservative interpreter of the runes. I feel that the best basis for them can be found in reliable sources, such as existing lore and the rune poems. As such, I attempt to adhere closely to these sources when it comes to explaining the meaning of each symbol.
Fehu: Fehu means cattle and
signifies wealth, but it is a wealth that is best used when moving through the
community generously. The rune cautions against hoarding wealth and cites the
discord that can result.
Uruz: Uruz stands for
aurochs, which was a species of horned cattle common to the ancient world. As
such, it is a rune of primal strength and determination. The rune can also mean
Thurisaz: Thurisaz represents the giants of the
Norse tales and is a rune of chaos and unrest. It could also be interpreted as
a rune of Thor, which would turn the symbol into one of protection against
those same chaotic forces.
Ansuz: Ansuz is the rune of Odin, which makes it a
rune of wisdom. In the Anglo-Saxon rune poem the symbol also represents the
mouth, lending an additional meaning of wisdom through communication and
Raido means ride and is a rune of travel. While the journey may be swift and
joyful, the rune poem warns of the toll the journey will take on the horse.
This suggests that one must take care of those who help us along the way.
Kenaz is the torch that illuminates the way through darkness to a warm hearth
and good company. However, as the fire burns for warmth, it can also cause pain
and may indicate illness.
Gebo signifies the rune of gifts and generosity. The rune also represents the
cycle of reciprocity and the right-relationship that results when maintained.
Wunjo denotes the rune of joy. It is a bliss that can spring from prosperity,
overcoming anxiety and sadness.
Hagalaz represents hail, making it a rune of destruction and painful
transition. All is not for naught however, for the ice seed will melt, giving
water and growth to the hardier crops that survived.
Naudhiz means need, and is a rune of constraint, oppression, and hard work that
goes unrewarded. This is a challenging symbol, but the rune also indicates that
lessons could be learned from the experience.
Isa stands for ice, fair to look upon but dangerous to traverse. This is a rune
whose message is one of caution in situations where a particular decision seems
desirable, but could be perilous. On the other hand, Isa can suggest stability
Jera is the rune for year and the harvest. It is manifestation of the rewards
for hard work, with prosperity and abundance that sustains the individual or
Eihwaz is the symbol for the yew tree and can mean strength that is drawn from
the line of ancestors. Eihwaz is also interpreted as the rune of Yggdrasil,
which implies connection to the cosmos.
Perthro is the dice-cup, the vessel from which the lots are cast, and the rune
of chance. Perthro can represent uncertainty in everything from light-hearted
gaming to the vagaries of fate.
Elhaz is the rune of the elk and the sedge. The shape of the rune resembles
that of the antlers of the elk and the thorn of the sedge, making this a symbol
Sowilo represents the sun, making it a rune of illumination, victory, and
power. The rune can also mean guidance, as one can always depend on the course
of the sun to lead them to the end of their journey.
Tiwaz is Tyr’s rune and is a symbol of justice and truth, potentially at the
cost of self-sacrifice. Tiwaz also has an aspect of guidance in that
right-action will always set you on the correct path.
Berkano is the rune for the birch tree, indicating feminine strength and
resourcefulness. From this meaning, it can be a rune for nurturing, healing,
Ehwaz means horse and expresses the relationship between the horse and the
rider. It is a rune of partnership, with attention given to those who help us
along our journey. Naturally, the symbol can also represent movement and
Mannaz is the symbol for “man” or “human,” and emphasizes
the interconnected nature of human relationships. Mannaz can show the spectrum
of these relationships, from comfort in good company to the more negative
aspects of the human condition.
Laguz is the rune for lake, making this a symbol for water. As such, this is a
rune of potential and change, perhaps with the suggestion for flexibility
through various situations. It can also mean the unconscious mind and the
hidden wealth that lies beneath the surface.
Ingwaz is Freyr’s rune and takes on the domains of the Vanic god as a symbol of
fertility, productivity, and abundance. The rune can also symbolize masculine
strength and the transforming cycles of life.
Dagaz means day and is the rune of new beginnings. With the day also brings
hope, and is a welcome rune when life has been difficult. Dagaz can also signify
the present moment and a call to “seize the day.”
Othala: Othala is the rune of
the home and encompasses everything that entails, from the physical homestead
to familial relationships of blood and heart. Othala also symbolizes the
connection to the ancestors, from genetic inheritance to physical property
passed on through the family line.
Hello friends! I’ve been making a lot of runes lately, and whenever I do that I seem to create a new connection or gain a deeper understanding. A few weeks ago, I was able to dig deeper into Gebo and Ehwaz. They’re both relationship runes - but what is the difference in quality of the relationship?
Is the rune Ansuz tied with Nazism at all? I kept forgetting which ones they try to use.
For those who are curious here is a decent summary of runes used in Nazism. As far as I’ve noticed they don’t use it, it would be a hassle for those fucks to support someone(Odin) who is disabled(blind in an eye).
This is an actual Nazi bullshit site that tells you what their runes mean to them in case you want a primary source. The ones they tend to use the most are Othala(what a shame honestly), Tiwaz, Algiz(I’m seriously going to punch the next nazi bitch I see ruining this), Eihwaz, Sowilo, Hagalaz, Gebo, and Uruz.
Disclaimer: I’m not a fucking nazi, I just took the time to research this shit so I wouldn’t offend the POC children and mothers I work with at the shelter.
Hey, all! So today I’m going to teach you about runes and how to use them in everyday magick. There are, of course, many different types of runes but for this, we are talking about Germanic runes.
So, first off I’ll tell you a little about what runes are. Runes are a form of script, dating all the way back to 150 AD. They were eventually replaced by the Latin alphabet somewhere around 700 AD. Because they are so ancient, some witches use them not only as a secret script but also in their magickal workings.
You might be asking, “Well how do I do that? Wouldn’t that be like using the letter A?” Well, yes and no. I have no doubt someone could find a way to use the Latin alphabet for magick, but in this case, runes are more… symbolic I guess? Take the rune peorth for example (see “p” above). It resembles a cup lying on its side. When the opening points to the right, it represents birth and beginnings. When the opening points to the left, it represents death or endings.
Each rune symbolizes a specific thing or idea. Say, for example, you wanted a quick charm for safe travels. You could draw Raidho ® somewhere on your person as it is the rune of travel. To use rune magick simply draw, paint, or inscribe it where you want to use it. You can also “draw” it in the air or on an object/person with your energy.
Below is a list of all the runes, their names, and their uses/meanings (order is from left to right).
Here’s a bind rune for our service men and women who are deployed abroad or elsewhere.
It consists of:
Tiwaz (Tyr) (2x) This is the rune of right action. It is the rune that represents our service men and women making the right & just decisions on the battlefields they’re on. It is the rune closest to the god, Tyr. Tyr was a great warrior who was always first on the front lines.
Elhaz (Eel-Sedge) (2x)- This rune of protection that will hedge out all the negative forces that beset our soldiers. It is the rune that will keep the enemies on the perimeter and at bay from harming our soldiers.
Gebo (Gift/Sacrifice): This is the rune of sacrifice. It is the sacrifice of time, energy, and perhaps, even their lives to protect their fellow soldiers, their country, and ultimately us. It is an equal exchange of their service for our protection and the protection of the citizens of the countries they are deployed to.
Othala (Ancestoral Property/ Heritage)- This is the rune of the ancestors. It is the rune of home. We want our soldiers to come home to us after their deployments. We hope their ancestors are watching over them, guiding them, and ultimately protecting them. It is the rune that represents where all fallen soldiers will go when they make the ultimate sacrifice. As Odin had prepared a home for them in Valhalla.
**CAUTION- Bind Runes are a subjective topic. No two bind runes are drawn the same. Remember, you should connect with each of the runes on an intuitive level before you use bind runes in your magical practices**
I tried to make it look like something you could make into a sown patch or something they could wear when they’re deployed. It looks innocuous but holds the secret well for only the soldiers or their wives to know. ;)
Rune casting for @lunacyashes to gain perspective on their current health situation and clarify whether or not to take action (I am happy to provide readings but ensure you are seeing trusted health care professionals as well!) I have modified the process that @witchy-words uses and created a little portable rune casting box (she is amazing- go check out her blog and consider her if you’re looking for a much more professional reading than I can provide!). This is the first time that I’ve used this method for others and I was so excited about it that I asked lunacyashes if I could share!
I began by casting my runes in the box and then removing the ones that were facedown, leaving the remains runes visible in the top two pictures.
To prepare I lit some clove incense for healing and a blue candle for healing. Defining your current situation I drew isa, which represents a challenge or frustration. This rune says it’s time to turn inward and seek clarity. For your suggested actions moving forward I drew dagez, which represents change directed by your own will and transformation, and gebo, which represents gifts (both in the sense of sacrifice and of generosity.) Finally for the future outcomes if you follow this advice I drew uruz (freedom, energy, action, strength and tenacity), eihwaz (strength and reliability), and wunjo (joy, comfort, fellowship, harmony, and prosperity.) In short, I would definitely take action!