Rune Meanings

Rune Meanings

Fehu Rune Stone 

1: Fehu

  • Pronounced: Fay-Who
  • Literal Meaning: Cattle
  • Esoteric Meaning: Movement, Moving, New Beginnings, Wealth

Fehu can represent money, wealth, luck, having your needs met, property, personal power, and natural abundance.

Fehu is the lucky rune; its rune meaning pertains toward physical experiences or rewards you might gain when you’ve worked hard toward attaining a goal and are finally about to reach that goal. You might even be already enjoying the increased status and personal power that you have around you at the moment when you find Fehu in your presence! 


Uruz Rune Stone

2: Uruz

  • Pronounced: ‘Oo Ruse’
  • Literal Meaning: Power
  • Esoteric Meaning: Endurance, Manifestation, Building Energy

Uruz represents the life force that we all experience whether that be in ourselves or around us in nature.  Which means Uruz can relate to our physical health, healing, how we manifest, courage and how vibrant and enduring we can be.  

When Uruz is present, it will bring to your awareness your determination, independence and persistence in achieving your goals in life.  


Thurisaz Rune Stone

3: Thurisaz

  • Pronounced: Thor-is-as
  • Literal Meaning: Giants
  • Esoteric Meaning: Resistance or Strong one

You could consider Thurisaz to represent governments, society, and the forces that are bigger and more influential than us. Including those forces that are unconscious or unseen by us.  

This rune meaning can represent the destruction that can occur when one is stronger than another, and so it represents destruction, conflict, and chaos and all of the forms that these forces can take.  

Ansuz Rune Stone

4: Ansuz

  • Pronounced: ‘Anne – suhz’
  • Literal Meaning: Woden
  • Esoteric Meaning: Ancestral Sovereign God, or Breath

The rune meaning for ansuz is all about the breath of God, divine inspiration the voice of the universe, intelligence, communication, song, spells, ancestry, etymology, it’s base is in how we listen and communicate, not just to each other but also to our selves.

Raidho Rune Stone

5: Raidho

  • Pronounced: Ride-ho
  • Literal Meaning: “Ride” or “Wagon”
  • Esoteric: Journey

Raidho rune meaning represents means of transport, being in control, adventure, initiative, direction, decision making, integrity, justice and following your moral compass, it primarily represents self-mastery in all forms.  

We can find Raidho present whenever we are acting morally or fighting for moral justice.  When Raidho is present expect rationality, sound advice and wisdom. 

Kenaz Rune Stone

6: Kenaz

  • Pronounced: ‘Ken-az’
  • Literal Meaning: Torch
  • Esoteric Meaning: Knowledge

Kenanz represents our knowledge, intellect as well as illumination and enlightenment.  

Kenanz is present when we have an epiphany or are searching for truth or knowledge.  You can also find Kenanz when we are creative, through our intuition and on our road to mastery.  Kenanz also represents Clarity, technical ability, and exploring new insights. 

Gebo Rune Stone

7: Gebo

  • Pronounced: Gay-boo
  • Literal Meaning: Gift
  • Esoteric Meaning: Fair Exchange or Sacrifice

Gebo represents generosity, gifts, taking, trade, altruism, sacrifice, exchange, balance, compensation, equilibrium, giving, the law of reciprocation, the gravity of equals and opposites, hospitality, honour

Keywords: Sex magic, Understanding of the true meaning of gifting and binding, Favours, contracts, obligations, debt and oath-taking, Mystical union and ‘Sacred Marriage’ between partners and Giving of oneself from within. 

Wunjo Rune Stone

8: Wunjo

  • Pronounced: ‘Won-joe’
  • Literal Meaning: Joy
  • Esoteric Meaning: Harmony, Perfection, Hope

Wunjo strengthens links and bonds, Invocates fellowship and harmony. It creates joy through the use of pure will and banishes alienation.

Keywords:  Perfection, joy, wishful thinking, application of will,  contentment, well-being, family, expectation, bonding, relationships, shared ideas,  group harmony, optimism, cooperative effort, friendship like-mindedness, the law of attraction. 

Hagalaz Rune Stone

9: Hagalaz

  • Pronounced: Hag-all-az
  • Literal Meaning: Hail or Hailstone
  • Esoteric Meaning: Crisis or Radical Change

Hagalaz Represents: Crisis, catastrophe, disruption,and  radical change these situations often occur so that we might grow and evolve significantly.

Keywords: Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements, The inevitability of Fate, Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming, Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection, Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage.’destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable. 


Nauthiz Rune Stone

10: Nauthiz

  • Pronounced: ‘Not-this’
  • Literal Meaning: Necessity
  • Esoteric Meaning: Constraint, Friction

Nauthiz brings the quote ‘do what you need to do so that you can do what you want to do’ to the forefront of my mind.  

It represents Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, a force of growth, the consequence of past action, short-term pain for long-term gain. 

Isa Rune Stone

11: Isa

  • Pronounced: Iss-ah
  • Literal Meaning: Ice
  • Esoteric Meaning: Stasis, Stillness

Isa is the rune of stillness in all things, a static or frozen state.

Keywords: Concentrated self, ego-consciousness, self-control, a unity of being, egomania, dullness, blindness, dissipation, immobility, self-centeredness, lack of change, psychopathy. Development of concentration, will and focus, Halting of unwanted dynamic forces as an act of self-defence (and against demonic influences), Focus of the will into single-minded action. 

Jera Rune Stone

12: Jera

  • Pronounced: ‘Yehr-ah’
  • Literal Meaning Year
  • Esoteric Meaning: Harvest

Jera is the rune meaning harvest and reward, it also implies reaction and, right actions, especially in an orderly process.  Jera is the rune of peace both in the heart and physically.

Keywords: Creativity, fertility,  harmony, prosperity, plenty and peace, success and plenty. 

Ihwaz Rune Stone

13: Ihwaz

  • Pronounced: ‘Yew-was’
  • Literal Meaning: Yew
  • Esoteric Meaning: Kundalini

Ihwas is the process of spiritual realisation and in connecting the higher and lower planes in existence. It’s also the rune that represents the mysteries of life and death. With Ihwaz you’ll find liberation from the fear of death, develop spiritual endurance and spiritual vision.

Keywords: Endurance, enlightenment, forward progression, initiation,  protection, confusion, weakness, dissatisfaction, death, destruction. 

Perthro Rune Stone

14: Perthro

  • Pronounced: Per-throw
  • Literal Meaning: The Unknown|
  • Esoteric Meaning: Fate

Perthro is the rune of fate, and it also represents everything that has not yet manifested into existence.   

Keywords: Probability, co-incidence, the unknown, magic of guessing, patterns, prophecy, change, doom,  stagnation, loneliness, delusion, fantasy. 

Algiz Rune Stone

15: Algiz

  • Pronounced: ‘Al-jiz’
  • Literal Meaning: Elk
  • Esoteric Meaning: Protection, Higher Self

Algiz is the rune that connects with the patterns of divine consciousness,

Keywords: Possible danger, unpreparedness, divinity, listening, higher self, spirituality, divination, safety, protection.

Sowilo Rune Stone

16: Sowilo

  • Pronounced: ‘So-iolo’
  • Literal Meaning: Sun
  • Esoteric Meaning: Success

Sowilo is the rune of guidance, goal setting and success, it also rules the central nervous system and the seat of the soul.

Keywords: Revelation, wholeness, cosmic energies, motivation, life-giving force, action, direction, hope, success, goals, honor, life purpose, faith in outcomes; or false goals, bad advice, false victory, gullibility, loss of goals. 

Tiwaz Rune Stone

17: Tiwaz

  • Pronounced: Tea-waz
  • Literal Meaning: The god
  • Esoteric Meaning: Sacrifice & Justice

Tiwaz represents balance and justice which is attained from higher wisdom. It’s the rune of self-sacrifice and for the service of others.

Keywords: Honour, righteousness, sacrifice, spiritual warrior, sovereign order,  faith, justice, rationality, loyalty, self-sacrifice, victory, honesty, over analysis, injustice, over-sacrifice, tyranny, defeat. 

Berkano Rune Stone

18: Berkano

  • Pronounced: ‘Burr-can-oh’
  • Literal Meaning: Birch Goddess
  • Esoteric Meaning:  Sanctuary or Birth

Berkano is the rune of continued growth and rebirth in all things.

Keywords: Secrecy, wisdom, safety, silence, dependence,  fertility, nature, motherhood, healing, gardening, life changes, liberation,secrets, deceit, stagnation,  insecurity. 

Ehwaz Rune Stone

19: Ehwaz

  • Pronounced: ‘Eh-was’
  • Literal Meaning: Horse
  • Esoteric Meaning: Trust

Ehwaz is the rune that represents trust and teamwork.  It especially relates to the notion of working together for a common goal.   

Keywords: Trust between individual entities, sexuality, cooperation, animals, teamwork, friendship, marriage, harmony, friendship, loyalty, a friend, disharmony, duplication mistrust, nightmares, betrayal,  indecision, enemies. 

Mannaz Rune Stone

20: Mannaz

  • Pronounced: ‘Man-az’
  • Literal Meaning: Mankind
  • Esoteric Meaning: Humankind

Mannaz is the rune of human intelligence, human existence and collective potential.

Keywords: Mind & memory, the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational thought, perfected intelligence, the psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, a projection of Self into time, planning, thinking, analysis. 

Laguz Rune Stone

21: Laguz

  • Pronounced: ‘Log-uhz’
  • Literal Meaning: Water
  • Esoteric Meaning: Unconscious

Laguz is the rune of the unconscious and also the evolutionary process of growth and personal development.

Keywords: Emotion, psychic powers, unconscious mental processes, love, dreaming, life ocean, origins of life, the astral plane , collective unconscious, energy, the astral plane, passion,   evolution, water, imagination, occultism, dreams, passing a test, vitality, inner growth , memory, dreams, avoidance, depression, manipulation, fantasy, toxicity. 

Inguz Rune Stone

22: Inguz

  • Pronounced: ‘Ing-guz’
  • Literal Meaning: Seed
  • Esoteric: Process

Inguz is the rune of isolation and transformation and also represents personal growth.

Keywords: Internal growth, personal development, the power of suggestion, the inner-child, wholeness, earth-god, stored energy, gestation process, male mysteries, subtlety, planned bursts, male sexuality, agriculture, internal growth, gestation, resting, self-reflection,  impotence, stagnation, scattering, frivolity, immaturity. 

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