Elder Futhark Runes

These are the runes that I use as I first learned them from the Whispering Woods Rune Lore course. These are the simplified meanings, but are useful as a brief introduction. I highly suggest taking a class on rune lore before using runes for divination and practicing rune magick. The information and images are borrowed with permission from Crick and the Whispering Woods coven.

Fehu rune

Fehu (Cattle)- (F) Fay-who

Wealth, Prosperity, creative energy

Uruz rune

Uruz (Aurochs)- (U) Ooo-rooze

Strength, courage, wisdom

Thurisaz (Thorn)- (TH) Thoor-ee-saws

Joy, success, regeneration

Ansuz rune

Ansuz (A God)- (A) Awn-sooze

Wisdom, healing, magickal incantations

Raidho rune

Raidho (Journey)- (R) Rye-though

Journey, decisions, spiral development

Kanaz rune

Kenaz (Torch)- (K) Kane-awz

Knowledge, skill, creative

Gebo rune

Gebo (Gift)- (G) Gay-boe

Union, agreement, sibling harmony

Wunjo rune

Wunjo (Bliss)- (V, W) Woon-yo

Happiness, comfort, well being

Hagalaz rune

Hagalaz (Hail)- (H) Haw-gaw-laws

Free thought, security, protection

Naudhiz rune

Naudhiz (Mead)- (N) Now-these

Self-control, need, restraint

Isa rune

Isa (Ice)- (I) Ee-saw

Ego, spirit, creation

Jera rune

Jera (Harvest)- (J, Y) Yare-awe

Harvest, solar cycle, life cycle

Eihwaz rune

Eihwaz (Yew)- (E, I) Eye-wawz

Psychic communication, cosmic tree, yew

Pertho rune

Pertho (Hearth)- (P) Perth-row

Karma, fate

Alhaz rune

Alhaz (Protection)- (R, Z) Ale-hawz

Protection, defense

Sowilo rune

Sowilo (Sun)- (S) Soe-wee-low

Solar wheel, willed force, energy

Tiwaz rune

Tiwaz (God of War)- (T) Tea-wawz

Success, courage, justice

Berkano rune

Berkano (Birch)- (B) Bear-kawn-oh

Birch tree, growth, secrecy

Ehwaz rune

Ehwaz (Horse)- (E) Ay-wawz

Trust, loyalty, confidence

Mannaz rune

Mannaz (Man)- (M) Mawn-nawz

Communication, cosmic self, organic growth

Laguz rune

Laguz (Water)- (L) Law-gooze

Rite of passage, growth, beginning and end, fertility

Ingwaz rune

Ingwaz (Fertility)- (NG) Eeeng-wawz

Fertility, sex rite, potential power

Dagaz rune

Dagaz (Day)- (D) Thaw-gauze

Polarity, transformation, awareness

Othala rune

Othala (Inheritance)- (O) Oath-awe-law

Sacred enclosures, possessions,clan