Runes are an ancient alphabet most often associated with divination, but the symbols themselves can also be used as magickal ingredients in spells. The symbols can be carved into candles, apples, potatoes, and more. With a finger or quill dipped in oil, ink, or water, they can be written on paper, fabric, or your own skin. They can be drawn in sand, soil, or salt. Because they are an alphabet, they can also be used to spell out words or names. The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination.

With that in mind, here is a list of Runes and their correspondences:

Ansuz, Ass, As:

Communication skills, creative thought, artistic inspiration, perceptive ability, application of knowledge.

  • Meaning: Yggdrasil, the primal sound, Aum
  • Letter: A (as in ace)
  • Element: Air
  • Tree: Ash
  • Herb: Fly Agoric
  • Deity: Odin
  • Color: Dark blue
  • Tarot Card: Death
  • Planet: Venus
  • Sequential number: 3
  • Relates well to: Sources of inspiration and intellectual expression.

Berkanan, Berkana, Bjarka, Beore:

Care and compassion, conservation, protectiveness, ability to form close relationships, blossoming, fruitfulness.

  • Meaning: Regeneration, the breasts of the Earth Goddess
  • Letter: B (as in birth)
  • Element: Earth
  • Symbol: Breasts
  • Tree: Birch
  • Herb: Lady’s Mantle
  • Deity: Frigg, Nerthus, Hel
  • Color: Dark green
  • Tarot Card: The Empress
  • Astrology Sign: Virgo
  • Sequential number: 17
  • Relates well to: What provides growth and beauty.

Dagaz, Dag:

Transformation, self-fulfillment, completion, one-ness.

  • Meaning: Balance, night and day, black and white
  • Letter: D (as in day)
  • Element: Fire, Air
  • Symbol: Day or dawn
  • Tree: Spruce
  • Herb: Clary
  • Deity: Odin, Ostara, Heimdall
  • Color: Light blue
  • Tarot Card: Temperance
  • Planet: Half Moon
  • Sequential number: 23
  • Relates well to: Area of unexpected synchronicity.

Ehwaz, Eh:

Balance and control, communicative skill, adjustment.

  • Meaning:  An intuitive bond (as with horse and rider)
  • Letter: E (as in end)
  • Element: Earth
  • Symbol: Horse, two horses
  • Tree: Ash, Oak
  • Herb: Ragwort
  • Deity: Freya, Freyr, Aclis
  • Color: White
  • Tarot Card: The Lovers
  • Astrology Sign:  Gemini
  • Sequential number: 18
  • Relates well to: With what or whom you should work. Erotic relations.

Ihwaz, Eoh, Eihwaz:

Supportive energy, endurance, longevity, perseverance.

  • Meaning: Yew tree, regeneration, longevity
  • Letter: Ei (as in height)
  • Element: All
  • Tree: Yew, Poplar
  • Herb: Mandrake
  • Deity: Ullr, Idhunna, Freya
  • Color: Dark blue
  • Tarot Card: The Hanged Man
  • Astrology Sign: Scorpio
  • Sequential number: 13
  • Relates well to: Hidden influences, state of whole being. Relationship with the numinous environment.

Fehu, Feh, Feoh:

Culmination, exchange and distribution, generated wealth.

  • Meaning: Cattle; Moveable wealth
  • Letter: F (as in fee)
  • Element: Fire, Earth
  • Tree: Elder
  • Symbol: Cattle, Cow
  • Herb: Nettle
  • Deity: Freya
  • Color: Light Red
  • Tarot Card: The Tower
  • Astrology Sign: Aries
  • Sequential number: 24
  • Relates well to: Money matters. Psychic energies.

Gebo, Gifu, Gyfu:

Bonding and binding, compensation, fair exchange, respect of boundaries, generosity and compassion.

  • Meaning: Sacred mark, a gift to the Gods
  • Letter: G (as in gift)
  • Element: Air
  • Symbol: Gift
  • Tree: Ash, Elm
  • Herb:  Heartsease
  • Deity: Gefn, Odin, Freya,
  • Color: Deep blue
  • Tarot Card: The Lovers
  • Astrology Sign: Pisces
  • Sequential number: 6
  • Relates well to: What will be given to you.

Hagalaz, Hgalz, Hagal:

Dramatic liberation, birthing, bridging, correction of imbalance, advantageous adversity.

  • Meaning: Ice or hail, transformation
  • Letter: H (as in hail)
  • Element: Water, Ice
  • Symbol: Ice, hail
  • Tree: Ash, Yew
  • Herb: Lily of the Valley
  • Deity: Urd, Ymir
  • Color: Light blue
  • Tarot Card: The World
  • Astrology Sign: Aquarius
  • Sequential number: 8
  • Relates well to: Area of possible crisis leading to transformation.

Isa, Iss, Is:

Contraction, cohesion, preservation, stability, inner strength, stillness, suspension, self-containment.

  • Meaning: The stillness of inertia
  • Letter: I or E (as in seed)
  • Element: Ice, water
  • Symbol: Icicle
  • Tree: Alder
  • Herb: Henbane
  • Deity: Verdandi, Rime Thurses
  • Color: Black
  • Tarot Card: The Hermit
  • Planet: Moon
  • Sequential number: 10
  • Relates well to: What is constraining you.
  • Note: This Rune reinforces Runes around it.

Jera, Jara:

Gradual development, sequential timing, cultivation.

  • Meaning: The cycle of time, fruition, a good harvest
  • Letter: J or Y (as in yes)
  • Element: Earth
  • Symbol: A year
  • Tree: Oak
  • Herb: Rosemary
  • Deity: Freya, Freyr
  • Color: Light blue
  • Tarot Card: The Fool
  • Planet: Sun
  • Sequential number: 11
  • Relates well to: Where rewards can be expected. Relationship with the natural environment.

Kano, Kenaz, Ken:

Clarity of thought, analytical ability, constructive expression, enthusiasm, intensity.

  • Meaning: Fire, a torch, a beacon
  • Letter: K (as in kettle)
  • Element: Fire
  • Symbol: Beacon or Torch
  • Tree: Pine
  • Herb: Cowslip
  • Deity: Freya, Dwarves, Heimdall
  • Color: Light red
  • Tarot Card: The Chariot
  • Planet: Venus
  • Sequential number: 5
  • Relates well to: Creativity. Erotic relationships.

Laguz, Lagu:

Fluidic power, cyclic and rhythmic flow, sensitivity of experience.

  • Meaning: The womb, the sea, the balance of opposites
  • Letter: L (as in lake)
  • Symbol: Leek
  • Element: Water
  • Tree: Osier, Willow
  • Herb: Leek
  • Deity: Njord, Balder
  • Color: Deep green
  • Tarot Card: The Star
  • Planet: Moon
  • Sequential number: 20
  • Relates well to: State of emotional Balance. What will test you.

Mannaz, Manu, Madr:

Motivation, cohesiveness, co-operative endeavor, kinship.

  • Meaning: Humankind, humanity
  • Letter: M (as in man)
  • Element: Air
  • Symbol: Man
  • Tree: Holly
  • Herb: Madder
  • Deity: Heimdall, Odin, Frigg
  • Color: Deep red
  • Tarot Card: The Magician
  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Sequential number: 19
  • Relates well to: Overall psychic state. Attitude toward death.

Naudiz, Nauthiz, Naud, Nyd:

Necessary resistance, self-generated power, enduring strength, self-sufficiency.

  • Meaning: Necessity, Need
  • Letter: N (as in nut)
  • Element: Fire
  • Tree: Beech, Rowan
  • Herb: Bistort
  • Deity: Skuld, Nornir, Etins
  • Color: Black
  • Tarot Card: The Devil
  • Astrology Sign: Capricorn
  • Sequential number: 9
  • Relates well to: What resists you (psychically). Source of discontent.

Ingwaz, Inguz, Ing:

Gestation, regeneration, continuity, renewal.

  • Meaning: Potential, male energy
  • Letter: Ng or Ing (as in sing)
  • Element: Water, Earth
  • Tree: Apple
  • Herb: Selfheal
  • Deity: Ing, Freyr
  • Color: Yellow
  • Tarot Card: Judgment
  • Planet: New Moon
  • Sequential number: 21
  • Relates well to: What you should contemplate.

Othila, Odal:

Inborn talent, acquisition, accomplishment, security, law and order.

  • Meaning: Land, property
  • Letter: O (as in Odin)
  • Element: Earth
  • Symbol: Ancestral property
  • Tree: Hawthorn
  • Herb: Goldthread
  • Deity: Odin, Thor
  • Color: Deep yellow
  • Tarot Card: The Moon
  • Planet: Full Moon
  • Sequential number: 22
  • Relates well to: Greater family matters. National or community issues.

Perthro, Pertra, Perth, Peorth:

Containment, vitality, durability, self-identity.

  • Meaning: Womb, fate or destiny
  • Letter: P (as in pair)
  • Element: Water
  • Symbol: Lot cup, Vagina
  • Tree: Beech
  • Herb: Aconite
  • Deity: Frigg, Nornir
  • Color: Black
  • Tarot Card: Wheel of Fortune
  • Planet: Saturn
  • Sequential number: 12
  • Relates well to: How you will find joy.

Raido, Reid, Rad:

Measurement, control and direction, balance and rhythm, cyclic development, balanced judgment.

  • Meaning: A vehicle, a journey, action
  • Letter: R (as in ride)
  • Element: Air
  • Symbol: Wagon or chariot
  • Tree: Oak
  • Herb: Mugwort
  • Deity: Ing, Forseti
  • Color: Bright red
  • Tarot Card: The Hierophant
  • Astrology Sign: Sagittarius
  • Sequential number: 4
  • Relates well to: Travels – inner or outer.

Sowilo, Sowelu, Sol, Sigel:

Radiance, activation, zest, enlightenment, rejuvenation.

  • Meaning: Sun, triumph over darkness
  • Letter: S (as in sun)
  • Element: Air
  • Symbol: The Sun
  • Tree: Juniper
  • Herb: Mistletoe
  • Deity: Sol, Balder
  • Color: Silver, White
  • Tarot Card: The Sun
  • Planet: Sun
  • Sequential number: 15
  • Relates well to: What will guide you.

Tiwaz, Teiwaz, Tyr:

Determination, single-mindedness, fortitude, tenacity, fair play.

  • Meaning: Sky, justice
  • Letter: T (as in time)
  • Element: Air
  • Tree: Oak
  • Herb: Sage
  • Deity: Tyr, Mani
  • Color: Bright red
  • Tarot Card: Justice
  • Astrology Sign: Libra
  • Sequential number: 16
  • Relates well to: Cognitive state. Legal matters. Ideals.

Thurisaz, Thurs, Thurisa, Thorn

Awakening power, initiative, sharpness, aimed might, protective force.

  • Meaning: A giant, attack and defense
  • Letter: TH (as in the)
  • Element: Fire
  • Symbol: Thorn, or Giant
  • Tree: Oak
  • Herb: House leek
  • Deity: Thor
  • Color: Bright red
  • Tarot Card: The Emperor
  • Planet: Mars
  • Sequential number: 2
  • Relates well to: What opposes you (perhaps physical).

Uruz, Ur:

Limitless potential, infinite possibilities, sustained strength, renewal, release of energy, untamed power, sudden change.

  • Meaning: Auroch, The power of wild cattle
  • Letter: U (as in urn)
  • Element: Earth
  • Tree: Birch
  • Symbol: Wild Ox
  • Herb: Sphagnum Moss
  • Deity: Thor, The Vanir
  • Color: Dark green
  • Tarot Card: The High Priestess
  • Astrology Sign: Taurus
  • Sequential number: 1
  • Relates well to: Physical health. Vital energies.

Wunjo, Wynja, Wyn:

Unconditional love, culmination, orgasm, happiness in fulfillment.

  • Meaning: Joy, harmony with the flow of events
  • Letter: V or W (as in win)
  • Element: Earth
  • Tree: Ash
  • Herb: Flax
  • Deity: Odin, Freyr, Elves
  • Color: Yellow
  • Tarot Card: Strength
  • Astrology Sign: Leo
  • Sequential number: 7
  • Relates well to: Relationships, friends. What will give you happiness.

Algiz, Elhaz:

Instinctive and inspirational protection, ability to defend the aura and strengthen resolve, connectedness.

  • Meaning: Defense, the splayed hand
  • Letter: Z (as in Oz)
  • Element: Air
  • Symbol: Elk
  • Tree: Yew
  • Herb: Angelica
  • Deity:  Valkyrjur, Heimdall
  • Color: Gold
  • Tarot Card: The Moon
  • Astrology Sign: Cancer
  • Sequential number: 14
  • Relates well to: Thing that needs attention. Way to the gods.

Sources:

  • Rune Power
  • Element Encyclopedia of Signs and Symbols

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