The Runes

The Witches Rune – The Crossed Spears

The Crossed Spears

Keywords: Arguments, negativity.

Meanings: The Crossed Spears is a rune that signifies arguments and negative events. Often this can be of an upsetting nature, rather like the Tower card in the tarot. It is not all bad though. If it is near to a positive rune it may indicate the end of a quarrel and healing, especially if it lies near the Rings. This rune could mean a promotion at work, or a fast recovery if you’re ill.

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The Witches Rune – The Rings

The Rings

Keywords: Love, relationships.

Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.

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The Witches Rune – The Moon

The Moon

Keywords: Change.

Meanings: The “x” marks represent the four main phases of the moon and so you can expect changes to happen within the next 28 days. This is a particularly feminine stone and often appears in response to questions about women’s issues. The Moon rune is a messenger. It is telling you to be aware that major changes are coming to your life. Consult the runes closest to it to determine whether those changes are negative or positive.

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The Witches Rune – The Sun

The Sun

Keywords: Success, progress.

Meanings: The Sun is a rune of success and positive outcome. For a straightforward yes/no question it can be read as “yes”. It also denotes progress and personal enrichment in life. When it is the leading stone it equates to the outcome card in the Tarot.

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The 13 Witches Runes

The 13 Witches Runes

The Witches Runes are different from the Elder Futhark Runes in that the Witches Runes are not an alphabet. The Witches Runes are instead a series of symbols that can be used in divination. There are different version of the Witches Runes, one uses 8 symbols, another uses 10 symbols and the one discussed here uses 13 symbols. Cast the Witches Runes the same way your would the Runes.

Many runes originated at first as part of a written language, though they could be used for other uses. This includes the Futhark and Ogham runes. In more – relatively – recent years, they have been used more exclusively in the art of divination. And, with runes, it is very easy to be able to create your own sets. One can use wood tiles, clay, or write on stone. If you are exceptionally crafty, you could even try making them out of metal.


Once you have your runes, I would recommend dedicating or consecrating them. You do not have to do it, of course, but I find that it helps tune the runes to your energy and they will work better for you. If you plan to use them in rituals, you should probably use the same ritual you use to consecrate your ritual tools.

Once the Runes have been consecrated, you can cast the Witches runes on a cloth, or on the table and read the meaning of the runes that are facing upwards only. If the eye is amongst the runes look at where the eye is looking. If there is a rune in front of the eye than that is the rune you must pay extra attention to.
You can also read the Witches runes by picking on rune at a time while you ask the runes a question.

Concentrating on your question, softly cast the runes. Read each rune in relation to your question. The runes closest to you are the most relevant – the furthest away are less. Any runes that land face down so you cannot read them should be discarded as not relevant. Runes that fall very close together have a combined meaning, even if they do not immediately seem compatible.

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A Rune Tip – Make Your Own Wooden Runes

A Rune Tip – Make Your Own Wooden Runes

Wooden Runes


If you have a garden there is every chance you will need to prune a tree now and again. Much as I applaud recycling do not go out and grab a piece of wood hacked down by chainsaw as some man from the council carries out so called maintenance; remember trees are living things and that wood remembers. You will need to ask your chosen the tree for permission prior to cutting. Then with respect remove a suitable branch from somewhere that does not destroy the trees appearance, also remember to take a gift to leave for the birds in thanks to the Goddess.. Cut with care a length that you can then cut into coin size discs , though you only need 8 it is best to cut about 12 as there are always mishaps.

You will need to let the discs dry slowly, if you dry them quickly (on top of, or near the radiator) they will split . When dry you have two choices, you can mark them with their sigils by burning it into the surface with a pyrography tool, or paint it on carefully. The former will need then painting with linseed oil for preservation and the later will need varnishing for durability.



Witch Runes- How to make and Interpret
Allison Beldon-Smith
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The Witches Rune Chart

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Quick Guide to Freya Aswynn’s Magickal Meanings of Runes

Quick Guide to Freya Aswynn’s
Magickal Meanings of Runes

I’ve boiled down Freya’s magickal correspondences for each rune into a few words. These may or may not correspond to the divinatory meanings discussed earlier, so my suggestion is to use these particular meanings only for runic magick to begin with, and then experiment gradually. To read more about what Freya has to say on the subject, check out Northern Mysteries and Magick.

Fehu — — wealth, luck, responsibility, creative energy; used to draw in energy for a given magickal operation, or as the moving force behind a working

Uruz — positive strength, determination, perseverance, courage, physical health, assertiveness; include in any healing

Thurisaz — protection, combating any action, curses (but be careful — can backfire easily!)

Ansuz — can be used to gain knowledge of Odin, the gods, our own ancestors and ancestral heritage

Raido — ability to control, take initiatives, put things in order, be the boss, move or remove things, direct magickal energies where needed

Kenaz — kinship, learning, teaching, quest for knowledge and passing knowledge on; gaining occult knowledge from other planes; use for astral or shamanic travel; exposing what is hidden

Gebo — reconciles two opposed or complementary forces; use to bind or to give blessings or curses

Wunjo — realize true will, wishing; combines well with Raido (ability to control)

Hagalaz — creates confusion, disruption; can be used in vengeance spells to turn someone’s past against him

Nauthiz — excellent for defensive magick, as in restraining or restricting someone else’s magickal attack; can be used to stop incoming action

Isa — defense by blocking; that is, places barriers in the path of opponent or competitor

Jera — creates positive, lasting change in a situation; works well in all matters involving time

Eihwaz — use in situations that demand an outgoing, go-out-and-get-it response, such as searching for a job or an apartment

Pertho — use in regression work; can put you in touch with the Norns

Algiz — invoke divine protection, acts as shielding device, especially in working where backlash is a consideration; can be applied to the four corners as a protective sigil, much like a pentagram, but with a more defensive effect

Sowulo — contributes strength to any healing spell; reinforces other runes with solar energy; centers and directs working

Teiwaz — gain justice, but only if you have right on your side (cannot be used if you are guilty, or to pervert justice); combination of Teiwaz and Raido in a bindrune can win a court case

Berkana — important in feminine mysteries; regenerating forces of nature, growth of vegetation, strong shamanic connections; use to alleviate problems with menstrual periods, pregnancy, delivery

Ehwaz — create links between people or split them apart

Mannaz — verbal communication, academic examinations, legal disputes; can be used to arbitrate or mediate in a conflict; used with Ansuz in a bindrune, it can help you in any communication need

Laguz — sorcery, occult; can use to attract love; if projected between the eyes of a person making a request, a positive reply will be more likely (probably wouldn’t work if you asked a bank manager for a million dollars, but would be useful when asking for a pay raise!)

Inguz — use in binding; also makes a great doorway to the astral, so project onto an imaginary door or curtain, for pathworking or astral travel

Othila — establishing, centering, and “earthing” a working down to the physical plane; use to invoke Odin; creates a sense of belonging and togetherness in group workings and binds people together in a common goal

Dagaz — exclude or render invisible; used to place something “outside”, for example, you could envelop yourself in this rune to go somewhere unnoticed




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