Would you like to learn more about runes and how to read them?
In this article, I’m showing you how you can easily make your own rune set and start learning the basics.
That challenge reminded me of a fun workshop I enjoyed at a TABI conference many years ago, in which we created our own rune set on paper cards, and it also reminded me that I always wanted to learn more about runes.
If you feel the same and are curious about runes, you can make your own card set before you spend money on crystal runes or rune decks.
Materials you will need:
- 200gsm heavy cardstock
- ballpoint pen
- colour pens
- scissors (or guillotine paper cutter)
Cut the cardstock into 24 card squares measuring 55 x 55 mm. You can use ruler and scissors or a guillotine paper cutter.
Then fill out each card as per image on the left:
- rune in the centre with a colour pen
- name of the rune underneath
- corresponding alphabet letter in the bottom left-hand corner
- its symbolic meaning in the bottom right-hand corner
- divinatory meaning at the top
Scroll down for full list of runes and their meanings.
If you feel adventurous, you can choose more expensive card stock, glitter pens and stickers to make your rune set more special.
If you want to use coloured or patterned card stock, make sure it is white on one side, so you can write on it.
You can increase the size of each rune card (perhaps to the size of a standard Tarot card), if you want to add more information or illustration.
Once you have completed your rune set, you can start getting to know the runes by spreading out your set face down and picking one each day as a special message.
For more information about runes, try the following resources:
Fehu Frey – Cattle – Wealth, Energy, Mother Rune
Uruz Power – Wild Ox – Power, Creative Force, Health, Strength
Thurisaz Thor – Thorn, Giant – Protection, Irritation, Polarity, Regeneration
Ansuz Odin – God – Ancestors, Inspiration, Wisdom
Raido – Wheel – Journey, Growth, Rhythm, Solar Chariot
Kenaz – Torch, Fire – Clarity, Illumination, Knowledge
Gebo – Gift – Love, Sharing, Divine Interaction
Wunjo – Joy – Harmony, Contentment, Kinship, Heritage
Hagalaz – Hail, Air – Change, Transformation, Crisis, Egg of Life
Nauthiz (Nied) – Need – Necessity, Friction, Shadow, Distress, Recognition, Self-Reliance
Isa – Ice – Stasis, Blockage, Cosmic Coherence
Jera – Year, Earth – Harvest, Reward, Good Timing, Cycles, Right Action
Eihwaz – Yew, Horse – Protection, Endurance, Relationships, Twin Gods
Perthro – Hearth, Lot Cup – Risk, Gamble, Fun, Divination, Primal Law
Algiz (Elhaz) – Elk – Protection, Sanctuary, Awakening, Connection to Spirit
Sowulo – Sun – Hope, Warmth, Success, Wheel of Power, Thunderbolt
Teiwaz (Tir) Tyr – Victory – Justice, Analysis, Masculine Gods, Warrior Rune
Berkana (Beorc) – Birth – Fertility, Liberation, Earth Mother
Ehwaz – Two Horses – Harmony, Trust, Journey
Mannaz – Man – Community, Awareness, Order, Divine Union, Manifestation
Laguz – Lake, Water – Flow, Life, Vitality, Unconscious, Fertility, Renewal
Inguz (Ingwaz) – Fertility – True Love, Passion, Gestation, Growth, Music, Harmony
Othila (Othel) – Property – Home, Economy, Ancestral, Inheritance
Dagaz – Dawn, Day – Coming into Light, Intuition, Light Within
This is all the information you need to make a start. Please do let me know, how you get on. I’d love to hear from you.