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Viking Rune Meanings

The hand stamped Viking rune jewelry by Crow Steals Fire utilizes the Elder Futhark rune alphabet. Runes are the letters used in the earliest written Germanic and Nordic languages, including Old Norse, the language spoken by the Vikings. According to Scandinavian legend, Odin, the Allfather, associated with magic and poetry, bestowed writing and the mystery of the runes to humankind. (This gift did not come easy. Odin sacrificed himself to gain this knowlege by spearing himself upside-down on the World Tree Yggdrasil for nine days.) 

The Elder Futhark rune alphabet is an ancient writing system that includes 24 characters, each having their own individual meanings. Listed below are each rune's literal and spiritual meanings. Use individual runes in jewelry for simple, powerful talismans. Combine more than one rune for a more complex amulet. Crow Steals Fire encourages you to delve into the ancient mystery of runes by taking advantage of the many books on runic divination and Norse mythology that are available today.
 

Rune

Rune Name

Transliteration

Rune Meanings & Interpretations

Fehu F Cattle, Wealth, Promotion, Self Esteem, New Beginnings; the rune of Luck
Uruz U Wild Ox, Independence, Freedom, Creative Power, Endurance, Survival, Persistance
Thurisaz TH (þ) Giant (the God Thor), Breaking Down Barriers/Blockages, Wisdom Combined with Courageous Force, Constructive Conflict
Ansuz A One of the Gods, Mouth, Divine Breath, Poetry, Language, Communication, Pattern and Order, Inspiration; the rune of Symbols to bring Transformation of Consciousness
Raidho R Ride, Journey, Wheel, the Inner Compass, Protection while Traveling, Self-Mastery; Blending Internal/External Actions
Kenaz K (C, Q) Torch, Light, Knowledge; Illumination and Enlightenment; Teaching and Learning
Gebo G Gift, Partnership, Equilibrium, Harmony, Sacred Marriage, Karma
Wunjo W (V) Joy, Fellowship, Genuine Friendship, Shared Identity, Cooperative Effort, Harmony
Hagalaz H Hail (precipitation), the Uncontrollable, Fate, Turning Point, Change for Long-Term Good; this is the rune of Disaster and Healing
Jera J Year, Harvest, Natural Cycles/Rythms, Patience, Planning for the Future
Eihwaz Y (æ) Yew Tree, Potential, Transformation, Initiation into the Wisdom of the World Tree, Movement Toward Enlightenment; rune of the Mysteries of Life and Death
Perdhro P Dice Cup, Mystery, Uncertainty, Secrets, Chance, Fate, Luck, Coincidence; the rune of Probability
Elhaz Z (X) Elk, Protection, Shield, Spirituality, Connection to the Gods, Higher Self, Protective Teaching, Mystical Communication
Sowulo S Sun, Lifeforce, Health, Success, Victory, Thought into Action, Motivation, Goals
Tiwaz T Creator, Spear, God of Justice (the God Tiwaz/Tyr), the North Star, Strength of Purpose
Berkana B Birch Goddess, Potential, Motherhood, Sanctuary, Listening; the rune of Becoming
Ehwaz E Horse, Trust, Loyalty, Teamwork, Symbiotic Relationships; the rune of Cooperation
Mannaz M Man, Mankind, Humanity, Knowledge, Mind and Memory, Awareness; the rune of the Divine Structure of Intelligence in the Human Psyche
Laguz L Water, Lake/Ocean, Dreams, Imagination, Life Energy, Collective Unconscious; the rune of Life's Longing for Itself
Ingwaz NG/ING (ŋ) Earth (the God Ing), Action/Creation, Fertility, Virility, True Love, Friendship, Lasting Partnerships
Othala O Heritage, Estate, Possession, Home, Ancestral Blessings
Dagaz D Day or Dawn, Awakening, Enlightenment, Bold Change, Paradigm Shift, the Secret of Paradoxical Truth, Awareness; the rune of Hyper-Consciousness

Viking Runes on Stones

Of particular interest to Crow Steals Fire is that Odin is also referred to as the "raven-god". Two ravens perched upon his shoulders: one named Huginn (from the Old Norse "Thought") and one named Muninn ("Memory"). Odin bestowed upon them both the gift of speech. They circled the world each day and returned at night, telling Odin what they had learned. While he cherished them both, it seems he was particularly fond of Muninn -- from the Grímnismál poem: "I fear for Hugin, that he come not back, yet more anxious am I for Munin." Perhaps this fondness for Muninn attests to the importance of a written language in sustaining cultural memory. What better way to communicate the heroic deeds of the past?

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