I was a witch for more than a decade before I came across a set of witch’s runes at a tag sale. It was several more months before I was able to identify what they were. If you believe less is more, you will want these. If the traditional Norse rune symbols don’t resonate with you, it could be because they don’t speak your language.
Every witch, pagan and muggle can understand these eight symbols: sun, moon, wave, birds, leaf, rings, crossed spears, and the color black.
My symbols were burned into twig slices. If you’d like to make a set, you might consider drawing on stones, painting seashells or engraving on wooden disks. Clay and crystals can also be used. I like to incorporate nature into as many projects as possible because I like the energy it brings to objects.
While this set has eight runes, and some have ten, it is more common to find sets of thirteen. Additional symbols I have found are apple, blade, blank, crossroads, eye, flight, harvest, man, romance, scythe, star, water and woman. When making yours, you can, of course, choose the symbols you wish – even if they aren’t mentioned here.
If you keep them in a pouch, you can pull one or more from it when you have a question
This poster provides an introduction to the meanings of the eight witch’s runes. It is reprinted with permission from Michelle Gruben of Grove and Grotto – Magickal Supplies and Faery Fancies. You can connect with her on Facebook at GroveandGrotto.
The meanings of thirteen runes is explained at Otherworldly Oracle.
As with most oracles, you first form your question or intent, and focus on it as you pull one or more runes. Let your intuition guide you about what to ask, how many to pull and what they mean in the context of your life.
Merry part. And merry meet again.
About the Author:
All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.