Interpreting the Runes ~ Ken ~ Kenaz ~ Torch


On the surface, this rune pertains to gifts. Kenaz is associated with Mars and the spring equinox, when the arrival of new life, rebirth and renewal was traditionally celebrated by people of ancient times. One can make the leap then that Kenaz symbolizes fertility and can portend the arrival of a baby or child.

Kenaz is a masculine gendered rune and relates to the dominant person in the situation for which the reading is occurring. If the person being read is asking about business, then Kenaz implies that the dominant person will be calling the shots or making the offers. If the dominant person is the one being read, the rune cast will show whether the offer should be accepted.

The same applies to personal relationships, as Kenaz signals that the dominant person in the relationship will be soon offering a gift. Any surrounding runes in the casting show the motive behind the gift and whether it should be accepted or not.

The torch aspect of Kenaz represents knowledge and spiritual enlightenment to “light the way.” One may be required to use their own inner knowledge to help light the way for someone less fortunate than themselves.

Kenaz Reversed

Kenaz signifies loss when drawn reversed. A potentially rewarding business deal will fall apart. If it is a child one is hoping for, Kenaz reversed signals they are false hopes, false alarms, and infertility. Kenaz may also signal the loss of an employment situation or relationship. Never fear however. Kenaz isn’t just about gloom and doom. The loss shall be only temporary or altered by the surrounding runes on the field, indicating any loss could be temporary.

About Mark Schmitz

Living in Phoenix, AZ since 1995, originally from Brown Deer, Wisconsin. I'm a Gemini born on May 26, 1961. Single, GWM who is HIV and healthy. Spiritually diverse, I'm just trying to stay on the right path to learn all that I came here to learn. That's what my blogs are about - and total honesty.

Posted on August 23, 2010, in Astrology, Decision Making, Life, Life's Lessons, New Age, Opinions, Personal Growth, Spirituality, Viking Runes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  2. Hi,

    I should also mention that I am a Gemini born 12 th June.
    I think that it is an amazing and wonderful sign to be.
    Of course human beings cannot be stereotyped by their astro star signs and every human being is unique. But like all
    other signs Geminis have their qualities and faults.



  3. Hello Mark,

    I came across your blog when searching for the interpretation
    of the rune Kenaz in a rune cast. I read your brief account
    about yourself and the path you seek and it has touched my heart. I was also a mild addict of heroine and methaquolon
    about twenty five years back. My life was almost destroyed
    but I recovered and rebuilt it. I believe that every human
    conciousness has an well spring of strength and will to
    conquer every twist and turn of life. One just has to look deep within oneself to find it. In Buddhism which is my faith we say that the Buddha nature ( seed of enlightenment)is in every living being and nothing stays as it is neither good nor the bad. Change and transformation is
    the very essence of life and time.

    I am a theoretical physicist by profession and a Mahayana
    Buddhist by my faith specialising in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. I also practise Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry,
    I Ching, Tarot and the Runes. I also have an open interest in other mystic issues.

    I wish and pray that you find peace and solace and the path
    that you seek be clear and full of light of your conciousness.

    I invite you to my blogsite Life and Buddhism (



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