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Interpreting the Runes ~ Ken ~ Kenaz ~ Torch

Kenaz

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.

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Interpreting the Runes ~ Rad ~ Raido ~ Raidho ~ Cartwheel

Rad ~ Raidho ~ Cartwheel ~ The Wheel

Rad ~ Raidho ~ Cartwheel ~ The Wheel

Raidho

One will always find when reading the runes, that none of them is one-dimensional; especially Raidho.  This rune, like Ansur, is also connected with the planet Mercury and is thus associated with communication. The communication associated with Raidho is especially directed toward travel. This rune causes an opposition between the ideas of travel and communication. Travel may be interpreted quite literally with this rune showing that for the person for whom we are reading a trip or physical journey may be expected. On the other hand, as travel in the ancient Germanic lands was treacherous and much longer in duration in the extreme, Raidho may be signaling that the person is ready to embark on a journey of personal growth; an inner journey that will bring enlightenment and yield new levels of understanding and knowledge.

Unlike Ansur, which counsels caution, forethought and advice before taking action, Raidho signals a need to move now. The outlook is good, as it is time for the person being read to shirk the “I can’t decide one way or the other” scenario and make a decision. The planet Mercury rules trade and as a result, Raidho can signal that there is some significant form of a business transaction in the near future. Recalling that the central meaning behind the rune Raidho is communication and travel, the person being read could receive some form of message that could skew the entire present situation in a most unexpected way.

Raidho Reversed

When Raidho is drawn in the reversed position, obstacles and delays may be looming related to travel. If the person we are reading is planning a trip of some sort, there are sure to be any number of hindrances in the way of progress. Another sign of Raidho reversed is the message that a need for travel may present itself at a most inappropriate time, leaving one’s home or base, vulnerable. Lastly, this rune also may signal in the reversed position that one may expect a visit from a person that will result in unimaginable inconvenience.

Readings From the Runes

Beautiful bag for beautiful Runes

I begin most days with a reading from the Runes, asking what my course of right action is for the day ahead of me.  Before I draw a Rune from my special sack, I recite to myself “The Prayer of St. Francis.”  If I anticipate a situation before me that could be intense or turbulent, I may meditate or pray for specific strength, wisdom or guidance.  With a clear mind, and a strong will, openness and the intention to know my direction for the day, I then draw one stone.  My Runes are made of rose quartz and I found them in a metaphysical shop in Sedona Arizona.  I feel that because they come from Sedona, which has a special energy from the vortex’s there, my Runes are highly charged.

Like me, there are many who set aside that special time of day to consult the Runes.  Some light candles or incense. It is important to compose one’s self through meditation or a focus on breathing.  It is important to free the mind of all cares and concerns.  To the beginner, even to have the mind cleared for just one moment will be helpful.  The key here is focus and to control one’s mind.  Life happens however; the Runes can be consulted or read without the more formal preparation I’ve described.  One’s need is what brings forth the energy of the Runes.

The consultation of the Runes is referred to as “casting” and is considered “play.”  This however is a very sacred form of play.  I find that a particularly good time to consult the Runes is when one is faced with a decision.  Especially situations one is facing where one’s own resources are exhausted or one possesses little or incomplete information.  For me, the Runes serve as a decision making tool.  Focus the issue clearly in the mind.  Reach into the sack of Runes, making contact with the stones.  Each time I reach my hand into my bag of Runes, some of the stones feel cold while others feel hot.  Intuitively I know, without looking into the bag of course, which Rune is the “right” Rune.  The individual that introduced me to the Runes said to me, “The right Rune always sticks to my fingers.”

When Runes are being cast for someone else, this person should be asked to put together their question or concern in their mind, but not say it out loud.  By keeping the matter to themselves, any unconscious personal bias is removed from the reading.  Rune readings for others don’t have to be face-to-face.  A connection through the Internet or telephone works just as well.  What is required is the individual’s focus on their issue.

Let’s say that one wishes to consult the Runes on behalf of another person, but their permission to do so can’t be obtained.  This is when the Runes should be consulted for “the course of right action.”  The Runes can be asked whether such action is timely or correct.  “Yes” or “No” questions may be asked.  If the Rune is drawn in its upright position the response is “yes”.  The reversed position indicates “no.”  Nine of the Runes have no upright or reversed position.  When I consult the Runes regarding an issue that requires a “yes” or “no” response and I draw a Rune that has no reversed position, I continue drawing Runes until I reach one that does.

I have made reference a number of times to “the course of right action.”  This form of request is very appropriate for the Runes.  I have consulted the Runes for myself and many others regarding issues such as career moves, real estate sales, investment opportunities, business dealings, relationships and much more.  My preference is to use the word “issue” as opposed to “question” when consulting the Runes for myself or others.  Often, someone will ask, “Should I quit this job?” As an issue, one would say, “The issue is my work.”  It may seem trivial but re-framing a question into an issue is a crucial distinction.  If a question is asked and the Runes provide an answer, the role of the individual facilitating the reading is a passive one.  If an issue is addressed, and the Runes comment on that issue, one is able to extract one’s own answer and determine for one’s self what the course of right action should be.

If there is no specific issue at all in mind, and one still feels drawn to consult the Runes, ask, “What is it that I need to know for my life right now?”  The response from the Runes will always be just what is necessary at that moment.

Interpreting the Runes ~ Uruz (Ur), Manhood, Womanhood, Strength, The Wild Ox


Uruz ~ Ur ~ Strength ~ Manhood ~ Womanhood ~ The Wild Ox

Uruz

The Rune of terminations and new beginnings, drawing Uruz indicates that the life you have been living has outgrown its form.  That form must die so that new energy can be released in a new form.  This is a Rune of passage and, as such,part of the Cycle of Initiation.

Positive growth and change, however, may involve a descent into darkness as part of the cycle of perpetual renewal.  As in nature, this progression consists of five aspects: death, decay, fertilization, gestation, and rebirth.  Events occurring now may well prompt you to undergo a death within yourself.  Since self-change is never coerced, we are always free to resist, remain mindful that the new life is always greater than the old.

Prepare then, for opportunity disguised as loss.  It could involve the loss of someone of something to which you have an intense emotional bond, and through which you are living a part of your life, a part that must now be retrieved so you can live it out for yourself. In some way, that bond is being severed, a relationship radically changed, a way of life coming to an end.  Seek among the ashes and discover a new perspective and new strength.

The ancient symbol for Uruz was the aurochs, a wild ox.  When the wild ox was domesticated, an incredibly difficult task, it could transport heavy loads.  Learn to adapt yourself to the demands of such a creative time.  Firm principles attach to this Rune.  At the same time humility is called for, since in order to rule you must learn how to serve.  Uruz puts you on notice that your souls and the Universe support the new growth.

Without ears to hear and eyes to see, you may fail to take advantage of the moment.  The result could well be an opportunity missed or the weakening of your position.  I may seem that your own strength is being used against you.

Uruz Reversed

For some, Uruz Reversed will serve to alert, offering clues in the form of minor failures and disappointments. For others, those more deeply unconscious or unaware, it may provide a hard jolt.  Reversed, this Rune calls for serious thought about the quality of your relationship to your Self.

Take heart: Consider the constant cycling of death and rebirth, the endless going and return.  Everything we experience has a beginning, middle and an end, and is followed by a new beginning.  Therefore, do not draw back from the passage into darkness: When in deep water, become divers.