Great Rune cards

The runic alphabet, or Futhark, gets its name from its first six sounds (f, u, th, a, r, k), much like the word 'alphabet' derives from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta. Each rune not only represents a phonetic sound but also has its own distinct meaning. 
    The Elder Futhark is divided into three groups or families called aettir (plural). Each aett (singular) represents a common theme. Aett means eight.
    The first aett is assigned to Freyja, and relates to the personal aspects of day-to-day life. The second aett is assigned to Heimdal and relates to progress. The third aett is assigned to Tyr and relates to energies of dominion and the mystery of moving beyond.
    The Elder Futhark is the oldest set of runes numbering twenty-four. There are other sets of runes such as the Younger Futhork with sixteen runes, the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc with thirty-three runes. Each has similarities and differences but has common uses.
    Runic script has been found on many artifacts. However, runic script may be read from left to right or from right to left, even on the same artifact. Translation of runic inscriptions is therefore extremely difficult.
 

Rune Symbol and Representative Artwork Description
Fehu
The first rune of the Elder Futhark is Fehu “fay-ho”. Its phonetic sound is “F” as in fence. It is also the first rune of the first aett. Literally it means “cattle” which signifies moveable wealth. It is a rune of power and control and is a sign of possessions/wealth earned.
Magically it is used for achieving a goal relating to personal gain.
Uruz
Uruz “ooo-rooze” is the second rune of the first aett. Its phonetic sound is “OO” as in boot. It represents the great wild ox of Europe called the aurochs, symbolized by this twin horn shape. It is a rune of healing, inner strength, and stamina.
Magically it is used to strengthen the will and increase sexual potency.
Thurisaz
Thurisaz “thoor-ee-saws” is the third rune of the first aett. Its phonetic sound is “TH” as in thread. It is shaped like a thorn. Like a thorn it is a protective rune. It directs defensive energy and protection against attack, both physical and mental.
Magically it is used to alter the outcome of events.
Ansuz
Ansuz “awn-sooze” is the fourth rune in the first aett. Its phonetic sound is “AA” as in thaw. It represents Odin, the leader of the Norse gods. It symbolizes knowledge, wisdom, and the power of communication.
Magically it is used to make wise decisions and insure success.
 
Raido
Raido “rye-though” is the fifth rune of the first aett. Its phonetic sound is “R” as in arm.
Literally it means wheel and motion. It is a rune of travel, both geographical and changes in lifestyle. It also relates to rhythm and cyclical movements.
Magically it is used as a journey charm, physically and mentally.
Kaunaz
Kaunaz “kane-awze” is the sixth rune in the first aett. Its phonetic sound is “K” as in key. Literally, it means a fiery brand or torch to give light. It is the rune of knowledge and is related to inspiration and creativity.
Magically it is used for creative inspiration or solution to a problem.

 
Gebo
Gebo “gay-boe” is the seventh rune in the first aett. Its phonetic sound is “G” as in give. It is the rune of giving and connection. It relates to all matters of exchange between two people and harmonizes their energies.
Magically it is used for contracts and partnerships to increase balance.
 
Wunjo
Wunjo “woon-yo” is the eighth and final rune of the first aett. Its phonetic sound is “W” as in warm. Its shape represents a metal wind vane used on Viking ships. It symbolizes joy, pleasure, fulfillment, and fellowship.
Magically it is used for fulfillment and joy in love and career.
 

 

Hagalaz
Hagalaz “haw-gaw-laws” is the first rune of the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “H” as in hold. Literally it means hailstone and relates to disruptive and impersonal forces. Sudden transformation, positive or negative, can occur.
Magically it is seen to overcome negative habits or luck.
Nauthiz
Nauthiz “now-these” is the second rune in the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “N” as in north. It represents two pieces of crossed kindling and literally means need. It relates to all matters of need and of acceptance of current position.
Magically it is used in all forms of achievement and success.
Isa
Isa “ee-saw” is the third rune in the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “EE” as in female. It literally means ice and is in the form on an icicle. It signifies delay or a halt in progress. It can be positive to allow regeneration.
Magically it is used to freeze or hold conditions for a short time.
Jera
Jera “jar-awe” is the fourth rune in the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “J” as in jump. It means year or season and refers to cycles. It is a rune of completion at the proper time like a bountiful harvest or fruition of work.
Magically it is used to represent a tangible result for effort put in.
 
Eihwaz
Eihwaz “eye-wawz” is the fifth rune in the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “I” as in eye. It symbolizes the yew tree, one of the longest living and most poisonous trees in Europe. It is one of the most powerful runes and represents longevity and death.
Magically it is used in protection and recovery.
Pertho
Pertho “perth-row” is the sixth rune in the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “P” as in paper. It symbolizes a dice cup used to cast lots. This is a rune of uncertainty, secrets, and mystery and stands for the conflict between freewill and fate.
Magically it is used to open or block hidden forces or find lost things.

 
Aligiz
Algiz “all-yeese” is the seventh rune in the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “ZZ” as in buzz. It symbolizes the tremendous resistance power of the elk and is a powerful protection rune.
It provides a potent shield around a wearer’s body.
Magically it is used as protection against any kind of danger.
 
Sowulo
Sowulo “sow-wee-low” is the eighth rune in the second aett. Its phonetic sound is “S” as in sun. It represents the power of the sun and is a rune of great force. It channels power for enlightenment and aids in achieving goals and good health.
Magically it is used to aid in victory and increases self-confidence.
Rune Symbol and Representative Artwork Description
Teiwaz
Teiwaz “tea-wawz” is the first rune in the third aett. Its phonetic sound is “T” as in two. It represents the sky god Teiwaz and is a warrior rune. Successful use is achievable only with sacrifice. Some of its qualities are enthusiasm and motivation.
Magically it is used for victory over adversity or injustice.
Berkana
Berkana “bare-kawn-oh” is the second rune in the third aett and represents the birch tree. Its phonetic sound is “B” as in birth. For the ancient peoples the birch symbolized spring and the beginning of new life or something tangible.
Magically it aids in fertility, relationships, and business ventures.
Ehwaz
Ehwaz “ay-wawz” is the third rune in the third aett and is the horse rune. Its phonetic sound is “E” as in memory. The horse was the most sacred animal of ancient pagans. It symbolizes movement and change for the better and a strong bond.
Magically it is used to bring about change and create bonds.
Mannaz
Mannaz “mawn-nawz” is the fourth rune in the third aett and represents man and mankind. Its phonetic sound is “M” as in mate. It symbolizes basic human qualities and cooperation. It is referred to as a rune of the mind and of knowing oneself.
Magically it is used to gain aid and the cooperation of others.
Laguz
Laguz “law-gooze”is the fifth rune in the third aett and represents water. Its phonetic sound is “L” as in long. It relates to flow, the sea, emotion, and intuition. Its power is embodied in the flow of the tides and the period of transition from one state to another. Magically it is seen to accelerate flow of the mind.
Inguz
Inguz “eeeng-wawz” is the sixth rune in the third aett. Its phonetic sound is “NG” as in sing. It is the symbol of light and represents Inguz the god of male fertility and the house hearth. This rune channels potential energy.
Magically it is used to build energy gradually and release it in a burst.
 
Dagaz
Dagaz “daw-gauze” is the seventh rune in the third aett and means day. Its phonetic sound is “D” as in dark. Its shape represents stable balance between opposites especially light and dark and is sometimes called the dawn rune.
Magically it has great protective powers and opens new possibilities.
Othila
Othila “oath-awe-law” is the eighth rune in the third aett and represents homeland. Its phonetic sound is “O” as in own. Its shape represents an enclosure whose contents cannot be taken away. It relates to possessions and inheritance.
Magically it is used to protect wealth and the health of the elderly.

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