Runes Shall You Know


For nine days and nine nights, Odin hung from the world tree pierced by his own spear. He sacrificed himself onto himself – the highest of the Gods. He did this to learn the wisdom that would give him power in the nine worlds. Nine is a magical number in Norse Mythology, after all there are nine realms of existence in the Norse Cosmos. Odin learned 18 magical runes. (Source: Rúnatal, a section of the Hávamál)

Odin’s Description of the 18 charms he discovered.

So what are the Runes? They are a gift to mankind. These sacred letters originally were carved into stone. Each letter has a metaphorical meaning as well as divination abilities. I suggest doing much research to completely know the runes. Reading this page alone won’t help you learn everything. After all, Odin had to hang from a tree for nine days pierced by a spear. He never said learning everything there is to know about the runes would be easy.

The graphic below may be helpful:

8 responses

  1. Wes hāl,

    I’ve been reading your blog and you know a lot of interesting information. I’m trying to start an Asatru forum so that people like yourself can share knowledge and maybe even learn something new. At the moment, the forum is a quite empty, and I created the forum as there are not many English speaking Asatru forums that are active. One of the biggest, for example, is in German!

    I’d love it if you could join up, and share some knowledge. I know that you’re probably busy with your blog, but I’d appreciate it!

    Forum Address:

    Ic þē þancie!

    December 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    • Thanks for the invitation Dan! I will definitely check it out.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    • I also linked it on my blog.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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  3. Heyo, I noticed the order of these runes here is not the same as the wheel posted at the top of the site, just curious if you have a particular preference or find one more reflective of the truth than the other? The difference is in the very last two runes…Many Thanx!!

    July 27, 2017 at 12:38 am

    • I don’t have a particular preference, but that is certainly something to research.

      July 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      • I’ve done quite a lot of work looking into it myself, seems one brings about RUIN while one brings about the “RUNE”
        I’d love to chat with someone about it, no one I know knows anything about these things…

        July 28, 2017 at 2:47 am

      • Basically, putting Dagaz “the day” before Od/thala “inheritence” is like opening one’s xmas presents before the holiday has arrived, which is coincidentally on the 24th! The Day having 24 hours in it seems to place Dagaz [ending with “a-z”] should go at the very end of the alphabet…followed by Wyrd!! [you know, for the skull]

        July 29, 2017 at 2:03 am

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