Runes

Runes are a somewhat complex subject, as a result of a combination of neopaganplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigWicca

I'm not a practicing Wiccan myself. There are elements of Wiccan doctrine that do not align with my philosophical views, at least as far as Wicca is a defined religious orthodoxy created primarly by Gerald A. Gardner. Gardnerian Wicca is essentially a contrived set of beliefs informed by Jewish Kabbalah, some Christian mysticism, and a healthy dose of creativity.
appropriation (which is a relatively recent phenomenon), and many centuries of bad information from Academiaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAcademia

This refers to individuals, groups, structures, authorities, entities, etc. who are are responsible for gatekeeping information. For example, academics include anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians, who are collectively responsible for building the narratives we use when discussing the past.
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As a result, what we know is very spotty, and filled with a lot of conjecture and assumptions built upon assumptions. We know that runes were used in inscriptions on stone, wood, metal, and other materials dating back to the early medieval period in northwestern Europe, but beyond that, things are murky. It stands to reason that the peoples of Europe used runic alphabets prior to Christianization, but the enforced “superiority” of the Latin alphabet may very well have led to the destruction of all evidence of such usage, leaving us to guess as to the real history and origin of the alphabets used by many White tribes before the adoption of the Latin alphabet (and Latinized alphabets used by many European nations, especially in Germania and Scandinavia).

Academia tends to make biased assumptions about every piece of human culture it encounters. Thus, runes have long been described as possessing some sort of magical, ritual, or otherwise metaphysical purpose - but this seems to be largely premised on the fact that so few runic artifacts remain, along with the assumption that “magic runes” is a sufficient explanation as to why.

My own take on runes is a mix of old and new: while runic alphabets very likely were simply used as written alphabets in some era now lost to the sands of time abrahamism, it also gives us a link to our ancestral culture, and is something tangible that we can use in religious and spiritual practice today.

Some people use rune casting, which involves choosing or throwing runes (engraved on stone, wood, or other materials) and interpreting the results. It's similar to the Chinese I Ching and the Celtic-Gaelic Ogham systems. Interestingly, Ogham is another example of something mundane (an early Irish alphabet) being turned into something magical (a system of stick casting or card drawing for divinatory purposes). If you're interested in casting runes or ogham sticks, by all means, incorporate it in to your spiritual practice! The act of casting and then meditating on the results is itself an important spiritual exercise, as it quiets and focuses your mind and soul on a specific situation or question, and gives you a chance to think through possible answers, avenues, or outcomes.

I'm a very visual person, so while I have experimented with both ogham and rune casting, I've discovered that runes are a better fit in my practice as a means of creative expression, rather than divination or assessment of the subconscious. I do make sigilsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigMy Sigils

I am occasionally inspired to create sigils, and I enjoy sharing my work. Feel free to use these in your own energy, magic, and ritual workings.

My sigil work focuses on using runes to infuse a design with meaning and energy. Any superficial similarities to other alphabets, languages, or systems of symbology are coincidental.
using a combination of runes and symbols.

This page uses the UTF-8 character set, which supports a variety of known runes, including a runic alphabet with more than 26 characters. You can find details on the Unicode references here.

Rune Tables

The Rune Site

Rune Name
Ansuzplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_bigAnsuz

Ar, Ae, Eh
Short-Twig Ar
Ac
Berkana, Berkanan, Beorc, Bjarkan, Bar
Short-Twig Bjarkan
Dagaz, Daeg
Ear
Ehwaz, Eh
Elhaz, Algiz, Eholhx
Fehum, Fe, Fehu, Feoh
Gebo, Gibor
Hagalaz, Haegl
Hagall, Ior
Long-Twig Hagall
Short-Twig Hagall
Inguz, Ing
Isa, Isaz, Is
Iwaz, Eoh
Jera, Jeran
Kaun
Kenaz
Laguz, Lagu, Logr, Laukaz, Laf
Madhr, Man, Madr
Short-Twig Madr
Mannaz
Naudhiz, Naudhr, Not, Nyd, Naud
Short-Twig Naud
Os
Oss
Long-Twig Oss
Short-Twig Oss
Othala
Perdhro, Pertho, Peorth
Raidho, Raeidh, Rit
Sowulo, Sigel, Long-Branch Sol, Sig
Short-Twig Sol
Teiwaz, Tiwaz, Tir, Tyr
Short-Twig Tyr
Thurisaz, Thurs, Dorn
Wunjo
Uruz, Ur
Yr
Short-Twig Yr
Long-Branch Yr
Icelandic Yr

Other Unicode Runes

Rune Name
Aesc
Algiz, Eholhx
Calc
Cealc
Cen
Cweorth
Eng
Eth
Gar
Ger
Haglaz
Ingwaz
Oe
On
Sowilo
Stan

Alphabetical Characters

Rune Name
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
Dotted L
M
N
Dotted N
O
P
Dotted P
Open P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z