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What Are Runes And What Are They Used For?

Updated: Jun 24, 2022

You probably know what rune symbols look like, and perhaps you've even seen some rune stones carved into stone or metal or etched into wood or glass.

However, most people have no idea how to use them, and just how powerful they can be.

In this article about the ancient Runic symbols, we want to help you understand how to use runes to shift your level of awareness into something we call Manifesting Mode.

We'll start with an explanation of reading runes and a summary of where they came from, and then we'll move straight on to the deeper meanings attached to each rune.

We'll show you how to interpret the 24 different rune symbols and what they mean as manifestation symbols.

Whenever you feel blocked, or are just looking for a little inspiration, runes can give you a push towards success and abundance.

What Are Runes And What Are They Used For?

If you want to start reading runes, the first step is a deeper understanding of their nature.

So, what is a rune? The word itself is the Germanic word “rûna” which means whisper, advice, or secret. In the simplest terms, runes are stones that are used to connect to your intuition, predict aspects of the future, and develop a sense of your destiny.

There are 24 different runic letters in The Elder Futhark alphabet, which are split into three sets – Haeg’s Aett, Freyr’s Aett, and Heimdall’s Aett – each containing eight runes.

One classic reading using runes will involve us taking one from each set, with the first representing our basic needs and gifts, the second showing us our obstacles and goals, and the final set revealing our legacy.

In addition, runes are sometimes described as manifestation symbols because we can use them as representations of particular goals we're working to attract.

Where Do Rune Symbols Come From?

The history of the rune is complex and interesting. We can see the use of reading runes across a wide variety of cultures, and they carry universal energy.

They were originally thought to straightforwardly show us the future, and are now generally viewed more like personal development tools that can help us tap into our manifesting powers.

In this way, like a tarot card reading, they are arguably easier for beginners to use, and more complementary to manifesting with the Law of Attraction.

Rune expert, Lisa Peschel, describes the early use of reading runes as a way of tapping into different forces in nature – people aimed to make contact with these forces of nature.

While their modern use is different, we can still understand runic symbols as all representing different forms of energy – and, as we'll see below, this means that some runes are suitable for a manifestation goal of abundance while others might be more closely tied to love or health.

Combined with the Law of Attraction, we can use runes in all sorts of ways beyond simply reading runes.

We can display a relevant rune symbol above our desk or on our mirror, or we can use them on our vision board around certain rules in the center.

Some people choose to carve runes into the wax of a candle they light for mindfulness work or creative visualization, and others wear a rune on a necklace as a kind of talisman.

24 Rune Symbols Of Manifestation And Their Meanings

With an improved understanding of some of the histories behind the runic alphabet and reading runes, some of the basic ways in which we might use them to support manifestation are to consider what the 24 runic symbols actually mean – and how they might connect to your life goals.

As you look through the meanings of the runes, think about which ones might be good for you to use as manifestation symbols – and how you might want to incorporate them into your Law of Attraction practice.

Algiz Rune

The symbol of the elk, Algiz stands for help, protection, and for strength against adversity.

If it appears in a reading for you, it means that you already have everything you need inside you in order to turn your dreams into reality.

You can rest assured that you will be protected against negativity.

Algiz is also linked to awakening, so you may get this rune when you are coming to see life from a new perspective.

For some people, this rune appears as they move into a more spiritual period, or when realizing a past relationship doesn't suit them.

In reverse, it's a warning to be careful.

Ansuz Rune

Representing communication of all forms, Ansuz is about giving or receiving a message.

It can represent advice, wisdom, or consciousness, from the Universe or from someone in your life.

Ansuz is a reminder to take the advice you're heading very seriously, and to rely on the experience of others where appropriate when trying to reach your own goals.

It can be a relevant rule when manifesting careers surrounding communication, too, such as teaching or leadership roles.

In contrast, if this rune appears in reverse then it suggests a failure to communicate, often because of dishonesty on someone else's part.

Berkana Rune

The rune of Berkana stands for birth.

In ancient times, Berkana was the symbol of the Birch Goddess of fertility.

Sometimes, this rune appears when pregnancy and birth are directly relevant, but in other cases the birth is metaphorical.

In such cases, Berkanan is more about creativity and ingenuity.

This rune can represent creative ventures you wish to manifest, as well as a desire for inspiration and for mental growth.

Other people are drawn to Berkana as more of a symbol of rebirth – starting anew in love, or in their career. In reverse, this stone stands for feeling out of control.

Ehwaz Rune

Ehwaz symbolizes the horse, which in this case stands for stability and travel.

If you draw this rune, you are moving forward in your life even if you don't realize it – after all, meaningful change can be slow.

It is a good rune to choose as a manifestation of teamwork, too, as the stability associated with Ehwaz can also be about drawing on the stability provided by other people with similar goals.

When reversed, Ehwaz indicates a need for change and dissatisfaction with the status quo.

When chosen to represent relationships, Ehwaz in reverse suggests conflict or incompatibility.

Fehu Rune

Fehu is a rune that often appears for people trying to attract abundance.

This is because Fehu symbolizes wealth and material gain, as well as fortune and good luck more generally.

It is the perfect rune to choose for the center of a dream board focused on abundance, or as a symbol to place on your mirror when saying abundance-attracting affirmations.

When you see the symbol in reverse, it doesn't necessarily mean losing possessions.

Rather, it often appears to show a dip in self-esteem or a pattern of negativity.

As such, it can function as a reminder to think positively.

Gebo Rune

Gebo stands for gifts, usually metaphorical.

It can reaffirm that you have the gifts needed for success, and will often appear in times when others can benefit from your gifts.

More broadly, it can represent balance and generous relationships, so some people may pick it out as one of several runes intended to represent the kind of partner they want to manifest.

Interestingly, this is one of the runes with no reverse meaning, as it looks the same no matter which direction it is facing.

Hagalaz Rune

The rune of Hagalaz represents a hailstorm, and so it is most relevant when sudden change is on the horizon.

This change is out of the person's control, but it need not always be destructive.

The key is to face this change with openness and determination and to remember that storms clear the way for new things to be built.

When reading runes to support manifestation, Hagalaz can be a good choice if you're looking to transform your life from the ground up, building something totally different.

This rune has no reverse meaning.

Ihwaz Rune