Rune Magick: How to Use Runes In Spells and Rituals
Most people think of runes as a system of divination originating with the Norse people of Europe. Divination with runes is only a small portion of what rune magick really encompasses. Runes are so much more than divination. If you’re wanting to know how to use runes in your magick, rituals, and daily life, read on my fellow rune-seeker!
Simple, Daily Rune Magick
Runes are multi-dimensional and dynamic in so many ways. When you really get to know the runes on a deep, spiritual level, they sort of make their way into your daily life without you even realizing it! BUT if you’re not to that level yet or you need some fresh ideas, here’s a few ways to incorporate rune magick into your daily life:
- Draw runes (like Wunjo, Kenaz, Uruz, Eiwaz, Algiz, etc.) in the air over your food while cooking or over your coffee/tea/water throughout the day; choose a rune depending on your intention
- Draw runes with sauces over your foods, too!
- Draw runes over the body to aid in healing; for instance – draw Laguz for blockages or Berkano for overall healing. This works for stomachaches, headaches, etc. It may not completely relieve the problem but it will help reduce symptoms (I use runes in conjunction with Reiki energy which may be against the “rules” of some, but hey, it works for me!)
- Sign your name and end it with your favorite rune (just not on legal documents LOL!)
- When you do your home cleansings/blessings: dip your finger into oil and draw protective runes over your doors, windows, fireplace, etc.
Daily Rune Magick
- Upon waking in the morning, perform a runic stadha (Edred Thorssen details these in his rune books, which I highly recommend!); stadhas are similar to yoga sun salutations
- Go for walks and let runes speak to you through nature. I’ve often gone for walks and seen Algiz drawn in the clouds (see below), Eiwaz spray-painted on the sidewalk, or Kenaz in a fallen twig, etc. You’ll be surprised just how many runes will appear to you when you are open-minded and willing to receive their magic.
- Pull ONE rune card or rune stone from your rune set and meditate on the meaning of that particular rune all day (keep track on your calendar and choose a different one each day for 24 days)
- Practice writing your name in runes, write an affirmation using only runes, etc.
- Wear jewelry inscribed with your favorite runes (many Etsy shop owners sell rune jewelry…just google it!)
- Make a rune grid: this is just like a crystal grid but instead of using crystals, you’ll use your rune stones/slices/etc. Keep it on your altar or somewhere you’ll see it daily
- Carry a rune in your pocket to draw its energies to you throughout the day
Rune Magick in Ritual
Rune magick is also a powerful addition to any ritual. Runes are great for candle magic – inscribe runes into the candle itself for added power and intention. Draw a rune using natural items (rocks/twigs/flowers) in the middle of your sacred space/circle. Obviously you’ll want to choose runes that have meaning to your intention for your ritual. Be selective. Don’t just willy-nilly choose runes for ritual – let their individual personalities speak to you and lend their energy to your rituals. Other ways to include rune magick in your rituals:
- Enter a trance-state and craft bind-runes for personal empowerment, to increase intuition, and facilitate communication with your ancestors
- Paint bind-runes, frame them, and hang them above your altar or sacred space
- Draw protective and power runes in the air to cast a circle / set up sacred space before and after any ritual
- Carve/paint runes on your ritual tools – wands, staves, staffs, athames, etc.
- Draw runes into the earth itself in the middle of a cast circle during ritual
- Paint runes on your body and face with ritual paints before and during ritual to invoke the runes’ primal forces
How to Make Rune Charms
I’ll be honest – I’m not super talent when it comes to artwork or crafts. So when it comes to making things, I prefer simplicity. Here’s how I make rune charms:
- Glass vial necklace (on Amazon)
- Small piece of paper
- Red paint or red pen
- Pinch of herbs (your choice)
- Small crystal chips (optional)
How to Make Simple Rune Charms:
- Cleanse the vial and all charm supplies with smoke
- Paint or write your rune of power (or bind-rune) in red on the piece of paper
- Sprinkle herbs over the rune on the paper
- Roll up the paper and slide in to the glass vial being careful to keep the herbs inside the paper
- Add crystal chips and other optional charms to the vial
- Cork it
- Wear it
Extra tip: re-charge the charm in moonlight on a Full or New Moon (depending on your intention for the rune charm)