Divination Miscellaneous

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
Runes will make themselves known to you.
Algiz appeared in the clouds above me one 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:

Supplies Needed:

  • 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)

7 Comments

  1. Victoria

    August 29, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Great post, there are some daily runes ideas I have not thought of or tried yet. I‘ve done drawing a days rune and it is an interesting practice. I would add Runes circle practice here, when you not randomly draw a rune, but go with each Futhark rune for a day or more in a row, thus going through all runes in order

  2. Margaret

    July 30, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    One of my deities (Nekhbet) is an Egyptian vulture goddess. She is said to carry the Shen symbol. What symbol is that from, and what does it mean?

  3. Sam

    September 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I am also a reiki practitioner and I love the idea of using the symbols during a session.
    Read it: An article on Divination from the OO website. Comment on the post.
    #ClairCoven #Witchlife

    1. admin

      September 18, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Sam – I have found that reiki works fluidly with witchcraft and divination.

  4. Blake Hall

    May 23, 2019 at 4:32 am

    I actually love this post. Back in 1986 I carved a rune ( using only sticks and stones I found a the site, nothing unnatural ) inside a cave that I found, after climbing to the top of Bell Tower vortex in Sedona, AZ. I carved the rune for ‘Mankind’ that looks like an M with closed inner points. I did this as a prayer for my daughter and I who were now separated, for her safety, happiness, and security. Also that she would find the people she needed, since she and I were not going to be able to be together at the time. I also did it as an affirmation that she and I would reunite, when things were at harmony for us to do so. It took 19 years almost, but she turned out to be fine, happy, healthy and all that I prayed for when we met as adults. I haven’t been to the top of Bell Tower in many years, but I am almost positive my rune spell is still carved into the purple and red rock wall of that small cave. Just thought I would share that with you and your readers KTD my honeybee. Blessed be the Runes. Blake4D

    1. admin

      May 23, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Blake – Wow, thank you for sharing such an intimate ritual with us. Runes are powerful symbols…alive in their own regard. And I am so happy to hear you were re-united with your daughter. What a powerful story.

    2. Sarah shay

      September 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      I love all the varied ways to use runes! This article gave me so many ideas on how to incorporate them outside of divination. I typically do a door wash around the equinox and will be adding a rune in oil to my door. I also love the idea of using your finger to draw runes over my food or my body for healing. Great article!

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