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A Beginner’s Guide to Runes


What are Runes?

The term ‘Rune’ means ‘Secret, Whisper or Mystery’. Runes are Norse in origin. The legend goes that Odin, the All Father, suspended himself upside down from the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, in order to gain enlightenment and revelation. After nine days and nights of this, it is said that he saw the runes suddenly appear at his feet. Runes are traditionally used for divination. The most common found rune set comes with 24 rune stones and is known as the Elder Futhark. You can also find rune sets with 25 stones, the 25th one being a blank stone known as the Wyrd stone, but this was a more recent addition. Each rune has a special meaning and a connection with a specific deity in the Nordic pantheon.

As with any other divination tool, it is important to find or make a rune set that really resonates with you. You can buy them as wood-burned tokens made from different kinds of wood, or even carved into gemstones. The rune stones pictured in this post are my first set of runes, which are carved into Golden Tiger Eye gemstones. I hope to soon get a second set carved into either Bloodstone or Labradorite.

There are two different kinds of rune stones in the Elder Futhark. There are the non-invertible runes and invertible runes. Non-invertible runes are runes that look the same no matter which way you hold them. Invertible runes  are rune stones that look distinctly different when turned upside down. These runes have two different meanings, depending on if they are right side up or upside down. I will be covering all of the known meanings for each rune, to my knowledge.


How Do I Cast Runes?

Casting Runes can seem pretty intimidating, but its pretty easy once you get the hang of it. It is important to handle your rune stones with care and reverence. The best way to get well acquainted with your set of runes is to do a ‘daily draw’, that is, once a day draw a single rune from the bag, just like you would for a single card tarot draw. This will also help you to become more familiar with each individual rune’s meanings and interpretations. Some like to ask a specific questions, but because runes have a much more complex meaning than just ‘yes’ or ‘no’, the wording of a question can be important. Don’t ask questions like, ‘Will I have a good day?’ but instead word it to be something like, ‘Please give me insight into today’s events.’ You can, however, ask a yes or no question but instead of interpreting the runes, you receive the answer simply by determining whether or not the stone is in the upright position, which would mean a yes, or is inverted, which would be a no.

Multiple rune readings require a cloth to cast the runes down on. This can be any piece of fabric, but I’ve come to understand that solid colors are generally more preferred. Different people cast the stones differently, and it also depends on how many runes you want to draw. The most common way is to draw the desired number, usually between three and five, and place them face down on the cloth. Then, swirl them clockwise. Turn them over and read them one at a time. Another way to cast runes is to dump all the runes out of the bag onto your cloth and read the ones that appear face up.

My personal method for a three stone casting is to take three stones from the bag, being careful not to look at them, and shaking them up in my hands like dice. Then, I cast them in a clockwise swirl. If some didn’t land right side up, I turn them over. From left to right, they represent past, present and future.


What Does Each Rune Mean?



Means ‘Cattle’. This is a rune traditionally connected to cattle and agriculture. It represents wealth, abundance, prosperity, love, and fulfillment. It asks us to identify what we value most. When FEHU is inverted, it represents frustration, difficulties and forewarns of the loss of something you love.


URUZ or UR (U)

Means ‘Aurochs’. This rune is traditionally connected to the wild oxen known as aurochs. It represents strength, health, stamina, grounding, and courage. It holds us responsible for our actions and warns us not to lose control of our more violent emotions. Inverted, URUZ can warn us of the loss of our strength and energy.




Means ‘Giant’. This is the rune attributed to the Thunder God Thor. It is linked with upheavals, chaos, aggression, luck, counsel, and protection. The appearance of THURISAZ is a warning that life may not go according to plan. Inverted, THURISAZ’s serious nature and warnings are less dire and and are greatly reduced.




Means ‘An Aesir Deity’. This rune is alternatively known as the ‘god rune’ and is linked to the protection that Odin gives to his followers. It represents wisdom, communication, respect, ancestors, advice, inspiration, and insight. It tells us that if we are in need of advice, we should go to someone we respect and admire. Inverted, it could mean difficulties in communicating with others, or the misunderstanding of information due to an age gap.




Means ‘Journey on Horseback’.This is a rune of adventures and journeys, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. It represents movement, action, messages, new projects or ventures, as well as advances in career. It’s appearance is a sign that it is time to start something new, to move on, and to take a risk in order to live a fulfilled life. Inverted, RAIDO forewarns of plans not working out the way you expected, and journeys being disrupted or even cancelled.




Means ‘Ulcer’. This is a rune of fire. it is connected to pine trees, which were an original source of kindling for the Norse. It represents enlightenment, energy, lust, positivity, knowledge, understanding, success and relationships. It refers to the warmth of a friendship, the passion of a fiery sexual relationship or the spark that draws you to another person. It also warns us not to let the fire burn out of control or go out due to neglect. Inverted, it can foretell the loss of a friendship or other relationship.




Means ‘Gift’. This rune stone is one of the most positive runes there is. It represents gifts, generosity, partnerships, love, divine union and good fortune. It is linked to love in all forms, whether it be platonic, passionate, familial, sexual, romantic, queerplatonic, etc etc. GEBO could either be foretelling a new, loving relationship or it could warn us of a difficulty regarding an existing relationship. It tells us that we will receive a gift that will bring us happiness, and that we should use our own personal gifts to help benefit others. GEBO is non-invertible.




Means ‘Joy’. This is a run that represents happiness, contentment, harmony, joy, blessings, affection, desire and love in all forms. It foretells happiness and enjoyment, along with either the appearance of new relationships and friendships, or for us to enjoy and treasure the stable and happy relationships we already have. Inverted, it tells of wishes that have failed to manifest, or of a coming rough patch in a relationship.




Means ‘Hail’. This rune is known for being challenging, as it describes situations that are out of our control. Traditionally, it is connected to hail and other natural disasters. It represents limits, delays, upheavals, risks, shadows, surrender, acceptance, and courage. HAGALAZ may be telling us that a storm is coming, and that we should face it with courage, put out head down and weather it rather than roll over and die. It reminds us to draw on our bravery and that this too shall pass, and that things will get better. It is a non-invertible rune.




Means ‘Need’. This rune is linked to crisis. It could foretell of the coming need for money, a new job, a new home, medical help or a new relationship. It represents patience, omens, obstacles, stress and necessity. This rune warns us that something rough is coming and that it must be faced head on, that you must be ready to think on your feet, be inventive, not blame others, or dissolve into a heap of stress. It is a non-invertible rune.




ISA or IS  (I)

Means ‘Ice’.  It is linked to being frozen or static. It represents being stuck in a rut, the inability to move forward, loss, separation, focus, cooling, stagnant emotions, resistance to change and reluctance. It can indicate a time where your plans seems impossible, but that you must remain patience and wait it out. It could also be describing a time of rest and recuperation after a hard time. It is a non-invertible rune.




Means ‘Year’. JERA is connected with the seasons and the cycles of nature. It is specifically linked to the winter solstice. It represents time, harvest, peace, commitment, rewards, wisdom, and gentle changes. JERA could be telling you to watch how you treat others as you will reap what you sow, or it could be letting you know that soon your hard work and efforts will be rewarded. JERA is a non-invertible rune.





Means ‘Yew’. This rune is connected to life, death and rebirth. It has ties to Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life. It represents a quest or journey, perseverance, conflict, and success. It tells us that we face difficulties for a reason, that challenges aren’t easy lessons to be learned but that we should face them head on regardless, and that soon through death we will inherit or gain something new in life. It is a non-invertible rune.





This rune is linked directly with Wyrd, or fate, and it represents destiny, mystery, initiation, secrets and sexuality. It advises us to keep an open mind, but to also avoid rash decisions and actions, and to be prepared to analyze the situation. It is connected to creativity of all kinds, from art to child birth. Inverted, it warns us of fears that could be blown out of proportion.





This is the rune of protection. It is used to invoke the gods. It is associated with psychic abilities, meditation, protection, healing, self care, health, sensibility, friendship, aspiration, fortune and optimism. It tells us to take care of ourselves. It could also be foretelling the arrival of a new mentor or teacher. Inverted, it forewarns of being put in a position where you will be defensive or used.




Means ‘Sun’. This is the rune of the Sun. It represents life, warmth, growth, victory, visions, honor, achievements, vitality, confidence, power and optimism. It encourages us to reach for the stars, pursue new dreams, and make better humans of ourselves. It encourages us to keep pressing on even when things seems tough, and to draw on our own strength of purpose. It is a non-invertible rune.




Means ‘The God Tiwaz’. This rune is a rune of purpose and is connected to the god Tyr. It represents sacrifice, intrigue, courage, justice, struggles, battles, victory, determination, purpose, strength, perseverance, resourcefulness and competition. Inverted, it describes a loss of direction or a defeat.





Means ‘Birch’. This is a rune of fertility. It is associated with motherhood, nurturing, growth, care-taking, birth, creativity, protection, nature and gardening. Its appearance tells us that we need to care for things that have been recently brought into the world. Whether it be a child, a plant or an animal. When inverted it describes a stunt in growth.




EHWAZ or EH  (E)

Means ‘Horse’. This rune is the rune of horses and travel. It represents journeys, emigration, vacation, movement, partnerships, progress, future, changes and truth. It describes working in harmony with others and positive relationships with animals and humans. Inverted, it forewarns of an inflexible attitude, indecisiveness and a betrayal of trust.





Means ‘Man’. This is a rune that is connected to mankind. It represents rationality, intelligence, modesty, thought, trust and sociability. It helps us to evaluate and work out difficult relationships, and encourages us to want to improve ourselves. When inverted, it refers to a closed and prejudiced mind.





This is the rune of the element water. It is connected to unconscious thought, emotions, intuition, psychic abilities, dreams, purification and letting go of emotional baggage. It encourages us to take time to do some introspection and improve our psychic abilities. Inverted, it describes fear and lack of courage.





Means ‘The God Ingwaz’. This is a rune of fertility associated with the god Freyr or Frey. It is connected to the seed aspect of any creation, whether it be child or plant harvest. It is associated with potential, freedom and new beginnings. It encourages us to be thankful for what we have. It is a non-invertible rune.






Means ‘Inheritance’. This is the rune of inheritance and home. It is associated with heritage, ancestry, and things passed down the generations. It is a good omen to draw this rune if you are considering moving houses or apartments, as it indicates that the move will be easy and the new home will be happy. Inverted, it refers to the act of clinging to the old ways and refusing any kind of change, specifically racism and greed.




Means ‘Day’. This is the run of Day and the summer solstice. It is associated with ambition, break through, light, hope and happiness. It signifies beneficial and positive changes, enlightenment, transformation, light at the end of the tunnel, contentment, peace and the end of a difficult time. It is a non-invertible rune.

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Which Herb Should I Use?

Another quiz for beginners to help you determine what starter herbs to use for certain purposes. Like the crystal quiz, I will only be listing five of what I consider to be the easier to find and use herbs. You should be able to find all of these in the spice section of your local grocery store. If you’re looking for affordable, I really like the brand Badia, and there’s this other brand I get at the local asian market but I can’t remember the name for the life of me but they’re like 69 cents a bag.


  • Which physical ailments are you trying to alleviate? 
    1. Stress
    2. Insomnia
    3. Draw Out the Toxins
    4. Improve Circulation and Metabolism
    5. Strengthen Immune System
  • How would you prefer to prepare the herb?
    1. Potpourri, Aromatherapy
    2. Tea or an Infusion
    3. Herbal Bath
    4. As a spice on my food
    5. Herbal Capsule or Pill
  • What metaphysical properties would you prefer the herb to have?
    1. Love
    2. Peace
    3. Purification
    4. Protection
    5. Healing


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Violet’s Witchy Tips Masterpost

This is a collection of my most popular witchy tips content posts! I will be adding on to this regularly. It is designed to help witchlings and seasoned practitioners alike! If there is a topic you would like for me to writer about that I have not already covered, please contact me and I will make it!

The Basics//

Getting Started/

Elemental Based Craft//

Location Based Craft//

Internal Based Craft//

Hobby Based Craft//

The Craft, Identity and Health//

The Craft and Activism//

Open Pantheons//

Cultural Appropriation//

Other Useful Information//

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Beginner Herbs//

Angelica Root// 

•Magic: female power, strength

•Meds: bronchial problems, digestion

Magic: love, astral travel, protection
Meds: digestion, stomach pains

Bay Leaf//
Magic: protection, psychic, wishes
Meds: bruises, sprains, chest cold


•Magic: courage, psychic powers

•Meds: fevers, depression


•Magic: lust, love

•Meds: indigestion, bad breath

Magic: love, beauty, happiness
Meds: fever, cramps, sleep

 Cayenne Pepper// 

•Magic: protection, strength

•Meds: heart and blood health

Magic: peace, anti-nightmare, sleep
Meds: depression, headaches, insomnia

Magic: success, change
Meds: stomach complaints


•Magic: strengthens spells

•Meds: immune system

Magic: female courage, prevents hexes
Meds: gastritis

Magic: healing, protection, lust
Meds: blood purifier, colds

Magic: love, power, success
Meds: vertigo, nausea, stomach pain


•Magic: wishes, healing

•Meds: aphrodisiac


•Magic: protection, healing

•Meds: chest and throat complaints


•Magic: prophetic dreams

•Meds: sedative, diarrhea

Magic: peace, love, purification
Meds: nerves, sleep, anxiety

Lemon Balm//

•Magic: love, healing

•Meds: cuts and wounds, energy


•Magic:astral travel,prophetic dream

•Meds: cramps, energy tonic


•Magic: protection, healing

•Meds: anti-inflammatory


•Magic: protection, prophetic dream

•Meds: blood pressure, heart problem

Magic: happiness, tranquility, harmony
Meds: arthritis

Magic: love, protection, purification
Meds: weight loss, kidney health

 Passion Flower//

•Magic: peace, friendship

•Meds: sedative

Magic: purification, love, healing
Meds: astringent, colds, stomach pain

Magic: memory, protection, purification
Meds: headaches, sleep

Magic: protection, purification, wishes
Meds: astringent


•Magic: happiness, love

•Meds: astringent


•Magic: courage, passion

•Meds: gastric disorders

Magic: courage, health, anti-nightmare
Meds: astringent


•Magic: anti-nightmare, peace

•Meds: relaxant, sedative


•Magic: protection, creativity

•Meds: calms mind, relieves stress

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So, You Wanna Be a Witch? A Beginner’s Guide to Witchcraft

If you are reading this post, I can only assume that you are interested in the practice of witchcraft or magic. Please note that this is just a list of basic guidelines that I either someone told me or that I wish someone had told me when I first started practicing. I would like to take this moment to thank you for reading my post, and I hope that you find it educational!

Identify Your Motivations//

This may not seem very important, but trust me, it is, at least when you start out. Your reasons will impact which paths you lean more towards and what you use your magic for. A sense of identity is vital to nurturing a healthy amount of intention. And intention is the battery that makes this baby go. Your reasoning may change as you learn and grow, and that’s okay! It’s just good to know what your reasons are when you first start out, no matter what they might be.

Ask Questions//

There is a reasons witchcraft is called a ‘practice’. We are always learning. So pick your teachers wisely. At the end of this post is a list of books that you may find helpful. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and remember that the universe and nature is our best teacher, and she is always willing to guide us should we be willing to learn. Try to steer clear of people who promote cultural appropriation, set gender roles, racism, sexism, etc.

Pick a Starting Point and Go from There//
Decide what kind of magic you would like to try out first. This can change at any time, and you can have multiple sects at once. There are no rules saying you have to practice one specific kind of magic. You will, however, through a process of trial and error learn which kinds of magic are your strong suits. It’s just finding that starting point that it important.

Make Witchy Friends//
The witching community is alive and for the most part, very friendly. Heck, I will be your witch friend if you want me to. Friends are not VITAL to becoming a witch, but they sure make it a heck of a lot more fun. Who else are you gonna gush to about that beautiful amethyst cluster you found at the rock shop? Witchy friends are also great to learn from, and to teach. Witches should always try to learn from one another. Surrounding yourself with equally curious and magical minds will do you good.

Do Your Research//

It’s wise to have a basic understanding, if not a detailed knowledge, of what you are trying to do before you do it. Don’t just wander willy nilly into a dragon’s astral cave. Study and meditate on your actions before you go through with something. Especially when it comes to summoning magical creatures or placing curses on people. Research can also help you to widen your knowledge of the witching world and learning new things is a big part of being a witch. Just remember to be wary of anything you read that encourages racism, sexism, gender binaries, cultural appropriation, etc. Take things with a grain of salt.

Keep Your Practice Respectful//

While I can totally get behind a good curse, I do need to address the very real problem of cultural appropriation, which is not only rampant but often encouraged in the witchcraft community. Things like smudging, dream catchers, spirit animals, chakras, etc are a part of something called cultural theft, which are sacred or religiously affiliated ceremonies or objects that have been taken without consent from closed cultures. Before you dive into that book on Shamanism or start learning ‘how to clean your chakras’, take a step back and do some research on whether or not you could be committing cultural appropriation. It is so important to respect other cultures, specifically closed cultures that have been the victims of systematic oppression and genocide. I have many other posts regarding this subject, so if you have further questions try searching my site first before inquiring.

Whether or not you curse is all up to you. Some witches do it, some don’t. Just depends on which path you follow and what you believe. Personally, I do curse in extreme circumstances (like my rapists/abusers), as it helps me cope.  Curses are not inherently bad. Magic is just magic. It is a tool. Curses can be cast for a good reason, just as much as a love spell could be cast for a bad reason. Just remember to do your research! If warding is a witch’s shield, then cursing is a witch’s sword. It is simply just another tool for a witch to use however they see fit.

Keeping a Witch’s Journal//

A Witch’s Journal, or Grimoire/Book of Shadows/Spellbook, is your personal narrative and well of information. It can help you with visualization to record your journey, and it’s loads of fun. It is in no way mandatory to have one, and if you do keep one it can be in the form of a physical paper book, a spiral notebook, a blog, a word doc. on a computer. Whatever you feel most comfortable with. Click here for ideas to get started!

A circle is essentially like a protective bubble you put around yourself before you begin practicing magic. Circles are sealed by calling upon elements, your deities and whatever other helpers you would like to be present for your ritual. Circles are not necessary and tend to be associated with Wiccan practices, but they can be helpful for beginner witches to create a safe official casting space before starting a spell or ritual. Some people, like myself, don’t bother with circles after they move past a certain point in their practice.

Centering is kind of like hitting the pause button. It is a type of controlled meditation to prepare for a spell or ritual. The point of this is to reevaluate your place in the universe and try to get a bit of perspective. Centering doesn’t have to be this huge intimidating thing. I suffer severe depression and anxiety so I am constantly having to center myself so that my magic doesn’t reflect those negative thoughts.When I center, I imagine myself floating in nothingness. Stars start to slowly appear. Just breathe very deeply and imagine yourself and the universe as one. It takes practice for it to come easily, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Grounding is the act of ridding yourself of any excess energy after performing spells or raising energy. If you don’t ground, it is possible that you will feel a little tingly or jittery after a big ritual. Not everyone grounds the same way, but some easy methods are to put your hand on the ground and release the extra energy into the earth. Or you can literally just shake it off. Visualization helps a lot with this.

Raising energy is the base of any form of Magic. You can do this by breathing deeply and drawing the energy from the earth (or whatever element you are most fond of) up through your body and into your hands. Again, visualization helps. Think Avatar the Last Airbender.

Sometimes a situation calls for us to send energy out, whether it be for a blessing, healing, glamour, curse. Sending energy is basically going to happen in any kind of spell. The easiest way to do this is to raise energy, hold it in between your hands in the form of a ball and then send it speeding away to its target. This works especially well I you have a photo or chant their name.

Just like cleaning your room, it’s important to keep your energy field or aura, as well as any enchanted objects or space you inhabit often, from becoming all cluttered. It’s always a good idea to cleanse an object before using it. Especially crystals, objects you intend to charm, etc. I would also advise cleansing frequently used objects such as cell phones, crystals, and charms. One should also cleanse their living space and their personal energy at least once a week, in my opinion.

Methods of Cleansing//

•Smoke cleansing with sage.
Sweet grass and lavender are acceptable substitutions.
•Holding an object in your hand and envisioning a cleansing white light surrounding and washing over it.
•Burning sage incense. Lavender, sweet grass and peppermint are acceptable substitutions.
•Burying a crystal or object in the earth for 24 hours.
•Burying a crystal or object in salt for 24 hours. (Some crystals cannot do this such as malachite. Do your research first)
•Submerging a crystal or object in salt water for 24 hours. (Once again, many crystals dissolve in water and this cannot be done to them safely. Do your research to see what is right for your crystal.)
•Bury in white sand for 24 hours.
•Smoke-less cleansing with lavender, peppermint, sage and sweet grass spritz/spray.
•Burning sage scented candles. Lavender is an acceptable substitute.


Charging is when you give a particular object energy to do a certain task.

Methods of Charging//

•set out in direct sunlight for 8 hours. (Some crystals will fade with this method. Do proper research first.)
•set out in direct moonlight for 8 hours.
•project a particular strong emotion/personal energy into the object.
•set out during a lightning storm.
•musical charging (example: play a track of ocean waves or birdsong to make an object stimulate a calming effect)
•tell the object what you want it to do while sharing energy with it

Shielding, or Warding, is basically an advanced form of casting a circle. You project your energy into an unshakable bubble around you, or attach it to the walls of your home, to protect your energy from negative junk. Like a force field. Warding is usually used for one specific place. But sometimes we can’t just stay in the one place we have warded, so here are ways to make ‘walking wards’, protective bubbles that will go where you go.

•smoke cleanse a piece of jewelry, or an object of personal significance that comforts you. If it has a protective stone like agate or Jasper, then it’s twice as effective.

•charge said jewelry with intent to project a shield

•charge clothing (cleanse first)

•drawing protection sigils on the bottom of your shoes and charge them (cleanse first)

•charge/program your pets’ collars with protective energy. (Cleanse first)

•wear your wards everywhere

Altars and Idols//
Most witches like to have a very specific place to practice their magic. This can be a table, a windowsill, a desk, your room, your garden, etc. it can be anywhere you want. Good things that could be a part of an altar area could include an offering bowl for your otherworldly friends, a cauldron for brewing potions, crystals, candles, and statues of your deities, if applicable.

Remember to Have Fun//
Being a witch is literally magical. If you nurture your powers properly, you can learn to talk to trees, acquire familiars, befriend dragons and other magical creatures, astral travel or “flying”, talk to the dead, work with gods and goddesses, cast powerful spells, make awesome potions, heal yourself and your loved ones, protect yourself and your loved ones, seek guidance from crystals, and just generally enhance your life and the lives of those around you. It’s a wild ride. Enjoy it. 🙂

Good Books to Get You Started//
The Fortune-Teller’s Bible by Jane Struthers
The Mythical Creatures Bible by Brenda Rosen
The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Magical Plants by Susan Gregg
Leaves in Myth, Magic and Medicine by Alice Thomas Vitale
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall