Rune Name: Raidho (5th Rune of the Elder Futhark & Freya’s Aett)
Germanic Name: Raidho, riding, journey
Phonetic Value: R
Translation: Journey, riding, wheel
Modern English: Riding or Rowel
Rune Number: 5 (5th Rune of the Elder Futhark & Freya’s Aett)
Color Association(s): Bright Red
Elemental Association(s): Earth, Fire
Deity Association(s): Forseti is an obscure pre-Christian Norse god. He is mentioned only twice in Old Norse literature.
Herbal Association(s): Mugwort
Tree Association(s): Oak
Astrological Association(s): Sagittarius
Calendar Days: August 29 – September 13
Chakras: Root, Solar Plexus
Tarot Card(s): The Chariot, The Sun
Magickal Uses: Use Raidho when you travel over great distances by inscribing it onto your vehicle, luggage, or even yourself. Chant to bring the blessings of the gods upon you while traveling, and it is an essential rune in shamanic journeying for protection.
Overall Meanings/Keyword(s): Travel, mobility, movement, rhythm, journey. Vitality, quest, purpose, guidance, cycle, timing, unity.
Rune of the long ride, long hard journey of growth & becoming in the world. A journey that must be governed by good counsel & rational process. The honed will, discipline, & drive to move forward along the path laid forth by the divine.
Raidho is the rune of the traveler, offering protection & guidance on journeys through both the physical & astral planes. Calls to the vehicles that allow people to work & move together, driving progress & the communities further forward so that their singular & collective goals may be realized.
Your path is clear, so long as you allow your internal compass to chart your route. Solar rays shine forth to illuminate the way. Attune yourself to the rhythm & hum of the earth that pulses through your blood.
As the wheel turns, so do my eyes & heart turn to the sun. Bathing in divine luminescence, I will never steer astray.
An ordered change is indicated. Ordered ethical deeds are necessary. This requires planning, preparation, & good judgment, however. Action is necessary. Gain experience in the “outside world”. A journey or change in a domestic situation is in the offing. Logical matters may become a concern. Justice may be expected. Make use of reason & counsel. This rune may signify a person in the legal or transportation field.
You are advised to keep your focus on the journey itself, rather than your arrival. Raidho signifies not only the vehicle you ride in but the road you travel on. You will be best served by making the most of the journey along the way.
Hard times ahead. Spiritual crisis based on unpreparedness. Spiritual boredom resulting from rigid routines. Beware of bad advice. A blockage of the Raidho force will lead to injustice or inappropriate irrationality. A blockage of the Raidho force will lead to injustice, violence, stultification, or inappropriate irrationality.
Journeys may often just be detours off one’s primary path, not part of our primary life journey.
Failure to move on will lead to stunted growth
Moves & career changes can also mean disruptions in personal relationships, and these must be maintained in order to remain a whole person.
Meditation: Raidho Rune Meditation Magin Rose
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