:fehu: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - All About Runes

Merry meet!

Thank you again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Hedge Magick :cloud:

After peering beyond the hedge and exploring other worlds, it’s time to explore another area of magick- so stay strong and courageous as we reach into the bag and draw out this particularly popular area of the Craft :pouch::sparkles:

The theme for this week’s challenge was suggested with the wonderful @SpanishWitchy and is…

Runes Runic Magick Challenge Spells8

:bone: :fehu::pouch: ~ RUNES ~ :coin: :raido: :sparkles:

A form of divination, guidance, spellwork tool, protective talisman, and more-
How do you use runes in your practice?

Runes in Magick:

The word ‘rune’ comes from the Old English rūn ‘a secret, mystery’, and from Old Norse rúnir, rúnar meaning ‘magic signs, hidden lore’

The truth is that the runes are not exactly used for “telling the future”. Much like with a Tarot reading, we don’t believe that the future is written in stone, rather that we as individuals have the power to follow our own path and make our own decisions. Runes offer insight that can be used to help understand situations and guide our intuition.

From Spells8 : Casting Runes Course

There are many ways for a witch to use and incorporate runes in their practice- this challenge calls on you to explore, study, and enjoy the wonderful world of runes in a way that interests you!

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This week’s theme challenges you to use runes in your practice - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…



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STEP 1 : Exploring Runes :fehu:

This challenge is all about runes- there are many ways to draw on and incorporate runes and rune magick into your practice!

Still not sure where to begin?

To help you get started, the following list has a few suggestions in which a witch might approach this challenge.

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:open_book: Study the Sacred Alphabets

New to runes? There’s a lot to unpack and the wealth of information out there may seem overwhelming at first :exploding_head: :books:

For a comprehensive but digestible introduction to runes, head on over to the Casting Runes Course. Each of the key topics (as well as each of the 24 Elder Futhark Runes) are explored through guided videos. Sit back, relax, and learn runes!

Casting Runes Course: Introduction to the Sacred Alphabet

For fans of printable pages, you can add the Rune Meanings Printable Page to your Book of Shadows or Grimoire! :open_book:

Rune Meanings Printable Page
Rune Meanings Printable Page Spells8

While the Elder Futhark Runes are perhaps the most commonly used type of runes, there are other sacred and magickal rune alphabets out there- such as the “Witches’ Alphabet” (aka the Theban Alphabet)

The Witches’ Rune : A Magickal Pragan Invocation

Witch Runes / Theban Runes Printable Page
Witch Runes theban Runes Printable Page

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:crystal_ball: Runes for Divination

Runes are one of the most popular methods of divination and also one of the most versatile- there are numerous methods for casting, reading, and interpreting the runes and how they fall.

How to Read Runes in Divination

Methods of Casting Runes

Divination With The Runes: Guides & Spreads

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:magic_wand: Runes in Spellwork

Every rune is ripe with symbolism and can function as a magickal symbol. On their own or combined as Bindrunes, runes make great additions to spellwork and rituals. Here are a few ideas and ways to use runes in magick!

Using Runes for Love Magick

Runes in Fertility Magick

Safe Travel Spell Protection Bag

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:rock: Make Your Own Runes

Don’t have a rune set of your own? Feel free to make one! There are many easy (and thrifty) ways to make your very own personalized set of runes.

Making and Consecrating Your Runes

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…And More!

From crafting to art magick and more- there are so many ways to explore and incorporate runes into the Craft!

Here are just a few more miscellaneous suggestions that may spark ideas:

As always, feel free to be creative and unafraid to embrace your own unique practice in how you explore the theme this week! :star2:

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STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Please click here for notes about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

For your entry to be counted towards the challenge, please share:

  1. How you used runes in your practice this week

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new thread in the forum (doing so keeps your entry separate and is a good option if you have a lot to share)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:

Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time)
( 2022-11-08T06:00:00Z)

(Note that the time zone is CET- you can use this time zone calculator to switch into your time zone!)

Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team .

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:

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Symbols and suns, messages and moons-
There’s much to explore when it comes to the runes!

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Blessed be! :fehu: :sparkles:


Yay! I likey​:smile: ive been really into divibation lately and runes gas been one ive perhaps not done as much lately. I have a rune app abd rune cards but i wanted to make some physical rune stones or something for a while, maybe i can look at that for this or if tight for time maybe use the app or cards in some spreads…ooh omg i almost forgot, i found spreads in shape of runes and based on a specific rune. Id run out of time previously to write in my spread and divination reference book, maybr now​:smile:… and maybe can try a rune spread or maybe more. Ooh exciting :grin::grin::grin:


OOh, this will be interesting. Not sure what to do!


Um… well, once again I have options… while I haven’t been regularly drawing a rune for the day… I could start again OR! & hear me out… I can explore Witches Runes! I have collected information about them & maybe I can look into those OR do something with my actual Runes that is different from a single pull… I could go on, but I think I can come up with something for this one! Oooo… how exciting! :star_struck:


I found a dragon rune alphabet! I would like to cast some runes, but since I’m new to them, maybe I should use a traditional runic alphabet to get the hang of things.


Yes, maybe a good idea only because I read this and the first thing, I thought of was, an episode on Charmed when the little boy, Chris was feeling some type of way, so he used Magick that he was too, young to use and he made his Dragon from TV come alive and terrorized their neighborhood.
Blessed Be,


I hope I can find time to do this, it just seems life is so hectic lately. I don’t have just Manic Mondays! It’s like that *Every Day! I want to use my beautiful Clear Runes with Inset Gemstones handmade by our lovely @Magdelina

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I’m in! I will start with the course first…thank you! I already have a set of Runes but never got around to using them. I will niw!


I’ve never worked with Norse Runes (and if I’m being honest, I have no desire to :sweat_smile:) so maybe I’ll explore Theban a bit this week. That still counts, right? :laughing:


Since I started making runes to sell in my shop I have used runes quite a bit from using them in writing small chants (Elder Futhark) to making sigils with them. I have used my own set of Witch’s runes for spellcasting, which is to draw up the appropriate rune or in my case, look for the specific rune for manifesting and use the rune in my spell. I did write a small booklet for both the Elder and Witch’s that explains how to use them for other than divination. :slight_smile: gleaned from various sources.

I have a rune app on my phone for both but the Witch’s rune app had too many ads :confused:

I will take a picture of my next rune adventure as soon as I get over the Halloween hangover. Blessed be!!


This should be an interesting challenge​:blush:, I’ve felt like the Norse Gods/Goddess have been trying to get my attention for a while. :smile: this seems like a great opportunity to use my Runes cards and to explore the lessons above.


Challenge entry

Weekly :fehu: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - All About Runes

So I chose to learn about solar rune and birthhour rune.

TIWAZ (Solar Rune) is justice

WUNJO (birthhour rune) is success

My intuition tells me what I seek I succeed in. I achieve victory and blessings
I hope to learn so much more about runes.


When I was learning about them for the posts I tried them for a while & felt good with them. As I progressed in my practice & learning, I don’t do a “personal” draw with them anymore.

I’m not drawn to them or the Norse, but my son very much is, so it was fun to learn about them & pass on the information to him.

I do a weekly draw with my stones though for what to have in my pouch that I carry each day.

I think I’m going to explore what I can about Witches Runes as a curiosity thing that just needed a nudge to actually do it :laughing:


Weekly Witchy Challenge - All about Runes Entry

This is going to be exciting for me. I always said, because I do not have any artistic talent but, someday will become rich, I can draw stick people like a professional. This is what Runes reminds me of and looks like I just might be able to draw them. I am going to do the lesson from Spells 8 and try Pinterest for some information.
I also think I better just stay here to do the challenge and maybe next time I’ll do it in word…I’m a chicken.

Blessed Be to all


@Phoenix_Fire It sounds like you a treasure trove of rune resources- this is definitely a theme that is right up your alley, Pheonix! :blush: Good luck and can’t wait to see what you’ll choose to do! :sparkles:

@Amethyst I’m sure your brilliant and creative mind will come up with something wonderful :relaxed: Good luck and have fun with it, Amethyst! :heart:

@Susurrus I know from your very helpful rune posts that you’re a real rune master, Siofra- I’m looking forward to seeing how you’ll explore this one! Good luck! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

@Kasandra A dragon rune alphabet sounds amazing! :star_struck:

@Marsha Hang in there, Marsha- you can overcome the manic days! :muscle: :heart: Those runes are gorgeous- Magdelina did a beautiful job on them! :sparkles:

@kathleen9 The course is a great place to get started with runes- it sounds like it is an area that calls to you, Kathleen! Good luck and blessed rune studies! :books::blush:

@MeganB Absolutely! Feel free to jump in and explore Theban! :star_struck:

@Magdelina The runes you make are absolutely stunning, Magdelina- it sounds like you are both a talented rune master and rune crafter! :sparkles: Would love to see the picture of your next rune adventure- I hope you are healing and resting well after your Halloween fun! :jack_o_lantern:

@Francessca How exciting! Perhaps it is time to heed their call, Francessca- wishing you all the best as you jump into your rune studies, good luck! :heart:

@lerena Great work on finding and studying your solar and birthhour runes- thank you for sharing them with us! Wishing you all the best as you continue to learn about runes- have fun with it! :books::blush:

@Medea Runes are indeed wonderfully simple- anyone is free to correct me if I’m wrong on this, but I believe runes have their simple and straight-lined form as they were primarily carved- on wood and stone. The straight lines are much easier to carve than curved lines- which is still a boon for us drawing them in modern times! :art: :grinning: Good luck with your rune studies, Medea- I’m excited to see what you will do! :two_hearts:


Ohh! @marsha
Are these witch’s runes I read a tidbit about them when learning about birthhour and solar runes


Challenge entry

Weekly Witchy Challenge – all about runes.

I never did much with Runes, they reminded me of the evil witch in snow white, or a grizzled old woman throwing bones on the ground. Yep, kind of scary to me.
There were soooooo many Runes sets from all over the world that I was about to give up when…


Did you know that there’s an Egyptian Rune set?

  1. This set reminds me of mahjong (but with Egyptian symbols)
    WWW. Etsy.com *(sold out)

  2. This one is made of creak stones
    This one is amazing, it’s listed by Moon Goddess 12.99 BPS Gardenhttps://www.moongoddessgarden.com/ourshop/prod_2481080-Egyptian-Oracle-Runes.html
    See Below
    3.(like #2)another one was listed on Etsy but is unavailable now.
    Rune Set Egyptian With Black Velvet Bag and Casting - Etsy

  3. Another set, similar to the above is from the UK
    my pocketbook tells me it’s too expensive.

I couldn’t find a cheat sheet to read them, but I thought someone might be interested. In the set. I’m Saving to buy the white ones when they become available again.

Thanks for giving me the poke I needed to look into something new.


Challenge Entry

I mean, you knew I’d love this challenge!!! And funny enough I ran across this article today The mysterious Viking runes found in a landlocked US state. I’m not too terribly far from me. I may have to plan a trip to see them!

I’m surprised that the Smithsonian declared in 1923 that the characters were Scandinavian. It would be interesting to find out if they have changed their mind about it since then. I’m clearly no expert but they look like runes to me. How they got there, I can’t say but speculating is fascinating. Thinking of the Vikings sailing on the Mississippi river is something that never occurred to me! If true, it must have been a sight to behold!

Are these Viking runes or aren’t they? "The inscriptions are not a Viking script, but a combination of [runic languages] Elder Futhark and Younger Futhark, which predates when the Vikings would have been traveling," Source - Dennis Peterson, archaeologist, and manager of the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center
(photo and quotes come from the article linked about)

Quite the timely and enjoyable article to run across today!


I knew I picked up this little book when I was out and about a couple of weekends ago for a reason!

That then prompted me to go on a rune set hunt for something that I liked. I couldn’t find anything locally here in Perth so I started having a lookie loo on websites that I have bought some of my witchy supplies before.

And…… of course what do I pick…… a crystal set. (My name is Jess and I have a problem) They weren’t outrageously expensive and it’s a little Aussie small business in Queensland. So I bought them for my onesies. I chose the Amethyst set but they had a few in the Elder Futhark Viking Rune set to choose from including an Agate, Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Howlite and a mixed crystal set. If there is a crystal option in something guaranteed that’s the one for me lol!

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Total perfect timing. Thank you for sharing this article! :heart: