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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


    This month we will be looking at the rune Raido, also called Raidho, Reidh or Rad. Raido is cognizant to the letter R in English and looks very much like our upper case R with the lower angled line shortened. Raido is the fifth rune of the first aett, and because it’s appearance is so similar to the letter it represents in English it is one of the easiest to remember. The word “Raido” means “Wheel”.
    The rune poems are all in agreement that at it’s most basic level Raido means horseback riding, but when studying that we can see the deeper meanings of this rune.
Anglo-Saxon poem says: "Riding seems easy to every warrior while he is indoors
and very courageous to him who traverses the high-roads
          on the back of a stout horse." ( which I take to mean that riding a strong, speeding horse is difficult for those who usually stay indoors.
The Norwegian: "Riding is said to be the worst thing for horses;Reginn forged the finest sword." ( 
The Icelandic says: "joy of the horsemen
and speedy journey
          and toil of the steed." ( The Norwegian and Icelandic are similar to each other, both saying that riding is an effort for the horse being ridden, with the Icelandic adding that it is a joy to the rider and a quick journey. From this we can see the meaning is not only horseback riding but also traveling with a purpose, journeying - both physically and spiritually - action, movement, messages, and the vehicle used in our travels. Some people also see Raido as representing following divine will, and since the word itself means wheel, it can also be understood to mean cycles, order, correct course and situations which are coming back around again indicating a change in circumstance or direction. Life is a journey and Raido is about the experience of that journey itself, about choosing to follow where our karma leads us. It is taking the risk to venture out, and in some cases can represent astral travel.
    In divination Raido is a rune of travel and change as well as seeking advice from others. When Raido appears you can be certain that things are in the process of changing, and it often signals the need for the questioner to take control of the direction of their journey, although it can also indicate the need to stop resisting necessary changes and go with the flow. It is an active rune of motion and action and so can mean that the situation is changing rapidly. In certain cases it will literally represent travel, either a physical journey or possibly a relocation, and may also indicate the need for some spiritual travelling, either through exploring other paths or through astral travel. It can indicate a search for information or advice from a wise person or spiritual guide may be necessary as well. When Raido appears in a reading it is shouting “Now is the time for action!” it is time for the questioner to seize the day and manifest their own goals instead of waiting around for someone else to do it for them.
   In magic Raido can be used for protection in travel by chanting the name of the rune at the beginning of the journey, whether it is a car trip or hiking out in nature. Some people will trace Raido on their cars for protection while driving.  To add speed to any spell simply incoporate Raido three times. You can carve it three times in a row on a spell candle to quicken the spells effects, or draw it three times in a row on a charm bag for the same result.
   To attune to the energy of this rune I recommend a combination of meditating on it and using it in spellwork. Meditate on it first and write down the experience, then carry the rune with you for at least a week. When you start to use it in your spells, be sure to write those experiences down in you journal as well.
    Next month : Kenaz

1 comment:

  1. I enjoy your blog very much and would like to suggest adding an image of any rune you're discussing to assist those with little or no knowledge of the topic easier rune identification.

    Brightest Blessings!