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
The Norwegian: "Riding is said to be the worst thing for horses;Reginn forged the finest sword." (http://www.ragweedforge.com/poems.html)
The Icelandic says: "joy of the horsemen
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