Runes of Magick

"Each runic symbol contains an elemental force which corresponds to a god or natural power. Whether using runes for ritual magic, meditation or divination, the forces set in motion by runes are primal and highly effective."
Donald Tyson - The Truth about Runes


Know how to cut them,
Know how to read them,
Know how to stain them,
Know how to evoke them,
Know how to send them.
The Epic Poem Havamal

Humankind has used signs and sigils for thousands of years to aid in communication, to record knowledge and in some cases to divine the future and evoke magic for purposes of protection and empowerment. The ancient Runemasters used runes to ward off harm from the physical and psychic realms but Runic Magic was the gift of the warlock who was skilled in the magical art of wardlokkur which included the techniques of protecting or binding people or constraining spirits.

alerunes.jpg One of the most popular runes used for binding magic in ancient times were known as alerunes. Alerunes were used to block any magical enchantments of ‘strange' women. The man under alleged attack would write these runes on the inside of the cup from which the woman in question would take a drink. To activate the rune power the man would scratch the rune Nauthiz (constraint) on his fingernail. Also of great importance in the ancient world was the weather particularly connected to farming, hunting and sailing. The idea was to properly anticipate the weather and then try to control it. To this end, Runemasters used brunrunes which translates literally to fountain runes or surf runes in order to connect harmoniously with the power or running and flowing water usually associated with the ocean. Brunrunes were carved upon the stern, steering oar or rudder of a ship to protect it at sea.

Like other methods of insight such as the Tarot, astrology, and numerology the runes are subject to ‘polarity' and can be used for good or ill. Like their esoteric counterparts they were also forced to undergo persecution by religious authority during the Middle Ages but remained alive and preserved by the scholars and archeologists who studied them and through the ancient texts that carried their legends and history. A contemporary infiltration of the runes finds them in starring roles in today's literature and movies.

1958's Curse of the Demon (aka Night of the Demon) based on the story Casting the Runes by Montague R. James, starred Dana Andrews as an American psychologist Dr. John Holden pitted against a Satanic cult leader Julian Karswell played by Niall MacGinnis who used ancient runic symbols written on a scroll of parchment to call up a fire demon from hell to destroy his enemies.
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1993's Warlock The Armageddon starred Julian Sands as a wicked warlock bent on assisting Satan in entering the world through use of magic connected to ancient crystals etched with runic symbols. The runic crystals in this movie are a good example of the polarity connected to the rune energies. In the beginning of the movie the audience is made aware via a conversation between modern day Druids who are protecting the Earth that the stones can be used to either "free or trap" the devil. The Druids are alerted to the presence of the warlock and the potential for satanic disaster by the appearance of the rune Berkana (pictured below left) which represents ‘birth'. The rune representing a "demon" is Thurisa (pictured below right).


The illustration above depicts Runic Insigils, Bind Runes and Runic Script from several different versions of Runic Alphabets and encoded runes - Germanic, Gothic, Medieval, hahalrúnar (hook runes), tjaldrúnar (tent runes-x shape), Iis (unconnected single stroke runes), tree runes and branch runes.

Throughout history, Runic Insigils and Bind Runes consisting of combined runic letters and related signs have been used to make powerful amulets. The runic wheel is the most powerful and quite effective version of Runic Insigil. From a central point four, six or eight intersecting lines are drawn to form a star like pattern. Runes are then written along the lines and a circle is drawn around the circumference. A Runic Insigil made this way can be worn around the neck. This is known as a bracteate. Numbers 1, 2 and 4 in the illustration depict Runic Insigils. Number 1 is known as the Helm Of Awe and is considered the most powerful insigil of all. It represents irresistible power granting the wearer the capability to disempower any opponent using physical and psychic force. Bind Runes are single runic characters made up of two or more runes that share common elements. Numbers 3, 9, 10, 11-15 in the illustration are examples of Bind Runes. Numbers 5-8 are examples of Runic Script with some binding.


Creating a Bind Rune talisman for personal empowerment and protection is in truth a magical act. This type of Runic combination is comprised of the runestaves that constitute one's name. This can be your formal name OR if you have adopted a knick-name or shortened version of your name that you feel comfortable using. If you are an occult initiate you can use your magical name. Here is what you'll need and how to conduct the ritual:
1) Wood, metal, stone, or quick hardening jewelry sculpting clay and an appropriate carving or etching tool for the material. You will also need a candle or incense with burner and a black cloth or storage box for the completed talisman.

2) Work out designs and inscriptions in advance. Remember you will be creating a design based upon the runic characters that represent each letter of your name according to the chart above. If you are going to practice writing your name Bind Rune with the runestaves that constitute your name before making the Talisman you can use plain paper and any writing medium but be sure to properly dispose of the paper by burning it when you are done. Write the Runes using downward strokes that run to the right (left to right). NEVER LEAVE RUNIC SCRIPT LYING AROUND AS THIS SHOWS DISREGARD FOR YOUR IDENTITY AND HIGHER SELF. Decide upon a specific purpose for the Talisman.

3) Choose a time when the Moon is waxing.

4) Light the candle or incense. Properly protect yourself through prayer or specific intention of protection. Create your Talisman. When it is finished, pass it over the candle flame or through the incense three times.

5) Give the Talisman the power to carry out its task by speaking its function aloud. Wrap the Talisman in a black cloth or place it in a box. Carrying the Talisman, walk in a clockwise circle nine times chanting the runic name Laukaz for growth and empowerment. Bring the Talisman out into the light of day the following morning. This is the birth of your Talisman and it is ready for use!

Example for the name TOM 



It is quite easy to make a Runic Talisman connected to your Zodiac Sun sign. Here are the steps:
1) Choose a material and proper etching or carving tool. Wood, metal, stone or quick hardening jewelry sculpting clay are good mediums. Also choose proper storage for times when you are not carrying, wearing or working with your talisman such as a box or dark cloth. You will also need a new candle
2) Choose a day when the Moon is waxing by phase. Find your Zodiac sign with its corresponding Runestave in the chart below. Note the Runic Hour as this is the time you should create your talisman.
3) Light the candle or start burning the incense. Protect yourself through prayer or specific intention for protection. If you do not know a prayer or protective intention, you can use the following:

"Under the Divine Light of the Great Spirit I am protected.
My faith assures that only the positive may touch my being.
I am safe and sound and at ease in Body and Spirit.
I bring Divine Illumination to my Self and others.
I do so with love and respect for the Almighty."

4) Create the talisman. Write the Rune using downward strokes that run to the right (left to right). When it is finished, pass it over the candle flame or through the incense three times.

5) Give the talisman power by speaking its name out loud. Wrap the Talisman in a black cloth or place it in a box. Carrying the Talisman, walk in a clockwise circle nine times chanting the runic name Laukaz for growth and empowerment. Bring the Talisman out into the light of day the following morning. Wear or carry your talisman to enhance your personal power.

Runestaves, Runic Hours and Zodiac Associations are listed in the chart below: