Kenaz Elder Futhark Rune

Kenaz Elder Futhark Rune Meanings

Kenaz Elder Futhark Rune

Kenaz – Rune of Divine Inspiration

Kenaz combines the quiet knowing and inner wisdom of the High Priestess with the confidence to act on it found in the Tarot Sun card.  When this rune shows up, we are ready to become the soul alchemists of the Temperance card and share our vision with the world.

Stripped back meaning based on the actual word and shape

The root ‘ken’ meaning torch is found in words like ‘cunning’ and ‘kenning’ – more surprisingly, perhaps, also in the word ‘cunt’ and no I’m not trying to be rude. It’s just a word geek fact too interesting not to share.

In ancient Norse poetry, a kenning is a word or phrase that alludes to something else and demands of the reader that they have knowledge of myth and lore to understand what is being said. An example would be alluding to Freya’s tears as ‘the rain from her brow’ – Sometimes, it’s a kenning that demands a double take because (as everybody knows) Freya’s tears are gold.

Divine inspiration is about our connection to universal consciousness as well as ancestral cultural heritage. This connection enables us to create a vision that inspires others and helps them feel as if they belong. True artistry.

When we fail to harness the divine fire through either ignorance (HP reversed) or arrogance (Sun reversed), we create dis-ease in our body. The same fire that has the power to heal, also has the power to burn.

The shape of this rune is like a mouth or torch, facing the future (reversed, it’s facing the past). It also looks like a ‘more than’ sign and reminds us that with God we are more than capable of handling whatever life throws at us.


  • Polarity: Gender neutral
  • Zodiac correspondences: Sun and Moon
  • Colours: White/all the colours of the rainbow
  • Tarot card correspondences: Temperance
  • Archangel correspondences: The Angel of Temperance
  • Chakra correspondences: Heart and Third Eye
  • Health: Fever, inflammation, wounds, lack of moderation

Divinatory Meanings


Upright: opening up to receive inspiration, prophecy
Reversed: ignorance, being shut down

Love & relationships 

Upright: relationship issues can be resolved without many words exchanged thanks to divinely inspired insight
Reversed: arrogance and continued relationship drama, stuck in past patterns


Upright: moderation in all things, a balanced healthy lifestyle
Reversed: overindulgence or deprivation, imbalance


Upright: divinely inspired work, recognition  
Reversed: trying to force a vision or concept, failure, doing things the old way when a new vision is needed

Holistic Healing Tips for Kenaz

Colour therapy for the Kenaz rune would be green for balance and harmony and purple for strength of vision.

Use Kenaz to strengthen and brighten your aura up if you feel invisible. Chant KANE-awze while visualising the rune above you, under you, in front of you, behind you and on either side of you, with the ‘mouth’ of the rune pointing away from you.

Sitting meditation: hold the rune or draw the rune in the palm of both hands, ask for divine inspiration and sit in stillness, palms up, waiting to receive.

Wear a Kenaz necklace when you teach or speak in public, for maximum ability to inspire your audience.

Do a rune spell with Kenaz, Fehu and the Sowilu before going to a job interview.

Place Kenaz over your heart chakra in meditation, to balance male and female energies.

Use with Gebo and Wunjo to draw the Right One to you in love spells.

Draw the Kenaz rune on your palms before channelling divine healing energy and to allow for intuitive guidance about where to place your hands.


  • I allow myself to be filled with divine inspiration now.
  • I am a mouthpiece for the divine.
  • I am inspired and inspire others in return.
  • I enjoy teaching and sharing my wisdom.
  • My life is balanced and in harmony between the forces of yin and yang.
  • The power of Godde lights my path from within.
  • I receive clear guidance when channelling healing energy.

To strengthen the effect of the affirmation, you can draw the Kenaz rune over a glass of water. Say the affirmation out loud while holding the glass. Then drink it while focusing on where you want to go next or on what it is you wish to manifest.

Kenaz Prayer

Dear Mother-Father God, Thank you for your Holy Spirit filling me with divine inspiration. Help me to listen and remain balanced, so that I know where and how best to inspire others in turn. Amen

Kenaz and Hyperborean Water Magic

In ancient Hyperborea, our ancestors used the white Kenaz rune to purify the mind’s eye and to realign the heart with the mind. Anybody who noticed a lack of temperance or moderation would instantly use this rune to illuminate their hearts and minds to perceive what needed to be brought back into balance.

In the environment, the rainbow Kenaz rune was applied to the waterways to grant human and non-human travellers alike joyful, prosperous and safe travels.

Those working closely with the alchemy of Water would also use Kenaz to better learn the wisdom of the Water Element.

How to Charge the Water

  • Draw the rune over your glass or another glass vessel with the pointer and middle finger on your dominant hand.
  • Chant the name of the rune three times.
  • Visualise the rune glimmering in the colour of your choice as you chant (see colour correspondences above).
  • Visualise the light from the rune charging every molecule in the water until the light expands beyond the glass. When the light has formed an aura around the glass that you can see or feel with your hands, it is ready to drink/use.

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