Raidho – Rune of Taking Action
Where Ansuz deals with thoughts, words and divine communication, Raidho deals with acting on inner guidance and moving forward in the world. If we are connected to our inner divine guidance (upright Ansuz) we are able to take ‘right action’ and move forward with integrity. To move forward with clarity, in the right direction, we also need clear vision and this is why I associate this rune with the eyes/ajna chakra as well as with the solar plexus (seat of personal power).
Imagine your driving instructor telling you to give it some more gas when you see this rune. Because this rune is associated with travel and travel (leaving our comfort zone) can be risky business, it is also a rune of risk-taking.
Stripped back meaning based on the actual word and shape
Looking at the shape of the rune, we see a point at the top, pointing to the right (the future) and a ‘leg’ stepping out as if to take action.
The Raidho rune (pronounced RIDE-ho) is associated with words for riding, road, raid, and wheel in more than one modern language. In modern Swedish, for instance, this rune shines through in the verb rida which means to ride (also same etymological root). The Norse name of the rune is reid.
- Polarity: Masculine
- Zodiac correspondences: Jupiter
- Tarot card correspondences: The Chariot, The Wheel of Fortune, Knight of Wands, 2 of Wands, The Hanged Man (Rx)
- Archangel correspondences: Archangel Sachiel/Zadkiel, Michael, Raphael and Camael
- Chakra correspondences: Solar Plexus and Third Eye
- Health: Hips, legs, eyes
General: taking action, moving forward, travel – reversed: being unable to move forward, not acting on inner guidance, postponed journey
Love & relationships: initiating sex, power couple, moving to deeper commitment (depending on surrounding runes) – reversed: two people moving in different directions, lack of harmony and a shared vision
Health/wellbeing: active lifestyle, exercise like running and horse riding – reversed: immobility leads to poor health or vice versa
Business: clarity of vision, making good choices and acting on sound business proposals – reversed: someone is throwing a spanner in the works
Holistic Healing Tips for Raidho
When this rune shows up it’s time to take action. Colour therapy indicated with this rune would be right red.
When Raidho shows up reversed it can mean that now is not a good time to move forward by taking action in the outside world but rather to embark on a journey within, making meditation and dreamwork priorities instead. A new perspective may be needed before forward movement is possible.
Raidho could also come up for someone with a sedentary lifestyle as a sign that more movement and activity will improve their wellbeing.
You can use this rune for safe travel. Imagine where you want to go and draw the Raidho rune over your car three times to get there safely and on time. Use this rune in spells for manifesting travel or passing a driving test.
Chanting RIDE-ho while visualising the colour red can help you feel more energetic before you go for a run or bike ride.
The Raidho rune can be used in spellcasting together with Sowilu for moving up on the career ladder.
Meditate with the Raidho rune over your solar plexus chakra for more energy or over your third eye for clarity about what your next step needs to be.
Hold Raidho in your receptive hand and chant the rune name when you want to journey to meet your spirit guides.
- I act on my divine guidance.
- The Universe has my back. (when poised to take a risk, prompted by divine revelation)
- I am a good and safe driver.
- I joyfully move my body to stay healthy.
- I am ready to move forward with my life (after a break-up, for instance)
- My safety is in God’s hands wherever I go (when travelling)
- I move forward with integrity.
- I journey safely on the inner/astral planes and see clearly what I need to know.
To strengthen the effect of the affirmation, you can draw the Raidho 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.
Dear Mother-Father God, Thank you that I am safe to act on my inner guidance and that the Angels have my back when I take the necessary risks to get me where I am divinely guided to go. Amen