In today’s post, I share what I have learned about rune and chakra correspondences. I started learning about chakras about 25 years ago and started rune studies more than 15 years ago. I can’t remember when I started experimenting with using the runes for chakra healing. But this post has been a long time coming!
My Viking ancestors spoke of the wheel-shaped energy centres along the spine as ‘hvels.’ There here are no surviving teachings on how the Norse ancestors worked with the hvel system.
My own understanding of the chakras is based on the Western version of the ancient Vedic teachings. But I have also come to my own conclusions based on experimentation.
Exploring the connections between chakras and runes can provide valuable insights for energy healing and personal growth. Here are the rune and chakra correspondences I use:
The Root Chakra and the Othala Rune
The Root Chakra, also known as Muladhara, is the first chakra in the energetic system. It is located at the base of the spine. The Root Chakra relates to stability, grounding, and our connection to the physical world. When this chakra is balanced and open, it provides a solid foundation for all other chakras. It enables us to feel safe, secure, and anchored.
The Othala Rune (ᛟ) corresponds to the Root Chakra. In the runic system, Othala represents ancestral heritage, home, and security. It signifies the importance of our roots, both in terms of our physical lineage and connection to the land we call home. Othala reminds us of the importance of grounding ourselves in our ancestral wisdom. It can help us find a sense of belonging and security within our own personal and cultural history.
Working with Othala Rune in relation to the Root Chakra supports us in tapping into the deep well of wisdom that comes from our lineage. This can help us in cultivating a strong sense of stability, grounding, and a feeling of having strong roots. It encourages us to honor and embrace our heritage, and to create a sense of security and belonging within ourselves and our surroundings.
When using Othala in Root Chakra healing and energy work, we can visualise the rune or draw it. We can meditate on its symbolism, chant it, or incorporate it into rituals and ceremonies. By doing so, we align ourselves with the energy of Othala and the qualities it represents, bringing balance and strength to our Root Chakra.
The Sacral Chakra and Berkana
The Sacral Chakra, also known as Svadhishthana, is the second chakra in the energetic system. It is located in the lower abdomen, below the navel, and is associated with creativity, emotions, and sexuality. When the Sacral Chakra is balanced and open, it allows for the free flow of energy, vitality, and passion. A healthy Sakral Chakra enables us to experience pleasure, joy, and a sense of abundance in our lives.
The Berkana Rune (ᛒ) corresponds to the Sacral Chakra. In runic symbolism, Berkana symbolizes fertility, creativity, and growth. It embodies the cyclical nature of life, the potential for new beginnings, and the nurturing qualities of the divine feminine. Berkana represents the untapped creative potential within us and encourages us to explore our artistic expression, emotional depth, and sensuality.
When working with the Berkana Rune in relation to the Sacral Chakra, we can enhance our creative endeavours and amplify our emotional intelligence. It can help us cultivate a healthy relationship with our sexuality. By aligning ourselves with the energy of Berkana, we tap into the wellspring of creative energy, allowing it to flow freely. We unblock any stagnant emotions or inhibitions.
Working with the Berkana Rune and the Sacral Chakra assists us in discovering new avenues for self-expression. It facilitates embracing our genuine emotions and cultivating a harmonious relationship with our sexuality.
The Solar Plexus Chakra and the Sowilo Rune
The Solar Plexus Chakra, Manipura, is the third chakra in the energetic system. Located in the area between the navel and the sternum, it pertains to personal power, confidence, and self-worth. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced and open, it enables us to have a strong sense of self. It is a source of inner strength and enables us to assert ourselves in a healthy way.
The Sowilo Rune (ᛋ) corresponds to the Solar Plexus Chakra. In runic symbolism, Sowilo signifies confidence, clarity, and success. It embodies the power of the sun, representing light, warmth, and illumination. Sowilo encourages us to tap into our inner radiance and embrace our unique gifts and abilities. It reminds us that we have the power to shine our light brightly and achieve our goals.
Working with the Sowilo Rune in relation to the Solar Plexus Chakra enhances our self-confidence and activates our personal power. It can assist us in cultivating a strong sense of self-worth. By aligning ourselves with the energy of Sowilo, we tap into the sun-like qualities within us. This, in turn, allows our inner light to shine forth. Sowilo teaches us to embrace our true potential, believe in ourselves, and take courageous steps towards our aspirations.
The Heart Chakra and the Gebo Rune
The Heart Chakra, Anahata, is located in the centre of the chest. It relates to love, compassion, and emotional healing. It is the bridge between the lower chakras, which connect to our physical existence, and the higher chakras, which are a link to our spiritual nature. When the Heart Chakra is balanced and open, it allows us to experience deep connections with others. It facilitates empathy and helps us cultivate meaningful and harmonious relationships.
The Gebo Rune (ᚷ) corresponds to the Heart Chakra. In runic symbolism, Gebo represents harmony, partnership, and the gift of giving. It embodies the concept of mutual exchange and the interconnectedness of all beings. Gebo reminds us of the importance of love, compassion, and the expression of kindness, not only towards others but also towards ourselves.
By working with the Gebo Rune in relation to the Heart Chakra, we can enhance our ability to give and receive love. We can deepen our empathy, and nurture harmonious relationships. Gebo teaches us the value of balance in our interactions with others, emphasising the importance of reciprocity and mutual support.
Exploring the connection between the Heart Chakra and the Gebo Rune can assist us in healing emotional wounds, cultivating forgiveness, and opening ourselves up to deeper levels of love and connection. It encourages us to extend empathy and understanding to others, while also practicing self-love and self-care.
The Throat Chakra and the Ansuz Rune
The Throat Chakra, Vishuddha, is the fifth chakra in the energetic system. Located at the throat area, it is associated with communication, expression, charisma and authenticity. When the Throat Chakra is balanced and open, it allows for clear and honest self-expression, effective communication, and the ability to speak one’s truth.
The Ansuz Rune (ᚨ) corresponds with the Throat Chakra. In runic symbolism, Ansuz represents divine inspiration, wisdom, and divine messages. It embodies the power of the spoken and written word, as well as the gift of effective communication. Ansuz invites us to tap into our inner wisdom, trust our intuition, and speak our truth with clarity, authenticity, and compassion.
When working with the Ansuz Rune in relation to the Throat Chakra, we can enhance our ability to express ourselves authentically and effectively. By aligning ourselves with the energy of Ansuz, we can tap into divine inspiration. Ansuz teaches us to awaken our inner voice and to listen attentively to the messages from the universe, encouraging us to share our unique gifts and insights with the world.
Exploring the connection between the Throat Chakra and the Ansuz Rune can assist us in finding our authentic voice. It also encourages us to listen deeply, not only to others but also to our inner guidance.
The Third-Eye Chakra and the Perthro Rune
The Third-Eye Chakra, also known as Ajna, is the sixth chakra in the energetic system. It is located in the middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows. The Third-Eye chakra relates to intuition, inner vision, and spiritual insight. When the Third-Eye Chakra is balanced and open, it allows us to perceive beyond the physical realm, tap into our intuition, and gain deeper understanding and clarity.
The Perthro Rune (ᛈ) corresponds with the Third-Eye Chakra. In runic symbolism, Perthro represents destiny, seership, and decision-making. It embodies the concept of hidden knowledge and the idea that our futures are not fixed but shaped by the choices we make. Perthro encourages us to trust our intuition. It inspires us to engage in divination and self-reflection, as well as to make decisions that align with our highest good.
When working with the Perthro Rune in relation to the Third-Eye Chakra, we can enhance our intuitive abilities, cultivate inner vision, and make wise decisions. Perthro opens us up to synchronicities, signs, and symbols that guide us on our spiritual path. Finally, Perthro reminds us that we have the power to shape our own destiny through our choices.
The Crown Chakra and the Dagaz Rune
The Crown Chakra, Sahasrara, is the seventh primary chakra in the human body according to Hindu tradition. It is located at the top of the head and is associated with higher consciousness, unity, and spiritual connection. The crown chakra acts as the gateway to the divine. It represents our connection to the universe and the understanding of our place within it.
With a balanced and open Crown Chakra, we experience a deep sense of spiritual awareness, and expanded consciousness. We may also have a heightened intuition, a sense of purpose, and a deeper understanding of the world around us. It is through this chakra that we can tap into divine wisdom and receive guidance.
The Dagaz rune (ᛞ) represents awakening, enlightenment, and balance. The shape of the Dagaz rune resembles a lemniscate symbolising eternity and unity.
Change and Balance
Working with Dagaz brings a sense of clarity and expansion of consciousness. It invites us to embrace change, seek balance in our lives, and embrace new beginnings. The Dagaz rune encourages us to let go of old patterns and perspectives that no longer serve us, allowing for personal growth and transformation.
While the process of change inevitably leads to us losing our balance for a while, Dagaz is the light that shows us how to regain it. If we find ourselves in a Dark Night of the Soul, Dagaz reminds us that the light always returns.
When the energy of the crown chakra and the Dagaz rune align, it can support us in our journey of self-discovery, spiritual growth, and the pursuit of higher knowledge. It reminds us that the path to enlightenment is a continuous process of awakening and expanding our awareness.
Have Fun Experimenting!
Don’t be afraid to experiment with other rune and chakra correspondences! For instance, I know that some prefer Isa to Dagaz for the Crown chakra. Try both and see which one you prefer. The same goes for the other chakras. Maybe you feel Hagalaz or Jera are a better fit for the Sacral Chakra? Perhaps Kenaz feels right for the SP. Or how about Mannaz for the Heart Chakra? There are no hard and fast rules and you can only grow and learn by experimenting.
Chanting the Runes
My favourite way of doing chakra healing with the runes is to chant them (while drumming). I can then feel the vibration of the rune in the energy centre I’m working with. Here is a guide to chanting if you are unfamiliar with it.
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