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I must admit I do like using runes in my set, however, if you're inscribing runes on bones you might want to consider if that's the only meaning you're wanting to associate that bone with.  For example, if a wishbone means wishes granted, and you also put the rune of Nauthiz on it....what does that mean?  " Need, or wish granted?  And if you don't add ALL the runes, what does that say about the ones you left out?  Here's what I do.


Ribs are a bone of need, so Nauthiz is on the rib.


Legs are stable, so one gets Ehwaz & the other gets Raido for travel.


Mannaz & Inguz for Man & Woman, pick two bones for that - always helps to have a man & woman.


The little rib bones that look like a 7, that also looks like Laguz.


Sowulo being the Sun....birds fly to the sun....Sowulo on the wing


Broken bones could come from heavy storms - Hagalaz


Beak = communication. Ansuz.  I have an upper & lower beak, I use the top one for Ansuz - the bottom one is gossip.


That leaves Wunjo, Gebo, Jera, Pertho, Tiwaz, Berkana, Othala, Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Kenaz, & Isa.  You can add those onto remaining bones, but like I said, if you do you need to make sure you're consistent with ONE meaning for the bone so it doesn't get all chaotic.




Rune set and their names


EIHWAZ:  The axis or process of spiritual becoming.” Upper and lower worlds meeting in Midgard (earth). Rune of the mysteries of life and death


 JERA:  Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.


PERTHO:  Pawn, Hidden aspects

within the relationship.  Rune of fate and the unmanifest. Rune of probability and the role of luck in the evolutionary process of the all things. Universe at play.


AGLIZ:  Shield, protection, self-defense. The essential link or connection with the patterns of divine or archetypal consciousness. Rune of the possible danger of realizing this link when unprepared.



SOWULO: Sun, strength, success.  Rune of guidance, goal setting.



TIWAZ: Authority, justice, truth.  Rune of the balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for well-being of the whole (society).



BERKANA:  Birth, beginnings, Personal growth, liberation. Rune of continued growth and continual rebirth or renewal in all things. The rune of becoming.  Also secrecy.



EHWAZ:  Harmonious teamwork and trust. Rune of pairs of entities working together for a common goal.  Horse.



MANNAZ: Man, self, mankind, Culture, friends.  Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.



LAGUZ: Water, flow, renewal.  The unconscious context of becoming or the evolutionary process. Rune of Life’s longing for itself.



INGUZ: Fertility, common sense, growth.  Rune of isolation or separation in order to create a space or place where the process of transformation into higher states of being can occur. Rune of gestation and internal growth.



DAGAZ:  Day, breakthrough, awareness.  Rune of the hyper-consciousness. The process of concept becoming realized.



OTHALA: Home, property, plenty.  Rune of anscetral spiritual power, divine inheritance and earthly estate.



FEHU:  Fire, wealth, material needs, goals, promotion. Money, food, sustenance, luck, personal power, circulation of power,  financial strength, prosperity.



URUZ:  Assertion of home ground, personal space, Taking responsibility.  Life force, physical health, courage, organic structure, manifestation, formation, healing, vigor, endurance



THURISAZ: Catharsis. Sacrifices one must make in order to Progress in life. Thorns.  Unconscious forces, sociological force, complexities of aggression, conflicts, disputes, psychological problems,  lightning, breakthrough, aggressive male sexuality, battering down barriers, thorn of awakening, thorn, trouble, enthusiasm


ANSUZ:  Communication, insight, truth, wisdom.  Order.  intelligence, communication, reason, inspiration, language, breath, sound, origins of language, the Voice of the Universe, spellsong, casting, chanting, ancestors, passing of the breath along the ancestral line, evolution of gods, speech, poetry, discussion of runes, memetics, semiotics, etymology, linguistics.


KENAZ:  Torch, knowledge and intellect, illumination, searching for enlightenment, shedding light on matters, quest for truth, skills and abilities, creativity, art, craftsmanship, cunning, acquisition and application of knowledge, occult female secrets, intuition, enthusiasm in teaching/learning, study, kin-fire, opportunity, playfulness



GEBO: gifts, giving, taking, trade, sacrifice, process of exchange, balance, compensation, equilibrium, law of reciprocation, altruism, the gravity of equals and opposites, generosity, hospitality, honor, marriage.



WUNJO – joy, perfection, the art of correct wishing, correct application of the will, well-being, contentment, hope, expectation, relationship, family, bonding, trusted kinsfolk, shared ideals or aims, group harmony, symbols of shared identity, optimism, cooperative effort, like-mindedness, friendship


RAIDO:   Travel, journey of Life, stories, heroism, means of transportation, right action, movement, motion, taking charge, being in control, initiative, adventure, decision-making, direction, counsel, the right path, the inner compass, leadership, kingship, nobility held by merit, moral responsibility, integrity, respect for the rights of others, innate knowledge of right and wrong, celestial procession, rituals,


HAGALAZ:  hailstones, crisis, and catastrophe, disruption, radical/harsh change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable.



NAUTHIZ: Need, resistance, constraint, conflict, drama, effort, necessity, urgency, hard work, need-fire, life lessons, creative friction, distress, force of growth, the consequence of past action, short term pain for long term gain.  Not this.




ISA:  Ice, standstill, block, challenge. Concentration of things in a static or frozen state. Rune of stillness and the Ego-Self.







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