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Published by Karl Hans WelzP.O. Box 1298, Woodstock, GA 30188

A Correspondence Course - Lesson V
By Karl Hans Welz - Grand Rune Master - the Great, Time-less Brotherhood of Rune Masters

Divinatory Meanings of the Runes

The material that follows must be regarded as a basic alphabet from which you will form sentences. Until all the basic data, i.e., meanings of Runes, is thoroughly known there can be no insights or intuition from an inner manipulation of the meanings here listed. Insights based on a THOROUGH mastery of these basics can with confidence be allowed to enrich the hoard from which you draw your interpretations.

The divinatory meanings given here are to be considered as a bare skeleton to be fleshed out by the work and intuitions of the student.

It will be good practice to work through the meanings, Rune by Rune. Have the Rune in front of you, read up on the material that follows (the divinatory meanings), then read through the access keywords of the Runes (lesson 1 through 3), and finally read the stanza of the magical poem which relates to the Rune.

A practitioner who uses crystals will be astonished at the increase in perceptions brought about by an alliance of the Runes with the crystals. The hexagonal cross section of quartz, and the fact that all of the 18 Sacred Futhork Runes are derived from the geometry of the hexagon is the basis of an enormous increase in crystal power when it is associated with Rune images.

To one without any previous knowledge of other systems the Runes will speak clearly and succinctly. There is no limit to the intuitions available to one who reads the Runes with pure motives.

Exoteric meaning: Changes, new beginnings, growth, change of residence, travel, animals, mobile possessions, fire.
Esoteric meaning: Original fire, creative father principle, guidance, Father- God principle.
Potential negative trends: Set-backs, failures, destruction, blockage. 
Exoteric meaning: That which is permanent, that which lasts, good fortune, money, physician, medical help, healing powers.
Esoteric meaning: Original cause, origin, root of all material and cosmic phenomena, contact with the transcendent, contact with the dead, life after physical death, Mother-God, Creative Mother Principle.
Potential negative trends: Instability, bad influence, disease, ignorance. 
Exoteric meaning: Will to act, setting of goal, power to become.
Esoteric meaning: Return, new emergence from what's apparently old and dried-up, formative power of the seed.
Potential negative trends: Demonic influence, damage, deception, perishing, enemies. 
Exoteric meaning: Speech, talk, discussion, successful as a speaker, mouth, breath that evolves, uterus.
Esoteric Meaning: Idea of that which is given, idea of that which is evolving.
Potential negative trends: Ill fortune, failure of the work, negative suggestions, misuse of knowledge and wisdom. 
Exoteric meaning: Right, order, the judge, advice, salvation, money.
Esoteric meaning: Original law, that which flows away, religious feeling, ritual action.
Potential negative trends: Injustice, lawlessness, violent act, black magic practice. 
Exoteric meaning: Art, capability, artist, genius, being favored, procreation, the child, force, that which is established.
Esoteric meaning: Female principle in the universe, as executive power of balancing justice.
Potential negative trends: Refused procreation, injustice, decay, incapability. 
Exoteric meaning: That which cares and maintains, protects, and preserves; that which is motherly; wisdom, harmony, salvation, blessing, protects from hail and fire.
Esoteric meaning: Eternal change, caring and maintaining principle in the universe, Higher Self, God in us.
Potential negative trends: Exposed to ill fortune, not protected, bad weather, destruction by storm, hail and fire. 
Exoteric meaning: That which can not be averted, separation, stress, karmic debt, karmic need, but with outlook for change of karma, banishing ill fortune by means of accepting karma and karmic law.
Esoteric meaning: The decision of the Norns, karma paid-for, cause-effect relations. Capability to restructure karma.
Potential negative trends: No hope for change, exposed to fate because of revolt against karmic determination, unavoidable fall and decline, ultimate negation. 
Exoteric meaning: Positivity, activity, will, self-domination, influence, personal power, magical power, power to banish evil.
Esoteric meaning: Unity in the universe, duration, magical powers, action in the cosmos.
Potential negative trends: Passivity, lack of will, being dominated, medium and mediumistic activity. 
Exoteric meaning: All that which is beautiful and Sun-like, change to good, virtues, honor, glory, rewarding work.
Esoteric meaning: Completion, light, Divine spirit, Sun.
Potential negative trends: Ugly, sterility, vice, change for evil, shame. 
Exoteric meaning: Victory, success, gain, successful fight, achieved goal, school.
Esoteric meaning: Salvation by light, inspiration, soul.
Potential negative trends: Destructive light, lightning, hopeless, fight, defeat, failure, exploitation, blocked soul powers. 
Exoteric meaning: Beginning, creation, excitation, power, success, wisdom, duties fulfilled, art of concealment and hiding.
Esoteric meaning: Re-birth into the light - life of the soul.
Potential negative trends: Perverted beginnings, tarnished beginnings, falsified knowledge, failures, dying. 
Exoteric meaning: Becoming, birth, being projected, help in birth, son, bread, song, fountain, mountains.
Esoteric meaning: Meaning of life on this planet, in this world.
Potential negative trends: Not-becoming, perverted birth, miscarriage, lost son, bitter bread, death-bed. 
Exoteric meaning: Life, experience, test, temptations by life-circumstances, water, sea, good management.
Esoteric meaning: Test of life. School of the lives. Relations.
Potential negative trends: Succumb to temptation, deception by mate, downfall, emptiness, corpse. 
Exoteric meaning: Man, increase, masculinity, health, plenty, magic.
Esoteric meaning: Spirit, truth, God-Man, male principle in cosmos.
Potential negative trends: Demonic spirituality, left path, growth through improper practices, black magic. 
Exoteric meaning: Woman, femininity, desire, sensual love, passion, perfection.
Esoteric meaning: Woman, mother, chaos from which creation emerges, female principle in the cosmos, God-Woman.
Potential negative trends: Perversion, unbounded passion, error, maya, failures as a consequence of wrong action. 
Exoteric meaning: Marriage, wedding, partnership, permanent bond, binding decision, hope, duration, horse.
Esoteric meaning: Permanence and marriage as a law, unity of ego and you, sister souls, soul-love, God-Man-Woman.
Potential negative trends: Mismatch, unlucky love, ego and you can not find each other due to karma. 
Exoteric meaning: Fulfillment, giver. Gift, sacred marriage, being ONE with the sister soul, protection against evil forces.
Esoteric meaning: God-All, death-life cycle, seeing of the Divine, Being the Divine.
Potential negative trends: Vain desires for fulfillment, hopeless search for soul mates, godlessness. 

Rules for Rune Readings

Keep in mind what we mentioned before, that Rune readings tell you of the energies from the realms of creation that are at the roots of the past, present, and future of the situation about which you want to know. So Rune readings tell you what energies you may use from those realms to deal positively with the situation under examination. As such, Rune readings become a valuable tool for the advanced Rune Master.

NEVER use your Rune staves to give purely worldly readings by neglecting what Runes tell you about the deeper, spiritual side of the situation.

Before you lay out the staves the introductory ceremony will be very useful. It makes the vibrations right for a successful reading. Proceed as outlined in "Runic Ceremonials".

Place: Your altar (table), altar of the castle or lodge; best of all set up in a natural setting in a high energy place.

Best times: Hours of sunrise, high noon, hour before sunset, midnight.

Best days: Wednesday or Sunday, first day of a Runic period (Mal), sacred days, day before the birthday of the person for whom the reading is being done.

Direction: Look at the North . . .the location of YR and FA in the altar.

Clothing: Robe, or nude. Wear only metal objects that are meaningful, such as the Hammer of Thor, the Great Rune Talisman, dagger, or power rod.

Participants: Only those for whom the reading is being done may be present.

Diary: It is important to make notes of the operation and the interpretations in your diary, which is the best place for notes that must be of a confidential nature.