The 12 Elements in Rune Magick

 

The Primary Elements

 
     
 

Spirit

 
  The source of all. From it are born the other elements, to it they seek to return. Spirit is the most refined substance. Within this element the polarities of the realm of Muspelheim and the realm of Niflheim formed.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Hagalaz
Elhaz
 
     
 

Fire

 
  The expansive heat and energy of Muspelheim, it's the source of all energy. This element is the force that drives evolution. Unchecked by ice it would consume all.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Fehu
Dagaz
 
     
 

Ice

 
  The cold of Niflheim stands for absolute inertia. This element seeks to implode and contract all that is. It seeks to bind all that is unordered into order. Ice constricts to one singular point of stillness.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Naudhiz
Isa
 
     
 

The Secondary Elements

 
     
 

Water

 
  Water is the element that is created when the ice of Niflheim meets the heat of Muspelheim. It stands for fluidity, motion and life.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Ehwaz
Laguz
 
     
 

Salt

 
  Salt is another element that promotes and sustains life. In itself it is neutral.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Uruz
Othala
 
     
 

Venom

 
  The element of resistance and consumption. Venom counters everything it comes into contact with, even if it's venom itself. The etins are beings of this element.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Thurisaz
Eihwaz
 
     
 

Air

 
  Air in Nordic mythology is the source of consciousness, knowledge and wisdom. It governs learning as well as communication.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Gebo
Ansuz
 
     
 

Light

 
  The element that leads to transcendence. Light promotes life and order. The liosalfar are beings of this element.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Raidho
Sowilo
 
     
 

Yeast

 
  Yeast is the element that is necessary for the formation of life despite all obstacles . Life always finds a way to blossom, no matter how hazardous the conditions.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Wunjo
Ingwaz
 
     
 

Iron

 
  The element of Iron maintains memory and knowledge. In it genetic information is stored.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Kenaz
Mannaz
 
     
 

Time

 
  Time is directly linked to the element of Fire, it seeks to bind everything in existance to linearity. Time causes everything to flow from the respective origin towards the inevitable end. It can be seen as a fierce opposing force, but it should never be forgotten that time allows healing as well as evolution.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Jera
Perthro
 
     
 

Earth

 
  Earth forms due to the interaction of all the other elements and produces the world of Midgard. It represents that which is manifest within the physical world and shows that the physical is created by all the runic and elemental forces being focused from all around to the center. To work with runic forces in other worlds therefore affects the physical world.  
 
Runes:
 
 
Tiwaz
Berkana
 

 

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