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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Raidho

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Raidho is the fifth rune of Freyr's Ætt, which refers to the progression of journeys.


Freyr's Ætt is the first of the three ættir (which is the Old Norse plural of "family") of the Elder Futhark. Its runes are related to creative and productive forces. To learn more about the ættir and the runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.


The Elder Futhark Rune Raidho. Also known as reid or rad. The wheel rune.
Raidho Rune

Keywords: travel (wagon), journey, aligned action, communication, decisive action, progress, order, movement, cosmic law, magic, ritual and religion, rhythm, reunion, changes, inner path, destiny


Raidho Upright Meaning


Raidho refers to a wagon or chariot -- a common means of transport. It has to do with a person's path or journey, whether that journey is literal, spiritual, or otherwise. Moreso than referring to a wheel, wagon, or chariot, Raidho can generally refer to a journey, as it often does in runic poems.


It can indicate that whatever journey that you're on will go smoothly. Moreover, it can indicate increased clarity and the removal of obstacles in communication and action. This could be in waking life, on a spiritual level, or whatever is relevant to the question that your reading is addressing. It also indicates alignment with your True Will, ensuring that everything else falls into place as you pursue your Truth.


Raidho is a reminder not to worry too much about the end goal. Everything in life is a journey, and lust for results hinders enjoying the process. Keep taking inspired action, and do not allow other people's pessimism to affect you.


Raidho Reversed Meaning


Raidho reversed can refer to obstacles, stagnation, and difficulty in making progress forward or communicating. Remember to stay flexible and be open to finding other axes through which to explore your current dilemma. Often, confronting something head-on can be more difficult and limiting than going around it.


The obstacles causing stagnation and difficulty may not even be external factors. It could be how you perceive the world right now: you might be blocking yourself by being afraid to move forward. Change is the essence of life, and holding yourself back from doing what is necessary to shift will get increasingly uncomfortable until you accept circumstances and are ready to transform.


Magical Uses of Raidho


Raidho is useful to use magically during times of travel, journeying, and transformation. It makes transitions smoother and assists in communication. It clears obstacles in your life and helps you along your spiritual journey.


If any dilemmas are happening in your life right now, Raidho can help bring a favorable result and help you access inner advice. Raidho can help bring in justice according to your Truth.


To go even deeper with your study of the runes, check out How to Read Runes by Kira the Rune Witch.





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