Raidho is the fifth rune and is associated with human awareness. It is used to represent the chariot of Thor or Freya or any other cosmic transportation. It can even represent the movement of stars around the cosmic axis and the journey of sun from north to south and back.
Broadly, the rune Raidho can represent the following:
• The journey of life
• Stories of heroism
• Means of transportation
• Right action
• Being in control and taking initiative
• Right path or direction
• Leadership and nobility
• Knowledge of the right and the wrong
• Common sense
It represents the alphabet R in English and usually stands for advancement. The meaning of Raidho can also be interpreted as a possible journey in reading and transportation or a journey in consciousness and a change in viewpoint. Raidho is also believed to have magical powers that can be used to encourage advancements for the common good and also bring significant changes in the ways things are perceived. The rune Raidho is also associated with herbs, drugs and trance inducing experiences.
In the divine sense, Raidho can represent rationality, sound advice, justice, journey, advancement, evolution, relocation, change and ordered growth.
Raidho can also represent the inner compass using which a person can follow one’s interests, wishes and dreams. It can help one to know the direction in which one moves in daily life. It also helps a person to assess his potential. The energy of Raidho is always active in a person’s lives and helps him to overcome past fears and experiences and move ahead in life in a positive direction. It brings about focus and awareness in a person’s life.
Raidho governs various aspects of a person’s life. It enables a person to live in the present and move forward within one’s natural limits. It brings within a person the consciousness of what is right and what is wrong. It enables one to assess various situations and take control of circumstances. It also helps a person in decision making and taking necessary actions that help in fulfilling the decision taken. It brings about creativity in a person.
Raidho also teaches one to respect oneself and also the others. It tells one what his moral responsibilities are.
When reversed, the rune symbol of Raidho represents the following:
• Irrational thinking
The rune Raidho is associated with the gemstone Chrysophase. It is ruled by the runic number 5 and is represented by the color bright red. This rune has the oak tree associated with it. The element ruling Raidho is air. Astrologically it is linked with Sagittarius. Raidho is a rune of male polarity. The gods associated with this rune are Ing and Nerthus.
Properties of Raidho
Alternate Names: Raidha, Rad, Raid
Ancient Meaning: The chariot of Thor carrying the sun across the sky
Keywords: Rhythm, movement, travel, riding, journey
Raidho may mark the coming of a physical or spiritual journey. Whichever the case, changes in your life are soon to come. Spiritual or material goals may be attained.
There may be delays in reaching your goals. You may become disassociated from those around you. Try to keep your lines of communication open.
Astrological Correspondence: Sagittarius
Tarot Correspondence: Hierophant
Color: Bright Red
Stones: Carnelian, Golden Topaz
Animals: Horse, goat, cat, boar, sow, ox, cow, starfish, antelope, falcon, eagle, cheetah, hawk, kestrel, sow bug
Utilized in rituals, especially with the Great Days and Full Moons
Directs runic energy toward a specific goal
Increased link with the cyclic flow of life
Personal empowerment in magic
Works with runic energy
Connection with the powers of transformation