“Riding is easy for the warrior indoors, and very courageous to him who travels the high road upon a stout hourse.” “The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem”
To the Anglo-Saxons, this rune was known as Rad; in Iceland was Reid; While to the Norwegian vikings, it was known as Raid ( aptly enough, for a piratical race ), which actually means “riding”. Raido is the rune of the sun, pictured in the Norse imagination as a mighty cartwheel rolling across the sky, Thus the rune became connected with carts, land transportation in general, horses and other pack animals. Because of the correspondence with the horse, Raido became the rune of those who rode: the nobility and rulers. Thus it not only meant “to ride”, but gained the meaning of doing the right thing, acting honourably and telling right from wrong. By association, Raido also gained an association with the oak tree, with the goats who pulled the chariot of Thor and with the healing herb mugwort.
Jorneys of all kinds, both in the outer world and in the personal, innerrealm, are pictured when the rune Raido appears. The use of judgement, too, is indicated, with the advised course being to act honourably. Doing the right thing at all times will bring you respect and admiration of those who matter. It also suggests the road that you travel along may not always be easy, but that the eventual rewards will be worth the trials and tribulations encountered along the way. Raido can be interpreted as a move forward in some venture, too. Legal and official affairs of all kinds will be resolved to your satisfaction and promises, oaths and testimony will work to your benefit. However, this is not a rune about advice: in fact, the opposite is the case, since Raido clearly states that it is your own judgment taht will outweigh any other point of view. Its appearance warns against confiding your plans to anyone, so keep your counsel, think deeply and once your mind is made up, do not waver from your course.
Body Part: The circulatory system, all those running paths, the roads of the body.
Associated Maladies: Blocked veins or arteries, varicose veins, arteriosclerosis, blood pressure.
Action: Running well.
Solution: Clear blockages of the system. Exercise, movement, getting circulation going.