“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.
Upright Meaning:

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.

Inverted Meaning:

Disruptions of your plans are inevitable, but that doest not mean that you can abandon your long-term intentions. The road you are travelling on may be rocky at the moment, but you should not be disheartened. Short.term problems may be pressing, but it is important that you do not lose sight of the bigger picture. A financial venture or legal dispute may not go the way you want, or you may purchase something that promises to solve one problem, but only creates more. Keep the faith: this troublesome period will not last forever.

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.

3 responses to “Raido

    • Thank you! Well it is possible that the word might come from there, we Europeans and their decendents all over the world still use a lot of words that came from the ancient indo-european language, some had more changes than others of course, but the Word ride may come from a similar word that was connected to various forms of locomotion.

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