RUNES, ALPHABET OF MYSTERY

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Tarot Correspondences

I have found that Runes usually give a compatible reading when done concurrently with a Tarot reading. There is a theory, among certain circles, that the runes were the inspiration for Tarot. Look, for example, at the Hanged Man. He hangs upside down, just as Odin hung from Yggdrasil. I'm inclined to believe that there are some correlations between Tarot and Runes, but they are far from identical.

The corrlations below are from Edred Thorsson's book, Futhark, a Handbook of Rune Magic. A controversy over this book centers on these alleged correspondences between Runes, Tarot and Astrology. The critics say that this is "new age pandering" and that there is no historical support for such correspondences. Nevertheless, this book is highly regarded in most other aspects.

Futhark

Rune

Tarot

Astrology

God/Wight

Color

Tree

Herb

fehu
Fehu

Tower
Tower

aries
Aries

Aesir


Light Red

Elder

Nettle

uruz
Uruz

high priestess
High Priestess

taurus
Taurus

Vanir


Dark Green

Birch

Sphagnum Moss

thurisaz
Thurisaz

emperor
Emperor

mars
Mars

Thor


Bright Red

OakOak

House leek

ansuz
Ansuz

death
Death

venus
Venus

Odin


Dark Blue

AshAsh

Fly Agoric

raidho
Raidho

hierophant
Hierophant

sagitarius
Sagittarius

Forseti


Bright Red

OakOak

Mugwort

kenaz
Kenaz

chariot
Chariot

venus
Venus

Freya/Dwarves


Light Red

Pine

Cowslip


Gebo


Lovers

pisces
Pisces

Odin/Freya


Deep Blue

ElmAsh/Elm

Heartsease

wunjo
Wunjo

strength
Strength

leo
Leo

Freyr/Elves


Yellow

AshAsh

Flax

hagalaz
Hagalaz

world
World

aquarius
Aquarius

Ymir


Light Blue

YewYew/Ash

Lily of
the Valley

nauthiz
Nauthiz

devil
Devil

capricorn
Capricorn

Nornir/Etins


Black

Beech

Bistort

isa
Isa

hermit
Hermit

moon
Moon

Rime Thurses


Black

Alder

Henbane

jera
Jera

fool
Fool

Sun
Sun

Freyr


Light Blue

OakOak

Rosemary

eihwaz
Eihwaz

hanged man
Hanged Man

scorpio
Scorpio

Idhunna/Ullr


Dark Blue

YewYew

Mandrake

perthro
Perthro

wheel of fortune
Wheel Of Fortune

saturn
Saturn

Nornir


Black

Beech

Aconite

algiz
Algiz

moon
Moon

cancer
Cancer

Valkyrjur


Gold

YewYew

Angelica

sowilo
Sowilo

sun
Sun

sun
Sun

Sol


White/Silver

Juniper

Mistletoe

tiwaz
Tiwaz

justice
Justice

libra
Libra

Tyr/Mani


Bright Red

OakOak

Sage

berkano
Berkano

empress
Empress

virgo
Virgo

Frigg/Nerthus/Hel


Dark Green

Birch

Lady's Mantle

ehwaz
Ehwaz

lovers
Lovers

gemini
Gemini

Freya/Freyr/Aclis


White

Oak/Ash

Ragwort

mannaz
Mannaz

magician
Magician

jupiter
Jupiter

Heimdall/Odin


Deep Red

HollyHolly

Madder

laguz
Laguz


Star

moon
Moon

Njord/Balder


Deep Green

Willow

Leek

ingwaz
Ingwaz

judgment
Judgment

dark moon
New Moon

Ing/Freyr


Yellow

AppleApple

Selfheal

dagaz
Dagaz

temperance
Temperance


Half Moon

Odin/Ostara


Light Blue

Spruce

Clary

othala
Othala

moon
Moon


Full Moon

Odin/Thor


Deep Yellow

Hawthorn

Goldthread

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