Tuesday, November 2, 2010

RUNES - Reversed Meanings (Merkstave)

RUNES - Reversed Meanings (Merkstave)

Drawing a reversed rune itself is not necessarily negative, or a cause for concern or alarm. Like an ‘upside down’ card in the Tarot, it is an indication from the runes that care and attention are required for your conduct to be correct.

Nine of the runes read the same, regardless of how you draw them. They can though, lay in opposition, which means that they can lay sideways or off-centre. Some even have the capability to distort rather than enhance the meaning and message of the runes on either side of it. The other fifteen (15) runes can be read upright, in opposition or reversed.

The reversed reading interpretation draws attention to aspects of a situation that might impede movement or advancement. It may also indicate the fact that movement itself may be inappropriate at this time.

A reversed rune often signals the presence of an opportunity to challenge some aspect of your behaviour, some area in your life which, until now, you have been unwilling to face.

Sometimes reversed meanings are a warning - but in a positive sense, like a blessing in disguise.

Whether you draw your rune upright or reversed, it is always best to read both interpretations. Doing so will put you in touch with all aspects of the issue, including those not openly or currently being expressed.


Joanne Walmsley


  1. Thanks, this is a helpful post, I just got my first set of runes!

  2. I think that from ancient rune oracle the reverse runes are out of the reading they should not be reversed for reading. If all your runes get reverse there are no oracle answer for your question. Runes must not be touched after drauwned

    1. The oracles would often do both non touch and reversed readings depending on the circumstances. Above all els they weren't stupid, or at least not old and stupid.

  3. I always get confused.by the contradictions in both messages and can't always work it all out... maybe I should pay attention more to the concept of 'practise what you preech' message. Thank you

  4. If I have a Fehu tattoo facing backwards instead of forward will this change the meaning?

  5. If a rune is flipped facing backwards instead of forward does it mean the opposite?

  6. I am very new to all this but would love to learn- I can't find any clear definition for an inverted rune- I find reversed and converse but that's it- can someone please explain to me the difference between them and especially if inverted means the same as one of the others-thank you for taking the time to read this and any help you can give me

  7. Very helpful thanx . Any info Yr and Yr reversed ?