365 Days of Prayer – Day 12 – Divination as a form of prayer

I am calling Divination a form of prayer because prayer is communication with the Divine, and when I divine for people, I am in communication with the Divine. I am making a point of this today, because sometimes I think people see prayer as a one-way street, not realizing that they, too, can receive communication from the Divine. This idea was made popular a number of years ago in a book called Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch. People have invented any number of systems for drawing forth messages from the Divine; among them are the Runes, the Tarot, and the I Ching.

Today I am going to use Rune Divination as my prayer. I reach into my pouch, and draw out….

Raido is about the Journey. It accords with the stars and planets as they journey through the sky and with me, because I have travel plans today. Raidho is also about being in the right place at the right time, which is what happens when I allow prayer to bring me into accord with my Creator. Today I will trust the flow of life to carry me to where I need to be at the right time.


Raidho, described as the journey Rune, actually has far more depth of meaning than this. Raidho is also the journey the heavenly bodies take through the Cosmos. The stars were the subjects of close observation by those who journeyed both by water and overland in those days when there were no compasses or GIS apps on cell phones. Travelers in the Northern Hemisphere could orient themselves by the North Star, also known as the Pole Star, and the trek of Sun and Moon across the night sky.[1] People who depended on their skills to orient their sense of place in space by such methods noted the roundness of the heavenly bodies. Perhaps this was the first concept of a wheel. Certainly we have the idea of “solar wheel” for the Sun. This Rune is also interpreted as the “solar wagon,” or chariot of Thor as he drives his goat cart across the heavens. The heavenly bodies sustain each other in their orbits via the laws of gravity and electromagnetism. Therefore it is also understandable that this Rune also holds the concept of “right rhythms” within the natural orders of the Cosmos.

I tend to extend this meaning of “right rhythms” one step further, to “right relationships.” My reason is simple. I’m a practicing shamanist. My Spirit Guide has spoken to me often about the importance of remaining in right relationship with the land, nature spirits, and other “invisible” helpers I work with, including the souls of plants, trees, and animals in order to remain in Balance. The concept of Balance is a very important one in shamanism. The Peruvian Indians express it as Ayni – “Today for me and tomorrow for you,” a version of reciprocity, and Munay, meaning “Love.” Right relationship has been expressed in other times and cultures, such as Buddhism. I am thrilled that my ancestral religion too has its version of it.

When the Runes first “downloaded” themselves into my awareness back in 2013, when it came to Raidho, I saw men working together as they prepared for war. They were dressed in leather armor, and the forges were working at hammering out swords, and the men were loading wagons with supplies. Then another scene imprinted itself upon me. Monks were working to load hay on to wagons for the care of the cattle during the winter months. Working together for war or peace represent aspects of this Rune that stands for Right Rhythm and Right Relationship. Within the natural cycles are included the year (the Rune Jera) and the daytime/nighttime cycle (the Rune Dagaz). To this list I would add the laws of the Cosmos: attraction, repulsion, and equilibrium.[2]

Inherent in the aspects of Raidho as a Rune of Right Relationships is communication. One can expect messages via letter, phone, telegram, or email. Generally a fortunate Rune, when one encounters Raidho reversed it could mean failure in communication, difficulties in transportation, delays in one’s plans, or the need to make a journey at an inopportune time.

[1] Edred Thorsson also relates the North Star to the Rune Tiwaz, also called Tyr, after the God of War who sacrificed his hand in order that the Fenris Wolf be bound.

[2] See chapter on Valknut where I spend some time discussing the correspondences between Gurdjieff’s Laws of Three, Seven, and the Runic Ætts.