The seventh rune of the first aett of the Elder Futhark. It is the rune of gifts; both giving and receiving. It’s generosity and hospitality — but also reciprocity and equality. It tells us to give our money to raise our dignity; to give our gifts to be connected. It’s the rune of connection and integration, yes, but also of boundaries, of making sure all parties benefit separately or together. It’s for contracts, the agreements between two parties. It’s interaction and balance. For these reasons, though unrelated to the rune poem, some people also use this rune for sex and relationship work. I have also found it useful in unlearning codependence habits.
This popular stone was once so rare it was called a Cardinal Gem, along with sapphire, ruby, diamond, and emerald. It has been prized since antiquity. Some associations are sobriety, intuition, insight, purification, emotional balance, meditation, mental healing, clarity, and fortitude.