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Bind Runes are a unique and powerful tool for magic. Creating and using bind runes is the easiest way to incorporate Norse magic into your spiritual practice!

There are many beautiful ways to use bind runes in simple rituals or everyday life. They can be used as symbols on talismans, amulets, charms, and jewelry; as paperweights; to decorate clothing like hats and scarves; on your favorite pair of shoes; or they can be used to cast spells or perform rituals! The possibilities with this ancient Norse Magic are endless!

Bind runes are still being used today, and you may even recognize the symbols in the Bluetooth logo! By following this article step-by-step, you’ll learn to create powerful Norse magic using these ancient symbols.

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout AND at the bottom of this article.

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What are Bind Runes?

A bind rune is a powerful and artistic method to incorporate Norse runes into your spiritual practice. This involves layering and binding two or more Norse runes on top of one another to form a unique symbol capable of blending and amplifying magical properties. A bind rune is different from a rune charm that typically uses one rune for your desired purpose.

Bind runes are an excellent technique to optimize and intensify the energy and strength of your magical intentions! Bind Runes can be very simple or elaborate, and the choice is entirely up to you, my peculiar friend! They are easy to write and create powerful symbols for magic!

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no evidence showing that the Germanic people used bind runes.

The origin of the Elder Futhark Norse runes creates a variety of complex questions, which have been debated by academics, scholars, and many others. It’s still unclear whether the runes were used primarily for mystical reasons or as a general form of communication.

Runic alphabet, also called futhark, writing system of uncertain origin used by Germanic peoples of northern Europe, Britain, Scandinavia, and Iceland from about the 3rd century to the 16th or 17th century AD. Runic writing appeared rather late in the history of writing and is clearly derived from one of the alphabets of the Mediterranean area. 

Britannica – Runic Alphabet

Bind runes are used for binding spiritual energy into material objects and can be used for enchantment (binding something like an amulet or object) or enhancement (enhancing a person or object’s natural abilities).

Common examples of these uses include creating talismans to protect you from harm, enchanting items for strength or love, empowering yourself to overcome personal challenges, or empowering magical tools for a specific spiritual purpose with spiritual symbols.

What are Rune Scripts?

Rune Scripts are bind runes of longer texts and typically consist of three runes in a horizontal line or row.

When creating a rune script, the most crucial aspect is considering your desired result. Then carefully choose the order and sequence you place the runes to best support your magical purposes.

Remember to keep it simple; more runes don’t always equal a better outcome. You might add confusion or chaos to the final magical intention.

The origins of the runic script are shrouded in a decent amount of mystery. The earliest inscription that is without a doubt runic is the one reading harja (possibly meaning “comb”, or “warrior”) on the Vimose comb from Denmark, dated to c. 160 CE, which uses runes so confidently and maturely that scholars feel it must result from at least a hundred years’ experience in writing in runes.

How exactly this tradition was pulled out of the hat, however, is subject to much debate and speculation. Inspiration from both the Greek and Roman alphabets, as well as a northern Italic or even Danish origin, has been suggested

World History Encylopedia – Runes
What are Rune Scripts?

How To Make Bind Runes

Creating a bind rune is also a fantastic technique to keep them hidden from someone unfamiliar with them. You want to make your bind rune from scratch to avoid any spiritual influence from someone else and also to include your own unique and beautiful energy.

Reflect on your Intention

The runes you include in your magical bind rune should be thoughtfully chosen. When you’re just starting, it’s best to keep it simple and only use two or three runes so you can get a sense of how they connect artistically and spiritually.

Like rune scripts, bind runes can quickly become ineffective with too many intentions placed into the desired outcome.

Choose Runes That Best Embody Your Goal

Consider the final results, the path that will get you there, and what actions you’ll need to take. This will guide you in channeling your spiritual energy as well as choosing your runes.

Go through each Norse rune one by one to determine the ones that resonate with you most. Here’s a list of runes and their meanings for your reference. Don’t rush; be thoughtful in your approach, and take pleasure in this spiritual process!

Make Your Own Unique Bind Rune

When it comes to positioning the Norse runes together, I always recommend placing the rune with the most relevance in the center of your bind rune or in a place that draws your eyes to it.

A bind rune symbol can be placed in various orientations (backward, forward, upside down, etc.) Don’t be nervous or anxious about keeping them in an “upright” position to avoid reversed meanings.

Ensure all your bind runes are perfectly placed and write cleanly! You want them to look nice but, more importantly, function correctly and powerfully.

You can also repeat a Norse rune symbol in your bind rune as many times as you choose! Relax, have fun, be creative, and focus on how you’ll be using your bind rune. It may be for enchantments, enhancements, and other magical purposes.

Constructing a bind rune has many similarities to sigil creation, so there is sometimes confusion between the two. While they are entirely different techniques and magical practices, you can integrate bind runes into your sigil magic to create powerful sigils.

You’ll often find unexpected runes concealed in your bind rune after you’ve completed it. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but you may want to alter your bind rune depending on your desired intention. 

Make Your Own Unique Bind Rune example for Love

How to Activate Bind Runes

After you’ve finished creating your bind rune, you’ll need to activate it. You can make it as basic or complex as you want.

A simple way to activate a bind rune is by holding it in your hands and focusing on its purpose while speaking aloud what you want from your bind rune or just visualizing your desired outcome.

Then, wrap it in a cloth and place it in the dark, allowing its power to grow and amplify. When you unwrap it, breathe life into it by blowing on it.

You may also add essential oils, cleanse in incense smoke, place it beneath the moonlight, or dab some Moon water on it. Your bind rune is now activated, and you can end your ritual any way you’d like. Put your bind rune someplace you’ll see it often.

How I Activate Bind Runes example with Moon Water

Creative Ways to Use Bind Runes

There are many uses for bind runes, but here are a few creative ways to get you started using them in your everyday life!

  • Place on your phone case
  • Inscribe into a candle for powerful intentions
  • Hang it on the wall in your home on canvas or in a frame
  • Draw on rocks you can keep in your pocket, car, or place around your home
  • Place on eggs you use for a Spring Equinox ritual
  • Place on a key ring (great for protection)
  • Use as a tattoo or draw onto your skin with something that is removable like eyeliner
  • Create your own unique set of Rune Stones
  • Stitch into your clothes or on pillowcases
  • Place them in your grimoire or spiritual journal
  • Draw them on doorways, windows, or entryways to your home
  • Burn into your Yule log or wooden kitchen spoons
  • Carve into homemade soaps
  • Add to your vision board to amplify your intentions or manifestations
  • Incorporate into your Yule tree ornaments or other decorations for Winter Solstice
  • Place it on your altar or sacred space
  • Create a charm, talisman, amulet, or jewelry
Creative Ways to Use Bind Runes example using Yule Decorations for Winter Solstice

Can I use Bind Runes for Protection?

This is a very frequently asked question, and yes, bind runes are often used for protection purposes! Depending on your intention, I’d recommend using Thurisaz (symbolic of a thorn and great for defensive intentions).

Another fantastic option would be Algiz (symbolic of antlers and perfect for defending your home or negative energies and people)

Both of these Norse runes are excellent picks, so take your time and decide which one fits best for your purposes. Maybe you’ll choose both!

Home Protection Bind Rune Example with Algiz and Thurisaz

Can I get a Bind Rune Tattoo?

This is the second most commonly asked question about bind runes, and yes, of course! It’s your body and your choice to choose what you place on it!

Since it’s permanent, I’d recommend spending some time designing what you’d like and the intention that fits best. Also, research Norse rune meanings heavily and always cross-reference what you read to make sure you’re fully aware of what you’re permanently putting on your body.

I hope this post about bind runes was helpful! Sending you so much love and remember as always…


Groeneveld, Emma. “Runes.” World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 19 Jun 2018

“Runes for Beginners: A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes” Chamberlin, Lisa. 2018

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Runic alphabet.” Encyclopedia Britannica, 20 Mar. 2008,

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