Riding – joy of the horsemen and speedy journey and toil of the steed.
Icelandic rune poem, Runic and Heroic Poems, Bruce Dickins

A beige map background with two inset photos with one showing hand on a steering wheel and the other hands writing in a journal. The smaller text reads "movement" and "Raidho - how we move in the world is how we do in the world."


Traditional meaning – ride, riding
Association – travel, movement, road
Pronunciation – rye – doh
GaldrRhye, . Radh, Rodh, Ryedthe, Ryedthoh
Element – air
Dates – 29 August–13 September
Verb – to move
Animistic Qualities – telling your story, participating in sacred order, applying agency
Challenge – To stay with the journey, even if the map changes.

Listen to What in the Wyrd Episode 111 – Moving with Raidho

Traditional lore – Progenitor of the English words ‘ride’ and ‘riding,’ Raidho is the rune that indicates movement. It speaks to the relationship between humans and how we move through ecosystems, what motivates us to do so, as in the archetypal hero’s journey. It is the point that we begin to cultivate perspective on ourselves and the world around us. We begin to cultivate lore.

Animistic lore – If we take the Elder Futhark as keys offering insight into how to human well, Raidho is the point that we realize our agency must be taken out into the world to stay in sacred order. We can’t keep it to ourselves. We’re not built to keep it to ourselves, and agency isn’t containable. We crave adventure. We crave movement and new experiences. As we express our agency across different ecosystems, we shape them, we become shaped by them.

Elder Futhark runes Fehu, Ingwaz, Kenaz reversed with a white seashell on an orange background

Raidho reminds us how we move in the world

is how we do in the world

Tending with Raidho Introspections

  • How comfortable are you with travel?
  • With moving your body?
  • How does the way you move say who you are?
  • How does movement engage you with ecosystems?

Runic Book of Days

A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick
2019 Nautilus Silver Award Winner
2019 National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist
A step-by-step guide to working with the runes throughout the year through rituals and initiations to come into direct relationship with them.

Runic Book of Days - 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner


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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. For the last 25 years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of Runic Book of Days, and I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.


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~S. Kelley Harrell