Othala Rune

Othala Rune

Visually, the Othala rune is reminiscent of a fortress: a rhombus standing on two supports. Thus, the symbolism alone already refers to the importance of property and ownership. The fortress can also symbolically stand for protection and retreat.

A house, even if it is only temporarily in our possession, represents security and hold. Possession is a material constant in the earthly world, but can also be seen as spiritual enrichment.

The symbol of the Othala rune is also often found as a coat of arms, for example, in the German Armed Forces as the sign of the main rock.

Othala means as much as home. It refers either to the family home of the person seeking advice or to the spiritual home. This rune signifies rootedness and family ties as well as material, genetic and spiritual heritage. It is the rune of demarcation, protection and privacy but also of one's identity.

It can also, legally used, help to gain wealth and solve difficult problems. Othala's advice: It is important to examine how the past and the present have a direct relation to each other. It is also important to analyze old habits and, if necessary, break with them.

Origin and Meaning of the Othala Rune

Othala is the 24th rune of the Futhark. It stands for the possession and bundles energy. The possession stands here also often in the context with inheritance. Thereby possession is to be regarded as something temporary.

Things may belong to us in the material world, yet they are much more of a loan than a permanent belonging. For everything of this world is not permanent, neither the house or the car nor our body. However, Othala does not only stand for possessions, but can also stand for home and rootedness.

To activate the rune, it is enough to concentrate on one thought. Nevertheless, one should remain relaxed and not force anything. The energy flows to you when it is ready.

Only with patience you can reach your goal. The energy of the thoughts helps to go in the direction determined for one. The only requirement is to constantly hold on to your dreams and your goals.

Almost everyone who has a basement or a storeroom knows the problem. Over time, you accumulate more and more things. What you can no longer use, what you sort out, but what you can't completely detach yourself from, that's exactly what ends up there. According to the motto: Out of sight - out of mind.

But the objects, the old furniture, all that is still there. It lurks in the back of your mind and at some point you can't just close the basement door. You have to face the problem. And so you start room by room. You open boxes, closets, drawers. You pull everything out again to say goodbye to it.

And with every box we open, the room becomes emptier and we ourselves become freer. It's as if a burden falls from our soul. Othala helps us to recognize when we have accumulated too much. When it is time to start cleaning the house. She points out that we need to start thinking about what we really need.

It is not always necessary to refill the emptied closet or free box. Sometimes it also feels good to just be free. However, this tidying up also gives us the opportunity to think about what we really need, what we want in our lives. And when we have started to free ourselves from old burdens, this again offers a lot of space for new things.

What do I want in my life? What makes me happy? What fulfills me? We can then deal with all these questions and find new fulfillment. Relationships with other people can also be questioned. Why am I holding on to this person? Am I dependent on this person?

Only when one is at peace and satisfied with oneself can one form a special bond. Only when one can rely on oneself and is independent, one is ready to be there for other people as well.

Othala in this context can also stand for separation, both from things and from people. But after each section ends, a new beginning begins. The way there can be somewhat laborious, but it will be worthwhile.

Fixed Othala Rune Meaning

Othala stands for possession. It does not matter if they already own the things or if they are yet to come into their possession.

Especially often they come into their possession through an inheritance. The inheritance can be material like a house or it can just as well be a quality or a character trait that is inherited.

Possession can also be earned through hard, hard work. Aside from inheritance, othala can also stand for support. Family, friends and acquaintances who have our back.

We are part of a group and yet stand as an individual. We can rely on others and are also there for others. Othala thus represents both: material and spiritual prosperity.

Reversed Othala Rune Meaning

If the rune is reversed, it can stand for the loss of something. One can lose something that is in our possession. Perhaps one thought that he would receive an inheritance and the will was changed at short notice.

The whole thing can lead to frustration and disappointment. Now it is necessary to be patient and not to try to force anything. There is strength in calm.

Accept the course of events. Sometimes something is not meant to be and then it is no use clinging to it. We cannot influence the external circumstances and the course of events. We can only work on our attitudes and change the way we look at things.

In this case, we must learn to let go of possessions as well as thought patterns. Above all, we must not get discouraged and continue to trust life to find a way out of this situation.

Othala Rune Properties 

  • Alphabet: O
  • Element: Earth
  • Symbol: Home, Fortress, Inheritance
  • Interpretation: Ancestry, possession, inheritance, experience, values and traditions
  • Stone: Amethyst, Ruby
  • Tree: Hawthorn, elm, gorse
  • Flower: Snowdrop
  • Herb: Fence beet, houseleek
  • Animal: Stork, Whale
  • Color: Yellow, white gold
  • Body: Vital forces, brain, spine
  • Scent: Chamomile
  • Tarot: The World, The Sun ,The Moon
  • Astrology: Sun in Leo, Moon in Taurus, Moon, Pisces

Runic Alphabet

Fehu ᚠ Uruz ᚢ Thurisaz ᚦ Ansuz ᚨ
Raidho ᚱ Kenaz ᚲ Gebo ᚷ Wunjo ᚹ
Hagalaz ᚺ Naudhiz ᚾ Isa ᛁ Jera ᛃ
Eihwaz ᛇ Perthro ᛈ Algiz ᛉ Sowilo ᛋ
Tiwaz ᛏ Berkana ᛒ Ehwaz ᛖ Mannaz ᛗ
Laguz ᛚ Ingwaz ᛜ Dagaz ᛞ Othala ᛟ



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