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Also known as: Reid, Rad
Letter sound: R
Translation: wagon, riding, a vehicle
Keywords: travel, a journey, movement, reunion, changes
Magical Uses: Safe travels, navigating inner journeys, maintaining equanimity in challenging situations, justice in disputes
Raidho is the rune of travel, representing both the physical wheel of a wagon, which for so long was the only “vehicle” for traveling in Northern Europe. This rune indicates that you are setting off (or will soon set off) on a journey, whether in the external world or on an emotional or spiritual level. If your travel is physical, Raidho signals a pleasant experience with few or no mishaps. If you are on a spiritual quest, the going may require significant flexibility on your part, but the rewards of reaching your destination will be well worth it, as you are following your soul’s chosen path. Either way, you are advised to keep your focus on the experience of the journey itself, rather than on your arrival. This is because Raidho signifies not just the vehicle you ride in, but also the road you travel on. You will be best served by making the most of every moment along the way. In reverse, Raidho warns of problems along your journey. This may be in the form of physical breakdowns, delays, or other problems with transit, plans that go awry, or other unpleasant circumstances encountered along the way. If you can postpone your travel, you are advised to do so. If not, be prepared for complications, and remain as flexible and patient as possible. Remember that often times, disruptions and forced changes in our plans can lead to new opportunities we had not imagined. You may be merely being “rerouted” on your journey, to ultimately end up with an even better outcome than hoped for. Alternatively, you may have to travel for unpleasant reasons, or to a place you would rather not visit. If this is the case, now is a good time to remember that all journeys yield lessons, and you will have an easier time of it if you can be in acceptance as much as possible, rather than in resistance. Raidho reversed may also signify stagnation on the emotional or spiritual levels—on the journey to self-discovery, your forward motion is presently impeded. You may be avoiding some internal reckoning due to fear of discomfort or emotional pain. However, the discomfort of not moving forward as you are meant to will eventually become worse than the process of transformation you are being called to undertake.
A related interpretation of Raidho is “reunion”—specifically, the return of old friends in your life or even the arrival of new people with whom you made a soul agreement before incarnating into this life. Alternatively, you may be presented with a chance to resolve a disagreement or conflict, either with someone else or within yourself. Raidho reversed in this context is nudging you to examine how you may be blocking such a reunion or resolution with your attitudes or actions. Some runic systems also view Raidho as an indicator that now is a good time for negotiations or deliberations related to agreements with others. Raidho reversed advises you to postpone such discussions for now, as other people are not inclined to consider your best interests. Finally, sometimes Raidho is simply a reminder to align yourself with the “wheel of life” (or in Wiccan terms, the Wheel of the Year). Know that life has ups and downs, ebb and flow, and constant seasonal change. The contrast between opposites is part of the journey of life. If things are not going your way, take heart and know that nothing is permanent.