I design a lot of bindrunes for people based on their initials. I find the rune equivalents for the letters and
arrange them in the most attractive way I can. Sometimes the rune symbols are mirror-imaged for symmetry, and sometimes
I combine two or more runes on a single stave (i.e. the perpendicular stroke).
There are many examples of ancient bindrunes designed in just this way, so it is perfectly in keeping with rune
tradition. In fact the ancients were fairly arbitrary about writing runes left-to-right, right-to-left, images mirrored,
and sometimes even whole sentences appeared upside down. But I do not as a rule reverse runes (i.e. draw them upside-down)
because it is generally accepted that this also reverses the rune's meaning.
constructing a bindrune
English Letter Equivalents
Runes are phonetic - in other words, they represent sounds rather than letters. So Kauno is equivalent to K like it
appears in the word "king", or a hard C as in the word "cat". So if your name was Colin or Catherine,
your first runic initial would be Kauno, the rune that corresponds to K. But if your name was Cyril or Cecilia then
you would choose S representing Sowilo because that's the rune that makes the soft C sound.
Names like Thora and Theodore and others starting with the TH sound can be a bit confusing, too. In English you would
say your first initial was T, but in runes it is Thurisaz., because that rune represents the th sound all on its own.
The ancients did not distinguish between W and V. They used the same soft V sound for both, so both V and W initials
are represented by Wunjo.
J and Y are the most difficult letters to represent in runes. Strictly speaking the J in John or Joanne should be
represented by Dagaz because the ancients pronounced Dagaz like a DG or DZ
compound consonant. But in modern usage it is common
to represent J as Jera even though its real sound is like the Y in the word "year". There is another rune that
makes the Y sound and that is Ihwaz. It sounds like the Y in
There are no rune equivalents for X or Q. The ancients did not use those sounds. I usually represent X with Kauno and
Sowilo to make a "ks" sound, and Q as Kauno and Wunjo to make a "kw" sound.
Names of German or Scandinavian origin that start with ING are represented by Ingwaz. Inge and Ingomar are good
examples. Don't be fooled into using Isa because it represents the letter I. Ingwaz is much more attractive!
I usually follow these rules when compiling bindrunes for people:
K and hard C are represented by Kauno
S and soft C are represented by the Sowilo
T is represented by Tiwaz
TH is represented by Thurisaz
V and W are both represented by Wunjo
J as in John is represented by Jera
J as in Juan is represented by Hagalaz
J as in Jorge and Y as in Yolanda are represented by Ihwaz
There is a table of all the English letter equivalents on the Bindrune Introduction Page.
Are your initials in the Bindrune Gallery?
You can search the bindrune gallery in the members area of
www.rune-tattoos.com to check whether I have designed a bindrune based on your own initials.
There are more than 4000 designs available. There is a free access area of the rune tattoos website
but the members area and the bindrune gallery are available only to signed-up members. The annual
fee has recently been reduced to just US$6.95 - that's around GB£4.00 or EU4,60.
(no longer in production)
Personal bindrune amulet pendants
& keychain fobs
The amulets were made of natural wood from windfall branches. The pendant
was fitted with a leather thong,
silver-plated or gold-plated necklace.
The amulets were about 30-35mm
diameter and made of windfall wild woods. The rune was branded by hand in the traditional way or painted. The wood
was highly polished
and finished with a non-toxic varnish.
There was a choice of pokerwork or painted designs in a range of colors.
Artwork (this item is available now)
RM58 Personal Bindrune Artwork - US$14.45
If you just want your initials made into a personal bindrune monogram I will supply the artwork.
You will get these three versions of the design in plain black, in a single color of your choice or in its natural color with a thin black edging line, and a 3D
version with bevel and shadow effects. The artwork is free of copyright so you can use it as a monogram on stationery and personal
items, as a logo for a business or on a website, or even for a tattoo.
The service includes the artwork as a PDF document in an email attachment, plus a free copy of my eBook 'A Runic
Empowerment Ritual' suitable for use with tattoos or solid objects. The artwork is also free of copyright so you can
use it for a tattoo or indeed any other purpose.
You will receive the artwork together with a suggested runic
empowerment ritual as a pdf document (email attachment) normally within
a couple of weeks, but delays of up to 4-6 months can occur because of a huge backlog of orders received
over the last few weeks.
See the order form headed "order personal bindrune products online"
near the bottom of the page and order the first item "RM58 Personal Bindrune Artwork".
Please don't order a word or phrase as if it was
someone's initials. A bindrune made up from the
letters of a word WILL NOT represent the meaning of
the word, it doesn't work like that.
For example I had someone order
OPHE as if it were a friend's initials, but they
really wanted a bindrune to mean "hope". Another
customer ordered IRHC when what they actually
required was a runic symbol to represent the concept
"rich". I did the bindrunes on the basis that they
were personal initials, but "hope" is not
represented in runes by those 4 letters, it is made
up from two completely different runes and would
look quite different from the bindrune I designed.
Same thing with the "rich" concept - that one can be
represented by a single rune.
So don't be fooled into thinking
that a word would make the same bindrune as a
person's initials. Because you will get a design
that has no meaning - or worse - that might mean
something else entirely!
you want a bindrune to represent a concept, or a
word that has special meaning to you, then order the RM6002 Custom Practical Bindrune Artwork package from the
Icon Pack (this item is available now)
RM53 Rune Icon Pack - US$9.45
All these rune icons:
plus 10 icons of your own personal bindrune in these colors:
You will receive a self-installing program that includes a beginner's guide to using icons. The package is delivered
by email, usually within a few days. Use the "Order Now" button below.
Art Pack (this item is available now)
RM52 Personal Bindrune Art Pack - US$14.45
Four large images of your personal bindrune in these styles:
The art pack features four 750x750 pixel high-resolution images of your personal
bindrune suitable for printing on A4 or letter size paper.
The service includes the art pack as a PDF document, plus a free copy of my eBook 'A Runic
Empowerment Ritual' suitable for use with tattoos or solid objects. The art pack document and
the eBook are delivered by email attachment, usually within a few days,
buttons on the order form to see any options available and use the "Order Now" button to place your order.