Perthro Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Perthro

“peorð byþ symble plega
and hlehter wlancum,
ðar wigan sittaþ
on beorsele bliþe ætsomne.”

“Peorð is a source of recreation
and amusement to the great,
where warriors sit blithely together
in the banqueting-hall”

Rune Name – Perthro

Aett – Heimdall’s

Aett Position – Sixth

Perthro – Upright Meaning


Hidden works, mysteries, occult skills, revealing of ones destiny, an initiation, precognition, the feminine principle, the feminine portal, the vagina. Fellowship, joy, a group of good people, transition and change.


perthroThe Perthro rune of the Elder Futhark speaks of hidden things, the opening of the mind’s eye to the paths of the future. With the this rune our path is revealed, no mystery can remain hidden to us.

It marks an opening to a life beyond the ordinary, and shows us gifts due from a source that we would not expect. This rune speaks heavily of what we have within, and marks a time of change and transition for those.

The Perthro rune tells us the external does not matter, it is a gateway, as the woman is a gateway, to that which is internal and hidden.

It speaks of the joy found in gatherings, and how they can serve to help us grow internally, to have that destiny which is hidden to us revealed.

When Perthro appears in a rune reading, know that you must trust yourself, your intuition, for you are never so aware of the future to come as you are under the influence of this rune.

Perthro – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


Things revealed that should have been kept silent, a blindness to the future, a duplicitous group of people, stagnation when change is due, sorrow and loneliness, ennui and addictive substances.


perthro merkstaveThe Merkstave Perthro rune marks a time of stagnation and lack of growth. It is a time of slowness, a time where we should not expect too much of our future at this time.

The merkstave is a rune of dark portent, representing bad luck coming, or a blockage on our current path. It can also indicate that we have descended into the dark side of sensuality.

Debauchery, excess, gluttony, all forms of those sensual pleasures which fulfill us taken to a ridiculous extreme. It can herald hardship, as the errors of our past come forth to haunt our present.

Sometimes this is a warning not to repeat these errors, as much sorrow is born from not learning from the lessons of our past.

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