It is the sixth of the twenty-four runes of the magical Norse alphabet and of the first set of 8, Frey’s aett. It represents the sound “C” or “K” and its name means “torch” or “flambeau”. Its significance is closely related to the previous rune: Kenaz is the torch that lights the road, the lighthouse or the fire that guides the traveller or the navigator. If Raidho is an astronomical allusion to the Big Dipper, Kenaz is its torch, Polaris, pointing the north for sailors and travellers. According to the common significance, it is the “light at the end of the tunnel” in all its meanings. Its form represents the stylized flame, the tongue of fire.
In normal position, Kenaz represents the active, strong and expansive element, the engine of movement, and the reason. It is the spark that starts everything, the original impulse that triggers the process we have in mind. It is a very good rune when extracted, foretelling a period on intense activity and increased energy. Depending of the asked question, the dynamism and creative energy of Kenaz can manifest in different forms. Socially, it predicts the discovery of many aspects that seemed forgotten until now, the unveiling of hidden things that will help us. We will have executive power, significant freedom of action and decision, but also more responsibility.
In financial matters, it indicates a sudden growth and considerable profit. It can also signify the risk that must be assumes with temerity in order to achieve the targeted income. In terms of health, this rune brings a lot of vitality and energy. For those who are sick, it predicts fast and certain recovery.
In reversed position, Kenaz represents the wild energy, the out of control mind and the unrestrained vice. Depending on the asked question, the instability and negativism of reversed Kenaz can manifest under different aspects. Socially, reversed Kenaz predicts disaster, disillusion, deceived expectations and compromise. Unpleasant truths, weaknesses and hidden vices can unfold. Our vulnerability is our own fault and our own lack of wisdom and we must pay the price of caution.
Financially, this rune shows loss caused by foolish risks, haste and lack of judgement. Especially in the financial sector, reversed Kenaz is the rune of imprudence, haste and lack of judgement. It can also signify the victory of our opponent or the gain of our rival. Erotically, it shows weakness. The couple experiences routine, lack of creativity and activity. In terms of procreation or plans for having a baby, reversed Kenaz can indicate sterility for one of the partners. The relationship is instable, full of misunderstandings and quarrels. Communication is lacking. For those who are looking for new relationships, it warns about foolish haste and irrational passions, which will only lead to very unpleasant situations.
In terms of health, it can indicate physical weakness and a poor immune system. The hope for recovery is weak, emphasized by the negative expectations of the patient himself. Usually, these are short-termed sufferings, vitality crises and lack of zest for life, which can get better in few days, but it depends on the associated runes in order to determine a more precise reading.