Perthro Rune {Meaning and Divination Reading}

If you are starting out with Elder Futhark divination readings, you’re probably still getting to grips with their meanings. So if you’ve drawn the Perthro rune, you’re curious about what it means.

The Perthro rune is associated with fate and probability. It is the fourteenth symbol of the Elder Futhark alphabet. The Perthro sign is ruled under Hagal’s aett. The Perthro symbol also relates to chance and luck.

That’s a brief idea of the Perthro symbol, but if you want to know more, keep reading. This guide will tell you everything you want to know about this rune symbol.

You’ll also learn how to use it with divination and energy work.

Let’s get started.

What is the Perthro Rune?

Perthro is the fourteenth symbol of the Elder Futhark Runes. You pronounce it as per-throw.

The whole elder futhark alphabet is split into three lots of eight. A Norse deity rules over each set as an aettir (family).

Perthro is the sixth symbol of the second (Hagal’s) Aett. This set of runes is ruled by Heimdall, the Norse god of perception and foresight.

Hagal’s aett represents runes that encourage action with self. They bring about introspection and endurance. These runes help to navigate the hardships of being human and encourage us with the will to push forward.

The Perthro Rune represents the unknown. For most humans, not knowing grips them with fear and anxiety. This rune encourages you to use it to take chances; you’ll either succeed or learn a lesson.

In addition to Perthro, the other symbols in this Aettir include the:

What is the Meaning of the Perthro Rune?

In a general rune reading, Perthro symbolizes mystery and surprises. It encourages you to seek information or use your intuition to reveal what you don’t know.

The translation of Perthro is often debated but is generally recognized as ‘casting cup.’

This symbolized the vessel used to hold dice before they were cast. This may have been when gambling or playing games. Before you release, your chances and luck are still unknown.

The Perthro rune is one of fun times, entertainment, pleasure, and celebration. It encourages you to have fun every once in a while. Life doesn’t need to be serious all the time.

Perthro can relate the fate, but know that your future isn’t set or predestined.  It’s a sense of cause and effect linking to your past and your future.

It’s encouraging you to become self-aware, seek wisdom and make different choices. These actions will alter your life path. You make your own destiny.

Seeking experiences is key to the Perthro rune. Understanding strengthens your critical thinking and decision-making skills. With these abilities, situations tend to ‘go your way.’

The Perthro is a rune of luck. But the secret to being lucky is to open yourself to opportunities and take chances.

Perthro Keywords:

  • Fate
  • Mystery
  • Secrets
  • Probability
  • Chance

How to read the Perthro Rune

Perhtro rune upright

Rune divination starts with you having a question or intention in mind. Drawing the Perthro rune can bring answers to that which you seek guidance.

We’ve already discussed the general meaning of the Perthro rune. Yet, you may find this doesn’t really relate to your intention or question.

Perthro is not a chief rune for some intentions. On its own, it doesn’t always give the depth of answer you need.

When you’ve drawn a Perthro rune, it’s always better you get context from the neighboring runes. Often the order you read them will give you more details about the message of the Perthro.

On that note, the meanings in this guide are not set in stone. As a beginner, they may help you decipher the message’s meaning in your rune reading.

Use your own judgment and intuition to guide you through.

Can Perthro be reversed?

Perthro Rune Reversed

Perthro is a rune that can be reversed. That means a mirrored, inverted, or reversed position carries a shadow meaning (merkstave).

Reading a reversed rune is subjective. Some only consider it a merkstave rune if it falls at a position 180° flipped from upright (e.g the first rune above). Any other position is considered upright.

Another option is if a rune falls at an obscure angle, it is rotated in a clockwise direction until it reaches an upright or reversed position. This is shown in the other three examples above.

When Perthro is reversed, it warns you that you don’t have all the information you need right now. It can relate to information others are purposely withholding, or you are being wilfully ignorant.

You may soon experience an unpleasant secret or surprise.

Reversed Perthro can suggest that things won’t go the way you hope they will or that you have a string of bad luck.

You may choose not to consider a reversed Perthro as a meaning. But, you could be missing an important message from the Divine.

Perthro For Love


A Perthro rune in a love intention can indicate fun, laughter, and joy in your relationship. It encourages you to take a new approach to love and discover a lighter side to your relationship.

A healthy and happy sex life is aligned with the Perthro rune.

If you are single, this is your sign to take a chance on feelings that have taken you by surprise. You may find love even if you’ve not been actively searching for it.


Drawing a reversed Perthro for a love intention can signal that one of you is keeping an unhealthy secret. The signs are there, and it’s getting harder and harder to hide.

Follow your intuition to seek the truth, but be warned that the answer will not likely be a positive outcome.

If you are single, be aware of red flags you’re seeing with a potential love interest. If you’re looking for a deep connection, Perthro is telling you they are only looking for a good time.

Perthro for Family and Friends


When Perthro is drawn for matters of family and friends, it often indicates lots of celebration with loved ones. Perthro is generally linked to new experiences, such as a baby shower, marriage, a move, or traveling.

Spending time with family or friends can help expose you to new experiences. They may encourage you to think about what you want from life.


A reversed Perthro usually signals secrets amongst family or friends.  Someone close to you keeps you in the dark about essential information. Uncovering this will likely change your relationship dynamics.

Or perhaps you’re holding information back from others. The Perthro rune advises that this is not beneficial for anyone involved.

Perthro for Health and wellbeing


Perthro drawn for health is a sign of good health and vitality. You are likely in a good place mentally and enjoying maintaining your physical health.

Perthro is strongly related to female reproductive health, which may indicate a healthy pregnancy soon. However, it can also mean that any gynae problems you’re experiencing are resolving.


Drawing a reversed Perthro related to the ill effect of taking chances with your health. Although there are no major health issues, it won’t always stay this way. Make small changes to prevent big problems.

Perthro can also relate to sexual or reproductive difficulties. If you’re single, unprotected sex will likely lead to sexually transmitted diseases.

Perthro For Money and finances


In money matters, drawing the Perthro rune is a highly positive sign. It suggests that you will have good luck and positive outcomes with financial issues. Take the chance; it will pay off for you significantly.

It can also relate to an issue where you’ve been in financial trouble. The chances are that you will come through it unscathed.


A reversed Perthro can indicate that you have been irresponsible with money. It relates mainly to a disrespect for the impact of habits such as overspending, gambling, or bad investments.

You haven’t thought about the consequences of the loss. The long-term accumulation of losses will leave you suffering financially.

Perthro for Career


When Perthro is drawn in career intention, it signals you are about to be presented with an opportunity, and you need to take the chance. You may second guess if it’s the right thing to do, but the outcome will be positive.

Perthro reminds you that taking risks can pay off, so if you’ve been holding back, put yourself forward in your role. You’ll be filled with inspiration and ideas just by taking a fresh approach.


A reversed Perthro can indicate that you are not being kept in the loop regarding your work. A boss or a colleague may be keeping things from you which will come to light.

This draw also reminds you not to make any big decisions or assumptions at the moment. You don’t have all the information you need to make an informed choice. Proceeding will lead to negative consequences in your career.

Perthro for Personal development


Perthro is an excellent rune to pull for personal development intentions. It encourages self-awareness and seeking information that you haven’t yet explored in life. This will open you up to so many possibilities.

Perthro encourages working on issues that you feel fear or mistrust. Replacing these feelings with joy and playfulness will set you free.

In Opposition

Perthro reversed can indicate you are clinging to material objects or others when seeking fulfillment. This rune reminds you that you need to seek happiness from within.

You have an overbearing need for control and cling to the illusion that you can affect everything. It’s time to realize that some things in life are out of your control and left to chance. You will never feel fulfilled until you accept this as a universal law.

Perthro for Spirituality


The Perthro rune is the most spiritual of all runes and an excellent draw for your intention. It is a connection to the divine and the unknown.

The message of the other runes is strengthened by the presence of Perthro in your reading. The possibilities may be numerous; trust your intuition to connect to your path.

Now is the time to concentrate of esoteric activities. Deepen your knowledge of divination and magic. You will uncover information that will transform your life.


A negative Perthro can often indicate a spiritual disconnect relating to a past event. Choices have been made which have left you doubting your beliefs. You may be seeking new spiritual connections.

Proceed with caution; jumping in too soon can leave you spiritually vulnerable.

Reversed Perthro may also indicate no clear message for you now. Hold back and return to the runes for guidance at a later date.

Magical uses of the Perthro Rune

  • Connection to the Wyrd
  • Knowledge of cause and effect
  • Connection to the divine
  • Manipulation of positive outcomes
  • Luck spells

Perthro Rune Associations

The Perthro rune connects with many other universal energies. These may suggest ways to incorporate the Perthro energy into your divination work.

Perthro corresponds with the following:

BodySex organs
Half monthJanuary 13th-January 28th
Ruling planetVenus
TarotThe fool / High Priestess

Perthro Rune Poems

Anglo-Saxon Perthro Poem

Peordh is a source of recreation and amusement to the great,

where warriors sit blithely together in the


There are no Norwegian or Icelandic Perthro Poems.

Perthro Galdr (Runic Chant)

perthro perthro perthro
pu pa pi pep o
purdh pardh pirdh perdh pordh
po pe pi pa pu

Rune Perthro Other Names

  • Old Germanic name: Pertra
  • Old Norwegian name: Perþu
  • Anglo-Saxon name: Peordh
  • Old Celtic name: Pailt
  • Old Icelandic name: Perþ or Plástur

Final thoughts

Perthro is a rune of taking a chance on the unknown. Although this may make you feel anxious, the outcomes will be favorable. 

You cannot grow in life without new experiences. Put yourself out there, Travel to new places, meet new people, and learn new habits.

Perthro reminds you to be playful and seek joy from life. There is a time and a place to be serious, but you’ll be at peace when you balance this out with good times.

Trust your intuition to lead you on the right path.

When Perthro is reversed, it reminds you to keep seeking information. Even if you uncover harmful secrets or are surprised, you can always learn a lesson that will favor you in the future.

You are not always ready for the answers, and the divine may inform you this will remain a mystery until you are ready.

Use the Perthro rune to harness these energies into your life and divination work.

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