Original meaning: Patience
patient , protect yourself first , meet your basic needs. Delays or
resistance may plague you for a while, but results will ultimately be
positive. Look after your health.
is the rune of necessity and constraint. It is representative of the
stresses of everyday life. However, stress, as the rune poem verse says
need not be a bad thing. Often, it can signal a need for change, and if
this signal is heeded, the changes to be made can lead to healing of
mind, body, and soul. It is the rune of the overcoming of all odds.
Whereas Wynn is a rune of joy and happiness, Níed is its nearly its
opposite. Níed is the "school of hard knocks" where lessons are learned
by necessity. It is therefore a rune of struggle, sometimes of the
ordeal. Nonetheless it can be used to help fight hardships one endures.
In the Sigdrifumal Sigdrifa advises Sigurdh to carve Níed on his finger
nails and any drinking vessel to avoid enchantment. Níed can be used to
avoid those situations that cause hardship by constraining those very
causes. It is also the rune of the need fire, the fire created from a
fire drill and used by the ancient Northern Europeans to drive away
pestilence and disease and other forms of evil. For this reason, Níed
also represents not only the stresses of everyday life, but the ability
to overcome them.
In divination, Níed indicates a need that may have to be met or overcome. In spellwork it can be used to overcome such obstacles