Symbols

All reiki symbols give intention to the universe’s life energy. Cho Ku Rei turns on the energy, Sei He Ki is for mental or emotional healing, Zonar is use for past life and karmic issues, and Raku is for grounding.

Likewise, you can use other symbols that you are comfortable with to flavor the intention of the energy. These symbols can be ones that you are already comfortable with or symbols that would work well with a particular client. These additional symbols can be found in a variety of religions or in nature.

Usui Reiki Symbols

Symbols are usually drawn top to bottom and left to right.

Cho Ku Rei (“cho-koo-ray”)

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Cho Ku Rei (Variation 1)
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Cho Ku Rei (Variation 2)

Given during Level 1 Reiki Attunement

Roughly translates to “put power here”, this symbol is used by the reiki practioner to turn their reiki on by drawing the symbol in their hands. It can be drawn on the client to focus healing energy on one particular chakra or drawn from crown to root chakra to help energy flow between chakras.

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Double Cho Ku Rei

Note: Double Cho Ku Rei (aka Kriya) is used to create a door way during the attunement process to step into a client’s aura, create a sacred space, or to seal and protect a space. It is not generally used in the healing process.

Sei He Ki (“say-hay-key”)

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Sei He Ki (Variation 1)
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Sei He Ki (Variation 2)

Given during Level 1 Reiki Attunement

This symbol is used to heal mental or emotional issues including anger, depressions, sadness, fear or addictions. It is generally drawn over the brow or heart chakras.

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Double Sei He Ki

Note: Double Sei He Ki is used when opening the doors to past life or past emotional traumas. Use in combination with Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen.

 

Hon Sha Ze Sho Nin (“hone-sha-zay-show-nen”)

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Hon Sha Ze Sho Nin (Variation 1)
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Hon Sha Ze Sho Nin (Variation 2)
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nin (Variation 3)
Hon Sha Ze Sho Nin (Variation 3)

Given during Level 2 Reiki Attunement

This is the symbol used to heal across distance. This distance can be physical space or time (forward and backward). Because this symbol spans time, it can be used to send energy for a future appointment or to help heal past life issues. This symbol should be drawn from head to toe on the client.

 

 

Usui Di Ko Myo (“die-koe-me-oh”)

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Usui Di Ko Myo (Variation 1)
Usui Di Ko Myo (Variation 2)
Usui Di Ko Myo (Variation 2)

Given during Master Teacher Reiki Attunement

This is the first of the two master symbols, and it is primarily used in attunements to connect the client to the reiki energy and the higher self.

 

Tibetan Di Ko Mio (“die-koe-me-oh”)

Tibetan Di Ko Mio (Variation 1)
Tibetan Di Ko Mio (Variation 1)
Tibetan Di Ko Mio (Variation 2)
Tibetan Di Ko Mio (Variation 2)

Given during Master Teacher Reiki Attunement

This is the second of the master symbols. It is used in the attunement process identical to the Usui Di Ko Myo, but it can also be used in the healing process to align the chakras to the highest consciousness. It can also be used instead of or in combination with Cho Ku Rei for a gentler but more powerful healing energy.

Nin Giz Zida (“nin-geez-zee-da”) or Serpent of Fire

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Nin Giz Zida

Given during Master Teacher Reiki Attunement

This symbol is always drawn from crown to root chakra as it is used to align the chakras and energy system to prepare the client for the attunement.

Raku (“ra-ku”)

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Raku

Given during Master Teacher Reiki Attunement

This is the symbol used after a treatment or an attunement to ground the client and separate the connections between practioner and client. It is drawn from the crown chakra to the feet.

Runes

Below are the select elder futhark runes that I have found to be useful in reiki healing sessions. Runes can be used individually or in combinations called bind runes.

Fehu

Fehu

Fehu can be used by itself or in combination with Jera (see below) to promote fertility in someone who would like to have a child. Draw the symbol over the root or sacral chakras.

Uruz

Uruz

Uruz, the auroch, packs a big punch when it comes to healing energy. It’s very powerful but needs a little guidance. I don’t use Uruz for this reason as I prefer the gentler healing energy of Berkano. Use Uruz if someone needs aggressive healing, physical strength or the big push in a healthy direction. An example of someone who might need Uruz in their life is a cancer patient after chemotherapy. Draw the symbol over the heart chakra in that example.

Ansuz

Ansuz

Ansuz can be used if an individual has throat chakra blockages to help develop communication. Do not use if the person has an over developed throat chakra.

Kenaz

Kenaz

There is a reiki symbol called Shanti which utilizes the rune, Kenaz, with one backwards S placed over the point and another placed in the mouth of Kenaz. Kenaz can be used in healing for guidance when placed over the third eye chakra or it can be used to aggressively open blocked chakras as it represents the fire of transformation.

Shanti

Shanti

Shanti is not a rune, but the symbol itself has the rune, Kenaz, represented. The additions to Kenaz change the meaning of the rune slightly, so it is important to discuss the differences. The name, Shanti, can be chanted for peace. When used in reiki healing sessions, it can help alleviate fears (like turning on the light), help alleviate insomnia, and gently opens blocked chakras. I would also draw Shanti on the third eye chakra.

Isa

Isa

Isa translates to ice or icicle. This rune can be used on any injury that would benefit from applying ice. It will help reduce swelling and help alleviate nerve pain such as sciatica.

Jera

Jera

Jera is the rune that speaks most about cycles. When combined with Fehu, it can bring about fertility. However, Jera mostly deals with cycles, changing of the seasons, and life cycles. Because of this, I often use Jera in reiki healing to help heal female “squishy insides” and to place the female cycle back to a normal 28-day pattern.

Eihwaz

Eihwaz

Eihwaz, the world tree, has many divinations meanings; however, in reiki healing sessions, it is only used to help treat spinal problems. Eihwaz can be used to help heal compressed or slipped disks and other spinal issues by drawing the rune down the spine and visualizing all the disks going back to their original forms in a healthy spinal formation. I often use this as in combination with Berkano. The visualization is important when using this rune because you don’t want the spine to heal in its current damaged form but back into a healthy, pain-free orientation.

Berkano

Berkano

Berkano represents the “motherly”, more gentle healing energy. This is my most used healing rune because it can treat a variety of problems including mental and emotional healing, female “squishy insides” healing, regenerative energy, and the “mom comforting hug” that just about everyone needs during the healing process. This rune offers a great deal of comfort, love, and healing and can be used on any chakra.

Nauthiz

Nauthiz

The second symbol in Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, the distance symbol, looks exactly like Nauthiz turned on its side. I don’t use Nauthiz exclusively in healing, but since I always see the rune when I draw Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, I thought I would spend a moment to discuss what Nauthiz means. Nauthiz translates to “need”. It’s usually invoked when there are no other options, and you are in a dire state of real need. “You are out of money, you have no food, you don’t have gas in your car to make it to work, and the bus pass is expired.” When we perform the distance symbol, it’s usually because we have no choice. We need to send reiki energy to someone we can’t touch or at a time.

References

Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic by Diana L Paxton

The Tarot Handbook: practical applications of ancient visual symbols by Angeles Arrien