How to read Nordic runes

Reading Runes is one of the most popular methods of Mancy (Divination).  There are different kinds of Rune stones depending on which alphabet you choose to follow; Anglo-Saxon Futhorc,  Cirth, Elder Futhark, Gothic Runes, Hungarian Runes, Turkic, Younger Futhork.  Elder Futhark is the emerging Rune alphabet in popularity; it is also known as the alphabet with the “blank”.

Runes are an ancient form of oracle used by those seeking advice. Runes have a long history, dating back to ancient use by Germanic and Nordic tribes, and are still widely used in today’s society. Anyone can have a rune reading, but it’s also fun to be able to learn how to use them yourself. Here’s a guide to all you need to get started with using runes.

When you’re first starting out and discovering if you like rune casting, then a simple set will be sufficient.

However, once you’ve practiced for a while and developed a passion for runes, then it’s lovely to be able to choose and buy a special set. If you’re drawn to a certain crystal, such as rose quartz or amethyst, then perhaps investing in a crystal set of runes would be appropriate. Or you can buy a set carved into simplistic pebbles or small pieces of stone.

Either way, the material the runes are made of is a very personal choice and it’s what you do with them that really matters.

How Easy Is It To Interpret Runes?

Like any form of divination or oracle reading, it can take time to master the art of reading the runes. There are books and guides available to help you understand the runic meanings and their significance in your life, and to the questions and issues you’re exploring, and with practice it does get easier

What Can Runes Be Used For?

The runes can be used to help guide you through problems or issues and help show you what is likely to happen. They’re not a form of fortune-telling and don’t offer exact answers or give you advice – rather they offer different variables and suggest how you could behave if the event does occur. Runes are known for hinting towards answers, but leaving you to work out the details, which is where intuition is helpful.

Runic readers acknowledge that the future isn’t fixed and that individuals have the power to follow their own path and make their own decisions. So if you don’t like the guidance that a rune reading provides, you’ve got the power to change your direction, or your path, and follow a different route.

Runes can be used in many different situations. For example, one of the occasions when it can be useful to consult the runes is if you’re in a situation where you have limited information, or can only see an incomplete picture.

 

What Are Runes?

The word ‘rune’ simply means mystery, whisper or secret and it’s a form of divination or oracle reading system that’s used to help gain insight into situations or questions. Runes can be made of various materials, but are most commonly made of stone, and feature a symbol from the runic alphabet on them.

There are various different types of runic alphabets used on runes, with one of the oldest ones being the old Germanic runic alphabet known as ‘Elder Futhark’. The Elder Futhark contains 24 runes, the first six of which spell out the word ‘futhark’.

Method #1: With your runes in their pouch close your eyes, concentrate on what you want an answer for (past situation, present situation or future situation) and chose a rune from the bag as your answer.

Method #2:Gently toss the runes from the bag onto a soft surface and the runes while thinking of what you want an answer for (past situation, present situation or future situation) and the rune(s) that stand out the most to you is your answer.

Method #3: Lay the runes out in grid and let your hand pass over the runes slowly while concentrating on what you want an answer for (past situation, present situation or future situation). Use your left hand if you are right-handed and your right hand if you are left-handed. You will sense the rune that holds the answer to your question.

Method #4: With your eyes closed and while in a neutral state of mind draw three runes from the bag and line them up. The first rune is an answer to a past situation, the second one is an answer to a present situation and the last is an answer to a future situation.

Step 1: Reading the Two-Rune Draw

Using a method of your choice  specified on the intro choose two runes and place them side-by-side.  The two runes will either strengthen one another or oppose one another.  If they are like-meaning they will assist each other in a supportive way for you.  If they oppose one another it is considered a draw in most situations.  In some situations is can represent what is wrong and what needs to happen for it to be fixed.

Step 2: Reading Three Norns

Rune far left: Norn Urd; the past- past actions & situations that relate to the question you asked

Rune middle: Norn Skuld; the future- what will likely happen to answer your question

Rune far right: Norn Verdandi; the present- what is influencing you right now

Step 3: Reading Triple-Rune Challenge

Rune bottom: the present- what influences you right now

Rune middle: upcoming challenges & what you must do

Rune top: what is likely to happen as a result of the challenge

Step 4: Reading Body, Mind, Spirit Reading

Rune left: Your present physical condition

Rune middle: Your present mental condition

Rune right: Your present spiritual condition

Step 5: Reading Four Dwarves

Rune top: Past desires related to the question (can also indicate ancestors past desires)

Rune right: Present desires & feelings related to the question

Rune left: Desires & feelings of others related to the question

Run bottom: Represents your heart’s inner most, secret desires; if rune is positive this desire will manifest within 4 months

Step 6: Reading Five-Rune Layout

Rune bottom: Basic influences that impact the question

Rune far left: Problems that may influence the question

Rune top: Positives that may influence the question

Rune far right: Immediate answer to the question

Rune middle: Future influences to the question

Step 7: Reading Insight Layout

Rune far left: Your current position in life

Rune second to left: Your thought-process currently

Rune center: Your heart’s desires currently

Rune right of center: Your focus in life currently

Run far right: Your future influences

Step 8: Reading Runic Cross Layout

Rune far left: Past situations

Rune beneath center: Present situations

Rune far right: Future situations

Rune bottom: Influences on the question

Rune center: Shows what influences having a positive outcome

Rune top: Most likely outcome for the question

Step 9: Reading Seven-Rune Layout

Runes first & second: Shows the problem

Runes third & fourth: Past influences that contribute to the present situation

Runes fifth & sixth: Shows you the guidance the runes are giving you

Runes seventh: Possible outcome; if this rune is positive & all the previous runes are positive this will be a positive result, if the rune is negative & all the previous runes are negative this will be a negative result.

Step 10: Reading Ve Layout

Rune top left: Past influences related to the question

Rune second from top left: Present influences related to the question

Rune third from the top left: Future actions related to the question

Rune center bottom: Action to be taken for best outcome

Rune right of center at bottom: Your feelings & emotions related to the question

Rune second from top right: Any possible problems related to the question

Rune top right: Future outcome related to the question

Step 11: Reading Nine Grid Layout

Runes bottom three: Shows the past; far left: past hidden influences; center: past shown influences; far right: present feelings about past events

Runes center three: Shows the present; far left: present hidden influences; center: current influences; far right: current feelings about present events

Runes top three: Show the future; far left: future hidden influences that will keep away a positive result; center: best possible result; far right: feelings about the outcome

Step 12: Raeding Tree of Life Layout

Rune top: Your most positive influences & accomplishments

Runes second row: on left: physical & mental feelings; on right: current energy level

Runes third row: on left: your recent accomplishments; on right: your moral code

Rune fourth row: your health & any present health concerns

Runes fifth row: on left: creative influences & mind; on right: love influences & concerns

Rune sixth row: your imagination & direction

Rune seventh row: your present influences concerning your home

Step 13: Reading Futhark Layout

This reading is typically done on New Year’s Day as it provides an entire year’s worth of answers.  It is recommended that you record the layout & response of the runes where you can refer to it later.

Runes first row starting from top to bottom:

First: How you will achieve money & prosperity

Second: How you will achieve physical health & inner strength

Third: How you will achieve defense or destruction

Fourth: How you will achieve wisdom or inspiration

Fifth: Direction of your life-path

Sixth: Future wisdom

Seventh: Skills to be achieved & gifts granted

Eighth: How you will achieve peace & happiness

Runes second row starting from top to bottom:

First: Future changes to your life

Second: What you need to achieve your goals

Third: Obstacles that may hinder you

Fourth: Successes & achievements

Fifth: What will challenge you & what choices must be made

Sixth: Inner skills that will manifest

Seventh: Life & death situations

Eighth: Your guiding Energy

Runes third row starting from top to bottom:

First: Your legal affairs

Second: How you will achieve growth & beauty

Third: Friendships & relationships in the year

Fourth: Social status

Fifth: Emotional status

Sixth: Sexual influences, emotions & situations

Seventh: How you will achieve balance

Eighth: Gain of assets or wisdom in the year

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