How to Tell the Future with Runes

The Ancient Divination System of the Runes

There are as many different ways to read runes as there are ways to cast (toss) them. Any books on runes will provide you with several different ways to read them, including complicated, multi-rune castings. Try these three easy castings in order to begin working the stones immediately and get yourself used to their energies and how they operate.

In using them it’s not necessary to come up with a huge, elaborate ritual that includes casting a circle, calling quarters or invoking a deity every time you want to do a reading. I think you should, however, develop a routine for starting and conducting a reading and stick to it.

For example, I spread out my rune cloth, then pour the stones onto the cloth, right side up. I put them in their alphabetical order, the blank rune standing separate from the rest, and then I pray, “Mother Earth, guide my hand as I cast the runes. Guide my mind as I interpret their meanings. Guide my soul as I take them into my life.” Then I turn them all over and stir them around clockwise, using my right hand to stir as I concentrate on the question I am posing. I select the runes and interpret.

You can incorporate candles or incense, or have your own special way of doing things. You can even do the whole elaborate setup if you wish. It’s all about what works for you. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do it each time you read the runes. The routine will set your mind up for divination and that’s the goal here.

How you word your question(s) is also important when reading runes. Unless you are doing a yes-or-no reading, asking the runes a question that can be answered with a yes or no isn’t going to work. It’s best to word your question in a general way. For example, if you are asking relationship questions, you wouldn’t want to ask the runes, “Is Jimmy cheating on me?” A better question would be, “What do I need to know about my relationship with Jimmy?”

Cast 1: One-Rune Draw

Pose your question and draw one rune. This one is great for a daily casting when you want to use the runes as a guide for your day. For example, before going to work, you ask the runes, “What do I need to know to make this day successful for me?”

Cast 2: Three-Rune Draw

Pose your question and draw three runes. The first rune is the Overview—it gives you a general understanding of your question. The second rune is the Course of Action and tells you what your options are and what you might want to do. The third rune is the Outcome.

Cast 3: The Yes or No Draw

Pose your question and draw three runes. Take note of how many runes are upright or reversed. If the runes you draw are non-reversible, then you need to know if their meanings are generally negative or generally positive. When all three runes are positive, the answer is definitely yes. When all three runes are negative, the answer is definitely no, but the meanings of the runes will usually tell you why and what you might be able to do to up your chances of success.

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