Introduction: How-To Read Runes

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If you do not believe in the paranormal or metaphysical please do not leave mean or rude comments on the Instructable, thank you.  We're new to Instructables but not the world of the paranormal.

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".

What is the best way to use your runes? That is up to you. Here are some common methods of using runes:

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

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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

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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

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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

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Rune left: Your present physical condition

Rune middle: Your present mental condition

Rune right: Your present spiritual condition

Step 5: Reading Four Dwarves

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


rhodiejeb (author)2017-10-26

Please help. I want to use Rune Stones in a manuscript. What is
meant when Sowilo may lie 'in opposition'? Here is the sentence I was reading
'Sowilo Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in



rhodiejeb (author)2017-10-25

Please help. I want to use Rune Stones in a manuscript. What is meant when Sowilo is 'in opposition'? Here is the sentence I was reading 'Sowilo Merkstave (Sowilo cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition)'.



JewelReflectSun (author)2017-09-08

This was excellent, well written and easy to acclimate* Thankyou for posting*

Piper25 (author)2017-09-07

Thankyou- I am studying runes and they are my most comfortable divination tool your photos and explanations taught me a lot. Blessed be piper25

MalarieW (author)2017-03-09

Im wiccan and i just started to learn about rune stones.ive have been done tarot reading. They are really accurate. Great site bless it be

DanielleT58 (author)2017-01-19

I'm also a Mormon, all my life I completely disagree with cyberdalek comment, I guess I'm more open minded to all that our Heavenly Father reveals to his children, and I wouldn't be telling people to burn, lest u may be the one who burns. What you put out comes back to you. We believe in propecy, in revelation. How do you know some of us have received instructions into the mysteries of god...

slstevens714 (author)DanielleT582017-01-25

Hello, I saw in my email that there was a reply to a comment I had made. It was from cyberdalek. I followed the link but I can't find any comments from myself, nor do I remember making any comments on this. I also don't see any comments from cyberdalek... your comment caught my attention bc you mention this user. What am I missing?? Do you know why I'm not seeing these comments & replies? Anyone else.. ? Thanks so much!

TarotGeek (author)2017-01-18

You don't believe in the paranormal, however you *do* believe in the magical/protective power of the Church of LDS underpants?

DanielleT58 (author)TarotGeek2017-01-19

and pagans believe stones have protective powers, I think most christians would also say angels protect us we have more in common than difference I say, we need to love all people and not push our religious doctrines on everyone..and christians must have some faith cuz they don't need an item to keep them safe

DanielleT58 (author)2017-01-19

also if you are such a dedicated saint, why are you exploring things like this..the Holy Ghost can lead us to things of a different nature..

Magsmac (author)2017-01-15

can anyone out there help?

I recently inherited a gold ring, and it is stamped with 4 symbols which according to your chart on this website mean


These symbols are repeated 3 times around the ring. The person that left me the ring found it many years ago buried in the earth. Could anyone explain if the symbols in that order have a special meaning ? Many thanks

DanielleT58 (author)Magsmac2017-01-19

wow that's cool, I'm get the feeling that ring called out to you. I believe you will have true happiness in your life in those areas. Perhaps they were led to leave it to you

DanielleT58 (author)2017-01-19

thanks for inadvertently answering my temple question...I'm not an unclean spirit, just because I don't dress a certain joesph didn't have differing things to wear there either, so if u will where did the garment revelation come from..

DaveH203 (author)2017-01-08

tkx for this..........VERY helpful

StephanieL118 (author)2016-09-22

Thanks for the great post

LucyPsychic (author)2016-08-03

Hi! This is a very helpful post. I have been into Tarot card reading for a very long time but i'm not very good at runes. I have often encountered psychics who used runes like when I had a reading with Oranium (my review here ). I think it's kinda similar to tarot card reading but sometimes more organic due to casting the stones randomly gives it a spiritual power.

JosephE25 (author)2016-02-19

Fascinating subject as well as all the various viewpoints and opinions. I have been a paranormal investigator for decades, before all the pop crap in the media. "Paranormal" actually means anything that cannot be readily understood or explained with the existing knowledge base. It's not limited to any theology, science or culture. If you can't explain it, then it is para-normal. the prefix "para" on words actually means "beside" or "outside" of whatever. Like paramedic or paramilitary.

Anyway, I have witnessed and experienced many things I cannot explain. Runes and arcane symbols often appear in connection with other paranormal events. Does anyone here know about Carl Jung's Synchronicity theory. I think this perhaps applies here. I have helped clients using such things as saging. Then I read an article recently in the British medical journal where research has found depending on what you are burning saging actually has real medical benefits. So, I am open to the idea that runes could possibly possess some "magic" for lack of a better word. I really should learn to use runes.

IsaacK22 (author)2016-02-11

*Thank you. Ive hand written all of this in my book of shadows and have even made my own runes. Ive done a couple readings for some facebook friends and they say its super accurate as well as me. I use a very slighly different rune alphebet but this WORKS! I definatly reccommend. work! I de

Ward_Nox (author)2009-12-13

I've found rune casting and tarot a good way to look inward myself quite useful if used that way even if you don't belive in there metaphysical aspect

AustinF5 (author)Ward_Nox2015-11-01

have you read anything by carl jung? also i find ludwig wittgenstein's concept of "language games" to be quite useful when trying to get my head around spiritual ideas.

RagnarokJester (author)2015-05-01

Technically, you can't believe in any god without believing in the paranormal, as a paranormal thing is simply something that lies beyond normal experience and scientific explanation, which a god certainly is.

FeliciaP2 (author)RagnarokJester2015-10-28

I believe in God (I'm Christian actually) and it makes PERFECT sense to recognize the mysteries of the metaphysical. After all, it is written that "the secret things belong to the most High God" and that "all the things hidden in the past will be made known to light in Christ, according to His good will, for the purpose of unification" Ephesians 1:9 me translation I didn't get into Tarot and Astrology until AFTER I became a Christian, and I see that everything connects--even that of other religions as well. The Bible, Qu'ran, Torah...all are, despite the scorning of detractors, arcane knowledge. And we're meant to know such in the Age of Aquarius to bring us under the umbrella of the One God. Unification

FeliciaP2 (author)FeliciaP22015-10-28

Even Hinduism and yoga, truthfully, as well. I practice the latter.

SusanneS3 (author)2015-09-18

I have a question, I have been using runestones for a while now, yet when a lot of things happened in my life I had to stop for a few months. Now the runestones are changing colour, they are tearing from within and are becoming white. I also noticed a few red stains appearing within aswell. They are shrinking and becoming a different shape. Do note that I have not moved nor touched them within those months. What does this mean? Is this a mere form of neglection or does it have a completely different meaning.

Cord14 (author)SusanneS32015-10-24

.? How were they being used are they stone or made from clay

slstevens714 (author)2015-08-28

You said you don't believe in the paranormal, but the basis of the morman religion is absolutely paranormal. A ghost supposedly showed John Smith where Godly relics were buried, and even spoke to him, telling him how to decipher what he found... So I don't understand what you mean by what you said.
In addition, how can any religious individual, of any belief, not believe in the paranormal realm... Angels, the holy ghost, the resurrection of christ, answered prayers, satan, etc.

charlie.dana (author)2015-03-15

I find this interesting I am reading a fantasy book and it mention runes. I thought itwas the writer making stuff up

flymeaway (author)2014-10-27

I am new to the paranormal world. I am young, only 14 actually. When I went to a psychic for the first time I was skeptical when he told me that I had abilities. But once I went to more psychics and they all told me the same things (ex: poltergeist abilities, being psychic, absorbing energy more than normal) I knew that everything was kind of starting to make sense. Quite a few of the people I've talked to have recommended me using Rune stones as a way to further advance myself. I have also tried and am still trying to contact my spirit guides to help me further understand myself. I really don't know what I am doing, but this page really helped me get an idea of where to start.

JaiG (author)flymeaway2015-02-12

The Futhark are not for people toying with new age nonsense and vague notions of spirituality. They are an intrinsic part of pre-Christian Germanic religious structures that cannot be understood in a 3 paragraph blog post. The word "rune" itself hints at the grand mystery behind each of these symbols, a gateway to forces that even Odin had to suffer for to wield. They are a mystery even to the Norns who carve the fate of all who dwell in Yggdrasil in these very symbols.

This poster's blatant bastardization of the process with celtic themes is anther casual blasphemy to a world view all but lost after Romans conquered "Germania". You will receive very skewed results and call curses on yourself like this.

Toy not with what you don't understand or suffer the consequences of meddling with the fabric of reality. And since I know you wont listen me anyway, may I suggest you read "Futhark" and make a robust inquiry into ancient Germanic religion BEFORE you follow some new age "conglomerate" of whatever flakey reconstructed "magic" you find posted in online blogs? (For the same reason you should know what you're doing with Chemisty, you know)

Caio Assumpção (author)2014-06-01

thurisaz for protection and uruz for strenght? im sorry, but im quite sure this is not accurate, thurisaz is not only the symbol of strenght, as it is to order, represents the jötun and the go thor, thurisaz is a symbol of strenght and order, linked to thor, and the inverted thurisaz is a simbol of wisdom, not linked to odin, but to ymir, the inverted is also a symbol for chaos

creepyhollows (author)2009-12-12

Thank you insomnia :)  Our long-time effort has been to introduce the mystic, paranormal & metaphysical arts to show people it's something that can be enriching.  I really like this site; I think it encourages creativity in the most positive way possible.  We hope this is the beginning of many good times here.

insomniaSAH (author)2009-12-12

you know this is kind of funny to me to come home and find three paranormal/metaphysical 'ibles posted from one source when I was just thinking earlier about how the internet makes the dissemination of 'mystical' knowledge so much easier.

Wonder where we'll all be in a few hundred years regarding the majority view of 'religion' - I mean, look at scientology. Christianity was treated more or less the same *I think, don't quote me on this* when it was starting up. So what'll be the major religion in a few thousand years, if our species is still around?

Sorry for the tangent xD Again, well written.

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