How-To Read Runes




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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

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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    37 Discussions


    Question 2 months ago on Introduction

    This morning I was just asking my Runes about the day ahead...and I found the warrior broken in half...what does that say to you? Also can I glue it back together? It has a chip... I've no idea how this happened, as they are only ever in their bag in a padded box or with and I read them on my bed so they're padded?!


    Question 10 months ago on Step 2

    I’m confused as to the reading method. I read past, present, future; however, method 4 states this, but 3 runes reading is past, future, present.... ?


    Answer 11 months ago

    On some yes. There are a few that cannot be reversed. I'm still new so I don't know what ones they are off the top of my head but if you Google rune meanings you should be able to find it easy.


    11 months ago on Introduction

    This may be too much but is there a way to could possibly instruct on what stone goes where in each of the readings? I know the order you choose the runes are important and they shouldn't be placed randomly but what is the correct order?


    1 year ago

    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




    1 year ago

    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)'.




    1 year ago

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


    1 year ago

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


    2 years ago

    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


    2 years ago

    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...

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    Reply 2 years ago

    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!


    2 years ago

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

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    Reply 2 years ago

    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


    2 years ago

    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..


    2 years ago

    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

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    Reply 2 years ago

    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


    2 years ago

    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..


    2 years ago

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