How to read the Runes.
How to Read the Runes
There are as many different ways to read the runes and to cast them. Any of the books you can get on the market will provide you with several different ways to read them. We will start with three easy castings that will allow you to begin working with them immediately and getting used to their energies and how they operate. It’s not necessary to come up with a huge elaborate ritual that includes casting a circle etc., every time you want to do a reading. But you should develop a routine for starting and conducting a reading and stick to it. My routine goes something like this:
I spread out my rune cloth, then I pour the stones onto the cloth, and stir them around clockwise, using my right hand I concentrate on the question I want to ask. I select the runes and then try to interpret them. You can use candles or incense if you wish or you may have your own special way of doing things. It’s all about feels right for you. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do it each time you read the runes; the routine you choose will set your mind up for reading. Wording your questions is also important when reading runes. A yes or no reading is easier to begin with by asking the runes a question that cannot be answered by a simple yes or no is going to be hard work.
Cast 1-One-Rune Draw
Think of your question and draw one rune. This one is great for a daily casting, to use the runes as a guide for your day. Say you draw Ansuz, right side up. I would read this as meaning communication is very important for you on this day; be sure to explain yourself clearly, to speak up when necessary and to listen to what others need to say to you.
Cast 2-Three – Rune Draw
Think of your question and draw three runes. The first rune is Overview, it gives you a general understanding of your question. The second rune is Course of Action; this rune 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
This cast allows you to ask questions that can be answered with a yes or no
Ask your question and draw three runes. Take note of how many runes are upright or reversed. If the runes you draw are a No – reverse, 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. When two runes are positive and one is negative, the answer is yes, but the situation will not meet your expectations. Again, the meanings of the runes may give you a clue you in to what aspect this is. When two runes are negative and one is positive, the answer is no, but it may not be too bad in the end.
Two negative runes with a no reversible rune should be treated like three negatives.
For those of you who use the Blank Rune, this next part is important. If the Blank Rune appears in your yes or no draw, it means you are probably better off not knowing the answer. Wait a day, you can ask the question again. If the Blank Rune appears again, then you really should give up asking the question because you are simply not meant to know the answer.