What is Rune Casting?
Runic divination is not some kind of fortune telling. Rune
casting works deeply with the subconscious. The 33 Runes, if you use
the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc, or the 24 Runes of the Elder Futhark when
put into the Rune pouch represent the entire universe. When one
poses a question, oneís entire conscious and subconscious mind must
be focused on the question. The Runelots then selected are not
random selections, but choices made by the subconscious mind. Rune
Casting thus operates on basic principles of psychology.
Runic readings are not very mysterious or related to the
supernatural. And they are certainly not demonic! Rune casting is a
simple method of examining the path we tread and what the effects
and outcome might be. It is a matter of using oneís subconscious
mind free from the limitations placed by the conscious.
To do a Runic reading one must address a particular issue. Unlike
Astrology, Runes do not speak of the general. Runic readings address
specific issues. One must examine the past, present and the future
or what the future will be if one continues to tread the current
path. The future can always be changed by changing the path one
treads. In this respect, Runic readings are more an evaluation
process than forecasting or foretelling. One has the opportunity to
clearly look at the past (in relation to the issue on hand), the
present situation and infer what the future would be.
Runic reading or Rune casting is thus not occult or magic Ė itís
more about intuitive perception. Itís simply a matter of examining
cause and effect and pointing out the likely outcome.
How to do a Rune Casting?
A suitable ambience is a must for Rune casting. North is the
direction of the Norse Gods, so itís best to sit facing North in a
quiet place. Place a white cloth or board in front of you as the
boundary for the casting. Form the question in your mind and do it
firmly. The question must not change midway through the reading for
an accurate reading. Then mix the Runes in their bag or container
and continue to mix them until you feel the urge to take up certain
rune lots. Continue to mix the Runes and select lots until you have
the desired number of lots. Keep track of the order in which you
selected the Runes and lay them out according to the layout you use
so that you can interpret them correctly. The five Rune layout and
the seven Rune layout are two popular casts.
Five Rune Layout
The five Rune layout is a popular one to indicate happenings in
the near future of about three months or so.
Method: Select 5 Runes one at a time and lay them out face down Ė 3
in a horizontal row and one above and one below the center Rune.
Interpretation: The 3 Runes laid out in a row
represent your past, present and future as related to the problem at
hand. The Rune above the center one indicates the help you can
expect to receive to solve the problem. The Rune below the center
one indicates parts of the problem that cannot be changed and must
simply be accepted.
It is best to turn over the center Rune first. This will show you
the problem as it currently is. It can also indicate your frame of
mind. A negative Rune here might suggest that you are in an
extremely agitated state of mind. The Rune to the left of the center
Rune will represent your past and tell you more about what caused
you to be in the situation you are in. Donít read the Rune to the
right of the center Rune yet. A little more patience is required.
Next, turn over the Rune above the center Rune. This Rune indicates
the help that you can expect to receive in solving your problem. A
negative Rune here it may indicate an unwillingness on your part to
accept advice or slight impediments and delays in the resolution of
The Rune below the center Rune needs to be turned over next. This
Rune indicates the aspects of the problem that cannot be changed and
need to be accepted as they are. Positive Runes here indicate a lack
of niggling problems while negative Runes indicate obstacles.
Finally, your patience pays off and you can turn over the last Rune
Ė this one is the result Rune and indicates the final outcome of the
problem given all the other Runes.
Remember Ė whatever the final outcome, Rune casting believes that
the future can be altered by changing the circumstances you are in
Seven Rune Layout
This layout is popular because it gives a little more detail
about the past and the future. It interprets events likely to occur
within the next three months keeping in mind things that have
happened in the past three months.
Method: Select 7 Runes and lay them out 6 in a row and the 7th one
centered, below the row.
Interpretation: This layout requires you to interpret the Runes in
pairs. The first pair indicates the problem. The second pair shows
events in the past that have led to the problem. The third pair is
the most important and must be dealt with very carefully. This pair
represents the advice the Runes are giving to you and you need to
interpret their meaning as they relate to one another. They may
indicate the need to wait or act immediately. They may also indicate
that you shift your attention to new realms totally unrelated to the
problem. The final Rune is the seventh one. It is important to
remember here that a positive Rune (or a negative one) will in fact
indicate a positive outcome (or a negative one) only if the
preceding Runes have so suggested.
The seven Rune layout can be quite challenging but well worth the
effort it takes to master it.