HOW TO READ VIKING RUNES(Futhark)
The runic alphabet is an old Germanic literary language, which were used in all of Northern Europe. In addition runes have always had a magic & prophetic meaning. Runes also have an important role in making prophecies. As charms they can be used for protection, healing, communication and more.
Whether you buy your runes or carve them yourself is less important than your sincere desire to understand the messages conveyed to you via this alphabet of enlightenment. Your intentions will have a direct impact on the wisdom you receive while casting. The runes are representative of forces outside of the realm of human understanding, so your intent will act as your anchor. By simply reading the runes, you will find illumination in the unlimited possibilities laid out before you in each new cast.
There are many casting styles, each of which serves an individual function. Casting a single rune can help you answer specific questions or choose a daily meditation subject. Three runes, cast during confusing or distressing situations, provide you with insights into the past, present, and future-as represented by the first, second, and third runes cast, respectively. Thor’s cross is a five rune cast in an equal armed cross. Bottom – influences around you, left hand - obstacles, Top – forces in your favour, Right hand- short term consequences, and Centre- long term outcome. A nine-rune cast can help you understand where you are on your spiritual path. (Not basic level)
*The runes that land face up relate to your current circumstances and the events leading up to them, and any runes touching are read as concurrences. Rune readings, however, are by their very nature subjective and open to interpretation.
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 runs 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.
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Keep your runes in their dark bag when not in use. Try to have only one person touch them each time they are used: - this will keep them balanced and focused. To cleanse wash in a salt water solution. To further boost and energise leave in moonlight.