How to Read
There are as many different
ways to read the runes as there are ways to cast and read any divinatory
system. Any of the books you can get on the market will provide
you with several different ways to read runes, including complicated,
multirune castings. But here we'll start with three easy castings
that will allow you to begin working the stones immediately and
getting used to their energies and how they operate.
First, a word about casting
methods. It's not necessary to come up with a huge elaborate ritual
that includes casting a circle, calling quarters, invoking deity,
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 pour the stones onto the cloth, right side up. I put
them in their alphabetical order, the blank rune standing separate
from the rest, and then I say, "Holy Goddess, mother of earth,
mother of us all, guide my hand as I cast the runes, guide my mind
as I interpret their meanings, guide my soul as I take them into
my life." Then I turn them all over and stir them around clockwise,
using my right hand to stir as I concentrate on the question I am
posing. I select the runes and interpret.
You can incorporate candles
or incense, or have your own special way of doing things. You can
even do the whole elaborate setup if that's what plucks your duck.
It's all about what works for you. It doesn't matter WHAT you do
as long as you do it each time you read the runes; the routine will
set your mind up for divination, and that's the goal here.
Wording your questions
is also important when reading runes. Unless you are doing a yes
or no reading (see below), asking the runes a question that can
be answered by a yes or no isn't going to work. It's best to word
your question in a general way. For example, if you are asking relationship
questions, you wouldn't want to ask the runes, "Is Jimmy cheating
on me?" A better question would be, "What do I need to
know about my relationship with Jimmy?"
Now, on to the castings.
Pose your question and
draw one rune. This one is great for a daily casting, to use the
runes as a guide for your day. For example, before going to work,
you ask the runes, "What do I need to know to make this day
successful for me?" 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.
Pose 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 Outcome; self-explanatory.
#3-The Yes or No Draw
This cast allows you
to pose questions that can be answered with a yes or no, and I credit
this to Tony Willis and his book "
Pose your question and
draw three runes. Take note of how many runes are upright or reversed.
If the runes you draw are nonreversible, 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 some aspect of the situation
will not meet your expectations. Again, the meanings of the runes
may 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 nonreversible 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 one of two things: either
the question is not ready or able to be judged, or you are better
off not knowing the answer. After waiting a day, you can ask the
question again. If the Blank Rune appears again, you can try asking
the runes a third time. However, if the Blank Rune appears a third
time, then you really should give up asking the question because
you are simply not meant to have an answer.
Once during a session,
I gave a yes or no reading to an acquaintance. She did not tell
me what her question was (I don't require that querents ask their
questions out loud unless they want to), but when the Blank Rune
came up and I told her that I couldn't give her an answer, she laughed.
"I've asked that
question every time I get a reading, and I always get the same answer,"
"Then the gods are
telling you to stop asking the question," I told her.
a Rune Reading from Lady Phoenix MoonFlame
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