How to Use Runes: 8 Ways to Read Runes for Divination (2023)

Faith Davis

INSIDE: Wondering how to use runes? This powerful spiritual tool can help you shape your life once you learn some of the ways to read runes for divination. Read on to do just that!

In various Pagan traditions, casting runes represents the divinatory art of reading one’s future and predicting events and their potential outcomes.

Much like reading Tarot cards, rune casting is a tool that can be used to unlock the subconscious mind and help us solve problems for which we cannot seem to find asolution.

One of the most common ways to read runes for divination is casting a three stone draw, which represents the current situation, the challenges, and the action needed to address the challenge.

Inside this article, we'll explore this method and some others.

What is the Origin of Runes?

Throughout history, runes have been used for more than just divination. For example, many Scandinavian sailors of the Viking era used runes as their writing system, which have evolved over time.

Since the very beginning of the 2nd century, all the way until the late 1800’s, the runic system has evolved, and new runes have been perpetually added.

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Today, let's look at the main 24 runes that are most commonly used for divination.

What Are Runes?

Pondering what runes are and how to read runes for divination? We must begin by taking a look at the Younger and Elder Futhark, the runic alphabet of the Old Norse language and try to understand the general meaning of each rune.

To have a better grasp at reading runes, we can also compare other famous writing systems, such as ancient Greek, used by many seers and oracles to communicate messages between gods and humans.

Runes, in this case, represent spiritual guidelines for understanding the progression of time and how to shape events in our favor.

How to Use Runes: 8 Ways to Read Runes for Divination

To learn how to read runes, there are a few simple sets of rules to be followed.

In each reading, the past is always represented on the left, the center is the present moment, and the future is on the right. This form of divination is not the only one, but is instead the simplest one.

The more advanced and complex rune divination methods are the two-rune draw, the four dwarves, the five-rune layout, the runic cross, the nine grid, among others.

Begin each reading with a clear mind, a calm environment that enhances concentration, and your chosen set of runes. It’s helpful to keep a copy of the Futhark on hand for easy rune reading.

The Three Rune Draw

We begin the tri-rune reading by pouring out three randomly selected runes from the pouch and then placing them on a cloth or a table. For this rune casting, consider each individual rune, starting from the left.

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The left rune represents the past, the middle rune represents the present, and the right rune represents the future. Based on the meaning of each rune, you can determine if their message is positive or negative.

You can also read all three runes together. Think of all the questions you seek answers to, but mainly focus on the “yes” or “no” type of queries. Try to imagine yourself and your situation from an objective perspective.You can also choose to align your tri-rune reading vertically (past, present, and future).

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The Dual Rune Draw

For a dual rune reading, extract a pair of runes from the pouch and allow them to fall freely onto the designated surface in any pattern. This reading may need a bit more concentration and practice to successfully understand it.

If both runes landed right side up, the meaning is positive and uplifting, however if they landed upside down, it can be a negative sign. If you look at the pair of runes and notice that they contradict one another, you can choose to redraw or consider that your question has not been asked properly.

The Four Dwarves

The Four Dwarves rune casting is not about a simple “yes” or “no” question, but rather about how you see yourself and where you are right now, as well as what your aspirations for the future look like.

Once you are calm and receptive, begin by drawing out four random runes from the pouch and placing them onto the surface in the shape of a circle, starting at the top and reading them clockwise.

In this rune reading, the top rune represents past desires, the one to the right represents present feelings and the emotions related to it, the bottom rune is your heart’s unfulfilled wishes that are about to manifest, and the last rune to the left represents how others feel about your choices and desires.

The Five Rune Layout

For the Five-Rune layout, with the runes still in your pouch, begin by closing your eyes and focusing on the question that you need answers to the most. The question can be related to any past, present, or future situation.

Begin your casting by gently tossing the runes out of the pouch and, with your eyes still closed, passing your hand over them, selecting the ones that you sense contain the answer to your question. For left-handed people, it’s best to use the right hand, and vice versa.

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To begin reading the five layout, start at the bottom, which represents the basic influences that impact your question, working your way up to the far-left rune, which represents the problems that might influence your question. The top rune indicates the positive changes that may influence the question, the middle rune shows future influences, and the far-right rune shows you the immediate answers.

The Runic Cross

The Runic Cross reading consists of a group of up to seven runes that show the guidance you need and all the negative and positive opportunities you can use in the present to influence a future outcome. They are laid out in the shape of a cross.

For this rune reading, begin with the first and second rune at the bottom, which represent the problem and the past situation that it has evolved from. The third and fourth rune show past influences that contributed to the present situation we are in. The fifth and sixth runes represent the guidance you seek and the most likely outcome. The seventh rune shows the possible outcome, as well as positive (upright) or negative (upside down) results.

The Ve

The Ve rune reading also requires seven runes, laid out in a V-like shape. Use the same casting method described above and begin your reading at the bottom, working your way upwards.

The bottom rune represents the present and your view of the present situation. After that, follow the right line stemming from the bottom rune and then the left line, paying attention to each individual rune.

In the Ve reading, the first rune on each branch represents an action and a solution, followed by the motivation to pursue it, and the potential outcome if we choose to do so.

An alternative way to read the Ve is top left run, down towards the bottom and then up towards the top right rune as follows: past, present, future, actions to be taken, feelings and emotions, possible problems and final outcome.

The Nine Grid Layout

The Nine Grid Rune Reading consists of three individual groups of 3 runes each that you'll pour out of the pouch in smaller circular groupings. This reading should be a fairly simple and straightforward one and may provide insight into your future.

Place the three individual groups onto the surface in a vertical formation and begin reading at the bottom, learning about past hidden influences, past proven influences, and past events. The middle group represents present hidden influences, present proven influences, and present events. The top three runes represent future hidden influences, future proven influences, and future results.

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The Futhark Layout

For the Futhark reading, start at the top, working to the bottom, and decode how to use the runes. As this is a much more complex reading than the aforementioned ones, it is typically casted around New Year’s Day to provide an entire year’s layout.

The Futhark layout contains a total of 24 Runes as follows. The first row contains the following runes laid out from left to right:

  1. Money and prosperity influences
  2. Physical wellbeing
  3. Defenses and obstacles
  4. Wisdom and inspiration
  5. Lifepath
  6. The future
  7. The skillset we must achieve
  8. The peace and happiness we seek

The second row contains the next set of eight runes from left to right:

  1. Future changes
  2. Goals
  3. Obstacles that might hinder your goals
  4. Successes
  5. The choices you make
  6. Inner peace
  7. Threats
  8. Guiding energies

The third row contains the last set of eight runes from left to right:

  1. Legal affairs you might be involved in
  2. Growth and beauty
  3. Friendships and relationships
  4. Social status
  5. Emotional wellbeing
  6. Desires
  7. Strength and balance
  8. Gifts and gains you'll be receiving throughout the year

Final Thoughts

Runes are used in many spiritual practices. They can be used as a tool for personal growth and for developing our spirituality, or they can signify a transformation of self or even others.

Runes can help us make decisions in our everyday lives or actions.They giveus access to our subconscious mind and allow us to hear our own inner voice (the real self). Now that you've learned how to use runes and some of the most common ways to read runes, you have a tool for self-awareness and growth.

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FAQs

How do you read rune cards? ›

To read runes based on a 3-stone draw, interpret the rune all the way on the right as representing your current situation. Then, look to the rune in the center as a representation of your challenge. After that, read the rune on the left as being an action you can take to address your challenge.

How do I use my runes? ›

Place the wood runes in front of you in random order. Close your eyes, and take a few more deep breaths. Then, place your hand in front of you, and feel the energy flowing around you. Choose a rune that you are most drawn to.

How do you activate a rune? ›

Head west up the lift. And follow the stairs to find the fingers. And activate radan's. Great rune

What does it mean to read runes? ›

[British, literary] to understand a situation in a particular way, and decide what is likely to happen. The management has proved itself innovative and imaginative. They read the runes and knew what would happen.

What is the most powerful rune? ›

Enkeli/Angelic Power

This is one of the first runes the Nephilim receive upon initiation, imbuing them with the power of Angel Raziel. It's also one of the most powerful runes so…

Do runes read left to right? ›

The runes could be written from left to right or right to left. They also could be written with the first sentence proceeding right to left and the second sentence proceeding left to right (boustphedon).

Can runes be used for magic? ›

There is some evidence that, in addition to being a writing system, runes historically served purposes of magic. This is the case from the earliest epigraphic evidence of the Roman to the Germanic Iron Age, with non-linguistic inscriptions and the alu word.

How do rune words work? ›

Rune Words keep the original properties of the socketed item. They do not work on socketed unique, magic, or rare items even if they have the required number of sockets, meaning players can only make Rune Words from items which have black-colored names.

Do runes count as magic? ›

Only those runes forged in the ancient days of creation still resonate with the fundamental magic of the world. Runes work much like magic items. You can discover them, attune to them, and use their magic in a variety of ways. However, unlike with magic items, only a rune scribe can use all the benefits a rune offers.

How do you activate magic runes? ›

To activate a rune or a set of runes, simply draw your wand in a clockwise circle over the rune or runes, as seen in the figure above.

How long does a rune last? ›

Once you use your Rune Arc, the buff of your equipped Great Rune will stay active for as long as you can manage to go without dying. Once you do die — because it will happen — you will have to spend another Rune Arc if you want to regain those bonuses.

Are runes spiritual? ›

Runes are a tool for personal growth and spiritual transformation. They can help you in your every day life and in your everyday decisions. When you cast the runes they will tap into your unconscious, they will talk to you, teach you and guide you.

Is it easy to learn runes? ›

Mastery of the runes can take many years, but it is not difficult for a beginner to learn the basics. (Much as young children can quickly learn their ABCs.) The first learning tool you'll need is a rune set of your own, to begin familiarizing yourself with this ancient system of knowledge.

Who is the god of runes? ›

Odin was the great magician among the gods and was associated with runes. He was also the god of poets.

What are the 9 runes? ›

Collect the nine runes
  • Creeper Woods rune location.
  • Soggy Swamp rune location.
  • Pumpkin Pastures rune location.
  • Cacti Canyon rune location.
  • Redstone Mines rune location.
  • Desert Temple rune location.
  • Fiery Forge rune location.
  • Highblock Halls rune location.
2 Jun 2020

What are Angelic runes? ›

The Angelic Power rune is one of the Marks given to the Nephilim by the Angel Raziel. The Rune is typically bestowed upon a Shadowhunter at the end of his/her training through a Rune Ceremony.

Which rune is Loki's? ›

The rune that corresponds to Loki is the sixth rune, Kaunaz (also romanised as Kennaz, Kenaz), the rune of illumination, knowledge, and kinship.

How do Great Runes work? ›

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Do runes hurt? ›

While runes do cause some uneasiness and a slight stinging pain, most runes do not actually cause harm against a Shadowhunter. When young Shadowhunters are set to begin their formal training, usually around the age of ten or twelve, they receive their first rune.

What do dots in runes mean? ›

used in the Viking Age (ca. 750-1100). However, the lack of characters for all the speech. sounds later led to the marking of some runes with a dot to signify that they did not stand for. their original value.

Are there different types of runes? ›

Which Runic Alphabet Should You Choose for Casting?
  • The Elder Futhark. The Elder Futhark are the oldest runes we know about, having been around between 150 and 800 CE or AD. ...
  • The Younger Futhark. The Younger Futhark is actually two different types of runic alphabets. ...
  • Anglo-Saxon Runes. ...
  • Marcomannic Runes. ...
  • Medieval Runes.
3 Aug 2019

Why are runes so powerful? ›

Because runes form the magical language of the northern gods and express the forces upon which those gods are framed, manipulating the runes gives direct control over the actions- not just of the deities but also of the spirits and lesser entities of Norse mythology, which all arose out of the same primeval crucible of ...

Can you reuse runes? ›

The good news is that once a Great Rune has been restored, you won't have to do it again. If you're planning on switching them often, however, you should make sure you have plenty of Rune Arcs.

What rune represents power? ›

Uruz – “Power”

The Uruz rune symbolizes physical, spiritual, and emotional strength, power, untamed potential, and fertility.

Can you create your own rune? ›

It can take many years to master them, but you can easily make your own rune set and learn the basics thanks to the many online resources and books available nowadays. There are many runic alphabets, but the most common one for rune divination is the Elder Futhark, made of 24 letters.

What are high runes? ›

High Runes

The term 'High Rune'('HR' for short) is a term used by players on Battle.net to refer to the most valuable runes. These are the runes from Mal to Zod. With the release of the D2 expansion Lord of Destruction, HRs replaced the SoJ The Stone of Jordan Ring as the accepted currency among Battle.net players.

Is runes a real language? ›

Runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets native to the Germanic peoples.
...
Runes.
Runic ᚱᚢᚾᛁᚲ
Directionleft-to-right, boustrophedon
LanguagesGermanic languages
Related scripts
Parent systemsEgyptian hieroglyphs Proto-Sinaitic Phoenician Greek alphabet Old Italic (possibly) Runic
10 more rows

Are runes permanent? ›

Runes are permanent upgrades which enable the player to travel to locations and Biomes which are not accessible otherwise.

Do runes still exist? ›

The use of medieval runes mostly disappears in the course of the 14th century. An exception are the Dalecarlian runes, which survived, heavily influenced by the Latin alphabet, into the 19th century. Occasional use of runes also seems to have persisted elsewhere, as evidenced by the 16th-century Faroer Fámjin stone.

What religion do runes come from? ›

Runes are woven into Norse religion and are closely associated with Norse magic (seiðr) and skaldic poetry. The runes were not invented. The old poem Hávamál explains that Odin discovered the runes when he hung himself from the world tree Yggdrasil in order to learn wisdom.

How many runes can you place? ›

Only one rune can be placed at a time. Attempting to place another while a rune is already in place will cause the previous rune to disappear.

How do you calculate rune? ›

The runes are calculated according to your birth date.
...
Find your birth hour rune by finding your birth hour below:
  1. 23:30-00:30 – Jera.
  2. 00:30-01:30 – Eihwaz.
  3. 01:30-02:30 – Perthro.
  4. 02:30-03:30 – Algiz.
  5. 03:30-04:30 – Sowilo.
  6. 04:30-05:30 – Teiwaz.
  7. 05:30-06:30 – Berkano.
  8. 06:30-07:30 – Ehwaz.
18 Jul 2021

How do you open a rune chest? ›

God of War: Nornir Chest locations. To unlock Nornir chests, you'll need to find seals and smash them with your axe. There are runes on each chest and there will be seals hidden around the area near the chest. You don't need to hit them in order, but you do need to smash them all to open the chest.

What are the rarest runes? ›

- Zod rune: it's the rarest rune and the second rarest D2R item in the game, can be used for making items indestructible and in the Breath of the Dying runeword.

How much do runes cost? ›

Golden Rune [7]: 2,500 Runes. Golden Rune [8]: 3,000 Runes. Golden Rune [9]: 3,800 Runes. Golden Rune [10]: 5,000 Runes.

What happens when you get all the runes? ›

If you get all the Fjordur Runes, you'll be on the path to unlock a weapon cosmetic item that can be used on a Tek Sword. This cosmetic item will turn the weapon into Mjolnir, or the hammer held by the mythological Norse god of thunder, Thor.

What is the importance of runes? ›

Runes were used to contact the dead, for protection, good luck and safety. They were used for divination and as a means of contacting other planes of existence. Runes can be carved into wood, bone, shells, paper and stone. They can also be engraved onto metals such as silver and gold and worn as jewellery.

Where are runes found? ›

Rune stones are by and large only found in Scandinavia. Around 250 rune stones are known from Viking Age Denmark. Most of the Scandinavian examples are from Sweden, where there are over 3000 inscriptions.

Are runes associated with gods? ›

The runes were closely associated with magic. Whether used on charms or invoked by gods, the Norse and other Germanic people believed that the runes were connected to divine powers. This connection has not entirely been lost in the modern era.

What runes are best? ›

Some of the best runes are just for weapons, and some are just for armor, but they all help when in the middle of a fight.
...
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  1. 1 Great Rune Of Life (+18.9 Health)
  2. 2 Great Rune Of Tactics (+7.0 Ability Damage) ...
  3. 3 Great Drengiligr Rune (+5.0 Elite Damage) ...
23 May 2021

Which runes should I learn? ›

Learning Runes for Beginners
  • The Book of Runes by Ralph H. Blum.
  • Runes for Beginners by Lisa Chamberlain.
  • Rune Reading Your Life by Delanea Davis.
  • Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorrson.
  • Lost Teaching of the Runes by Ingrid Kincaid.
  • Taking Up the Runes by Diana L. Paxson.
  • Wild Soul Runes by Lara Veleda Vesta.
16 May 2022

How can I improve my runes? ›

Upgrading Runes. The Remote Bombs and Stasis runes can be upgraded by completing the side quest - Slated for Upgrades - given to you by Purah in the Hateno Ancient Tech Lab in the Necluda Region. You will need to give her specific Ancient Parts to upgrade each rune.

Who are the 3 strongest gods? ›

The Big Three are the three most powerful gods among the Olympians - Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, the three sons of Kronos and Rhea.

What is the oldest rune? ›

The Elder Futhark (or Fuþark), also known as the Older Futhark, Old Futhark, or Germanic Futhark, is the oldest form of the runic alphabets.
...
Elder Futhark
Time period1st to 8th centuries
Directionleft-to-right, boustrophedon
LanguagesProto-Germanic, Proto-Norse, Gothic, Alemannic, Old High German
Related scripts
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What is the mark of Odin? ›

The Valknut is one of the most intriguing symbols that the Norse people have left behind. The name comprises of two root words, 'valr' which means 'slain warrior' and 'knut', which is rather more easily decipherable as 'knot'.

What is the secret of the runes? ›

The runes are said to have “revealed themselves” to von List, uncovering a complete cosmology and esoteric understanding of the primeval Teutonic/Aryan peoples, and becoming the cornerstone of his ideology.

What is the 8th rune? ›

Othala (ᛟ), also known as odal and ēðel, is a rune that represents the o and œ phonemes in the Elder Futhark and the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc writing systems respectively. Its name is derived from the reconstructed Proto-Germanic *ōþala- "heritage; inheritance, inherited estate".

What were the first runes? ›

Elder Futhark (also Elder Fuþark – þ being the 'th' sound in English 'thin' – or older Fuþark/Futhark) is the earliest classified runic script and was used until c. 700 CE in the Germanic world.

How do you calculate rune? ›

The runes are calculated according to your birth date.
...
Find your birth hour rune by finding your birth hour below:
  1. 23:30-00:30 – Jera.
  2. 00:30-01:30 – Eihwaz.
  3. 01:30-02:30 – Perthro.
  4. 02:30-03:30 – Algiz.
  5. 03:30-04:30 – Sowilo.
  6. 04:30-05:30 – Teiwaz.
  7. 05:30-06:30 – Berkano.
  8. 06:30-07:30 – Ehwaz.
18 Jul 2021

What do dots mean in runes? ›

used in the Viking Age (ca. 750-1100). However, the lack of characters for all the speech. sounds later led to the marking of some runes with a dot to signify that they did not stand for. their original value.

Is it easy to learn runes? ›

Mastery of the runes can take many years, but it is not difficult for a beginner to learn the basics. (Much as young children can quickly learn their ABCs.) The first learning tool you'll need is a rune set of your own, to begin familiarizing yourself with this ancient system of knowledge.

How do runes work Elden Ring? ›

Runes in Elden Ring, analogous to the Souls of previous FromSoftware titles, act as the player's EXP and currency for Merchants. You will drop any runes in your possession at the site of your death. If you die again before reclaiming those runes, they will be lost forever.

Do runes count as magic? ›

Only those runes forged in the ancient days of creation still resonate with the fundamental magic of the world. Runes work much like magic items. You can discover them, attune to them, and use their magic in a variety of ways. However, unlike with magic items, only a rune scribe can use all the benefits a rune offers.

Do runes hurt? ›

While runes do cause some uneasiness and a slight stinging pain, most runes do not actually cause harm against a Shadowhunter. When young Shadowhunters are set to begin their formal training, usually around the age of ten or twelve, they receive their first rune.

Are runes spiritual? ›

Runes are a tool for personal growth and spiritual transformation. They can help you in your every day life and in your everyday decisions. When you cast the runes they will tap into your unconscious, they will talk to you, teach you and guide you.

What rune represents luck? ›

The Jera rune is one of the most popular runes, and it is often used to symbolize luck or good fortune. The name Jera comes from the Old Norse word for year, and it is associated with the harvest season. This rune is said to represent the cyclical nature of time, and it reminds us that everything is connected.

What are the different types of runes? ›

Which Runic Alphabet Should You Choose for Casting?
  • The Elder Futhark. The Elder Futhark are the oldest runes we know about, having been around between 150 and 800 CE or AD. ...
  • The Younger Futhark. The Younger Futhark is actually two different types of runic alphabets. ...
  • Anglo-Saxon Runes. ...
  • Marcomannic Runes. ...
  • Medieval Runes.
3 Aug 2019

What do the moon runes mean? ›

moonrunes pl (plural only) (Internet slang, sometimes derogatory) An incomprehensible writing script, or the language associated with it. Usually refers to Japanese, but may also refer to Chinese, Korean and other East Asian writing scripts.

How long does a rune last? ›

Once you use your Rune Arc, the buff of your equipped Great Rune will stay active for as long as you can manage to go without dying. Once you do die — because it will happen — you will have to spend another Rune Arc if you want to regain those bonuses.

What runes are best? ›

Some of the best runes are just for weapons, and some are just for armor, but they all help when in the middle of a fight.
...
Assassin's Creed Valhalla: 15 Best Runes, Ranked
  1. 1 Great Rune Of Life (+18.9 Health)
  2. 2 Great Rune Of Tactics (+7.0 Ability Damage) ...
  3. 3 Great Drengiligr Rune (+5.0 Elite Damage) ...
23 May 2021

Are runes permanent? ›

Runes are permanent upgrades which enable the player to travel to locations and Biomes which are not accessible otherwise.

How do bind runes work? ›

Normal bind runes are formed of two (or rarely three) adjacent runes which are joined together to form a single conjoined glyph, usually sharing a common vertical stroke (see Hadda example below).

How do you use Runes to level up? ›

Now, you can rest at any Site of Grace that you've discovered and can spend your Runes to level up in Elden Ring. When you do rest at a Site of Grace, choose the option from the menu that says, 'Level Up'. You'll then be taken into a stats screen with lots of numbers.

How do Rune Arcs work? ›

Rune Arc is a special consumable that activates the effects of your equipped Great Rune. If you don't use a Rune Arc, your rune is dormant and its effects aren't applied to your character. Rune Arc boost is lost upon death. They cannot be crafted, but they can be farmed.

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