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Is A Rune Reading Right For You?

Sometimes not knowing our path through life can be a source of confusion. The runes give simple answers to life's complex questions. How the questioner chooses to interpret the runes may help them gain fresh insight into their past, their future, and their loved ones.

Runes can give truly amazing and correct answers if you are prepared well. The most important is to know their full meanings and the way to interpret them.

It is very important to follow your intuition.

What and Who are Runes?

Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing, divination and magick. Runes were initially most popular among Wiccans and modern pagans, but have enjoyed unprecedented mainstream adoption in the past 30 years.

The word "rune" itself comes from an early Anglo-Saxon word meaning "secret" or "mystery", and they remain an enigma to the world at large. ". Runes are used in a way that is connected with the reader’s intuition and the esoteric knowledge of their meaning.

Runes first appeared in literature in the text of the Havamal where Odin discovers them while hanging from Yggdrasil (the World Tree ) for nine days and nights while he is speared painfully. He received them during a quest of self-sacrifice to gain power over the nine worlds.

A modern rune set includes the 24 letters of the Futhark and one blank tile. The blank tile is known as the Wryd or Odin. This is in tribute to the ancient Norse God Odin who is credited with gifting the alphabet and its wisdom to his people.

Each letter has a precise esoteric meaning that attends to our spiritual question. They represent gods, objects, people, concepts, animals and occurrences. Rune sets can be made of different materials - wood or glass most common and attractive - and usually kept in a pouch or box.

The History of Runes

No-one knows exactly how old the runes are. Rune-like symbols appear as cave markings as early as the late Bronze Age (circa 1300 BC), and they are mentioned in the Bible, but their use in ritual and as an Oracle for consultation must certainly pre-date their use as a system of writing.

There have been many theories launched over who created the runes. Some of these theories have more supporters than others, but they all have one thing in common. None these theories can be proved 100%. No runic inscriptions, as we know the runes, can be dated with certainty to before 200 AD.

In the 17th century, Runes were used both as language and a divination tool until the Catholic Church banned their use as they believed it is associated with the works of the devil. Some rune masters executed while others went underground, and the knowledge of the runes have been buried with them. When the New Age Movement in the 1980's arise, runes became more popular today.

How Does A Rune Reading Work?

Reading Runes can provide insight into every aspect of life, love, health and money.
Casting runes can be done in different ways. It can be done by tossing the runes to scatter in random patterns or it can be more structured like the sample reading below. The type of reading is depends on the circumstances of the client.
Ideally ruins are cast on an East-West axis or facing the sun. A white cloth is laid down and used to determine the direction of the casting. From here the focus should lie with the pressing question. After casting the stones onto the cloth the ones which have fallen the right side up are read and depending upon whether the rune is reversed or not will have a bearing upon its meaning and the reading as a whole.

Alternately, you can pick a rune stone randomly for a day reading; you can also do what is known as a 3 rune spread. Some feel that the day rune is a good way to get an answer to a single question. The 3 Rune Spread is used for asking broader questions whereas the single rune can be drawn on a daily basis.

If you want a detailed reading, best to have a nine rune reading. This method will give a detailed overview of a person's situation, providing insight into where they are in terms of their spiritual path, and clarifying the options and possible outcomes available to them. Nine is a magical number in Norse mythology. Pick nine runes at random from the pouch. Hold them between your hands for a moment, and focus on your question (if you have one). Then scatter the runes on the table, floor, or cloth if you have one. Read the runes which land face up first. These will relate to the current situation and the circumstances which led to it. How the runes are read is largely subjective, but in general, runes lying in the center are the most immediately relevant, while those lying around the edges are less important, or represent more general influences.

Every reader has their own way of reading runes, and each method is no more valid than another.

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