Runes and Rune Magick
Runes are an ancient form of divination. To read the runes, you will either need to purchase rune cards, make tiles, or buy rune stones. Runes can be made from pebbles found in a river bed painted with white symbols, or you can buy unfired ceramic tiles and cut them with a small hand saw in one inch by one inch squares. After firing they can be inscribed with ceramic paint, fired again, then glazed if you wish. You can also make runes out of wooden tiles.
The runes are kept in a bag and drawn one at a time. Some people throw them all into a specially embroidered or printed cloth. You will also need a white candle, a plain cloth to lay the tiles or cards on, and a quiet place.
Runes are versatile. You can use tarot spreads as a pattern for interpreting your runes, or you can draw on one to seek a quick answer. A quick read can be done with three, naming your positions as past, present and future; or as in Blum's book The Book of Runes: background, challenge and outcome. Think of your questions before you draw the runes from the bag, and shuffle them the same way you would the tarot. As with the tarot, imagine energy surrounding the stones before you draw them.
When you have finished with the runes, put all of them back in the pouch and shake them up. Draw one rune for the express purpose of using it in dreamtime if you wish. Formulate a question in your mind where you feel assistance is needed in your life. Draw the rune, check the meaning, and write it down on a slip of paper. Then draw the character on the paper under the meaning. Put it under your pillow before you go to sleep at night, or leave it in your hand. You can even draw the rune on your hand before going to bed. In the morning you will have the answer to your question, through a dream or simply by knowing. If you wish to use the runes during dreamtime, take a break every three days or so if you find yourself in intensive study of them. If you do not, by the end of the week you may find your messages are garbled and you will be tired during the daylight hours.
Here are some of the more popular meanings of the runes:
Fehu (F): Increase of wealth and possessions, protection of valuables. Used to send energy on its way, fire in its uncontrolled primal state.
Uruz (U,V): Used to create change, healing, vitality, strength, to boost energy of magickal work.
Thurisaz (Th): Beginning new projects, luck--the hand of fate helping you, protection, the hammer of Thor, opening gateways.
Ansuz (A): Communications, wisdom and clarity, to attract others to your cause, increase magickal energy.
Raido (R): Safe travel, movement, obtaining justice in an issue, used to keep a situation from stagmenting.
Kenaz (K): The hearth fire, artistic pursuits, healing, love and passion, creativity, strength.
Gebo (G): Gifts, partnerships on all realms, sex magick, balance, integration of energies.
Wunjo (W,V): Joy, happiness, love, fulfillment in career and home life, the icing on the cake.
Hagall (H): Slow, steady pace, no disruptions, asking for a hand from fate within a situation you do not control.
Neid (N): Need, desire, fulfilling those needs, love and sex magick, motivation created by distress.
Isa (I): Cessation of energy, freezing an issue where it stands, cooling relationships, separation, division.
Jera (J,Y): Harvesting tangible results from efforts already sown, fertility, culmination of events, abundance.
Eihwaz (I): Banishing magick, removal of obstacles and delays, invoking foresight, clearing up hidden issues and situations.
Perdhro (P): Unexpected gains, hidden secrets coming to light, discovering that which has been lost, spiritual evolution.
Algiz (Z): Protection, fortunate influences, fate on your side, victory and success, good luck and personal strength
Sigel (S,Z): Victory, power, sttrength, health, the rune of the sun, vitality, drive to work and produce.
Tir (T): Victory, leadership, success over other competitors, increase in finances, virility and passion (esp. men).
Berkana (B): Growth, abundance, fertility, Mother Earth, protection, the zenith of an idea or situation.
Ehwaz (E): Abrupt changes, moving into new home and environment, travel, swift change in situation.
Mannaz (M): Cooperation, teamwork, collaboration, help and aid from others, beginning new projects, esp. with others
Lagaz (L): Intuition, imagination, success in studies, creativity, vitality and passion (esp. for women)
Ing (NG): Fertility, successful conclusion to issue or situation ending one cycle and beginning another.
Daeg (D): Increase and expansion, prosperity, growth, major turning points in life, turning in new directions.
Othel (O): Material possessions and protection of those possessions, inheritance (can be gentle traits inherited from elders).
To Ride a Silver Broomstick by Silver Ravenwolf
The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum