What is Rune Casting and What are Runes?
Many practitioners prefer casting runes as oppose to the more common tarot and pendulum. Similar to the previous ones mentioned, it isn’t use exactly to predict the fortune. All three are told of guidance and most people who cast runes find that the best way to incorporate them into divination is to ask specific questions based upon the current situation while offering different variables and suggestions on how you could behave if the event does occur. They are known for hinting towards answers, but leaving you to work out the details, which is where intuition is helpful.
Runes have been used for centuries by many witches and pagans alike. And are still being used widely in today's society.
Runes have a long history, dating back to ancient use by Germanic and Nordic tribes. Runes are an Ancient Germanic language called the Elder Futhark. But even so there are many different types of runic alphabets that gets used on Runes. The Germanic being one of the oldest. Runes are known to be used in spells, amulets, charms, aiding in very powerful magical workings.
In today's society runes are used for readings or as they say "cast". They are in the same category as Tarot. Cast runes can be made out of any material you deem fit. I have made mine from seashells. But i have also seen them made from rocks, crystals, wood, even clay. All I find to be very creative. Always use what you are drawn to. You can also purchase a set of runes, if you don't have the time or energy to make a set yourself. But when you do so, make sure you cleanse it, and make it your own. When you buy a set of runes, they will often come with an instruction booklet (like when you purchase a tarot deck) that explains what each rune is, what its symbol represents and how it can be interpreted.
How to cast runes?
Generally, they are either put into a bag and the individual reaches in and draws out runes at random, or one can spread them out on a surface, the runes face down like Scrabble tiles. Work them around with your hand until they are well mixed, and again draw at random.There are just as many rune castings as there are Tarot spreads. Rune clothes are often used to lay the runes on while reading them, normally a small white cloth. Runes are often stored in a little drawstring pouch, to keep them clean and together. Rune pouches c an be found almost anywhere or you could make you own. You could also find a small box to keep them in. I personally keep mine is a zip pouch. Easier to not lose. (I'm always loosing something).
The Elder Futhark has 24 signs each with a meaning of their own.The first six spell out Furthark. There is often a 25th rune which is blank called Wyrd. Symbolizes something you cannot know or control will decide the matter at hand. Although when it comes to the wyrd rune, it does not exist to many practiooners.
In Norse legend, the runic alphabet was discovered by Odin himself, and so the runes are more than just a collection of handy symbols one could carve on a stick. Instead, they are symbols of great universal forces, and of the gods themselves.
Many people believe that you should only ask about issues going on in your life in the now, while others find it alright to ask questions. Whichever method you use, keep your question or issues clearly in your mind as you cast your runes.
But with these signs are 3 different AETTS.
The first AETT is fertility, increase, love and basic life forces. The runes that belong under this AETT are:
FEHU(F)- domestic cattle or wealth.
URUZ(U)- Wild ox
THURISAZ(T)- thorn or a giant.
ANSUZ(A)- ancestral god, Odin.
RAIDO(R)- wagon or chariot.
KAUNAZ(K)- beacon or torch.
GEBO(X)- divine interaction.
WUNJO(V)- kinship, heritage, joy.
The Second AETT is openings to the other worlds; Heimdall, the Watcher, who keeps the Rainbow Bridge to the heavens; the icy bridge to the Underworld; limitation, fate, the inner journey.
The runes that belong to this AETT:
HAGALAZ(H)- hail, transformation, egg of life.
NAUTHIZ(N)- needs, friction, shadow.
ISA(I)- cosmic coherence.
JERA(J)- cycles, right action.
EIHWAZ(Y)- tree of life, dreaming, magic.
PERTHO(P)- divination, luck, primal law.
ALGIZ(Z)- divine protection, sanctuary.
SOWULO(S)- thunderbolts, wheel of power.
The Third AETT is Tyr, sky god and war leader of the heavenly pantheon; synthesis, connection to the spirit and to others; integration.
Runes that belong to this AETT:
TEIWAZ(T)- masculine gods, warrior rune.
BERKANA(B)- earth mother, birth.
EHWAZ(E)- twin gods, relationships.
MANNAZ(M)- divine union, manifestation.
LAGUZ(L)- fertility, living renewal.
INGUZ(NG)- true love, music, harmony.
DAGAZ(D)- intuition, light within.
OTHILA(O)- inherited property, genetics.
It is still unknown if the runes were first developed for the use of a writing system or for the use of divination. But runes also have a history in gaming like many different forms of divination.
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