This method will give a detailed overview of a person's situation, providing insight into where they
are in terms of their spiritual path, clarifying the options and possible outcomes available to them.
Nine is a somewhat arbitrary number - you may use any number that feels comfortable to you. Nine is
commonly used as its multiples were magically significant numbers to the also it is a large enough number
to provide a detailed reading, but not so large that it over-complicates things. It is also easy for
most people to hold nine runes in their hands. |
Pick nine runes 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 centre are the most immediately relevant, while those lying around
the edges are less important, or represent more general influences. Runes that are close together or
even touching often compliment each other, or may even represent a single thing, while runes which fall
on opposite sides of the pattern frequently represent opposing influences. Occasionally, a rune will
land completely off the cloth or fall off the table. Some people consider such runes to be particularly
significant, while others ignore them completely.
Once you have looked at the runes which landed
face up (and remembered which ones they are), turn over the rest without moving them from their positions.
These represent outside or future influences, and will point to possible outcomes. It is up to you
to decide what the various positions and patterns in a reading mean, but once you have come up with a
few general rules, try to stick with them. However, rune readings by their nature are fluid, subjective
things so try not to impose too much order on your readings by inventing set meanings for every triangle,
square and tetrahedron. Runes are like people - you never know how they will get along together until
you introduce them. Just look at the patterns and relationships that appear in each reading and see
what interpretations make sense to you.
Once the reading is done, I usually like to pull one
more rune out of the pouch. This helps to confirm (or sometimes dispute) the conclusions drawn from
the reading, and may provide a focus or centre to an otherwise scattered and complicated cast.