This week’s a bit of a digression, as the Origins Game Fair starts today. It’s going to be a busy week, so I wanted to get this post up before I ran out of time. Also, there’s a special thing I’m going to do at Origins involving this post, so make sure you read it all the way through.

Using the Runes of Iron Edda

Rune casting is kind of like using a Tarot deck to get a glimpse of what’s to come, or to get guidance on something. I do it for fun and for insight into how I and others see the world. There are traditional methods of doing rune castings, but I’ve come up with my own, based on the meanings of the runes for Iron Edda.

Today, I’m going to share that with you.

Over on my Patreon page, I’ve posted a PDF with all of the runes found in Iron Edda, including the Weirding Runes that didn’t make an appearance in either of the books. This is a special preview of them. The full reveal, along with an essay about why they didn’t make the cut, will appear in Tales of the Skalds once that book is published.

For now, you can head over to the Patreon page to grab your PDF. For instructions on how to do the casting, keep reading.

Doing Your Own Rune Casting

The first thing you’re going to need is a set of rune stones. If you go to renaissance fairs or to gaming conventions, these are pretty easy to find. I bought my set of them at ConFusion up in Michigan back in January.

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If you don’t have easy access to a place to but the stones, you could also print out an extra copy of the PDF with the descriptions and cut it up to make a paper version. As long as you have a way to blindly pick a single rune at a time, you’re good.

From there, I think the right mindset is important. I have no idea if I’m actually getting a real glimpse of what’s to come or getting/giving real guidance, but it’s important to me to be looking at things with the mindset that I could be. I sort of let myself be open to the idea that I can read the situation a person is in, and think about how the rune I draw might apply to them. It’s also cool if you have a specific question you wan answered.

I often do single rune casting for people online. They ask for one, I draw the rune, set it in the palm of my hand so I see the rune and it’s orientation, look at what it means, and then give them the answer I think the rune is describing.

The orientation of the rune when you see it is important, too. If a rune is fully inverted from the position you see on the list, that’s called a Merkstave. It means the meaning of the rune is inverted, or has a negative connotation. Since rune stones can be rotated any old way, I also look at partial inversions, where the meaning might only be partially changed.

And really, that’s it. if you want to draw multiple runes and link the meanings together, you can do that, too.

To break it down, here’s the process:

  • Have an open mind
  • Blindly draw a stone
  • Set it in your palm for a clear look at the orientation
  • Find the meaning of the rune on the list
  • Interpret the meaning via the orientation of the stone and your feel for whomever you’re casting

That’s all there is to it! I hope you have a chance to give this a shot, and you enjoy it if you do.

Origins Rune Casting Mini-Contest!

I’m going to bring my rune stones with me to Origins. If you see me there, come up to me and say this phrase:

“What do the runes hold for me, o seer?”

If you do that, I’ll stop whatever I’m doing (aside from running a game), and I’ll do a rune casting for you. And here’s the contest part: I’m going to have some copies of War of Metal and Bone with me. If the rune you get is Fehu, the rune of luck, I’ll give you a signed copy of War of Metal and Bone, right then and there.

May the gods be with you, and I’ll see you at Origins!