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Cast the Runes

Methods of Casting Runes

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There are many different ways to cast runes. If you have your own physical runes, you may want to simply reach into your pouch and "cast" the runes by dropping them randomly on a cloth or surface.

For online runes, that kind of tactile experience isn't possible. Instead, iFate preserves the tactile selection process by casting all the runes face down on a table at random.

Once the runes have scattered, you can select them "manually" by clicking on each rune one at a time. While no online process can ever match the physical interaction of real-world runes, this rune drawing process does add a human factor to your rune readings.

About the Runes

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There are 24 runes in the "Elder Futhark". The 24 runes are broken into three groups of eight called "Aetts". The first Aett is "Freyr's Aett". The second or 'middle Aett' is "Heimdall's Aett". And the final Aett is "Tyr's Aett".

Inverted Runes

When you look at the rune stones above, note that some runes can be "inverted" or read upside-down, others (like "Isa", "Gabo", "Ingwaz" and others can not be inverted). When interpreting inverted runes, remember not to apply an "opposite" meaning in every case.

Often inverted runes simply carry a more "negative" reading than the non-inverted rune. But the interpretation depends on the specific spread and question, and is not necessarily the 'opposite' of the non-inverted rune.

What about the 'blank rune'?

Some 20th century rune systems use a "blank rune". The blank rune typically represents "The Unknown" (or the "Unknowable" in some rune sets). The blank rune is not part of traditional rune reading, and is not used here.

More ifate logo Runes:

RUNE READING

The Great Tree

Don't confuse this with the popular 'Tree of Life' tarot spread.

The 'Great Tree' rune reading is useful for gaining insight into an individual's character.

What makes a person tick?

 

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RUNE READING

Past, Present & Future

This simple 3-rune spread borrowed from tarot, reveals the past, present and future of any situation, person or event.

A perfect, free rune reading for beginners.

 

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RUNE MEANINGS

what do runes mean?
Look up the meaning of any rune. Its all here in our Book of Runes!
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RUNE OF THE DAY

Here is today's rune

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LOVE BIORHYTHMS

biorhythm compatibility
Is your relationship out of sync? What are the best days for you both? What are the worst?
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TAROT READING

Arrow of Love

This intermediate-level reading resembles one of Cupid's arrows.

This reading is excellent for answering questions about love and relationships.

Is the energy right? Will it last?

 

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