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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.

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RUNE READING

"The Circle"

The Circle, or "Union" is a favorite rune reading which gives insights into the romantic energies between two people.

This popular spread is an advanced-level spread, and easier spreads are recommended first for first-timers.

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RUNE READING

"The Great Tree"

Not to be confused with the popular "Tree of Life" tarot spread, the runic "Great Tree" rune reading is useful for gaining insight into an individual's character.

Interpreting this spread well can take some time to master, but the results can be amazing.

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RUNE REFERENCE

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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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RUNE READING

"Now and What Will Be"

This simple rune spread has only two positions. The first rune represents things as they are today. The second rune represents things as they will be in the future. Easy!

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