About Rune Reading
Many traditions. One basic system.
Celtic, Scandinavian and Germanic peoples all have unique versions of runic mysticism and runic magic. There is recorded evidence as far back as 98 AD (although the traditions go back much further) that the casting of runes was a common practice for divination, decision-making and for insight. The runes used on iFate are the Elder Futhark set of runes.
While there have been many differences in how runes are cast and interpreted across the ages, the basic practice remains the same.
One of the earliest written examples of how Rune-magic works comes from the Roman writer, Tacitus, who described the following practice in ancient, first-century Germania:
"The village elder offers prayers to the gods and looking up towards the heavens, picks up three runes one by one, and by reading the markings on each rune, the elder offers insight or interpretation."
Things haven't changed much in 2000 years!
Selection and interpretation
As with many systems of magic and divination, rune magic places a high value both on the individual's 'selection process' and on the philosophical and mystical interpretation of the symbology. Typically, selection follows a brief period of introspection, meditation or careful consideration of the question or topic at hand.
Consider the reading as a whole
Interpreting the rune reading, as with tarot readings, can seem easy at first but takes many years to master. There are subtleties in rune reading that come not just from understanding the meaning of each individual rune, but from the position of that symbol relative to it's adjacent symbols. For example: Is the symbol for wealth surrounded by other symbols of happiness? Or by symbols for destruction? Is there an overall balance to the reading? Is the reading clear and consistent? Or is there conflict within the stones?
iFate readings are designed to be easy for beginners, but advanced rune readers will look far beyond the simplicity of position and meaning and look at the casting as a whole. This additional complexity rises with more advanced readings. For this reason, it is recommended that beginning students of runes try the shorter, simpler readings first.