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What is a Rune Reading

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Try this free online rune reading and experience an ancient form of divination and fortune-telling. Rune reading has beeen used since ancient times to gain spiritual insight into current events, our life and the world around us.

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Runic divination has its roots in various ancient religious beliefs from northern Europe, including Norse mythology, Germanic mysticism and Celtic religious traditions from the British Isles.

Rune readings use individual runes stones, which consist of small stones, etched with each of the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark (also called the Anglo Saxon Futhorc). In most cases runes are created from stone, but there is also a long tradition of stone runes, bone runes and wooden runes.

Which type of runes you use is up to you. While runes made from wood and stone are the most popular, there are also many modern styles available including plastic, glass and metal runes.

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Each rune stone / rune symbol has its own magical significance or esoteric meaning. The basic methodology of a rune reading is to create a rune spread or a rune cast, and to interpret the runes.

By casting the runes, and interpreting which runes were selected -- and where each rune is positioned -- a rune reader can gain spiritual insight into past and current events, and their outcomes.

From a divination perspective, rune reading is very similar to tarot reading in many ways. But the rich history, lore and spiritual references in runes are extremely different in nearly every way.

What are runes, and where do they come from?

Today, many of us think of runes as being somewhat similar to tarot cards: They are excellent tools for personal divination and achieving spiritual insight. But the history of runes stretches far deeper into antiquity.

Runes were an ancient writing system shared by Celtic, Scandinavian and Germanic peoples of Northern Europe. Closely associated with magic rituals and religious belief, rune stones and runic inscriptions date back to the first century A.D.

Many scholars believe the runic alphabet and runic writing originated much earlier, but it wasn't until the practice of etching runic writings into stone that permanent records were created.

Runic inscriptions can be found throughout northern Europe. Many of these record historical events. Others have a distinctly religious or spiritual overtone, while others include rune poems and fables about Norse gods and colorful folklore. Anglo Saxon and Viking runes and Scandinavian runes are the most common, but there are many other schools of runic writing which include Hungarian and other Eastern European runes.

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There are two primary "ages" of the runic alphabet are the Elder Futhark and the Younger Futhark. For divination purposes, the Elder Futhark is typically used, but some rune readers also use the Younger Futhark runes in their readings. The Elder Futhark runes tend to be more wrapped in ancient mythology and the lore of ancient times, while the Younger Futhark was actively used in the early Germanic alphabet used by Germanic tribes and some Nordic tribes.

When Christianity reached ancient Europe, runic script and norse symbols were gradually replaced with the latin alphabet. Even after being replaced, rune scripts persisted for purposes of mysticism, magic, divination and religious ritual.

One interesting aspect of runes which still puzzles historians are the obvious similarities between many Norse rune letters and letters in the Greek alphabet and Roman alphabet. These similarities between nordic runes and other early alphabets seem to suggest that there was significant exchange of cultural ideas between the Northern European tribes and Mediterranean civilizations. Other historians believe that ancient runes have Etruscan origins which predate classical Rome.

Norse mythology tells us that the runes have a more divine origin. According to Norse lore, rune symbols come from Odin himself.

Today, runes are almost exclusively used for magic and as a divination tool. (So much so that they are simply referred to as "magick runes" by many). While it's not necessary to understand ancient European history, Viking mythology, or Germanic neopaganism to appreciate runes -- having an understanding and respect for the history and related folklore of ancient runes will add a wonderful dimension and appreciation to your rune readings.

While many rune readers simply "want an answer" -- diving deep into esoteric runology will make those answers much, much better.

How to read runes

Some schools of rune casting believe that the rune stones should be shuffled or shaken, and cast at random in front of the rune reader.

Other systems of rune casting involve creating specific rune layout (similar to tarot spreads) and interpreting the meaning of the runes in specific positions within the spread. Each rune position has a different meaning, and so the meaning of each rune will be different depending on where it appears in the rune cast.

By unlocking the ancient wisdom of the runes, readers can gain insight into situations and understand their potential outcomes.

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.

Start with a single rune:

iFate offers many simple and complex rune spreads. If you don't know how to do a rune reading, new readers often find it easier to start with a single rune reading. By drawing just one single rune, your early readings will be much faster, and it's a quick way to learn rune meanings by heart. Once you understand the nuances of each individual rune, you'll be ready for more complex spreads. After you've mastered the complex spreads, you'll be ready to do a rune reading for someone else.

NOTE: Not every question requires a complex spread. For quick answers, nothing beats the immediacy of drawing just one rune. Depending on your specific question, consider whether you need a spread with multiple runes, or whether a single rune will do.

Consider the reading as a whole:

As with tarot readings, interpreting runes may seem easy at first but takes many years to master. There are subtleties to 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?

Are online rune readings as good as real ones?

The question of whether or not online divination is as good as physical rune reading is actively debated. For many, the process of reading is an interpretive skill -- meaning the "art" of reading runes is less about the physical objects and more about the process of interpretation and weaving a story into more complex rune spreads.

For others, only a physical set of runes will do. If you're among the latter group -- it's easy to make your own set of runes. Runes can be made from many different materials from small chips of wood to flat pebbles from a river bed, or even seashells. Some people even make runes from everyday objects.

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Is there historical evidence for rune reading?

While there are thousands of old runic inscriptions found throughout Europe, the evidence for occult usage or runic divination is not nearly as easy to come by because most runic inscriptions dealt with historic events, battles, deaths and celebrations.

One of the earliest written examples of how Rune-magic works comes from the Roman writer, Tacitus, who described the following ancient tradition in 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! Except for one addition: The blank rune.

What is the blank rune?

Many contemporary adherents of rune reading use something called a "blank rune". The blank rune has questionable historical legitimacy, and was popularly introduced by the author Ralph Blum in his best-selling book The Book of Runes". The basic premise of the blank rune is that it is the "Unknowable" -- or that which we are not meant to understand at this time.

Many users appreciate Blum's addition to runic lore, but other more traditional rune readers will simply remove the blank rune from the stack. iFate's online divination options do not include the use of a blank rune at this time.

Some final words before you get started

iFate online free rune readings are designed to be easy for beginners, but have enough depth for advanced readers as well.

If you're a beginner, keep in mind that the overall meaning comes from the sum of the parts. Don't just read each rune individually. Try to look beyond the simplicity of position and meaning and look at the casting as a whole. This additional layer of complexity rises with more advanced rune spreads. For this reason, it is recommended that beginning students of runes try the shorter, simpler readings first.

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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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A Runic Love Reading

This easy 3-rune reading gives quick & simple insights into love and relationships.

The positions are 'you', 'your partner' and 'the outlook'.



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The Four Winds

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Free Online Rune Readings

What are Runes

Rune reading is one of the oldest forms of divination available today. It is a great fortune telling instrument for those seeking advice. Rune oracles that are widely used in today’s society have roots in ancient history, dating all the way back to the time of Nordic and Germanic tribes, Scandinavia and Britain. Back then they were used mainly for writing, but also for magical purposes too. Old Runic inscriptions have been found on jewelery, weapons and everyday objects dating back to the 3rd century AD, but a lot of experts agree that they existed long before that.

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“Rune” simply means mystery, secret or whisper. They can be made from different materials, but the most commonly used are stone or wood pieces, with the symbol of the runic alphabet engraved on them. Various different types of runic alphabets exist that are used for Runes, but the most common and the oldest one is the Germanic runic alphabet. It is known as the “Elder Futhark”, containing 24 runes. The word “Futhark” is composed of the first six symbols from this runic alphabet.

Each rune symbol represents a letter of the alphabet and also has a special symbolic meaning. Most of their representative values date back to the traditional meanings of Runes, when each letter meant a lot to the people using using the runic alphabet. Still, the intention and importance of the symbols has great relevance in today’s society. Legends say that each rune has it’s roots deep in a sacred land, thus possessing a great reserve of magical powers and the ability to connect us with higher powers.

What are Runes used for

With the help of the Rune reading method, one can easily gain deep insight into situations or questions. The runes can guide you through difficulties and foretell what is to come. They offer different suggestions on how to act or behave in accord to a specific event or problematic situation. For example, Rune reading can be useful if you’re in a situation where you can only see an incomplete picture and can’t draw conclusions from the limited information. In the past warriors used Runes for victory in battle, hunters – to catch a larger prey, and doctors – to treat various diseases.

Fortune telling with Runes can’t tell you exactly what to do, it can hint towards answers and guide you, but you must use your intuition and work out the details for yourself. Keep in mind that the future isn’t something that is fixed – you have the power to make your own ways and decisions. If you don’t like what a Rune reading is suggesting, you’re free to change your direction and follow a different path.

How to use Runes

When you think about a particular problem and ask a question both your conscious and unconscious minds concentrate their power. This is the main idea behind the way Runes work. Choosing Runes is not a random process, it is connected to the decisions that your subconscious mind made.

Some prefer to only think about problematic situations or issues, whereas others go for asking direct questions. Whichever way you use, keep a clear, highly focused mind on the issue or question. Employ intuition in the process and you will be able to see all possible causes and effects for a situation, and see the potential outcomes.

It’s best to start a Rune reading in a relaxed and clear state of mind, so you can better concentrate on your feelings about the question you are about to ask. You are also allowed and it will be of great help if you say a prayer or call upon higher spirits to guide you with your reading.

When you’re interpreting the meaning of the runes you have chosen, and this is true for all fortune telling methods, you should make good use of your intuition. It’s perfectly normal if at first you’re not sure what is their meaning. You can write down any details that you feel uncertain about and see if the predictions present themselves over time.

Nowadays online Rune readings provide everyone with the opportunity to make contact with the old ways and connect with the ancient wisdom. Many rune readings exist in the world and we have put some of the best ones on our site. You can choose one of these below and start you rune reading session now absolutely free. Enjoy!

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According to legend a Norse warrior called Odin, seeking wisdom and understanding of life and death, fasted with neither food nor water hanging from Yggdrasil, the tree of knowledge, for nine days and nights. From this experience came the knowledge of the Runes. From that time on, aided by Viking travels, knowledge and understanding of the runes has spread throughout the world. Runes are an alphabet of symbols that represent energies and meanings and that also lend themselves to the use of intuition - reaching for further insight beyond the description of each stone's meaning. Runes stones can be used to help us understand ourselves and the surrounding world better by allowing us to ask questions and then casting the runes stones for answers.

Within this web site you will find rune casting fortune telling via a variety of rune spreads and information on the meaning of runes. All of these are free to use !

For each of the choices of Rune Readings you have the option of letting the website cast the Runes, or you can cast your own Runes and let the website interpret the Runes that you have cast.

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Choices of Rune Readings.

We offer four types of free readings, two simple Yes/No readings and two further readings that offer a more comprehensive response.

  • Single rune casting for a brief Yes / No response to your question.
  • Three rune spread casting for a more detailed Yes / No response to your question.
  • Single rune casting for a more detailed interpretation for your question on a choice of categories.
  • Three rune spread casting for more detailed interpretation for your question on a choice of categories, showing past events, the current situation, and a possible future.

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Write in Runes

Enter your text and have it converted into the nearest equivalent Runes.

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Create your own Runic Symbol

Create your own Runic Symbol by combining up to 5 Runes.

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Personalise your Rune Readings.

We offer a choice of rune sets for you to use. Please click on one to select a set. Your choice of runes will be remembered so the next time that you return you will see your selection in use.

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Rune Information

For information about each rune - click on the rune pictures of the page for details on the rune meaning and its equivalent English letter and number.

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Which way up?

FehuFehu inverted The runes can be seen of each page. As with the standard English alphabet most of the runes can only be viewed correctly one way up. Thus when cast inverted, they offer a different meaning to their normal orientation.

GeboGebo inverted Other runes, such as Gebo shown to the left, look the same when viewed upright or inverted.



RunesRunes are a method of divination similar to the Tarot or the I Ching. 

Runes are an ancient Germanic alphabet, used for writing, divination and magic. They were used throughout northern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and Iceland from about 100 B.C.E. to 1600 C.E. Runic inscriptions of great age have even been found in North America, supporting stories that the Vikings arrived in the Americas long before Columbus.



Here are the meanings of the rune locations:

  1. Expresses the matter or question at hand
  2. Shows the forces that may hinder or oppose the matter or question at hand
  3. Represents the underlying influences of the matter at hand or question
  4. Shows the influences that are passing or coming to an end
  5. Denotes the influences that may become important in the medium to long term
  6. Represents the influences on the questioner in the near future
  7. Represents the fears and negative feelings that the questioner may have
  8. Denotes the outside influences of friends and/or family
  9. Stands for the beliefs and hopes of the questioner
  10. This rune shows the final outcome of the question or matter at hand
  11. Further explination on final outcome
  12. Further explination on final outcome

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Welcome to rune-readings

Welcome to our Rune Readings website where you can get a free rune reading. Runes have been used as a means of communication and divination for centuries. The Elder Futhark alphabet used on this site is one of the oldest known forms of runic alphabet; it comprises 24 runes and originates from northern Europe in the second century AD. The runes are divided into three groups of eight, each of which is attributed to a Norse god, giving us Freyr’s ætt, Heimdall’s ætt and Tyr’s ætt.

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Runes represent a system of wisdom, power and clairvoyance. With their origins in Celtic mythology, Runes are made up of an alphabet that was used by the Druids and priests of former Germanic or Nordic tribes and are a very effective divination tool. Using them enables us to face and deal with problems, as well as unveiling the secrets of energy and harmony.

Runes work wonderfully well when you hesitate about which path to take, attitude to adopt or choice to make, as well as in resolving dilemmas. The analysis of runes, stone by stone, is both precise and to the point, leaving no room for doubt.

Rune readings will enable you to identify immediate future developments. We know that what you experience today follows on from the way you have lived over the past few days. It is therefore important to know exactly what influences have a bearing on your immediate future. You will ultimately know where you are heading and understand the consequences of your recent actions.

So that you can obtain the best possible answers to your questions, we are offering you a 3-rune reading, which will tell you whether you will have a chance of fulfilling your current aspirations. Runes are easy to use for asking questions, as the runic alphabet is made up of 24 letters (or runes), to which is added a twenty-fifth rune (WYRD), which has no written form and plays the role of joker. Because of their formation, some runes are said to be irreversible, which means that, regardless of their position, they will always have the same meaning. This is the case for runes 9. Hagalaz, 10. Naudhiz, 11. Is, 12. Jera, 13 Eihwaz, 16. Sowilo, 22. Ingwaz, 23. Dawaz, and Wyrd, also known as the white rune.

Before you do your reading, you will need to concentrate fully, because runes require clear and precise questions to be able to give a coherent response. Clear your head completely and focus with intensity on what is preoccupying your mind, but avoid formulating a question that demands a yes or no answer. You will then discover the message that will help you follow the right path. You can also read your free love compatibility to get some interesting insights about your relationship.


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Runes Reading, Meaning and Interpretation

Runes: What They Are?

Runes are probably one of the oldest, pagan methods used for divination, magic, and future prediction the Ancient people were using to answer questions that were above their comprehensions. Technically, runes are written symbols, an old Germanic alphabet used also for writing, and they were widely used across the northern Europe, the British Isles, Scandinavia, and Iceland from about 100 B.C.E. Some runic inscriptions are also found in America, supporting the claims that Vikings were the first Europeans to discover America. Runes are used in a way that is connected with the reader’s intuition and the esoteric knowledge of their meaning.

Runes were used for writing in many languages, including German, Gothic, English, Frisian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Icelandic, Hebrew, Russian and other Semitic languages. They might be read from left to right or from right to left, even on a same artifact. This is why the translation of runic inscriptions is sometimes very difficult by the fact that some rune masters have been using cryptic puzzles or secret scripts.

The meaning of the Anglo-Saxon word “rune” is secret, mystery or whisper. Beyond their mundane meaning and alphabetic/phonetic values, each rune has esoteric meanings, spiritual/divine properties, and strong relation to the nature forces and human mind. Each rune is a story related to a Norse God.

Runes oracles from which one seeks advice. They are most useful if you detail your current state and then ask your specific question. Their reading can sometimes be obscure: they give answers, but a reader has to figure out the details, which is the very reason why the intuition is so important in interpreting runes.

The rune casting or runic divination isn’t fortunetelling in the sense to see the future; they rather give a possibility to analyze your path and a likely outcome. The future is not a fixed phenomenon – it is changing with your actions. If you don’t like the prediction, you can always change your paths.

The oldest and most used Runic alphabet is the Anglo-Saxon Elder Futhorc, containing 24 runes and it is the model we are using here too, with all its meanings. The set of runes is divided into three so-called “Aettir” or groups of eight. You can make your own set of runes, following some specific rituals, but it is another topic.

How to Use Runes?

All runes have names that were significant to the Ancient German, Anglo-Saxon, and Norsemen pagans who used them. Some are names for gods, animals, plants, features, everyday objects, and concepts. Traditionally, the runes are associated with crystals, gemstones, plants, trees, colors, and the elements. The associations are sometimes very obvious. For instance, The Rune of Fertility and Growth is named Berkanan and is associated with the rapidly growing birch tree, the rune’s color is dark green as the three leaves, while its element is Earth from which the tree grows.

The one who aspire to be a rune reader has to have some knowledge of history, culture, and especially the mythology of Ancient Europe and Scandinavia. The understanding of answers the runes give to you is inextricably dependent upon these. To help you, we will give you all possible meanings for each rune in their separate interpretations bellow. The rest is up to you. For a beginning, here are the four common traditional methods to use runes:

  1. While your runes are in the pouch, close your eyes, concentrate on what you need an answer for (present, past or future situation) and simply choose a rune as your answer.
  2. Carefully and gently toss your rune set onto a soft surface while focusing on what you need an answer for (present, past or future situation). The rune(s) that get aside of the most to you will be your answer.
  3. Lay your runes out in grid and slowly pass over them with your hand while concentrating on your question. If you are right-handed use your left hand, and if you are left-handed use your right hand. The point is to intuitively SENSE the rune that will answer your question.
  4. Close your eyes trying to be relaxed in a neutral state of mind and then draw three runes from the bag. Line them up. The first rune will answer a past situation, the second is an answer to a present situation, and the last one will give you an answer to a future situation.

Don’t forget to follow your intuition. Runes can give truly amazing and correct answers if you are prepared well. The most important is to know their full meanings and the way to interpret them, which is what we will give you, bellow.


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