Keep in mind what we mentioned before, that Rune readings tell you of
the energies from the realms of creation which are at the roots of the
past, present, and future of the situation about which you want to know.
Therefore, Rune readings tell you what energies you may use from those
realms in order to deal positively with the situation under examination.
As such, Rune readings become a valuable tool for the advanced Rune master.
use your Rune staves to give purely worldly readings by neglecting what
the Runes tell you about the deeper, spiritual side of the situation.
you lay out the staves, the introductory ceremony will be very useful.
It makes the vibrations right for a successful reading. Proceed as outlined
in "Rune Ceremonials."
Place: Your altar, the altar of the castle or lodge; best of all set up
in a natural setting in a magically strong place.
Best times: Hour of sunrise, high noon, hour before sunset, midnight.
Best days: Wednesday or Sunday, first day of a Rune period (Mal), sacred
days, day before birthday of the person for whom the reading is being
Direction: Look at the North...the location of YR and FA in the altar.
Clothing: Robe, or if possible nude. Wear only magically meaningful metal
objects, such as the Hammer of Thor, the Great Rune Talisman, dagger,
or power rod.
Participants: Only those for whom the reading is being done may be present.
Diary: If is important to make notes of the operation and the interpretations
in your magical diary which is the best place for notes that must be of
a confidential nature.
THE READING CEREMONIAL
Setting of the Outer Realm
The outer realm is the physical space in which you are working. It is
your temple. The setup of your outer realm symbolizes the universe upon
which you intend to operate. Be sure that you will not be disturbed,,
and make sure that the room in which you are working is clean.
You need an altar. A table will do. Arrange your ceremonial utensils as
shown in the diagram
Leave enough space for the candles and Rune staves which you use for the
ceremonial. Set a circle of Rune staves around the tables large enough
for you to be able to move around in it. Have the Runes EH and GIBOR on
the table as shown. You may have a different Rune or Runes taken from
the circle and put on the tables depending on what ceremonial you are
performing. At the moment these are general purpose instructions. Set
the cup with water, or thinned wine, as shown, together with the incense
burner, one altar candle, Thor's hammer, and the Rune dagger. At this
point, you are preparing the circle for the reading so the petitioner's
candle is not yet positioned as in the diagram. This is where it will
be a little later when the reading commences.
should have your book of ceremonials and your magical diary available.
The look of the center of operations will differ, depending what ceremonial
you are performing. but the diagram, without the petitioner's candle is
a good general purpose arrangement.
may stand, or have a chair available for sitting in front of the table.
you can set up the space in which you are going to work, your inner and
outer Rune Realms. First, tune in to each Rune in the circle, singing
the stanza of the magical poem for each Rune. As an alternative, you may
listen to the students' tape, which establishes your inner Rune Realms,
and connect each Rune of your inner Rune Realm with the corresponding
Rune Stave in your outer Rune Realm.
Next you take the Rune dagger, or power rod. First you trace the circle
of Rune Staves around the table, then you draw the HAGAL Rune in all four
directions beginning with the North (the FA Rune), and going counterclockwise
through the West (RIT). South (IS), and then East (BAR). Each time you
draw HAGAL in the air do so with the strongest possible image of protection
and Oneness with the universe. Put the dagger or rod back at the side
of the incense burner.
Light altar candle and say:
"Forces of the Light
Eternal in the universe,
Sacred Flame shine,
Bring Light to the night,
All around darkness
All around night
I amidst the Light
Darkness has to give
Way to the Light'
Original fire of FA
Burning since the beginning
Light Force of AR
Born in the Sun
At the beginning of the worlds
Give Light to the seeker!"
Light incense and say:
"May the power of the Runes
Lead me to a greater understanding
Of the Universe and Myself,"
Hold both hands over the cup with water or wine thinned with water. Be
aware of the purpose of your ceremonial. Project in the water or wine
the success of the reading and the beneficial effect of if on the querent.
Know as you do this that the water or wine symbolize emotional strength.
Project energy into the water or wine.
Look at Thor's Hammer. Be aware that this is the symbol of your capability
of drawing, harnessing, and projecting Rune energies. Hold
both hands over it. knowing of its power. Imagine it being sent to the
realms of destiny from whence it returns with the Knowledge that you seek.
you are finished with all preparation and you are ready for the next step.
7. CEREMONY OF THE RUNE READING
realm of action is the circular area on your altar, indicated in the diagram
on page 56.
the reading you do not place your personal Runes around in the usual circle.
You shuffle them, face down, inside the realm of action.
the petitioner's candle inside the circle, in the Northern direction,
as shown in the diagram on page 56.
1) Light the candle of the petitioner, and say: "This candle represents
.....(name of the person for whom the reading is to be made), whose trends
of destiny the Runes are to show."
Touch the Hammer of Thor and say: "I am sending the Hammer of Thor
to the Rune realms of Creation. May the Hammer of Thor bring back the
wisdom of those realms."
Position of UR (hand or body)
Tune in to the realm of UR. Sing the mantra of UR (3 or 9 times). Sing
the stanza of UR. Say:
"With the power of UR
I am seeing the roots of all fate."
Position of MAN
Tune in to the realm of MAN. Sing the mantra of MAN (3 or 9 times). Sing
the stanza of MAN. Say:
"MAN, symbol of resurrection,
Crown of the world tree,
Symbol of man
I open to the influx of MANA,
Of spiritual power
Which permeates the universe.
Reveal the mystery of MIMIR.
Awake within me original memory
Position of YR
Tune in to the realm of YR. Sing the mantra of YR (1 or 9 times). Sing
the stanza of YR. Say:
"YR, symbol of the roots
Symbol of the Norns
Who spin the threads of destiny
At the roots of the world tree.
Power of becoming
The Realms of Creation
Bring me in tune with the roofs
From which life sprouts
DRAWING OF THE STAVES
You may now say the question(s) aloud or mentally. Cast all 18 Rune staves
onto the altar, while you look at the sky.
looking at the sky, draw three staves. There are other methods that use
five, seven, or nine staves.
first stave tells about the past, the root, or the beginning of the matter
of the question.
second tells about the present, existing, and active now, of the question.
third tells of the outcome, future, or development of the matter of the
question, if things are allowed to go on as they now are.