Have fun but remember, 'the truth is that life is hard and dangerous...' -- Joyce Cary
Little is known about the origins of the Runic alphabet, which is traditionally known as futhark after the first six letters. In Old Norse the word rune means 'letter', 'text' or 'inscription'. The word also means 'mystery' or 'secret' in Old Germanic languages and runes had a important role in ritual and magic.
The earliest known Runic inscriptions date from the 1st century AD, but the vast majority of Runic inscriptions date from the 11th century. Runic inscriptions have been found throughout Europe from the Balkans to Germany, Scandinavia and the British Isles.
Historically Viking runes are symbols used for writing, telling fortunes, protection, and for casting spells. Each symbol not only represents a sound but also has magical or supernatural powers associated with it. The Vikings inscribed these symbols on all kinds of objects such as great monuments, common household items, tombstones, and rune stones. Stone rune sets were used to tell fortunes. Viking warriors would inscribe these symbols on there swords and shields for protection and to bring misery to the enemy.
Each rune has only straight lines, none of which are horizontal. This would lead us to believe they were originally carved into wood, as horizontal lines would be difficult to distinguish from the grain. There are approximately 2,500 known runic inscriptions from the Viking Age, many inscriptions have probably been lost do to wood rotting away.
The early Futhark runes has 24 characters. The "blank rune" added here is a modern invention by author Ralph Blum (The Book of Runes - 1983) but has absolutely no historical basis. Many scholars agree that Odin's rune is/was Ansuz. While this doesn't mean that some may find a blank rune useful in their castings. According to Blum, The blank rune bears the traditional Nordic name Odin. It represents thee Unknowable, what you seek has been answered, the answer lies within and cannot be found externally, however, do not dwell within to seek your answers but move forward, following your heart, and remember you are your own wise voice when you hear what is said beyond mind alone. The blank rune offers a reminder that our own knowledge is greater and stronger than we "think".
Pose your question and select your runes....
Key in 1 and 25 in the first two
boxes (because there are 25 runes), then press select.
Typically three runes are selected,
representing your past, present and future. However, there are
Write in Runes
Runic divination, "runec casting", is not "fortune telling". Rune casting works deeply with the subconscious. The rune pouch with its runic symbols represents the entire universe. As one poses a question, one's entire conscious and unconscious mind is focused toward that question, so that the runelots selected are not truly random selections, but rather choices made by the subconscious. On this site you will select your runes from a virtual pouch.
Runecraft operates on an ancient form of psychology. Even back in Viking times, there was a remarkable understanding of the human psyche. They recognized cause and effect, and the interconnectedness of all things. The word to describe this interconnectedness was "wyrd", which was eventually perverted into the modern meaning of "weird".
When one does a runic reading, one usually addresses a particular issue, and examines the past, the present and the "future", or rather "what will be if one follows the path one appears to be on". Use the random number generator below to select your three runes, representing your past, present and future. A runecaster does not see the future. He/she simply examines cause and effect and points out a likely outcome.
Not exactly occult, is it? It's not supernatural and it's not very mysterious--although the uninitiated considered it a delving into mystery. Nothing magical about it, merely a means of awakening one's right-brain.