Runes are a form of divination utilizing characters from ancient Nordic and/or Germanic alphabet systems (exact origins are unknown). This chart is based on the Elder Futhark version of runes. Runes can be very helpful when you have limited information and need some clues to help you discover deeper meaning or to see the big picture. Runes are not a form of fortune-telling and they don’t provide exact answers or specific advice. They provide hints to the answers you seek and let you use your intuition to work out the details. To use this chart, you’ll also need a pendulum, pencil and paper.
Select topic for your inquiry and number of runes for your reading. Examples: a lesson for the day; guidance about a trip or a project you’re preparing to undertake; clarity about a relationship or problem. Next, decide on the type of rune reading you will use. See the next page for some examples of rune layouts for readings.
Clear your mind and decide how to phrase your inquiry. Before beginning, clear your mind of expectations and predictions. Decide how you want to phrase your inquiry. Once you have decided on the wording, you may find it helpful to write it down before proceeding. Here’s an example of ways to phrase your inquiry: “Help me prepare for my trip to San Francisco next week .” Or, “What is today’s life lesson?” Or, “Help me understand ……” Focus on your inquiry and when you feel ready, begin your selection(s).
Position yourself, the chart, and your pendulum. Ideally, you want to sit up straight and if possible, put both feet flat on the floor. Place the chart face up so that the half circle divided into four wedges is in front of you, on a flat surface and with the arrow pointing away from your body. Grasp the top bead or fob of your pendulum between your thumb and forefinger and arch your wrist slightly. Hold pendulum directly over the “hinge point” of the chart (the spot indicated by the arrow) at about 1/2 inch above the chart’s surface. Steady your elbow (but not your hand) on the table and let the pendulum dangle directly above the chart’s hinge point.
Imagine the chart is a pizza (half of it gone) and your pendulum is a wheel-style pizza cutter, which you’ve positioned at the hinge-point. While focusing on your inquiry, hold your pendulum in position and let swing freely as it looks into the matter. When it makes a selection, the pendulum will repeatedly slice the same wedge by swinging back and forth from the hinge point toward the outer edge of the circle. Write this rune down and proceed to the next rune for your reading. If you are unsure about a selection, you can use your pendulum to verify that you’ve read its signal correctly by using either a Yes/No chart or Yes/No programming (ask your pendulum if “____” is the correct rune). When you have all the runes for your reading selected, use the Rune Meanings table to decipher the overall meaning.
Note: If, when you make your inquiry, the pendulum swings in a clockwise circle instead of in a slicing motion, this indicates that clarification of your topic is needed. If it swings in a counter-clockwise motion, it is indicating that now is not the time to ask. Try again later.
Note: The “Runes” pendulum chart is based on the “Elder Futhark” runic alphabet. On both the pendulum chart and the meaning table, the rune symbols are arranged into three “ættirs” or sets: Freyr/Freyja’s ættir relates to creation, Heimdall’s ættir relates to human elements, and Tyr’s ættir relates to our journey to the divine. Since all the runes on this chart are right side up, reversals (upside-down runes) may not be applicable here. However reversal meanings, if any (not all runes are reversible) are included in the meanings table.