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Monday, July 13th, 2009, 01:16 AM
Runes in a Pinch

What do you do when you need to read Runes, but your usual set is absent? Find a deck of regular playing cards. Take the number cards Ace through Eight of the Clubs, Spades and Diamonds suits. (Use the Hearts if you also use the Anglo-Saxon additional Runes. You can use up to nine of them, if you wish.)

Use the suit of Clubs for the first Aett, Spades for the second and Diamonds for the third. The number gives the position of the Rune in each row. For example, the Four of Spades is Jer, the three of Clubs is Thurs, and the Six of Diamonds is Ing. Shuffle them and draw cards. Use them the same way you would Runes. This is a good little trick when you are in a pinch.

The household games chest can help. For instance, those home bingo games with the numbers stamped on little wood chips can be used. Just take the number 1 to 24 for the Elder Futhark, or more if you use a larger Futhark. Shake, roll or draw. One such bingo game had a wheel that was rolled to pick a random ball. Pick them as you would Runes. The number relates to the number of the Rune, reading from 1st Rune on the 1st Aett to last Rune on the last Aett. For instance, 18 would be Bjork, 8 would be Wunjo and 12 would be Jera if you use the Elder Futhark.

If none of these are available, use bingo chips, beach stones or even coins. Just mark each piece with a Rune. You can use a pen or marker. Instant Rune set! Rune sets do not have to be fancy. If you do not have the set you want, use the one you can improvise.


ğele Wiğercwida
Sunday, May 9th, 2010, 10:32 PM
Another good way is to get some sticks...even cocktail sticks or drinking straws will do.

Jumble them up and drop them. then look into the sticks to see what runic shapes are there.:thumbup

I used to keep some Hawthorn needles in a bundle for the purpose of reeding this way. In fact, it has just turned May so I think I will go collect some.