Casting the Runes: Traditional Rune Spreads You Should Know

In the world of divination, we’re familiar with things like tarot card readings and sessions with psychic readers, but few people are familiar with rune casting. Rune casting is different from your standard fortune telling in that it works deeply with your subconscious. The pouch that holds the rune represents the universe and each symbol etched on each stone represents pieces of that universe. When you ask a question of your fortune teller your entire mind, both conscious and unconscious, becomes focused on that question.

When performing a runic reading, much like tarot cards the kind of reading performed depends a great deal on the question. There are different readings for different situations, and the type of rune spread chosen can have a large impact on your question’s outcome.

Odin’s Rune

"Runes are ancient Germanic alphabets, used for writing and divination"

“Runes are ancient Germanic alphabets, used for writing and divination”


The runic equivalent of the single card draw in tarot, Odin’s rune is the spread to go to if you’re looking for a general overview of an entire situation. The rune chosen will encompass the past, present and future of your issue or question and also cover your potential actions that lead to a potential outcome. This is great for very specific questions, such as “Should I take this new job offer?” If you pull the rune Fehu, you know it’s a pretty good idea. Fehu represents wealth; it indicates happiness, luck and earned income. A pretty good sign that the job offer is going to be a good idea!

The Runic Cross

"The Runic Cross gives you an in-depth analysis of any problem"

“The Runic Cross gives you an in-depth analysis of any problem”


The Runic Cross is the most complex of the traditional spreads. This is your go-to if you want an in depth analysis of the situation you’ve found yourself in. Ask your question out loud and six runes will be drawn and placed down in the shape of a cross, with four runes going up and down and then one rune placed on either side of the second rune from the top. The rune on the right represents the past, the second rune from the bottom is you now and the rune on the far left is what’s in store for you in the future. The rune at the very bottom will tell you the basis, or foundation, of the issue and the second rune from the top tells you what obstacles are in store for you. Finally, the top rune will reveal the best outcome in store for you after overcoming those obstacles.

The Three Rune Cast

With the three rune cross you may be thinking that it’s comparable to the three card tarot draw. Visually it is; you ask a question and pull out three runes, placing them down in a line. But that’s where the similarity ends. The first rune to the right describes the situation for you, or more specifically the issues that need addressing within the situation. The middle rune will suggest a course of action that may assist in resolving it, and the final rune on the left tells you what outcome will be the result of the action chosen on the middle rune.

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