How To Use Rune Stones


We are blessed to receive many questions and comments on social media (thank you all for your support, btw!). Many of the questions we get are related to the different types of divination. So I decided to add more articles related to this subject.

In this article, Jen from describes in detail what are runes and their uses in witchcraft/magick.


Runes are what you call the ancient alphabet used by the Germanic countries that are used by Pagans in magick and divination. The best way to work with them is to ask a specific question, whatever it may be and however it may apply to your current situation. Although you don’t have to be of Norse ancestry to use and understand the rune scripts, you’ll have a far better sense of how to use them based on the meaning of their symbols. Having some knowledge of the mythology and history of the Germanic peoples goes a long way in incorporating rune stones into your magickal workings.


Magick Runes

Magick Runes are used in divination and charms. They have been used since the ancient times for these purposes. You might not know where to start when it comes to knowing how to use magick runes. It does take a little getting used to to seamlessly incorporate them in your magickal workings.  Magick runes comes in two forms: magick rune cards and rune stones.

Rune Stones

Rune stones have been used for centuries as a tool for divination. Today, they are still  used in magic and divination by many Pagans. They fall into the same category such as the tarot. Each rune stone is inscribed with a symbol, and each symbol holds a special meaning. Each and every runic alphabet possesses a special kind of power and can be used to invoke deities who can help you in dealing with your problems. You may use your own interpretations for the symbols, based on your studies and beliefs, or you may take the more traditional approach, which is going by the traditional meaning of each. Whichever way you may go about using the rune stones, it is still best to at least have some idea of their meanings.

Different Ways To Use Rune Stones

Rune stone divination should not be used to predict the future. That is not its function. Look at it as a tool for guidance. It allows you to work with the subconscious and focus on the questions that have been bothering you and those which you just need the answers to.

As with other tools of divination, always cleanse and charge your rune stones before and after each use.

Before doing any reading, it is best to ask a Spirit, or whichever Deity you feel most comfortable working with, to guide you in your reading. When you are done with the reading session, don’t forget to thank the Deity you asked guidance from.

Single Stone Reading-

This type of reading is the simpler version and requires just a single rune stone for a reading. You should place all rune stones in a bag. And here’s what you should do:

  • Clear your mind.
  • Focus on the questions you want answers to.
  • Hold the bag of rune stones in your receptive hand.
  • With the fingers of your receptive hand, mix up the stones in the bag.
  • Whichever way you wish to ask the question, go ahead and do it. It should go like this, ask your question and take a rune stone from the bag.
  • Read the symbol written on the stone. That answers your question.
  • If you need further clarification, take another stone from the bag and read the symbol on it.
  • If you find that you still need clarification, it might be time to place the stone back in the bag and reshuffle them as you rephrase your question.

Four Stone Reading-

This type of reading is the more complicated one and is better left to those who have advanced in their rune stone reading knowledge. This requires you to read a combination of four rune stones. Here’s what you should do:

  • Clear your mind.
  • Focus on the questions you want answers to.
  • Hold the bag of rune stones in your receptive hand.
  • With the fingers of your receptive hand, mix up the stones in the bag.
  • Whichever way you wish to ask the question, go ahead and do it.
  • This time, remove four stones from the bag, one at a time.
  • Read each stone’s inscription and place them in front of you.
  • The first stone represents the past influences.
  • The second stone represents the present influences.
  • The third stone represents the future influences.
  • The fourth stone represents the behaviors and energies that remain the same.

Once you have reached a certain level of comfort working with the runes stones, you can experiment with different types of layouts that will come to you naturally as you advance in your rune reading experience. This way, you will also discover what works best for you.

Many people believe that the selections made within the runes stones drawn are not random at all, they are actually the choices made by your subconscious. And some believe that the rune stones drawn hold the answers provided by the Divine to affirm what we have long known in our hearts.


How do you use rune stones in your magick? We’d love to hear your stories! 🙂


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