Good question. Here’s a brief overview of what I actually do with the runes. Here goes.
Divination. The runes are powerful and effective divination sources. They are a way to talk to the gods. They are a powerful tool for having a little chat with the divine. A way to get information and insight on an issue. I turn to the runes for wisdom and clarity on any given issue. I will often have a concern in my life that needs a little divine perspective. What better way to gain that perspective than a direct link to the source of all wisdom? Through using the runes I connect to a power greater than myself. I get out of my own head and into a true relationship with the gods. And through this relationship I attain all the assistance I need for facing life concerns. When I do readings for others I tap into something beyond myself. And it is the insight that I gain that I share. Pretty straightforward. No question is too big or too small for the runes. Any open ended question will be rewarded with divine perspective. I work with Odin and the Norns as my primary sources. There is no question in my experience that they can’t handle.
Meditation. I often use the runes as meditative devices. Focusing on a rune energy or stave shape helps me clear my mind of all the junk that I mentally hold on to. The runes give me a way to clear out the distractions of the everyday world. They offer me a way to once again shift my focus from myself to something larger. I’d rather be tapping into the big stuff than tapping into my insignificant daily dramas! Meditating on the runes helps me gain a view of the bigger picture of life. No mucking about in the mundane for me!
Riding the runes. Runes are energy markers. Sources of their own individual energies. Those energies can be tapped into and ridden. If I want to explore Yggdrasil I can ride eiwaz. This act helps me travel through the Nine Realms. If I have money issues I ride fehu to discover answers to this crisis. And so on. Every rune has its own energy which can be ridden for specific actions. Travel. Insight to resolve crisis. The list of ways the runes can be used in this manner are only limited by the Vitki’s imagination. Try it and have some interesting experiences along the way!
So those are three ways I use the runes. There are more of course. It’s an area that is limited only by your own knowledge and ability. Learn all you can and then try things out for size!