So you’ve studied the rune books. You’ve done meditation on the Rune Poems to get further meaning and insight. You’ve discovered that each rune has several different meanings in a casting. So how do you decide which of the sometimes very different meanings is applicable to the casting at hand? Here’s how I do it.
Look to the other runes in the casting. Rune castings are like telling stories. They create a narrative of the issue at hand. You weave a coherent story by looking at all the staves pulled and creating an answer to the question. That means every casting is unique. The meaning of an individual rune is not always going to be the same casting to casting. Keeps things interesting to be sure!
Experience. When you’ve been doing casting for some time you’ll find that patterns of meaning occur. You’ll be able to say that in the past with readings this particular rune next to that particular rune means this. While every rune casting is definitely unique you will find patterns. This aspect of interpretation only comes with time. There is no real substitute for good hard practice. That’s why it’s vital to do rune readings often. For yourself. For family. At meetings. At parties. I even do readings at doctor visits! There just really is no substitute for the ability and knowledge gained with experience.
Your gut feeling. Sometimes interpretation comes down to a simple hunch that a certain meaning applies. Intuition can play a vital role in castings. You need to learn to trust your instincts. If something just feels right that is probably the correct meaning. Even if it makes no sense to you personally it may be right on the mark. Recently I was doing a reading for someone and mannaz murk came up. I had a gut feeling it meant depression. Nothing else in the casting would have lead me to that meaning. But my gut was telling me this was it. So I said this to the client and he said he had just been diagnosed with clinical depression. It was affecting everything in the issue of his question and made perfect sense to him. I would never have guessed this was the case!
So these are some of the ways I discover this versus that when it comes to meaning interpretation. It’s a very organic progress. Good luck figuring out correct meanings in your own castings! Hail!