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Published on Jun 29, 2011
Hey there - Here's a little more in-depth explanation of how I do a casting. However, if my intuition tells me to do something differently, I go with that.
1 - Prepare your space: I do this for every reading be it with cards or runes. This is when I light my candles and incense, play my singing bowl, intone runes or whatever feels like it needs to be done.
2 - The blessing: This was in my video, but I generally whisper over the runes. As I mentioned, I do this on the spot and therefore it's different for each reading. I generally start "Odin, Allfather..." but even that isn't always true. I also like to blow into the runes - giving them breath to speak with, as it were.
3 - The casting: This is simply the actually throwing of the runes. It's deceptive, actually. I tend to "throw" across as dropping or throwing them down tends to leave them piled up on each other. It does it a little practice to figure out the best way to do it.
4 - The reading: This is the meat of the matter - actually reading the runes. As I said in the video, I like to start in the middle if nothing really calls me to do otherwise. I also try to interpret runes that land next to each other together. A good example from the video was Uruz and Hagalaz: together they suggested a certain stubbornness (Uruz) in the face of things that are out of my control (Hagalaz). This is another thing that takes some practice, but I tend to go with my intuition and rely on my knowledge of the runes as a basis - a place to spring from, basically.
Position is also important. You may have seen in the video that Wunjo (merkstave) was sitting down at the bottom. I generally see things on the bottom (nearest the caster) as being roots or foundations of the situation. To me, that suggests that part of the dilemma is my fear of being unhappy.
The thing that makes casting so different from using a layout or spread is that you don't have the positional meanings to guide you, but sometimes that can be freeing.