Kat used runes to divinate in “The Silver Cord”.
Just a side note, my blog is not letting me add links to words or phrases so I am having to put the URL info right after the paragraphs. Sorry if that is an inconvenience!
What are runes?
“Runes (Proto-Norse: ᚱᚢᚾᛟ (runo), Old Norse: rún) are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialised purposes thereafter. The Scandinavian variants are also known as futhark or fuþark (derived from their first six letters of the alphabet: F, U, Þ, A, R, and K); the Anglo-Saxon variant is futhorc or fuþorc (due to sound changes undergone in Old English by the names of those six letters).” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runes
Runes come in all types of materials. Stone being the most traditional, but many sets are made with semi-precious stones such as quartz, obsidian or bloodstone. Some sets are wood. Rune sets can be purchased online at Azure Green: http://www.azuregreen.net/products.asp?dept=125
Or in large bookstores or metaphysical stores. Sometimes they include a book or pamphlet on how to read them or interpret them. When I did research for my book, I used "The Book of Runes" by Ralph Blum.
How do Runes work?
Are they used to tell the future? Not really. Here is a great explanation of how runes work (any psychologists in the house?).
“Runic divination, "runecasting", is not "fortune telling". Runecasting works deeply with the subconscious. The rune pouch with its runic symbols represents the entire universe. As one poses a question, one's entire conscious and unconscious mind is focused toward that question, so that the runelots selected are not truly random selections, but rather choices made by the subconscious.
Runecraft operates on an ancient form of psychology. Even back in Viking times, there was a remarkable understanding of the human psyche. They recognized cause and effect, and the interconnectedness of all things. The word to describe this interconnectedness was "wyrd", which was eventually perverted into the modern meaning of "weird". It did not originally mean something unusual or strange. Rather, it referred to the far-reaching effects of that which one does. The concept of "fate" was also not as we know it now. Instead of a helpless predestination, "fate" meant a destiny created by one's earlier actions. Wyrd was pictured as a web, like that of a spider. The symbology is excellent. When the spider steps onto a thread (a path) the vibrations affect the entire web and that which is contained within the web, just as our actions affect our immediate world and those around us, and the actions of others affect our lives.
When one does a runic reading, one usually addresses a particular issue, and examines the past, the present and the "future", or rather "what will be if one follows the path one appears to be on". The future is always perceived as mutable, changeable. The runic reading is done as an evaluation process, not as fortunetelling. One has an opportunity to look at what has occurred in the past (regarding the issue being questioned), what is occurring right now, and what direction one is headed.
A runecaster does not see the future. He/she examines cause and effect and points out a likely outcome.
Not exactly occult, is it? It's not supernatural and it's not very mysterious--although the uninitiated considered it a delving into mystery, much like a patient of a psychiatrist might. It's certainly not magical or demonic. Instead it is a methodology for examining the path one is on and what the effects might be, by making use of one's subconscious (i.e. an "intuitive perception"), unfettered by limited conscious belief systems.” Taken from: http://www.sunnyway.com/runes/runecasting.html
How do you read or interpret Runes?
There are many different ways of laying out the stones. One method is a three rune reading. Form a question in your mind before you begin. Then put your hand into the bag of runes and pull out one, then another, then another, it depicts the past, the present and the future. The runes are read from right to left - remember the runes are an Oracle, they are offering wisdom rather than telling your fortune. It takes time to understand the runes but once you get to know them you will find yourself consulting them often. Check out the information at this website: http://witcheslore.com/bookofshadows/divination/the-runes/863/
Have a great day!