The meaning of the word Rune is “secret or hidden”. Early in their history, runes were used as magical symbols instead of a writing system. They were primarily used in magic and divination. Unfortunately, nothing of that original belief system survived into the modern era, except for the sagas, the scattered fragments of runic history, and the runes themselves.

The history of rune casting boards is an intriguing journey that delves into the ancient practices of runic divination and the rich cultural tapestry of the Germanic peoples. The origins of runic
symbols can be traced back to various Germanic tribes, including the Norse and Anglo-Saxons, where these characters held both practical and mystical significance. Over time, the integration of runes into divination practices gave rise to Rune casting boards providing a structured framework for seeking guidance and insights. We have designed our own Rune Casting Board.


Runic alphabets, often referred to as Futharks, are sets of characters representing sounds or letters in ancient Germanic languages. The most well-known of these is the Elder Futhark, dating back to the second to eight centuries CE. The runes were used for writing inscriptions on various objects because they were believed to possess magical properties. This belief in the mystical nature of runes laid the foundation for their application in divination.

Runic divination involves the casting of runic symbols onto a surface and interpreting the patterns formed by their arrangement. This practice is rooted in the ancient Germanic peoples’ spiritual beliefs and their connection to the unseen forces that governed their lives.
The conduits of these forces were consulted to gain insights into the future, understand present circumstances, or seek guidance on important decisions.

Rune Casting Boards

Buy our Rune Casting Board Poster for your divination needs or just as a cool poster. Rune casting Boards were also woven into cloaks and clothing so that a mobile shaman could cast on the road. We have taken this concept and added our design to a shirt and hoodie so you can cast while on your adventures!

Rune casting boards were used for divination. The use of runes for divination is evident in historical texts and sagas, where individuals sought the wisdom of runic symbols in moments of uncertainty. However, the specifics of how runic divination was performed in ancient times are not extensively documented. The modern concept of rune casting boards is a more recent development, emerging to systematize and structure the process of rune casting. A good book on Rune Casting is available on Amazon here.

Fortune-Telling by Runes:

A Guide to Casting and Interpreting the Ancient European Rune Stones

by David Line

Your Rune Casting Board poster serves as a physical platform for the casting of runes, providing a designated space for the arrangement of symbols. The layout on the board is carefully designed, with specific positions assigned for each rune cast. Practitioners cast a set of runes onto the board, and the resulting pattern is then analyzed for insights into the questions or concerns at hand.

The design of Rune Casting boards range from simple and utilitarian to elaborate and artistic. Some boards are crafted from wood, while others may be made from metal or other materials. The artistic embellishments on these boards can include additional symbols, decorative elements, or depictions of mythological figures, adding an aesthetic dimension to the divination process.

Our Rune casting board design is simple yet artistic. We have divided the board into four quadrants representing the elements of Fire, Air, Water and Earth. The Midgard serpent Jormungandr travels through the board encircling the world and biting his tail.

The interpretation of the Rune Casting board is a skill that requires knowledge of the runic alphabet, an understanding of the historical context, and a connection to the spiritual aspects of the practice. Practitioners often consult guides or keys that provide meanings associated with each rune, considering their position on the board and their relationship to neighboring runes. The interpretation may also consider the orientation of the runes and any patterns or groupings that emerge.

While rune casting boards are the products of contemporary esoteric practices, they draw inspiration from ancient traditions deeply rooted in the cultural and spiritual heritage of the Germanic peoples. The fusion of historical runic symbolism with modern divinatory techniques reflects a continuing interest in connecting with ancient wisdom and seeking guidance from sources beyond the material realm.

It provides a fascinating exploration of the evolution of divination practices among the Germanic peoples. From the ancient use of runes for both practical and mystical purposes to the modern development of structured casting boards, the journey reflects a cultural continuity where the spiritual significance of symbols persists through the ages. The rune casting board stand as a testament to the enduring human quest for insight, guidance, and connection to the mysteries that surround us.

Runes held a powerful influence over these superstitious people. The runes had a ritual function for divination and invocation of higher powers that could affect the happiness of the tribe and its individuals. The prognostications of the runemasters touched every aspect of life, from the most sacred to the mundane. There were runes and spells to influence every aspect of life.  Runes were carved on amulets, drinking cups and weapons, and carved on the lintels of the houses and on the bow of the Viking ships.

Ancient runemasters or shamans wore striking clothes. They were revered and feared, and it seems that a sizable number of shamans were women. Although in later Anglo-Saxon period alphabets included up to thirty-three signs, the traditional Germanic Futhark script consisted of twenty-four runes. These were divided into three “families” of eight runes, it was said that the numbers three and eight, had special magical powers. The three groups (aettir) were named after the Nordic gods Frey, Hagal and Tyr.


Odin was the chief god in the pantheon of Norse gods. His name is derived from the term for “wind” and “spirit”. Through his suffering, and self-sacrifice, Odin brought the runes to us. According to the legend, Odin hung from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights, pierced by his spear and near death. A sacrifice to himself to receive the power of the runes. The power of the word, of divination, of blessing and curse. Near-death he saw a vision of the runes and reached out and grabbed them.

Following is a list of Runes and their meaning:





Property, Food, Livestock


Destructive Forces Of Nature, Elemental, Hail


Warrior Energy, the God Tiu


Power, Manhood, Femaleness, A Wild Bull


Compulsion, Necessity, Pain


Growth, Rebirth, Birch


Gateway, the Location Of Non-Doing


Stagnation, That Which Hinders, Ice


Movement, Progress, Horse


Signals, Messenger Rune, The God Loki


Harvest, Fertile Phase, One Year

Mannaz RuneMannaz

The Self


Agreement, Communication, Reconciliation, A Journey


Defense, Defensive Forces, Yew


Flowing Water, The Driving


Opening, Fire, Torch


Initiation, Something Concealed, A Secret Thing


Fertility, New Beginning, The God-Hero


a Partnership, a Gift


Protection, Sedge and Rushes, a Moose


Separation, Withdrawal, Heir


Joy, Light


Wholeness, Vitality, The Energy Of The Sun


Breakthrough, Transformation, Day

Odin RuneODIN

The Unknowable, The God Odin

Rune Set







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