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The power of runes lies in their subtle use of mystical symbols and patterns common to all people. By presenting some of these symbols at key times, rune casting helps us to recover wisdom buried in our subconscious minds. You should look to the runes as a powerful tool for self-discovery, a tool which helps you to lower the barriers in your mind and see the world with your whole self, not just the conscious half.

Naturally, the best way to understand runes is to use them. The following tutorials have been prepared to familiarize users with Rune Cards, instruct them in the art of rune casting and answer common questions that users have raised. If you're new to Rune Cards, take a few moments to browse through these tutorials to get a feeling for the application and how it is used. If you are familiar with Rune Stones then you will be up and running in no time.

Learning To Use Rune Cards
Selecting Operating Modes
Performing A Rune Cast
Obtaining Rune Descriptions
Interpreting Your Cast
Recasting The Runes
Browsing The Elder Futhark
Configuring Application Behavior


Learning To Use Rune Cards

Rune Cards is a relatively advanced rune casting product that allows users to cast any pattern they desire. A direct consequence of this freedom, however, is reduced guidance. As a result, the proper use of a free-cast system requires a certain degree of rune casting experience. Novice casters should consider starting with a guided-cast product such as Runes.

That having been said, the following tutorials contain detailed instructions and examples to assist the aspiring Rune Cards user.

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Selecting Operating Modes

Rune Cards functionality is partitioned into several distinct operating modes. Each of these modes is independant of the others and maintains its own state. Rune Cards currently supports Cast, Study and Adapt modes. After launching, Rune Cards begins in Cast mode.

The current operating mode is always highlighted (in red) in the lower, left-hand corner of the screen. Cast mode is represented by a cast pattern, Study mode by a magnifying glass and Adapt mode by a gear. For more information about each mode simply tap on the red mode button. The following screen will appear with a brief overview of each mode.


Cast mode allows users to cast (and recast) any rune pattern they wish. Study mode allows users to step through the Elder Futhark and examine individual cards. Adapt mode is used to configure Rune Cards operation.

Users can swap between modes at any time by simply tapping the red mode button. A list of available modes will be presented. Simply tap on one of the modes to activate it. Detailed instructions on each of the operating modes is provided in the following sections.

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Performing A Rune Cast

Cast mode provides a free-cast space, allowing users to perform any rune cast that can fit within the confines of their screen. As a result, little guidance is provided to the caster and the empty cast screen can be a little intimidating for new users.

It's important to remember, however, that free-casting is very similar to other forms of casting and, once initial reservations are overcome, can be quite empowering. Simply follow these steps to perform a free-cast.

First, Find a quiet place where you can perform the cast. The goal need not be silence. You simply need to reduce external distractions. If you are in a crowded setting and can't escape from loud noise, then simply use your earbuds and play some soft music. Try to keep your body and mind calm. Focus your mind on the specific situation for which you seek guidance. Avoid vague scenarios or general ideas.

Second, determine the cast pattern that will best address your question or concerns. Many sources exsist for cast patterns including books, articles, sites, and friends. As stated earllier, novice casters who are unfamiliar with rune casting, and cast patterns in particular, should start with a more inclusive, guided-cast product like Runes.

Third, with your question firmly in mind, begin to cast the cards that will complete your pattern. Notice that you are free to cast any pattern in whichever order, and at whatever tempo, you wish. Some casters prefer to complete the pattern before contemplating their cast. Others like to analyse each card as it appears.


To cast an individual card simply tap the area of the screen where you wish to place it. The newly cast card will fade in and appear (face down) at the location specified.


To flip any card simply tap on it again. The tapped card will turn over and display its face. Note that casters can flip every card as soon as it is placed, build the entire pattern and then flip the cards individually or perform any variation thereof. Simpy repeat this place-and-flip procedure until the desired cast pattern is complete.

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Obtaining Rune Descriptions

To obtain a description for any rune and the archetypal ideas it represents you must first select the rune card in question. Simply tap the card to do so. It will zoom to fill the screen and the rune information overlay button (located in the bottom, right-hand corner of the Cast screen) will become active.


Tap and hold the rune information overlay button to display the overlay. It will reveal the rune's name, image, position within the Elder Futhark and detailed definition.


To dismiss this information overlay simply release the rune information overlay button. To zoom out from the card and return to your cast simply tap it again.


You can access the rune information overlay at any time by simply tapping any rune you would like clarified and holding the rune information overlay button.

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Interpreting Your Cast

Given the nature of a free-cast system like Rune Cards it is impossible to provide meaningful guidance on specific cast interpretation. Casters must instead look to the source(s) of their chosen cast patterns for further insight. The following general guidelines, however, should always be kept in mind.

First, the order of the rune cards in any cast is extremely significant. The very same card, if it were located at different positions within the cast, can exert a different influence on the interpretation.

Second, the essential integrity of the cast must be considered and maintained. The runes that form the cast must be seen and analyzed holistically. They cannot, and do not, act in isolation. Just as the placement of a particular rune in the cast influences its meaning, so do the presence of its siblings. A particular rune will have a specific meaning when cast in a particular position, and that fundamental meaning will not change. The cards that were pulled in the same cast, however, should have a non-trivial impact upon the way the rune is interpreted.

Rune cast interpretation is at once easy and very difficult. Every caster's understanding of the individual runes and the subtleties of the various casts increases with experience. The quality of interpretations is tightly linked to this level of experience. Novice casters should begin by studying the rune definitions provided within this application. Guidance on interpretation is given for each rune. Armed with a proper understanding of the significance of the individual runes, casters can begin to interpret rune casts with increased depth and understanding.

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Recasting The Runes

You can perform a recast at any time. This is especially useful if your concentration and focus are interrupted during casting or if you wish to consult multiple spreads on related issues.

To reset and clear the free-cast space, simply switch to Cast mode if required.


Then tap the reset button as shown below. Alternatively, you can grip your device firmly and give it a gentle shake.


Either way, an alert is raised asking you to approve the reset. This step guards against the accidental loss of a valid rune cast. Once the recast has been approved, the existing cards will disappear allowing a fresh cast to commence. You may repeat this entire process as many times as desired.

It is important to avoid the temptation, however, of casting numerous times against the same question. After a certain point, the marginal value of further insight from your subconscious becomes trivial. You even risk confusing the knowledge you've already gleamed.

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Browsing The Elder Futhark

In addition to individual rune card descriptions, you can obtain a complete, ordered listing of the runes of the Elder Futhark by simply switching to the Study operating mode.


All 24 runes are presented in their standard aetts. Tapping any of the runes in this listing will select it, causing it to zoom in to fill the screen. The rune information overlay button will also become active. To obtain detailed information about this rune simply tap and hold this button.


To dismiss this overlay simply release the overlay button. To zoom out and return to the dictionary simply tap the rune again. When you are done with this rune dictionary simply tap the red mode button and select a new operating mode from the menu.

That's how easy it is browse through the Elder Futhark set to study the individual runes, patterns between sets of runes and trends within the aetts. Mastery of the art of rune reading takes considerable study. As you study the runes your comprehension of their subtleties will grow. Over time the full richness of their meaning will become available to you.

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Configuring Application Behavior

Rune Cards provides an interface for configuring common user options. This interface is housed in the application's Adapt mode. To set Rune Cards options simply switch to the Adapt operating mode.


The interface will refresh to reveal the options that you may set. Currently the option to use reverse runes is provided. Simply swipe to turn this setting on or off. All settings are stored between sessions so that you're options will only need to be set once.

When you are done with the options screen simply tap the red mode button and select a new mode from the menu.

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