Okay, I thought it was pretty cool when I found this community. I recently started checking out runes and I'm teaching myself to write the Elder Futhark and Medieval Runic Alphabets. I also wish to learn the language of old Norse to go with the alphabet, but that comes later. Anyway, when I came back to livejournal, I thought, I wonder if I'm the only one that likes runology... but I see I'm not. So I did a search by interests and found the commmunity, and I joined immediately. Okay, not much else to say, but hello to all the other members!
Because I'm a tree reader (like handwriting analysis but with tree drawings) I decided to start reading runes the same way I read trees. I'm still testing out this method and if anyone would like their Rune Tree read, I'm happy to do it in return for honest and open feedback. Both negative and positive comments are welcomed! The drawing below gives you a rough idea of how a Rune Tree cast is done. I don't use the paper when I do it, I just drew it to show how the reading works. I tumble the stones around in their pouch while I consider the person then cast the runes at the center of the cross below. Well, the center of the cross is the center of the reading in my mind when I do an actual cast. I flatten them a bit with my palm if they haven't spread out. When I do a reading, I cast the stones on whatever surface is available and draw imaginary lines through the center of the pile. In my mind I visualize the tree trunk and the tree top. The runes, depending on how they fall, may represent roots or branches in my mind. My runes are actual stones, so they really lend themselves to casting this way. I read only the runes that are face up according to where they've fallen on the "tree."
I'm pretty new at rune casting and ditched the books and most traditional meanings in favor of my own interpretations.