The Elder Futhark is a runic alphabet, consisting of three Aett’s that have eight runes each. The three Aett’s are the ‘First Sequence’, or ‘Frey’s Aett’ (which have Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido, Kaunaz, Gebo and Wunjo in it), the ‘Second Sequence’, or ‘Hagal’s Aett’ (Hagalaz, Nauthiz, Isa, Jera, Eihwaz, Pertho, Algiz and Sowelo) and the ‘Third Sequence’ or ‘Tyr’s Aett’ (Tiwaz, Berkana, Ehwaz, Mannaz, Laguz, Inguz, Othila and Dagaz).
Runes were originally thought, and still are, to be magical in nature, causing them to be used in divination and magic. Runes also have been carved into specific things for protection, strength and luck (such as swords, shields, rings and necklaces).
Runes can be used in a number of divinations, and when drawn runes may not be clear of what is being told right away. Writing down the runes and their positions is a great way to be able to check on the reading later if one cannot interpret the runes immediately. The simplest form of rune divination is known as “Odin’s Rune”, where a single rune is drawn and interpreted. “The Three Norns Method” is another simple method, in which three runes are drawn and placed next to each other in a row, read in the order they were drawn. Traditionally read right to left, the rune on the right reveals the future, the rune in the middle refers to present circumstances and points to choices likely to make in the near future and the rune on the left refers to the past and past events that have relevance to the present situation.
Each rune also has a fortnight, starting at 12:30PM of the first day, and ending at 12:30PM of the last day. At the time of ones birth, each person has a rune that is currently in its fortnight, comparable to a star sign. This rune is to reveal ones life purpose or the reason for ones birth, also telling something of ones traits and basic nature. Runes also have an hour, in which the rune of ones birth is said to tell more about traits depending on the rune.