The Runes is an iPhone application for both iPhone and iPod touch based on the respected book, The Runes: A Human Journey by Kari Tauring. Tauring is an author, educator and musician who has been studying the Nordic Runes for more than two decades. She brings a depth of understanding and wisdom to runes and rune readings that is easy for beginners to understand yet still fulfilling for advanced students.
The Runes guides you in doing doing single (Wyrd), two rune (Kona/Mannen) or three rune (Norns) pulls. It also allows you to do a “freecast” of rune arrangements you design yourself and the ability to create Rune Charms you can save to your photo gallery (and then add as wallpaper) or email to yourself. You can also save your readings and email them to yourself or your friends right from the app. Other configurable options include whether or not to include rune reversals when you do your pulls and to listen to a selection of Kari Tauring’s original music as you do your pulls.
You’ll find yourself using this application everyday. It’s like having a bag of runes and a helpful rune guide book them in your pocket at all times.
This application contains the complete text of the Tauring’s book (a $15.95 value). When viewing the rune summaries for any rune, simply select the “Full Text” link to read Tauring’s entire chapter on that rune.
Updated web page link.
Ratings and Reviews
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It’s hard without being a rune scholar to assess the quality of a given interpretation of how runes should work. For decades I used Ralph blum’s book and tiles. Then I find out there was no blank rune. Wait Wut?! Then I used another app that ONLY ever showed reversed if you enabled them. then I tried another which was way too simplistic. Then I got this one and although the brief rune meanings are overly shallow and uninteresting (to me) the full text is insightful and reaches much deeper. The singing annoyed me at first so I was glad to turn it off. But then when I went to my other device where it was defaulted to on, i found it helps center me by blocking out other life noise, so I’m going with it again for now. 4 stars only because I have to wonder how scholarly the content is in light of the various types Celtic Germanic etc. surely someone can put it all together in a way that is at least consistent with academic study and history.
Fantastic and uncannily accurate!
I’ve been using this app for several years and am really impressed with how it works. I usually use a single rune pull to help me clarify my thinking on various decisions, and it hasn’t steered me wrong yet. The simplicity of use and interpretations are particularly good compared to everything else I’ve looked at on the web.
Not quite . . .
I must take issue with this app. I am not sure why the author decided to mix the Proto-Germanic names and the Anglo-Saxon names for the runes. She should have stuck with one or the other. If you use fehu (Proto-Germanic) instead of feoh (Anglo-Saxon) then use berkano (Proto-Germanic) rather than beorc (Anglo-Saxon). Immediately upon realizing this, the credibility of the author and the app took a serious downward turn for me. Having studied the runes quite a bit as well, the descriptions are waaaay too simplistic. (Although I admit this is a bit of a problem with the other three rune apps I have--you can only get so in-depth in these small apps.) Fehu, for example does mean cattle which equates to wealth but not just of money or energy. It means abundance in terms of hearth and home, family, etc. as well as success of the tribe or herd. It is also not as interesting or attractive visually as the other apps.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.