These unique Norse Viking Rune dice are made from natural opal, are hand carved, and hand painted with runes.
The Vikings used the rune symbols not only for writing but also to tell fortunes, cast spells, and provide protection. Each rune was an ideographic or pictographic symbol of some cosmological principle or power, and to write a rune was to invoke and direct the force for which it stood.
Nowadays, rune dice have many uses and we encourage you to research and develop a method which suits you and your needs. Each die is inscribed with six runes. Each die loosely contains one each of six areas of concern: Boon, Challenge, Action, Time, Race, and Luck. This equals four runes of each area. The dice are designed so that you can throw a single die for a simple reading, or throw all four for a more in-depth one. I have also seen other readers throw sets of dice in multiple succession for longer, more detailed insights. How you use them will be determined by the meanings you attribute to each rune, and how many runes you typically use in a reading.
The four Races detailed by the runes are Humans, Gods, Giants, and Norns – representing the mundane, the Divine, the elements, and fate, respectively.
Luck encompasses everything from spiritual health to the power of the Ancestors in influencing a current state. To the ancient Norse, luck was an important aspect of a clan’s soul and power in the world. I consider luck in these readings to be a persistent condition of the clan, tribe, or kinship as a whole. Some luck builds through successive generations of kin, whereas other forms of luck are tied to the associations a person makes through friends or business.
Each pair of dice come with the rune meanings (see photos) and also come ready in a velvet gift pouch.