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 the language around the Norns readings.
Ratings and Reviews
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.
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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.
Excellent but wouldn't expect less from kari
Kari tauring is an amazing teacher, artist, and person in general. I have reluctantly upgraded to an iPhone but I am so glad I did and am finally able to see this app. It is fantastic. She speaks out each rune and sings them. Really calls to my core being. I am grateful for all she does including this app she has created. Kari is an inspiration and this app will certainly be of help in my studies and knowing of each rune. Thank you kari.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.