I first learned of these in Aleric Albertson’s book “Wyrdworking: The Path of a Saxon Sorcerer” in which he speculates wyrdstones (also known as “Goddess Runes”) to be a 20th century creation based on Wiccan philosophy, but deserving of mention as a very good method of divination by sortilege. Regardless of their origins, I too have found wyrdstones to be a wonderful form of divination, easy to read, and down to earth. These qualities also make them a great divination tool for kids who are ready for the next step beyond the pendulum and serpent stones. There are only fourteen stone meanings to memorize (a blank stone is added to represent the querent), and so may be easier to learn than traditional runes (they were for me, anyway). Also, the symbols used in wyrdstones more readily bring to mind the stone’s meaning. This is probably due to their modern origin.
To make your own set of wyrdstones:
Paint the symbols on pebbles or etch onto little mounds of salt dough, leaving one blank for the querent stone. Keep them handy in a drawstring pouch. As with any divination tool, hallow and bless them in your own way.
Wyrdstones are cast all at once; toss them out onto the ground or a table. Turn over any stones that are face down. Stones that fell the closest to the querent stone have the greatest influence on the querent. Look for patterns and shapes in the way the stones landed, each one influencing the other, and use your intuition to form a reading.
Below I have listed basic meanings of the wyrdstones, along with visual associations (some commonly known, and some just my memorizing ideas) that may help with learning the meanings. You’ll notice that some of the wyrdstones use traditional rune symbols, but may not have the same meanings. See Aleric Altertson’s fore mentioned book for further explanation of wyrdstones and for a thorough discussion of Anglo-Saxon runes.
Meanings of the stones: