This is the rune layout that I prefer to use when I do extended castings. This is a layout that comes from the Sunnyway website, which is one of the best resources on runes – it is the nine worlds cast, named as such for fairly obvious reasons.
The way you read this chart is as follows:
The outer realms – Niflheim, Vanahim, Muspelheim, and Jotunheim – represent the objective universe and, in a reading, are indicative of how the universe affects the querent.
The inner realms – Asgard, Ljosalfheim, Helheim, and Svartalfheim – represent the psychological influences and subjective forces in play. These are further paired – Asgard and Helheim represent transpersonal forces while Ljosalfheim and Svartalfheim represent personal forces.
The center realm – Midgard – represents the center and the way people come together to manifest themselves. It also ties everything else in the reading together.
Each of the nine realms represents a particular more in-depth element, which is as follows (note, Midgard is listed above):
Niflheim – That which resists the querent; passive/restrictive influences; the deepest part of the subconscious mind
Vanaheim – Growth; erotic relationships; forces of continuity and structure
Muspelheim – Active influences from outside, vital energies
Jotunheim – That which confuses the querent; what may be left to chance; forces pressing for change
Asgard – Higher influences; relationships with the gods; the higher self
Ljosalfheim – Mental influences; family; paths to help realize the influences from Asgard
Helheim – Hidden, suppressed forces; instinctual desires
Svartalfheim – Creative emotional influences; things to reflect on
This layout is also known as the Worldstead Layout – I prefer to call it the Nine Realms layout – and it is an incredibly in-depth way to read the runes.
This is the kind of reading that can take days/weeks to properly interpret, so it is not a layout I would suggest using for simple everyday casts. This is for general but very in-depth readings into your own life and into the lives of those closest to you (on their request, of course). I would not recommend it for an afternoon of public divinatory readings – it’s too complex for that.
In any case, please feel free to print the chart and this guide for your own use. There is a great deal of power in doing a reading that incorporates all nine realms, and it is a good way to get familiar with the nine worlds and the way the runes manifest themselves in each world.