He might be right. What's more, it's likely that subconsciously my brain keeps track of the rune stones and how they feel. So, when I do a reading, I'm actually tapping into my subconsciousness.
Why I Suspect a (Jedi) Mind TrickThe runes I use are usually made of some semi-precious gemstone. In most cases, I've found myself most comfortable with my hematite set of runes. This set is made up of 25 hematite stones, of which 24 have rune letters engraved on them. Each stone is shaped differently. Each stone is different in size. I do not use the blank rune as this is not a standard rune. Nor do I do merkstave readings. That comes from Tarot cards and I don't think there is anything within early rune readings to support them.
At this point, I have to look at them and wonder how much my subconscious knows about these stones when I reach into the bag and pull them out. My mind is preoccupied with the problem, but my subconscious is always there. It's been working out the problem by itself while the conscious self frets over it. So, when I pull out some stones, it's usually my subconscious talking to me.
I Hate Cards and I'm Not Sure the Tarot is EffectiveOne of the things I did at one point was purchase some rune cards. I hated them immediately, and after trying to do some readings with them, I tossed them aside. I had no link to them. They were just pieces of paper without life.
I doubt seriously that tarot works. I know a lot of people who swear by them, but I don't see the link. Maybe if your mind does recognize little imperfections in the cards, but that would be at a level I couldn't imagine.