Divination is mysterious and exciting. It reveals our subconscious allowing us to see the world (and ourselves) from a remote and independent perspective.
The Tarot and the Runes are two of the more popular modern forms of divination. They both have their advantages and weak-points given the situation. Knowing their strengths and weaknesses will allow you to chose the best tool for the situation.
The Tarot is a level-headed player. The four suits reflect four aspects of our world: the material (pentacles/earth) and metaphysical (swords/air)—the social (cups/water) and personal (wands/fire). The major arcana represents the cyclical stepping stones within our universe that manifest in various places of our lives. The Tarot is very broad and expansive. 78 is a lot of cards and the probability and variety you can get with just one spread is incredible. Use the Tarot for seeing things in a fair light—they virtually clear biased information or perspectives. This is why the cards can be so brutal—they tell it like it is.
The Runes are precise. The glyphs contain focused energy pushing toward one goal. The Runes communicate with your higher-self (sub-conscious). The Runes are actually your higher-self using symbols to communicate with your waking self. This means the Runes strive to achieve what is most beneficial for your survival. The Runes help you in times of need, here in the now. This doesn’t necessarily mean the Runes will give you selfish or oppressive information—the Runes are giving advice which apply specifically to the self. The Runes strive for progression and victory.
Use the Tarot for what-if/future situations, reflecting on the past/present, or simply exercising mental thought. Typically evaluates a long time-frame: approximately a 6 month time-span. The cards focus on telling a story and giving advice where the Runes may give you specific proactive directions.
Use the Runes for direct answers to progress to the next step. The Runes target your weakness and a counter-“attack”. Typically evaluates a short time-frame: it could even be down to minutes. I would use Runes more often than the Tarot, especially for daily use. Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple with Runes than using the complexity of the Tarot.