Oh, the primal energy is definetly there...The runes express more human concepts than the tarot...you never have to stretch to understand them...it makes it easier to sort-of sum them up in only a couple of words, but it makes it harder to pin them down well and truly in a short sentence, i think.
Thanks for your explanation of the murk...it's the first one I've had so far that i actually understand!
My usual reading for runes is to take two together from the pouch, to form a more complex 'sentence' than a single rune would, and the two more singly...if the meaning is still obscure, I sometimes draw a fifth that sums up the meaning as close as possible in one symbol...I don;t usually place runes back in the pouch once i've drawn them..,
For more complex/time-consuming issues, I cast them over a piece of black cloth, although I still find drawing meaning from that to be a difficult process.
My first set of runes was one that Kiama bought me, plus a 25th that i added...not a blank rune, but a symbol that has personal significance for me...They are painted onto different stones...Tiwaz is on Tiger's Eye, Ansuz is on Turquoise, etc...
The set that I carry around inside my coat are a set of engraved pewter runes...a bit more substantial...It took a couple of readings before I could actually get any sensation of soul from them, since the character of each on is defined only by the engraving, not by the energy of a stone...but now I've got used to them, they actually give me quick, effective answers...I do tend to read them, take in the meaning, but not actually put it into words though, which means that by an hour later, I feel unfulfilled again! (I do have a readings book to write them down in, but it stays on a shelf at home...too risky to lose..like a diary!)
Re Bind runes, I feel comfortable with them if they include Isa, since that has a calming effect on the other energies at play...I have a bind rune pendant of Berkana, Isa, Wunjo, (with a hint of Sowelu), although it's been replaced by my new Mjollnir pendant (thanks kiama!)...The only reason i have not to trust it (the bind-rune) entirely is that I invoked Loki while consecrating it, then found out a few months later that Heimdall was more of my totem god...