To truly understand the runes, solely reading about them is not enough. You must know them and take them up for yourself. Reading as much on runes as possible is a good start, however to gain a deeper understanding, you need to meditate on them and find out their deeper meaning.
For this prepare a diary and pen, a sacred space in which you will not be disturbed and if you are so inclined, a candle. Whether you sit or lie down for the meditation is up to your personal preference. If you fall asleep too easily while lying down, go for a sitting position. The diary should be open and ready to write your findings in.
To start select a rune which you want to explore deeper. Read up on it, remember the name, shape, sound and meaning. Light the candle, get into your prefered comfortable position and start the meditation by a short breathing exercise to calm your mind and banish stress. A good breathing pattern for this would be deep inhaling, from the belly, to the count of 5 and exhaling to the count of 10.
Once you have calmed yourself visualise the selected rune and say its name three times. See the the rune surrounded by a deep, dark blue in the far distance. Keep the visualisation stimulating, let it glow, turn it around, add colour and let it pulse with vitality. Now visualise the rune getting closer to you until you feel yourself drawn into it, filling you completly.
Now start noticing what happens, what you feel, what you see, taste, hear and smell. Explore the visions that start coming up. Try to describe what you are experiencing in short phrases and make note of that. Then go on and explore what this phrase means to you. Continue on until you have a good understanding of the rune and write it all down in your diary.
Next explore some fantasies that suit the rune based on the its meaning. For Uruz for example visualise the great aurochs and imagine how it lived, how powerful, strong, primal and full of health it was. Once you have finished with the visualisation write down your findings again.
After you have recorded your findings lie or sit down again, close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths to finish the meditation.
Now continue with the other runes, but don't do more than three in a day.