You are holding something very special: a part of the ancient past and, perhaps, a part of your future. Based on a tradition over one thousand years old, this contemporary Oracle has established itself as a remarkable aid in practical decision making. When first published in 1983, R. Buckminster Fuller said: "What a wonderful thing to have done-midwife the rebirth of an ancient oracle." A huge success with over 700,000 copies sold,The Book of Runeshas proved itself to be a modern classic. For this, the tenth anniversary of the work, Ralph H. Blum has expanded and refined the runic system, making the Runes the most profoundly useful self-help tool of our era.… (more)
To lend courage to virtue and ardor to truth... -- Dr. Samuel Johnson
This book is lovingly dedicated to Margaret Mead
The purpose of this book is to reintroduce an ancient Oracle, the Runes.
I worked on through the night, taking each Rune by hand, just sitting with it, meditating on it, copying down what came to me. Now and then when flow dwindled, I turned to the I-Ching and asked for a hexagram that revealed the essence of a particular rune. The spirit of some of those readings is incorporated into the interpretations of the Viking runes. Page 31
To all of you who have arrived at this place of "termination and new beginnings," Gud blessi thig.