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The Book of Runes: A Handbook for the Use of an Ancient Oracle: The Viking…

by Ralph Blum

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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)

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The runestones included are alright. The book, however diverges drastically from all historic evidence of meanings. At times it seems as if the author simple makes things up.

The book should be listed under games or toys. ( )
1 vote Vafuth | May 15, 2017 |
I like the picture in the beginning and I saved it for that reason only. He's too modern for my taste when he's talking about runes. ( )
2 vote AshleyDioses | Aug 1, 2015 |
Yeah, I've had and used this book and the pretty bag o-runes for a number of years. With intuitive helps like runes, tarot, I Ching, etc...some suit one's mind and some just don't, really. Runes, for me, are in the "doesn't quite make it for me" category. That said, Blum's rendition is easy to follow and pretty lucid. ( )
  jarvenpa | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book is made up junk. Clearly the person who wrote this had no notions of anything about runes. Books like this give serious Eclectics a bad name.
Flubs:
The blank rune
Rearranging the order of the futhark
Using tarot spreads
I Ching
References to various other religions and cultures
Lack of basic knowledge of Heathenry, Asatru, Norse, etc ( )
1 vote heatherrichter | Jun 7, 2012 |
This book has been absolutely indispensable to me as I began to learn runes and how to interpret their symbols. I still return to it constantly to offer guidance to my readings, and view it as a springboard from which to leap off of in my own individualized interpretations. ( )
  aliaschase | Jun 9, 2011 |
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To lend courage to virtue and ardor to truth... -- Dr. Samuel Johnson
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This book is lovingly dedicated to Margaret Mead
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The purpose of this book is to reintroduce an ancient Oracle, the Runes.
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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
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