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Anglo-Saxon Rune Cards Paperback – 1 Dec 2003


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Anglo-Saxon Books; Gmc Crds edition (1 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898281343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898281344
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 9.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,299,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A boxed set of 30 cards with line-drawings, 96 page booklet.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Egan on 18 Sept. 2009
An excellent card set, beautifully illustrated, with a very helpful booklet to explain the meanings of each rune. Another fine publication by Anglo-Saxon books, which sets the runes within the general context of the history and culture of that time. A highly recommended tool to magic and divination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April Wallis on 26 Aug. 2011
These are really beautiful pen and ink (black and white) drawings based on the 30 glyph anglo-saxon rune row. The cards are quite a large format and are a little awkward if you have small hands like me, but dont let that put you off. Each card is an interpretation of a rune - based carefully on the ideas in the anglo-saxon rune poem, some convey more than one image or idea, as is common with other divination cards. Great if you are working with the anglo-saxon set and or the rune poem itself. They also make great meditation cards, just sit and contemplate the images. Some are quite profound. Comes with a little booklet or purchase the more detailed book - Anglo-saxon mythology, migration & magic, for the big illustrations of the cards.
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Over the years I have used many rune and tarot sets, however this is now the only set I use which says it all really. Each card is illustrated with beautiful complex pictures which give full meaning to each rune and not just the surface meaning. The pictures are so lovely that they help your mind create a story that links the cards in a reading together to give an overall meaning to the reading and more significance to each card. I am classically trained in art, very snobby about the pictures on lots of card packs and not easily pleased, but these really are stunning. The accompanying booklet is also very well written and pertinent.
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By Mark on 30 Sept. 2012
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The graphics used to illustrate the runes are beautiful.
As well as the cards, there is a booklet explaining how to use the cards, and some history of runes.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Very Well Done Rune Deck 1 Dec. 2004
By Richard Thorson - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of the Best Rune Decks out there only out done by the Power of the Runes deck. It is based upon the Anglo-Saxon Futhork which has long been ignored by most runemasters. The art work is done in a pen and ink style that is based more on the Christian influence upon the old Anglo-Saxon beliefs. For instance the Thorn card has demons and devils prancing on a card that is associated, even by the Anglo-Saxons, with a thunder god. Unfortunately, it includes a blank rune, the invention of Ralph Blum and never existed before him. Still all in all well worth having.
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NOT the Elder Futhark! 20 May 2010
By Linda M. Esler - Published on Amazon.com
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First, these are nicely done cards. The black and white artwork is very evocative.
Unfortunately, instead of giving the title of the rune, they use a descriptive phrase like "gift" "thorn" "grave" "beaver", etc. The actual runic symbol is extremely small and located inside the picture. I have good close vision, but I had to hunt to find it on some cards.
The main problem for me is that these cards illustrate the younger Anglo-Saxon runes instead of the elder Norse Futhark. (This is mentioned in an earlier review, but not within the description provided by the publisher.) While most of the symbols are the same, a few (kenaz, jera, ansuz) are very different. In order to use the set, I would have to redraw the symbol and not use some of the cards.
The card labeled "wryd" is not a rune, but a blank scroll. This might be nice as a place to draw the entire runic alphabet or one's own name, etc, but it serves no real purpose in rune casting.
If you're looking for rune cards that illustrate the entire elder futhark, stick to Power of the Runes. I don't care for some of the pictures in that deck, but if I cut the more appealing pictures out of the Rune Cards and glue them to the appropriate Power of the Rune cards, I'll have an accurate set!
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