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Just Add Blood: Runelore - Understanding and Using the Anglo-Saxon Runes

Just Add Blood: Runelore - Understanding and Using the Anglo-Saxon Runes [Kindle Edition]

Kennan Elkman, M.D. Taylor
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Directed toward healing and personal development, Just Add Blood is an introduction to the use of the Anglo-Saxon runes. It serves as both a point of reference and a guide in how to use the runes and offers a fresh, contemporary look at the magical approach to rune usage within Anglo-Saxon culture and spirituality.

About the Author

Dr Kennan Taylor is a practising shaman, counsellor and teacher. His educational and mentorship interests are expressed in Blue Fire Health. He lives in Mandura, Australia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1185 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782794018
  • Publisher: Moon Books (28 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IIWM66S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in Parts 11 April 2014
By Wulf V
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I recently completed my first reading of this book. I was a little disappointed with the slimness of the volume, the lack of detailed analysis of the Runes and the dearth of recommended reading matter at the end of the book.
However I was pleased by the very spiritual and psychological approach of the author and any book that focuses on the Anglo-Saxon/Northumbrian Runes is to be welcomed. So by all means buy the book but do not expect an in-depth analysis!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book of Runelore 30 Mar 2014
A Book on Runes with a difference

A very detailed and comprehensive study of the Anglo-Saxon Runes for modern times. Taylor not only teaches us a unique way of perceiving the Futhorc – magically, in ritual and of course through divination, but also how to view them with a psychological understanding. The historical depth of study within the book is insightful, and includes comparisons between the Anglo Saxon, Norse and Icelandic Rune Poems, along with the Havamal. There is a definite thread of Jungian theory throughout the book, but particularly in the in the preface and introductions on how to use and interpret the Runes. The depth of knowledge contained within the book points out how much is missing from other recent publications on Runelore, and it was a joy to read.

Highly recommended for any serious student of the Runes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts, too brief in others 30 Mar 2014
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This is a very helpful book but also significantly flawed. The heart of the book is Taylor's exposition of the meanings of the Anglo-Saxon runes. He goes much deeper than the surface associations based on the Old English Rune Poem by comparing it to the Icelandic and Norse Rune Poems where possible, and by delving into the deeper into the magical and shamanic implications of each symbol.

This section is worth the price of the book, and there is also an informative history of the runes, explaining when and why the Elder Futhark evolved into the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc in England and into the Younger Futhark, with fewer staves, later in Scandinavia.

Unfortunately, other segments of the book are treated superficially. For example, the sole reference to the book's title comes in in the very brief section (two paragraphs) on making one's own rune set; Taylor writes that blood is a "powerful medium" for coloring the engraved rune staves, then advises the reader to find a "friendly shamanistic practitioner" for help. This section has no actual guidance into making runes. He tells us that using blood "involves a ritual," but no hint as to what that ritual should be; just the helpful advice to find a friendly neighborhood shaman, as if everybody knows one.

It also could have benefited from one more round of editing to remove unnecessary quotation marks and tidy up some of the writing.

Essentially, the book feels like a thoughtful and useful essay on the rune meanings with some ancillary material hastily tacked on to make it long enough to publish as a short book. It is a surprising lapse from Moon Books, an imprint I've come to really respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating and a novel approach 21 April 2014
By MR PETER ROZSY - Published on
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Just Add Blood initially provides a depth and cultural context for the Anglo-Saxon runes. It provides some much needed intellectual rigour. This brave approach distinguishes the book from other similar ones in the market and gives these runes an identity in the British tradition. Then there is a shift of gears with a more personal and intuitive appreciation of how the runes should be used. The comparative material that follows is an added extra and useful guide to rune lore for any student of the field.
Probably the most daring and significant insight is that the extension to the runes, as encapsulated in this book, connects them both back to the Celtic culture that preceded the Anglo-Saxon era in Britain, but also provides a symbolic foreshadowing of the Grail legends of mystical Christianity. Yet there is a feeling in the writing that this is relevant to the present, and not simply history.
The author has left a lot unsaid, but this is because works such as this should guide us, stimulate and be tools for personal exploration, and not simply provide ready-made answers. My impression is there is more to come from this pen regarding these themes, as well as providing a focus for this period of history and its spirituality, and its relevance to modern times, which has not been explored to date in this manner.
I look forward to more reviews of this stimulating work.
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