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Nordic Runes: Understanding Casting and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle [Paperback]

Paul Rhys Mountford
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books,U.S. (30 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892810939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892810932
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nordic runes are a potent and profoundly transformative magic system that gives contemporary readers access to the ancient wisdom tradition of Northern European cultures. The runes have deep resonances within the pagan Norse world of gods and goddesses, giants, dwarves, warriors, and wizards, which have greatly influenced the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. Norse tradition attributes the discovery of the runes to the "All-Father" Odin-a god of inspiration and secret wisdom and the mythical prototype for runecasters, who established the pattern for gaining his knowledge. "Nordic Runes" addresses three major areas: Runelore, the history of this 2000-year-old Norse oracle; Runestaves, the meaning of the individual runes of the Elder Futhark alphabet and their powerful mythological, magical, and practical lessons for daily life; and "Runecasting", a comprehensive guide to the oracular application of the ancient runes, including their crafting, divination, and self-development. As "Nordic Runes" shows, the runes do more than simply reflect the path of fate; they help develop and enhance intuition.

By learning to cast and interpret the runes, the user becomes receptive to the energy currents in material reality and empowered in the arts of its transformation. This work reveals the symbolism and divinatory significance of the 24 rune "staves". It provides clear instructions on how to craft your own rune stones.

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Norse tradition attributes the discovery of the Runes to the "All Father," Odin, lord of inspiration, prophecy, secret communication, and wisdom and, on a more sinister note, god of crossroads, hanged men, and the dead. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 29 Dec 2012
By Pamela
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This is a good book and has helped me to understand their meanings in an easy and straightforward way. Would recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nordic Runes 12 Feb 2007
By Robert D. Watson - Published on
This is a very adequate book for people new to the runes, and in fact, I would even recommend it for those who have limited experience. The author gives solid, traditional descriptions of the runes and does a good job of explaining where he derives his meaning from by presenting the rune poems and applicable lore. In that regard, it is an excellent teaching tool for anyone who wants to delve into the primary sources.

The problem that I have with this book is that the author breaks no new ground whatsoever, aside from a few spreads he explains in the final section. Thus, for those with even a little experience, everything you'll find should be old hat. As a previous reviewer stated, reversed runes are explained very poorly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginners book on rune reading 1 July 2003
By Rede Seeker - Published on
The Author has established a niche for his trilogy on divination techniques from the ancient Celts, Norse, and western Europeans and he has kept within that niche with this book. It does not provide an elaborate discussion of the history of the runes and the different systems in use. He takes the Elder Futhark, using dagaz and othila as the twenty-third and twenty-fourth runes, respectively and provides the pronunciation guides, poetry, lore, and more needed to develop an understanding of each of the individual runes. I have a fair-sized collection of rune reading books but the spreads and casting techniques provided in "Nordic Runes" were new to me.
Two problems: (1) reversed runes are not well explained initially, however, the Author clarifies them in the spreads and casting section; (2) the Author denies any significance to the aettir - i.e. he believes that their order does not have any hidden meaning.
For folks new to rune work, the final chapter provides an overview of the major books and authors from the past 20 years.
"Nordic Runes" is a good platform for further runic studies for folks drawn to this kind of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great source book... 8 Feb 2013
By RCLPSH81 - Published on
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This book is one of the best I have read about the runes. It is concise, interesting, and informative. A very nice transaction. I bought the Kindle edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Husband loves it.. 17 Dec 2012
By Mizmakoda - Published on
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got it as a birthday gift for my hubby and he really like this book. Packaging was properly sealed and professioal and fast shipping service. I would buy from again. =)
5.0 out of 5 stars vandyrock 24 April 2014
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After recently starting to study the art of runecasting, I thought this book gave me great insight on the reading process.
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