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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 2nd edition edition (8 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567180477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567180473
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Holland, Freya Aswynn was aware of her natural psychic abilities as early as four years old, often able to perceive what would occur before it did. At the age of 19, with no real formal education except for the abilities to read and to write, Aswynn decided to develop her gift even further. She initially joined a spiritualist group, and later went on to study such subjects as Rosicrucianism, Astrology, Cabala, Thelema, and was eventually initiated into Wicca in 1980. After awhile, Aswynn began to question why the only gods mentioned were Graeco-Roman or Celtic in descent because they had no relationship to her own Dutch heritage. She then came to discover that there in fact were Nordic gods, and it was after a difficult personal experience that she became devoted to the Norse god, Wodan. It was Wodan's help that influenced Aswynn to begin her research on the occult and the Northern traditions. Runes had had an important impact on her life, so she began by studying them and their connection to Northern Europe and also began her first book, Leaves of Yggdrasil. She is also the author of Principles of the Runes, Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes, Gods & Feminine Powers, and an audio CD, Songs of Yggdrasil: Shamanic Chants from the Northern Mysteries.

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By Gudrun Odinsdottir on 7 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as it was recommended as a beginner's book on the Runes.
I was expecting great things from this book, from the fact that it was recommended on multiple sites to the blurb on the back cover.
So I eagerly sat down to read, take notes etc.
However this is one of the handful of books that I refuse to finish.
My main problem with this book is it is written with a very Wiccanish style, which is great if you are one, but I am a Heathen.
I don't need to look at the runes through a ceremonial magic view, I would prefer a Northern one(Which is promised by the title).
Aswynn doesn't differentiate between genuine norse belief and her New Agey-Wiccany belief.

Secondly this book is written with a very feminist viewpoint which is completely unnecessary for this kind of text.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
Contrary to the blurb on the cover, this book isn't particularly Northern or Norse. Aswynn, who to be fair is honest about her approach and background, tackles the runes from the perspective of a Ceremonial Magician rather than a Germanic runeworker. If you are Wiccan or a ceremonial magician you will recognise a lot of the framework.
If you want a book purely on runes and germanic beliefs this isn't helpful. There is a lot of clutter from ceremonial magic, wicca and general psychology (Jung), occultism and New Age theories that have nothing to do with the Runes or Northern religion. Probably about a tenth (if that) of this book would be useful to you. By the time you've weeded out the dross you'll wonder why you bought it. Also, if you are capable of weeding out the dross, you obviously don't need this book in the first place because you know what you are doing.
It gets two stars because Aswynn tries to be honest about her approach and at least looked at the Rune Poems.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
A well know 'Volva' within Asatru/Heathen communities, the author (who was originaly a member of the Odinic Rite before moving onto the Ring of Troth) could have written a book expressing her knowledge within Asatru/Heathenism, has instead written a book that is sadly more in line with modern Wicca than anything traditionaly Asatru/Heathen. Lots of highly specultive material (these being mostly her own original ideas)on a New Age bent. The academic side seems poor and there is a strong feminist theme running throughout. Considering the Asatru/Heathen lore the author was privy too, this seems a sadly poor effort. If you want to view the runes on a modern Wiccan theme, then this is the best book for you, otherwise not recommended.
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Sept. 2003
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The problem with this book is that Aswynn's approach is one of a ceremonial magician/occultist with a heavy Wiccan influence. If you don't know anything about ceremonial magic you could end up with the impression that this is truly a book about Norse beliefs and Runes when it isn't. Aswynn does point out that she approaches from that angle but doesn't differentiate what parts of her book are truly Norse and which are ceremonial magic or wiccan ideas. If you know enough to separate the two then you probably don't need this book in the first place!
It's probably okay for Wiccans who want to look at the runes but not set foot outside their own heads. It isn't any good if you want genuine Norse lore or a really good look at the runes because of the way it is presented.
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