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Odin's Gateways - A practical handbook of Rune Magic & Divination
 
 

Odin's Gateways - A practical handbook of Rune Magic & Divination [Kindle Edition]

Katie Gerrard
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“The runes you must find … Which the mighty sage stained and the powerful gods made and the runemaster of the gods carved out.” (The Poetic Edda, translated by C. Larrington)

The runes are mysterious and powerful magical keys to the primal forces of nature that shaped Norse and Northern European culture. These twenty-four unique and inspiring symbols of the Elder Futhark (first runic alphabet) each possess powerful energies, identities, meanings, and sounds. The runes are invoked and harnessed to create change through inspiration, healing, protection, knowledge and divine wisdom from the Norse gods.

Odin’s Gateways is a practical guide to using the runes in our lives, in magic and in divination – a unique journey into the mysteries hidden within the runes, filled with the information and practices necessary to developing a deep personal understanding and relationship with them. By focusing on how to directly harness and channel the energy of the individual runes, the author guides the reader along the path to self knowledge and empowerment. With a deft hand and lucid style, Katie Gerrard cuts to the heart of the runes, combining the wisdom of the Norse Sagas and Rune Poems with practical advice and techniques gained through living and experiencing their powers.

The practical magic of the runes is demonstrated through numerous examples of Galdr (incantation), bindrunes (composite runic sigils) and spellcraft for purposes such as protection, healing, childbirth, creating a sacred space, fertility, sleep, battle and cursing. The divinatory meanings of the runes are given, with a range of different reading methods, and advice on how to cast and interpret them. Woven among the manifold techniques and practices contained in her work, the author also explores the history of rune use, providing the highlights from Tacitus and Snorri Sturluson to the modern European and American rune masters who have revived their use.

"Odin’s Gateways is a practical guide to using the runes in our lives, in magic and in divination – a unique journey into the mysteries hidden within the runes, filled with the information and practices necessary to developing a deep personal understanding and relationship with them. With a deft hand and lucid style, Katie Gerrard cuts to the heart of the runes, combining the wisdom of the Norse Sagas and rune poems with practical advice and techniques gained through living and experiencing their powers."

From the Publisher

This is an excellent and contemporary primer in the use of Runes in modern magic. Suitable for beginners and intermediate students, as well as those experienced practitioners who enjoy reading the views of others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Avalonia (31 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006S6S54I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Over the past 17 years or so, I have read virtually every book on runes published in the English language. Each one has taught me something new, but with the exception of Kveldulf Gundarsson's Teutonic Magic, I didn't feel any of them stood alone as a single volume, easy to use, but still comprehensive book on the subject. Odin's Gateways is a fantastic book. It covers enough of the historical information on the runes should the reader wish to find out more - but not so much as to be too dry; it gives one of the best guides to shamanic journeying with the runes; it covers voice work and runic invocations in ways totally new to me; and it gives equal importance to the divinatory and non-divinatory magical uses of the runes. It also introduces Odin, the god of the runes, with a love and respect that can only come from someone who has a deep and profound relationship with Him.
After reading this book I have been inspired to go back to the runes and reacquaint myself with them, using the tools and techniques that Katie Gerrard suggests. Thank you for reminding me why I find the runes so inspiring, powerful and humbling.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Key to the Runes 18 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I have always had an interest in the Runes and I bought this book because it was published by Avalonia and I usually enjoy their publications. This book by first time author Katie Gerrard was an excellent introduction to the Runes and one I strongly recommend to Pagans and Witches who want to learn how to work with the Runes. I find that many books on the Runes are either too simplistic, or to the contrary too academic and complicated. Odin's Gateways provide an excellent balance. Mindful that I am not an expert on the subject, I would say that this book, due to the passion, practical advice and research it combines, provide the ideal book for the beginner interested in exploring the Runes.

Magic is a practical subject and one which should be expressed in our daily lives. Odin's Gateways provide the reader with the tools and some well trodden pathways along which we can learn about the runes from someone who has a strong and natural passion for the subject. I like that the book is not too dense in pointless historical information, it provides what is necessary and instead focus on the practical of which there is plenty. I also loved the practical, almost shamanic journeys to meet Odin and through the Gateway of the Rune. Even though I have done and lead many such pathworkings in my life I still found that I got a great deal from actually doing the workings. Likewise the practical advice and ideas for working with each rune has provided me with a lot of food for thought.

This book is one which I will now have on my recommended readinglist for new coven members and will also be the first I will recommend to anyone expressing an interest in learning more about the Runes. Great work!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction for a beginner like me 26 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
As someone who does not know a great deal about the runes, I was very impressed with how approachable this book is compared to other's I have seen. Written in a clear concise and very readable style, the book packed (for me) just the right blend of facts, background history and information, useful tips like how to chant the runes, and interesting interpretations and verbal illustrations to bring a greater depth and richness of understanding to each rune. The history and use of the runes are described in general at the beginning of the book, followed by sections on each rune, which makes up the main body of the book. The sections on individual runes contain both a concise and rich introduction to the meaning of each rune, and ideas as to how they can be used in magic ('Galdr') and suggested meanings for personal divination as well as divination for others. The book contains a beautiful and easy to follow pathworking to meet Odin, and I really liked the section on meeting the runes, which helps the new user 'tune in' to the energy of each rune, and build an intuitive link to them - so important when doing divinatory work. Happily, the author has also thoughtfully included at the end of the book a list of suggested reading, so that the reader can move from this excellent introduction to books that will deepen their understanding of the runes, and the Norse culture they were a part of. All in all, a great read and very recommended for anyone wanting a good introduction to this fascinating divinatory system.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I like this book very much and wish it had been available years ago when I first started exploring the runes and Norse mythology. It stresses that learning the runes is a personal journey, covers the necessary background and then moves on to journeying, galdr and spellcraft, divination and craftwork. The author's love of the subject and long and dedicated involvement is clear in every chapter. The reader is guided through a range of practices into finding for himself or herself what Odin and the runes have to teach, and this is one of the great strengths of the book. Those who already have a relationship with the runes may be led to find ways to widen and deepen it or give it new life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide to picking up the runes 31 Jan 2010
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For many years I have been meaning to learn about the runes, but have never managed to get around to doing it. My interest in the subject was always fighting against the potentially off-putting side of the runes: the fact that the subject is so enormous. The runes are vastly more than a divinatory tool - they represent a broad spectrum of energy, sounds, spells and wisdom, which can be used in a great many ways. They provide a connection - certainly academically, possibly spiritually too - to our ancient Norse ancestors. Seeing how large the topic was, and finding a lot of the books on the subject impenetrable, I never managed to get very far with it.

This is why Odin's Gateways has been such an excellent discovery for me. Gerrard's book renders the process of learning about the runes, in their many forms, effortless and hugely pleasurable. Her enthusiasm and love for the subject, as well as her great knowledge, come across in every sentence, and her meaning is always clear and honest. She shares her personal experiences as well as presenting the views of others, and always makes the distinction clear between what she's learned from studying ancient texts and what she's gained from her personal practice. She is so passionate about the runes, and about teaching them to others, that the book is nearly unputdownable.

I'd recommend Odin's Gateways to anybody who's interested in picking up the runes - or developing their understanding more deeply. The book is both an excellent guide and a fascinating personal record.
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