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Rune Magic: The History and Practice of Ancient Rune Traditions [Paperback]

Nigel Pennick
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10 Sep 1992
Dealing with all aspects of rune magic, from its origins to the present day, this book details the use of runes in the Anglo-Saxon, Viking and medieval periods. Illustrated with actual examples, the book covers the use of runes in divination, magic talismans, tools and weapons, martial arts, personal protection and healing. It also contains an account of runic numerology.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (10 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855381052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855381056
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Rune Magic' provides a fascinating overview of the history and practice of rune use, from its very outset to the present day. Runemaster Nigel Pennick describes the various systems in use across Europe, drawing on documentary examples from as far back as Viking times, and explores the whole spectrum of runic practice, including rune stones, amulets, talismans, insigils (runic monograms), and how to use and interpret bind runes.

A complete system of rune magic is described here, from the initial stages to the higher levels, with practical tips regarding methods and materials, runic meditation and visualization techniques, ceremonies for rune empowerment, as well as tree magic, sea magic, thought magic and shamanic magic.

Two hitherto unpublished subjects are covered in detail: the craft tradition of metalwork in relation to runes, and runic numerology. Finally, tables of runic correspondences with, for example, divinities, trees, essential oils, colours and the seasons, combine to make ' Rune Magic' the most comprehensive and fascinating book on the runes and their applications, past and present.

About the Author

Nigel Pennick has studied the runes and practiced runic principles since 1960. He has written numerous books and papers on European folk traditions, customs and beliefs and has seen his work translated into nine languages. Co-founder of the influential magazine ARCANA, he has appeared on both radio and television in the UK.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical. 21 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A book written for people more interested in English Heathenry rather than the Scandinavian style. A lot of research and time has been put in to this book. It will become a point of reference for many issues no doubt over the coming years. A lot of my questions about English Heathenry have been answered in this excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your ususal 'cookbook' of runic divination. 17 May 2008
By Gail Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In these pages Nigel Pennick not only gives you the history of all the known rune rows with their divinitory meanings, but adds in correspondences to Northern Deities, colors, trees, herbs, numerology, etc. Practical uses of runes such as sigils and bindrunes are also covered. Be aware though that this book was reissued by Thorsons in 1995 with the title "Secrets of the Runes". There is no change to the contents as far as I can tell.Secrets of the Runes: Discover the Magic of the Ancient Runic Alphabet
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 7 Aug 2000
By Fyre Lilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a really good book. It explores the runes and thier magick well, though if your just starting out, I'd wait until you've got a basic understanding first. I started with this book and found it to be a little confusing, but it is a must have for any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book to get for any one interested in runic lore 18 Oct 1998
By Christopher Rice(Gadgets@Blackboard.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book, is not only informative, but is the only real "one-source" book on this topic.
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