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Odin's Gateways: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of the Runes, Through Galdr, Sigils and Casting
Odin's Gateways: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of the Runes, Through Galdr, Sigils and Casting
by Katie Gerrard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.60

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
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.


Marbled Paper Design (Pepin Patterns, Designs and Graphic Themes)
Marbled Paper Design (Pepin Patterns, Designs and Graphic Themes)
by Pepin Press
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.71

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely images, 31 Jan 2010
Beautiful images, lovely colours, and terrific to get the CD as well.

Just a quick warning - don't buy this if you're looking for a 'how to'. This is a book (and CD) full of images of marbled paper - nothing else.


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