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1.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot say how bad this package is, 15 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Runes Box (Bookinabox) (Paperback)
Anyone who knows about the runes (and their real usage and layout) will know anything Blum does it worthless and only caters to new-age types who have no desire for reality. He changed the sequence of the runes, an order which has lasted for many hundreds of years which means his system is deeply flawed and doomed to failure. For those who really want to learn the runes buy books from people such as Swain Wodening and S. Plowright because these men, unlike Blum, know what they are talking about and study a subject before they write about it.

As a general rule of thumb, any rune sets with a 'blank' rune should be ignored because it proves the creator didn't know what he/she was talking about. A rune is a symbol, not the tile or item on which the rune was carved/drawn. A blank (missing) symbol is an oxymoron.

Try these books instead:

The Rune Primer: A Down-to-Earth Guide to the Runes
Hammer Of The Gods: Anglo-saxon Paganism In Modern Times
Pierced by the Light: Viking Gods, Runes and 21st Century Magic
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Initial post: 22 Jul 2011 13:44:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2011 13:45:32 BDT
Nathan Wood says:
I think you'll find that every set of runes contains a 'blank' or Odin, it is supposed to represent karma, or the unknowable. Please understand more about the runes, before you misguide others with your incorrect infomation.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2011 14:04:16 BDT
Sorry but you are wrong. A rune is a symbol. How can one have a bank symbol? Rune tiles or sets are only on tiles, wood or whatever format used for practical purposes. It is only people who learn from people who don't know what they're talking about who believe one can have a blank symbol...

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2011 19:09:03 BDT
Nathan Wood says:
I think you'll find that you are wrong.
How many runes are in a set? 25, 24 with symbols and one blank - meaning the UNKNOWABLE as i said before. In the runes as an Alphabet i can understand your point. However when using the runes as divinatory tool it is essential to have a blank rune as the reading simply would not work otherwise.

I'm sorry but i dont understand your critcism of this item if you believe that its is used in practical purpose... i agree that you cannot have a blank symbol.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2011 19:40:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Jul 2011 19:49:59 BDT
Where is the archeological evidence it was ever used before Blum introduced it back in the1980's?

Some people use it now but it is strictly a modern invention by Blum. Those who wish to use it are tree to do so but should know they are not following the ways of their ancestors.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2011 12:35:25 BDT
Nathan Wood says:
Many pagan beliefs are FAR different from that of our ancestors. for example the ancient celts would not have worshipped a mixture of Greek Pantheon and Their own Deities would they?

Alteration is basically Evolution. Who can truly say thay they are following the ways of their ancestors exactly... for example many pagan worshippers wont use hallucinagenic plants in meditation as they did in ancient greece.

At the end of the day, eevryone is allowed their own opinion, but who are you to tell anyone that their way of worshipp is wrong, when worship is a varied and different experience for all.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2011 14:42:56 BDT
I come from a tradition of Asatru and try to keep true to the ways of my ancestors. I leave mixing systems to Wiccan's and woolly headed new-age types. As I said earlier, everyone is free to follow their own path but should be given the knowledge of the authenticity of what they do. Who are you to say I shouldn't tell people that what they do has no historical or cultural validity?

Some people wish to take bits of knowledge from as many different sources as possible and blend them together so much it becomes very hard to tell their original sources but others such as myself wish to remain true to one path and to keep the ways of our ancestors alive for one more generation, in as pure and uncorrupted way as possible.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jul 2011 22:29:39 BDT
Nathan Wood says:
I completely understand your ways and i respect them, but bashing or calling anothers beleif system wrong, is immoral, and almost insulting in a godlier-than tho sense.

And i find "woolly headed new ages types" offensive, just as me calling you a stagnant headed fundamentalist.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2011 20:15:25 BDT
Sorry for the delay in replying, I had better things to do than reply to this thread. Why do you say I am wrong yet you never answer my questions? Is it because you don't know as much as you claim? All one needs do is read reviews other, more there are many other people who have given similar negative reviews to Blum's new age nonsense. The answer is clear, if you are interested in learning the real rune lore and the history behind them then leave this book alone or if you have it, keep the stones (if you wish) and throw the book away or keep it as an example of what to avoid... If you want to immerse yourself in a fantasy land version of the runes and their use then by all means, go ahead and buy this book. Maybe it will keep those who are not serious away from the real runes.

Just to reiterate, I am not as you say, a stagnant fundamentalist, I just believe in historical integrity and want to be as true to my ancestors and the gods as possible. It is a matter of respect to those who came before me.

I will not reply to this thread again as it achieves nothing.

Goodbye and I wish you well and that you find what you are searching for.
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