Animal Speak Runes: Book and 40 Rune Pack Misc. – 1 Mar 2010
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The messages are clear and precise. To this point, they have been right on the money. His book descriptions are not merely copy and paste from his Animal Speak book, which is a great accompaniment to these runes and adds depth to the included book.
Ted states in the beginning of the accompanying book that these are not traditional runes, so if anyone wants to argue that they are not, that is all well and good. They serve the purpose they were intended for. I've never used runes of any kind, so I can't make a judgment one way or the other if they are truly "runes." I'm just happy to use them for what I'm seeking.
On October 24, 2009 Ted left this world. I had an opportunity to see him teach and meet with him when he was back home here in Dayton a couple of years ago. He was a great teacher and had a zest for life that I have rarely encountered in my time here. He certainly was one of a kind and his legacy will live on through his work.
The runes in this oracle are small (0.75"x1.25") with rounded corners. I'm actually surprised of their good quality! Each wooden tile contains an inked animal figure set in the middle with its name at the bottom and a key word at the top. This arrangement reminds me of oracle and tarot cards. Of course, unlike cards, these can be easily held in your hands and hidden inside your fist.
This system includes 40 wooden tiles, divided into 34 animals and 6 specialty tiles.
The six specialty tiles refer to actions that animals undertake: camouflage, hibernation, hunting, mating, metamorphosis, and migration. The 34 animals include 12 mammals (bear, coyote, deer, dolphin, fox, horse, jaguar, manatee, rabbit, rat, skunk, and wolf), 10 birds (blue jay, crane, eagle, hawk, hummingbird, owl, raven, swan, vulture, and woodpecker), 6 reptiles (chameleon, crocodile, frog, gecko, snake, and turtle), and 6 bugs (bee, butterfly, cicada, dragonfly, praying mantis, and spider).
This kit include a red bag and a pocket sized guidebook. The bag is imitation silk, according to a very generous description in the guidebook. It has two pull-strings to close it shut, and strong stitching. It does not have an inner liner, but is still adequate to carry and mix your animals tiles.
The guidebook is an essential addition to this kit. Although the tiles are well labeled, I welcome the information in this pocket book.
This is how the guidebook is organized:
Chapter 1 Animal-Speak Runes
Chapter 2 Quick Start
Chapter 3 Specialty Runes
Chapter 4 Animal Runes
Chapter 5 Special Rune Readings
Chapter 1 explains the concept of animals as messengers from nature, while chapter 2 shows a quick way to start using the runes. Chapter 3 and 4 fleshes out each rune standard and reverse meaning. Finally, chapter 5 shows a few layouts for divination and meditation: Daily Oracle (1 rune layout), Three Rune Prophecy, The Yearly Forecast (13 runes layout), and Your Spiritual Journey (10 runes layout).
I own three gorgeous animal themed Tarots, and two other rune/tile based oracles besides this one. However, if I were considering buying just one for among these six for divination and meditation, this one would be in a tie with my best animal themed Tarot.
This is an easy-to-pick-up oracle system for anyone, but I highly recommend this oracle for practitioners of shamanism. And no collector of oracle system should let this one pass.