The Relationship Runes: A Compass for the Heart [With Hardback Book] Hardcover – 2 Dec 2004
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When I discovered Relationship Runes I realised how important they are in all aspects of our life not just relationships with our loved ones but relationships with our selves . Sometimes for me, I forget to have a relationship with me, I am too busy looking after others and family members etc, and we ourselves are important too.
Highly recommend this book and runes to all
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The first set of runes I purchased was a Blum set in an occult bookstore in San Diego. The first clue that Blum wasn't for me was his assertion that his original meanings for the runes were obtained from ONE NIGHT of meditation on the symbols - not only that, but he created his own order for the runes based simply on the order that he drew them from the bag. There is a definite order to the futhark that is very important to maintain, as, there are associations between the runes and the sequence they are traditionally ordered.
Ralph Blum's contribution, in my opinion, is infuriating, because he disregards the tradition in favor of his personal interpretation which is NOT true to the traditions, and you will find that the authors who are respected for their knowledge of the tradition and their extensive practice - DO NOT cite Ralph Blum as a source in their bibliographies and recommended reading lists. Start with Thorsson's Futhark - or if you want to learn more about the icelandic runes (the younger futhark), Thorsson also has a great book called Northern Magic, which also includes the only section I have ever seen dedicated to a system of traditional american colonial magic. A wonderful find for those looking for a system of magic closer to American history and tradition ("Pennsylvania dutch").
I realize that might not make as much sense to others as it does to me, and I mean no offense to other reviewers here. :-) As with all things, your mileage may vary. The end result is for the user's benefit either way, I suppose. The book is a nice small felt (or faux-felt) covered hardback with a gold satin ribbon marker to act as a book mark and, historically accurate or not, does contain some worthwhile insights.
The runes themselves, however... I was disappointed in these. They are a sort of "orange-pink" color and they are not frosted glass; they're cheap semi-translucent plastic. They're molded flat as a billiard table on one side. Useful for making them lie flat on a table I suppose but they have a sort of "cheap" feel to them and they're no thicker than a graham cracker. The included rose-colored drawstring pouch is equally cheap.
Don't get me wrong; you *can* use these rune "chits". But don't expect much "aesthetic pleasure" from them like you can get from actual stones. Buy this for the book & find better quality runestones elsewhere.