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The Relationship Runes: A Compass for the Heart [With Hardback Book] Hardcover – 2 Dec 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Box edition (2 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312320981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312320980
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,602,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have always been a fan of Ralph Blum since I purchsed another one of his books and that was Healing Runes, they helped me on a daily basis when I need just a little lift and and not realising where I was going and needed that extra help. The runes seem to say exactly what you need and when you reach inside the bag of runes your unaware of which one you will pull out, but they have always been the ones I needed.
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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Exactly what I was looking for!!! beautiful book with beautiful runes and comes with a pouch. Very hard to find this original book anywhere so over joyed with price and ability to buy. Very efficient service and of high standard quality. Love, love, love !!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90d2de58) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a6aaa8) out of 5 stars Elder Wisdom 7 Dec. 2004
By Caroline MacDougall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You must have the latest of Ralph Blum's Rune books. My partner and I love consulting the runes when in times of need - and inspiration always follows! This "Compass for the Heart" lights your way when the path is dark or simply wanders irrationally! Blum's carefully crafted wisdom melts any blocks so you can see your way back to open heart and loving arms. Give it to your loved ones too!
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a6aafc) out of 5 stars Ignores history and tradition 15 May 2006
By J. H. Younis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ralph Blum should NOT be who to consult if you're looking for a work that is based in historical accuracy and the ancient Germanic traditions. If you prefer a more accurate take, based on decades of research and practice, that is respectful and as true as possible to the Germanic Tradition, I urge you to look elsewhere. I can highly recommend the following titles: (1) Futhark by Edred Thorsson, (2) Northern Mysteries and Magick (Runes and Feminine Powers) by Freya Aswynn, and (3) Taking Up The Runes by Diana L. Paxson (she cites the contributions of both Thorsson and Aswynn often, and shares their observations in comparision with her own).

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").
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90c01690) out of 5 stars Just the help you need when you can't get to your favorite psychic! 30 Nov. 2005
By Suzanne Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Blum once again shows that he understands the nature of oracles from a clear, genuine, and personal perspective. The challenges and magic that is the nature of relationships flows through his words and into your awareness as you work with this oracle. He is the bridge between the grounded tradition of the old ways and the insight and psychological understanding of our modern times. If you love tools which open and inspire then this is one to add to your collection. If you think that you already understand the runes, stop and take a look at this new perspective into this classic favorite.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a6ad84) out of 5 stars Nice book, cheap runes 25 July 2013
By John Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Blum's take on the runic interpretations (from my admittedly amateur standpoint) may be his own, rather than based on actual historic Germanic meanings, which means they may not be 100% accurate (I too would find that a little annoying) yet he does not pretend that they are otherwise. Blum advises that this is an "oracular instrument" in it's own right like any other and can be a useful tool regardless of how the user or querent interprets the meaning of a reading, whether in terms of a "modernized" interpretation or an ancient/traditional one...or simply a gleaning of useful advice from both. I suspect the end user can decide for him/herself whether or not they find Blum's insights satisfyling by not being too judgmental of his advice.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a6afc4) out of 5 stars open the doors to love 1 Mar. 2008
By Jesus Mier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having met many loosers in my life and seraching in the wrong places and at the wrong time. I truely needed a spiritual awakening when it comes to relathiopships. Healing runes was a great place to start and now relationship runes is a great addition. Even if you are in a relationship now, it definitely opens doors to better thing and happier days in ones life.
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