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The Runic Tarot Hardcover – 30 Jan 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Connections Book Publishing Ltd (30 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859061230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859061237
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 17.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,890,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This set of cards is extremely attractive. I have used runes for a number of years and find them more predictive and accurate than tarot, however I understand they can be a little confusing at first. This card set should help to demystify them somewhat. All the runes are beautiful illustrated in a way that accurately conveys their meaning. For extra help a key word or two is printed on the front of the card. In any case the explanations in the accompanying book are very enlightening when you doing readings. This set is called the Runic Tarot and I can see why - the 24 runes are treated as the major arcana and can be (and I would say should be) used on their own at times. The other cards are comprised of the minor arcana. These have been split into seasons rather than the traditional suites of the tarot (wands, cups, swords and pentacles), and have astrological references as well as some dates - useful when working out timings. These help elucidate and add to the information gained from the runic cards - I would say that sometimes they serve to clarify information and at other times the bigger picture given by the runic cards is both ample and to be preferred. All the cards are illustrated in the same attractive and distinctive style. (Pictures of 6 of the cards can be found at the Aeclectic web site). The authors have done an excellent and original job in constructing the concepts for the minor arcana, with it seamlessly unifying with the original runes. The whole pack is impeccably thought out and put together with the information being very clearly written and informative while being straightforward enough for a runic first timer. I have not seen better illustrated rune cards and with them being Incorporated into a tarot type scheme you get two systems for the price of one.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
This is a kit which comprises tarot cards and a book to help you in your readings. The cards themselves are really nice and they have a few key words on them to help you with the theme of the cards. The book has great explainations of the cards and there is a guide to layouts at the back of the book. I have never used tarot before and found this easy to use straight away and it has the scope to be able, with practice, to go a lot more indepth.
If you are following the celtic path I would recommend this set.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fd8fed0) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff0bc0c) out of 5 stars A unique combo for a student of both runes and tarot. 19 Mar. 2006
By Nikola Couling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been studying tarot for about 2 years, and runes for about 4. I have had my eye on this deck for a while and recently added it to my collection. I haven't used the cards much yet nor have I 'gotten to know them', so this is not an incredibly detailed review.

The deck is called Runic Tarot but I think the name Oracle would have been more appropriate as it not set up as a traditional Tarot deck. In place of the traditional 22 major arcana cards, it has 24 rune cards. Each for one of the 24 germanic Futhark letters of the runic alphabet. The names of the runes used are the old english or anglo-saxon version of names (ie Feoh instead of Fehu, Gyfu instead of Gebo).

The minor arcana is replaced by a breakdown of a year, where each suit is represented by a season named for the 'solar holiday' that marks its beginning. Neo-pagans will recognize these as cross quarter sabbats, Beltane, Lughnasah, Samhain and Imoblc. Each season spans 12 weeks, corresponding to 12 cards. There are also 4 additional cards for the 2 solstices and 2 equinoxes.

I am frequently annoyed by the misconception that runes are Celtic in origin, but the author addresses and justifies the combination of symbolism and concepts from 2 different cultures, Celtic and Germanic. I initially thought it odd that the traditional germanic symbols were presented with the Anglo-Saxon names, but I think it makes sense as the convergence with celtic cultures would have occured in the British Isles.

I don't think I realized that this was not a standard Tarot when I purchased it and at first felt the task of learning a new system of divination to be daunting. However, each card states a keyword for the purpose of making it easier to grasp, which helps. Each card also gives astrological correspondences which will benefit anyone familiar with these influences. Plus, I have found that recognizing the archetypes expressed in this deck, only gives me a stronger understanding of archtypes for divination and tarot in general.

I really enjoy the artwork which is colorful draws heavily on celtic knotwork style. I am happy to find a deck of cards that incorporates runes interpreted by someone other than Ralph Blum. Overall, I am very satisfied with owning this deck.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff348dc) out of 5 stars Great for Self-discovery Readings 2 Jun. 2009
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I've had this deck for a couple weeks and fall in love with it more every day. It's great for self-discovery type readings. When I read for myself and others I like to keep the reading totally focused on the sitter. I don't like to assign card positions for others. Focusing on others is not empowering. The lack of courts makes this a great deck for focusing on self.

Every card, no matter what position it falls in, gives a strong, empowering message that can be immediately applied to the sitter's life. So far most of my readings have been for myself as this deck does have a steeper learning curve than RWS based clones, but it's worth every minute of the pleasurable learning opportunity. I've spent many comforting hours healing with this deck during a particularly grueling past week.

I just couldn't stop laughing when 12 of Lughnasadh fell into 1st position of my modified version of the celtic cross. It's title is "Extreme Craze" and features an angry fish with teeth. That about summed up the day I was having :-)

The book is quite complete, but reading books on runes and the sun signs is enriching my understanding of the cards. I'm currently reading "All Around the Zodiac" and waiting for "You're Every Sign". I'm finding it quite easy and affordable to find a vast amount of supplementary books to read, and even free websites.

This deck will work well in any traditional spread, but I think it's FAR above average for spreads focusing on healing and self-discovery. The runes make a fantastic major arcana, developed by a people living in some of the harshest conditions imaginable, but true party people never the less. The runes are unparalleled in providing advice and comfort to weather the storms of life.

I have a cheap set of plastic runes. I pick out the ones that showed up in the cards and carry them in my pocket for the day. It's comforting to rub them when everything is going wrong.

This is not a RWS clone. Give it a chance though, and be prepared to fall in love.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9082b960) out of 5 stars Not actually a Tarot deck 4 Sept. 2009
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This deck is all runes and weeks of the year with seasonal suits. So right of the bat they loose a point in my rating it for calling it Tarot. Runes have a tie in with the Major Arcana of a Tarot deck, but this deck isn't about that at all, and won't strengthen your understanding of the relations between the two

The art is nicely themed for the most part, even if it departs from what you expect carved on a viking ship. There are however cards where the symbology seems a bit mixed with other mythologies, or ones that end up feeling more modern than the others. Well some of that was inevitable. I like some of Astrops cards in other decks, and feel indifferent to othes cards he has done.

You get a nice book on the deck, which is vital since it's not Tarot. I did like the 3 little spreads in the back. The packaging was a tad odd, since the book cever is part of the box the cards are kept in, which makes it hard to handle the book for a complete read through and the cards won't stay put if you place it upright on a book shelf. They loose another review point for trying to be too cutsie with putting the box together.

I don't know about how often I will use this however. I lacks some feel of universal symbology. The deck is clever, but I don't think it will be useful for me. You can get a look at this deck and others by Astrop at their website, and I recommend doing just that to see if you relate to any of their other theme decks.
HASH(0x8fe57fe4) out of 5 stars More of an Oracle 26 Aug. 2012
By Dawn M. Donivan - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this deck, although I would classify it more as an oracle than Tarot. Tarot has specific parameters such as the Major Arcana, which in this deck is the 24 runes. The minor Arcana is divided into the four Pagan major fire festivals starting with Imbolc. Each is given an element and each card is given 2 astrological signs. So your definition would be based on the season, and the 2 signs of the Zodiac. I am probably making it more confusing than it is. I liked that there are no court cards in this deck. Always a problem for me. The artwork is Norse/Celtic. I didn't like the runes being called Celtic,however. The only reason the runes were in Ireland and other Celtic countries is because the Norse invaded those lands and some cultural things mixed. I find myself having to put myself in a different frame of mind when I read these vs. reading the tarot. I like the deck enough that I plan to buy more of her work. I didn't like the packaging. The book and cards come together in a fold-up container,so when you read the book, the cards are in a little well that is attached and they have a tendency to fall out. To solve this I had to cut the part with the cards away, and use a heavy duty rubberband to put them back together when I am done. Very original idea,but not really a Tarot as Tarot is normally defined.
HASH(0x8ffa11c8) out of 5 stars Beautiful 5 April 2010
By Pamela Naylor - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm an eternal student of the tarot. I've been studying the tarot for 20 years, and probably will my whole life. I've also studied astrology and always wanted to learn more about the runes. So, I saw a friend's deck of The Runic Tarot and I had to have them. With my background in tarot, this will help me understand the runes by having all the associations on the cards. I usually use the Thoth Tarot, I love how there's astrological references on the cards, that is so cool and helpful. I am excited to try this deck out!
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