The Book of Runes: 25th Anniversary Edition
Ralph H. Blum
St. Martin's, 2008 (1983)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
hough I was once fascinated by Tarot cards, my awareness of Runes only grew recently through my son's interest in runestones on a trip to Sweden. I saw Tarot as primarily a method of focus and self reflection, so was intrigued to read Ralph H. Blum exhort readers in his Preface to use the Runes as '
a means of communication with the knowledge of our subconscious minds.
' He distinguishes between having your fortune told and consulting an Oracle (use of Runes being the latter) which '
points your attention towards those hidden fears and motivations that will shape your future by their unfelt presence within each present moment.
n his Introduction to
The Book of Runes
(900,000 copies of which have been sold since 1983), Blum offers it '
as a handbook for the Spiritual Warrior
' and '
a training tool for strengthening our intuition, which is everyone's second language.
' He discusses the origins of Runes (a gift of Odin) and their influence on their time; approaches to consulting the Runes; the possibility of a
; and the art of
(whether by scattering the stones, using different spreads, selecting one only, or engaging in
). He suggests specific exercises in Runecraft, '
intended to facilitate the reintroduction of ritual - and hence the sacred - into our daily lives
', as well as '
techniques for listening to ourselves.
he second half of the book addresses specific
(including for the Rune Reversed where that is applicable) for the twenty-four carved runestones and the single blank one (the latter signifying the Unknowable, the Divine). This 25th Anniversary Edition of
The Book of Runes
includes a set of 25 ceramic runestones and a drawstring bag to hold them in. If Oracles intrigue you, or you have ever used Tarot cards or the I Ching, then you really should explore Runes, an '
Oracle that has evolved from the matrix of Western thought
' - and Ralph H. Blum's
Book of Runes
is an excellent place to start.
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