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« Topic Start: February 16, 2010, 06:09:14 pm »

Title: Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic
Author(s): Diana L. Paxson
Publisher: Weiser Books
Publication Date: April 20, 2005
ISBN: 1578633257
ISBN-13: 978-1578633258
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Although many of us first encountered runes in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, this sacred alphabet is by no means a fabrication for books or movies. Similar to Hebrew letters in the sense that each symbol contains a meaning that transcends its original function as a letter, the runes are practical, flexible, and effective symbols with a variety of uses.

Today, the best known application of rune lore is divination: chips or stones marked with runes are drawn, cast, or laid out in patterns like tarot cards. In Taking Up the Runes, Paxson delves into the ancient historical meaning of each rune and explains their contemporary uses and meanings. We discover that the real power of runes comes from inside ourselves when we find the wisdom and power within each symbol and internalize them.

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« Reply #1: February 16, 2010, 10:10:27 pm »

Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic

I read this a couple of years ago, after taking rune and oracular seidh workshops with the author.  I liked the book and keep it to refer to on the rare occasions when I want to try using runes for divination.  IIRC, it gives a good overview of each rune's meaning(s), with references to a variety of sources.  Each rune's section includes ancient meanings, modern meanings, and suggestions for interpreation.  There is also a lengthy section on rituals, complete with music and other details.

That said, I understand that Paxson is a bit controversial within the Norse community.  IIRC, she takes a somewhat less reconstructionist view than other outspoken Asatruars and Heathens, relying a bit more on UPG than others might be comfortable with.  However, she seemed to me to be pretty clear about what is attested in the lore and what is UPG.

Note that I am NOT Asatruar or Heathen, so my opinion on this is not that well informed.   Smiley
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« Reply #2: February 17, 2010, 04:46:45 am »

Note that I am NOT Asatruar or Heathen, so my opinion on this is not that well informed.   Smiley
It helped me.  Grin (not reconstructionist) I was just thinking the other day about looking for a books on runes. Looks like I already found it.
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« Reply #3: February 19, 2010, 09:21:59 am »

I gave a little review of this book on A Rune Thread in the Asatru and Heathenry SIG:

I've also read Paxson's Taking Up the Runes. It is definitely NOT for the hardcore lore-whore, but I wasn't offended by it. There are more scholarly works out there, but I got Paxon's book because she provides a snippet of several author's interpretations, she incorporates basic cultural and other mythology info with each rune, the book is well organized, and there are nifty guided meditations in the back if you're into that.

So I agree with the others, a decent book if you're not reconstructionist. As far a general New Age rune books go, this is far better than most. The rituals in the back ARE unapologetically Wiccatru, though. But in the end, it's a good middle ground for non-recons between the historical books and the New Age crap.
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