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

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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...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578633258
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 4/20/2005
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 138,280
  • Product dimensions: 6.67 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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Diana Paxson is author of more than a dozen historical novels with strong spiritual themes including The White Raven and The Serpent's Tooth. She is also the coauthor, with Marion Zimmer Bradley, of Priestess of Avalon and has continued the immensely popular Mists of Avalon series on her own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Brilliant Resource for Serious Rune Studies

    Filled with ancient interpretations and modern scholarly (in plain English) understandings of the Elder Futhark, Paxson brings the novice runester through as many steps as they might need to in order for them to, in effect, take up the runes. The rituals in the second half of the book are mainly for groups, but one can perform most if not all the other rituals (found at the ends of each chapter) on one's own. Simple techniques for absorbing, not just memorizing, the various runes are listed at the beginning of Paxson's book, and I personally feel the spiritualside of the runes when using said techniques.

    I strongly reccomend this book to anyone serious in their studies of the Futharks.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    I've met one of the researchers sited in this work. Much passio

    I've met one of the researchers sited in this work. Much passion and dedication has gone into this/ this set of works. The effort is for there to be something of value for both the searcher/student. The acedemic can mine the notes and bibliography. I'm buying it again for my e-reader. It does not dissapoint.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Fantastic approach to learning the runes

    This goes far beyond memorizing what someone else tells you about the meaning of the runes, it becomes a personal journey about finding and understanding the runes, with interpretaions given from varied sources for each rune. Many suggestions for study and ritual use are included, as are lessons on mythology that are more related to a better understanding of the culture behind the runes than the runes themselves.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

    Informational.

    This book gives out great information and history about reading and the purpose of runes. It gives many different meanings to the runes from different religions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Awesome

    Taking up the Runes is the most expansive book available on runelore. Truly, it is a significant work and thoroughly worth your while. Paxson is brilliant and a true sister in the plight to unveil Asatru to the folk.

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