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Runes for Beginners: A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes (Divination for Beginners Series) Kindle Edition
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Everything You Need to Know to Begin Working With Runes
The enigmatic nature of the runes is undeniable. In fact, the English word “rune” comes to us from the Norse word runa, which means “a secret,” or “to whisper.” As symbols, the runes mean little to the untrained eye, yet the magical energies they activate can be used for positive, impactful change in your everyday life. But what are runes, exactly?
On the surface level, runes are the characters in a writing system used by the ancient Germanic peoples of Europe. But unlike our modern letters, the runic symbols had been used for magical purposes long before they were fashioned into an alphabet. This is known from runic inscriptions found on ancient artifacts as well as Germanic myth and lore handed down over the centuries. Indeed, those who work with the runes today are taking part in an age-old magical tradition established by our Northern European pagan ancestors.
In Runes for Beginners, best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain shines the light on these ancient symbols, showing you how to discover and utilize their unique magical energies. With both an eye toward tradition and a multicultural spirit, Lisa combines an appreciation for the Germanic roots of the runes with a more eclectic Neopagan approach. Unlike many other books on the topic, Runes for Beginners is completely accessible to those with no experience in Northern European magical traditions, yet it doesn’t ignore those traditions altogether. You will emerge from this guide with a basic understanding of the runes’ role in ancient Germanic paganism, as well as a solid foundation of knowledge to build your own runic practice, regardless of your religious or spiritual path.
Foundations in Runic Magic and Divination
The runes represent various aspects of the human experience of the Universe—both tangible and intangible. Each runic symbol embodies a natural force, or type of energy, which the rune worker can attune to and then manipulate in various ways. Runes can be sent out into the Universe to manifest a magical goal, or they can be used to consult with the unseen realms about a situation at hand. In Runes for Beginners, you’ll learn all you need to know to start working with runes, including:
- The history of the runes and their role within the framework of the Germanic magical worldview
- The origins of runic wisdom in Norse mythology
- An overview of the Elder Futhark, the oldest-known runic alphabet and most widely used rune system in contemporary Neopaganism
- Basic techniques of rune magic, including rune scripts, bind runes, and creating runic talismans
- How to make your own runes
- Instructions for traditional rune-casting as well as contemporary rune spreads
- Tips for successful divination
- The divinatory meanings and magical uses of each rune in the Elder Futhark
- A suggested reading list for further exploring the runes and the magical and spiritual traditions of the ancient Germanic peoples
- Detailed tables of correspondence for a handy condensed magical and divinatory guide
By the end of this guide, you will have a working knowledge of the runes that will enable you to use them with confidence in magic and divination. However, when it comes to truly mastering the runes, the importance of time and practice can’t be emphasized enough. Indeed, working with runes can truly become a lifelong journey, but Runes for Beginners is an excellent first step along the way.
If you’re ready to start exploring the runes for yourself, just scroll to the top of the page and hit the Buy button!
- ASIN : B07D81S366
- Publisher : Chamberlain Publications (May 22, 2018)
- Publication date : May 22, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4808 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 138 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,988 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Not a single mention within the entire chapter of Mesopotamia??? The actual place where the first forms of writing began??? The earliest of which date back to 3500 BCE!! Not 1700 BCE, as this book claims.
Furthermore, pictograms to represent ideas to make up phrases is not an ancient, pre modern, or inefficient writing method - see Chinese and Japanese, both MODERN languages which use this method of writing. Furthermore, Egyptian hieroglyphics are NOT pictograms to exclusively represent ideas, they can represent a word, a sound, a syllable, or a concept. Egyptian hieroglyphics were fit so perfectly for Egyptian culture and society that it is thought the system was developed all at once, similar to how the Korean writing system was invented just in a day. There was no adoption to alphabetic writings, because they already USED alphabetic writing.
This book is cheap, but not worth it. I don't care to read any further, because this book, and it's spread of misinformation, infuriates me. I can't trust it on any other information, when all of this was so blatantly innacurrate. Seriously, not a SINGLE mention of Mesopotamian cuneiform?! In a description on the HISTORY OF WRITING!!
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2019
This book is short at 135pgs but it says everything I needed for a great Basics introduction on using Runes. It also gives a great reading list for getting more in depth Historically and or Magically if you are wanting to go further. The author writes clear and concise. The book is very easy to read, follow and I really enjoyed it. It will stay a great reference in my collection!
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Part two invites the reader to explore the runes for magical purposes, with ideas to experiment with. The three aett's or families, are explained.
The rune meanings are explained in three sections, Primary themes, Additional meanings and Magical uses.
In summary, a very useful guide, well explained ( there is also a free gift within).
So, if you are embarking on your runic "journey" this guide, I feel would make an excellent companion.
The biggest improvement that could be made to this book is better explanation of reading of the runes. Chamberlain presents a rune reading system that reads the runes differently if they happen to point towards or against the caster/reader, non-reversed and reversed runes. This is completely fine, but it was never explained what it meant if the runes land blank side up, it wasn't even mentioned that it meant nothing (if that was the case), it was simply never mentioned. If I was to use the rune reading system in the book, I wouldn't know what to do if a rune lands on the blank side since it is never explained what it means or if it means anything at all.
I'm also familiar with a different way to read runes, that read runes differently if the runes lands rune side up or blank side up. Here the rune side up has one meaning and the blank side up has a different (often opposite meaning). This is different to the system presented in the book where the runes apparently only have meaning if they land rune side up, with the rune pointing either towards or away from the caster/reader. Of course Chamberlain can present the system she herself most prefer in the book, but I think the system she presented should be explained more in detail, especially the meanings of blank runes which is not explained in the book.
That is the biggest improvement to be made. Another smaller improvement to be made is the quality of the images in the book. The images in the book are kinda blurry, like if they were printed out of an office printer, but they are readable and useable. However if the images could be made to be more sharp and clear, that would be a great improvement. Lastly I noticed a small error in the explanation of the meaning of the rune Berkana, page 110. You wrote Tiwaz in there where you probably meant to write Berkana, when you mentioned possible meanings related to the gender of the querent.
Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and these minor problems makes me rate the book 4/5, but if these minor problems were to be fixed, I would easily give it 5/5. Overall a very good book, and I look forward to future works from the author.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2021