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Hardcover Publisher: St. Martin's (1993) Language: English...

Title : The Book of Runes
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ISBN : 9780312108199
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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The Book of Runes Reviews

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-03-21 05:28

    I thought this was about how to decipher and read Nordic runes. It's not. The book originally came with a bag of tiles with the 25 rune letters printed on each tile. An explanation is given on how to read each rune and offers various ways to withdraw and lay out the tiles in various number and form. Somewhat like tarot cards.The Book of Runes does not teach you the real meaning behind the long mysterious letters. Blum actually invented their meaning at random for a school paper (Go Crimson!) and turned an entire people's way of writing into a tea leaf reading game. "Consulting the Runes enable you to bypass the strictures of reason," says Blum. So, if you draw some tiles and don't like what they say, just draw again until you can interpret them how you wish. Blum admits, there's no wrong way to play this game, because everything about it is totally random. Blum sights a few examples of friends who've used the rune game to make life altering decisions. The one that sticks out the most is the guy who decided whether or not to except a job as CEO of a company or to quit based on what tile he pulled out of his bag. You read that right, a person potentially entrusted with an entire company and the welfare of the people working for him made this decision based on essentially a coin flip.Some use this for divination, others as a game. I'm sure it's fun and useful as either, but at the expense of diminishing the history and culture of a people.

  • Sara
    2019-03-19 07:30

    LOVED this book! It isn't a historical look at Runes but rather a medium for your egoic "self" to converse with your higher "Self" (as Blum puts it) to understand (not predict) a circumstance. If that sentence read as gibberish, then this book is not for you. But if you are looking for a very easy to digest way to explore spirituality, I found this a breath of fresh air. I had no idea about Norse mythology, runes, or using runes as a way of esoteric art- but loved the very non-occult approach Blum took with this. Read the intro guys- all the negative reviews here were clearly laid out by Blum himself in the introduction to the book. I read this book without any expectations- just being attracted to the cover- and was happily surprised. One of my new favorites!

  • genevieve
    2019-03-09 02:18

    I keep my book of runes by my bedside. Each night, I pull one rune from the bag and read about it in the book. I would recommend it to anyone open to trying something new and potentially introspective. You'll be amazed at the connection between the rune you pulled and how it relates to your life at that moment (most importantly to those things plaguing your thoughts at the time you pulled it from the bag). Without fail, the runes provide you with insight into your actions and thoughts, piece of mind before falling asleep, and perspective regarding the immense space filled by the little things in your life. The book of runes will bring you a sense of tranquility;

  • Roxie
    2019-02-25 01:26

    This book gets regularly blasted in online pagan/heathen communities for being incredibly inaccurate and misleading. Blum admits that he had no idea how to use the runes originally; instead of consulting the various Eddas and other historical sources, he used the I-Ching to come up with basically his own system of rune reading. Which I suppose is fine; learning to read divination systems your own way can lead to new understanding and insight. But from what I understand from my heathen friends, none of Blum's interpretations are accurate to how the runes were historically read. Blum doesn't use the ordering system of the Elder Futhark (or any other historical rune system), he added in a blank rune (never used in antiquity), and he changes the meanings of the runes so they all contribute to one overarching progression.So yeah, this book is widely regarded as being absolutely useless for accurate information regarding the runes as a divination system.

  • Pete daPixie
    2019-03-14 01:17

    A King he was on a carven throne,In many-pillared halls of stoneWith golden roof and silver floor,And runes of power upon the door.When Herodotus traveled around the Black Sea, he encountered descendants of Scythian tribesmen who crawled under blankets, smoked themselves into a stupor, and then cast stones in the air and read them when they fell.Runes, from the Gothic runa, meaning 'a secret thing, a mystery'. The Rune Masters of the Teutons and Vikings wore startling garb that made them easily recognizable. Honoured, welcomed, feared, these shamans were familiar figures in tribal circles. There is evidence that a fair number of runic practitioners were women.The traditional Germanic futhark is comprised of twenty four runes. These were divided into three families of eight runes.Leonard Cohen is quoted at the end of this book, 'God is alive, magic is afoot'.

  • David
    2019-03-03 03:17

    Read enough about the runes and you'll be told this guy has basically invented all of this symbolism. My own studies make believe this is likely true. But if you believe in any form of divination, then you'll likely agree an internally consistent system can work without being connected to some historically accurate formula. That being said, I still found his interpretations fairly useless. But that rune set and drawstring bag is pretty swanky.

  • David Melbie
    2019-02-27 23:07

    My first encounter with the Viking Runes was in 1985, about two years after this book was first published. I remember feeling the power in the glyphs, the way those little ceramic tiles felt as you sifted through the bag (and yes, a Crown Royal bag is my favorite). I was hooked.And, because of the bad etching on my rose quartz set which made it hard to use as Viking Runes, I had been promising myself a new set. I think that Micah has my original set.So, armed with a brand new set of Viking Runes, I am prepared to do battle in the war of self-change. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.

  • Marna
    2019-03-14 07:09

    I loved this book! I read it back in the early 80s ... in fact, I did a reading that really perplexed me when things weren't going so well with my then-husband. So I wrote Ralph a letter. He actually called me, and we had a chat about it. Ralph really added a lot of magic to the world with his book.

  • Jaime
    2019-03-13 06:18

    Blum doesn't know what he's talking about. He doesn't even have the Aetts in the right order. He just makes things up as he goes along.

  • Kat
    2019-03-20 07:18

    I came upon this book while walking home from the store one day. I saw that our local library was still open late in the day, so I went in on a whim. Almost immediately, I saw this book on a cart of books for sale for $1 each. I'd been curious about runes since I watched a rune reading about a month ago, so that definitely piqued my interest!It was an easy, short read. Some background is given on the runes and how hundreds of years ago, people used them almost like how people (still) commonly use tarot cards now. There's also info on how to conduct multiple style readings with the runes and even a reading that involves a past life and future life for you. How awesome, right? Mr. Blum also gives his interpretations of the runes themselves, since there's no recorded meaning for each from those centuries ago when they were most often used. As a student of the art of tarot divination, I honestly appreciated his applied meanings. He also gets into how he sees the runes working together with their meanings -- how they flow, in a way. Exciting stuff!Unfortunately, since I bought this book from a library, it didn't come with a bag of runes like it was said in the book that it would. I'll buy a bag for myself one of these days, or maybe even make them myself, since he gives info on how to do that, too!

  • Josh
    2019-03-15 03:17

    Other reviewers have already raised my points, and raised them well, so I won't go into much detail. Suffice it to say that if you want a deeper look at the esoteric meanings behind the runes, both for general knowledge and for the reasons of divination (that is to say, analysis of one's situation via the tools of symbology as a means to think about something in a different way), this might not be the book for you. I was let down when I learned the interpretation contained within was something crafted by the author himself via trial and error and his own feelings, essentially. Again, that might be just what you need, and if so this is a cheap introduction to that world. As for me, I'm going to continue to search for valid documents and materials that highlight the historical meanings as well as what little is known about the original uses of the runes beyond the existing inscriptions.

  • Christopher Burlingham
    2019-03-26 07:31

    Alright so first things first, I question the people who have posted negative comments as to if they've even read the book.Secondly, I challenge them to continue their growth, and to then reread the book at a later date. Last night was the first time I picked up the book in 12 years (cause this was my first rune book) And I will gladly/ gleefully admit that most of what was being talked about went VERY FAR over my youthful head, but last night... something clicked so hard I reread the entire book in a night, and had a much deeper understanding on this oracle of Self Growth. Understand the importance of the runes, through understanding yourself. Break down your name and see if there are any lessons that you may have been stuck in / on repeat throughout your life. This book is a game changer if you actively explore your Spiritual Warrior Self.

  • N
    2019-02-28 04:27

    The blank rune is a joke. It was a Jewish invention of Ralph Blum. Don't bother with it. You generally get the blank rune if you buy Runes from Wicca/New Age shops. Please read the below... 22, 2012For more on how bad this book is, read the 1 star reviews. Reviews of anything more than 1 star must be by people that are Wiccans/New Agers or people that have absolutely no knowledge of Runes, and reading this book and liking it means they still don't.

  • Liza
    2019-02-24 23:26

    I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT RUNES. Bits of this were mindblowing, other bits I struggled with a bit cos they were explained using Christian stuff and I've had bad experiences there, *but* just cos the way of saying it wasn't my bag didn't stop me from getting it, just had to do some reinterpreting really. I can't wait to get started with my runes.

  • Janice
    2019-03-25 01:21

    Daily Word from the Runes"I no longer try to change outer things. They are simply a reflection. I change my inner perception and the outer reveals the beauty so long obscured by my own attitude. I concentrate on my inner vision and find my outer view transformed. I find myself attuned to the grandeur of life and in unison with the perfect order of the universe".

  • Victoria
    2019-03-04 04:10

    Fascinating. I had decided I wanted to learn a new alphabet (in addition to Hebrew and Greek) and was thinking--Russian--when runes kept coming up in various ways. Thus, The Book of Runes. I guess it's just the year of my Viking heritage. Now back to memorizing runes and learning how to use them for self-knowledge, which Blum does an excellent job of explaining.

  • Ilana Waters
    2019-03-03 04:32

    This was my first introduction to the runes, read when I was fifteen. I love the author's gentle, informative tone, and the way he personalizes how to use runes on your spiritual journey. Also love the font of the 1993 edition!

  • Jacqueline Cioffa
    2019-03-07 06:32

    The Book of Runes never lie. Self-discovery at its highest form. You may not get the answer you were looking for, but you get the one that is necessary. Willingness and openness are highly recommended when purchasing this book.

  • Colleen
    2019-03-22 02:07

    so much wisdom. reading it over and over; these lessons last a lifetime. i do notice he paraphrases quotes from kahlil gibran without citing and i'm guessing others --- but still, whatever, take in the wisdom. <3

  • Niki
    2019-03-11 06:35

    I think this is a good start into my introduction to Runes and their workings. With this foundation I would certainly delve into the Old workings. But I do find this a good start.

  • Sarah Fairbairn
    2019-03-06 01:12

    Interesting - Now to have a play.

  • Chad
    2019-03-07 23:09

    This is simply a modern translation of how to interpret runes. It is not historical, but for those that need help with self introspection, this method might help.

  • Benjamin
    2019-03-03 01:10

    Blum seems to be a well-intentioned, spiritually-minded monotheist with a propensity for adopting other cultures' divinatory systems. The problem, for me, is that rather than write a book that seeks to collect historical information for neophytes, or a book called "My Life with the Runes" which details his personal interpretation of the runes and methods for using them, he has combined a bit of each and released it as the authoritatively-titled "Book of Runes."I found his general commentary on divination, and his history/pronunciation/list of traditional meanings for the runes helpful and enjoyable. I'm not sure Blum would identify himself as a choate, but his use of the I Ching and Viking Runes, divorced from their cultural context, would fit nicely into theoretical field of chaos magick. His spreads, taken at face value, seem no less practical or important than any of the multiple ways cartomancers use tarot or playing cards. I've seen a Cards Against Humanity hand that seemed oddly prescient, though, so what do I know?If you're interested in a historically-minded guide to rune casting, which seeks to deliver the oldest known methods of using the runes, I think you can safely skip this book. However, if you want to gain insight into another person's use of the oracle, or just identify as a knowledge sponge, I'd say that much of this book is worth reading. Personally, I skipped Chapter 6, which explains "A Destiny Profile"--a method of using the I Ching developed by a different American dude which was then ported onto Viking Runes by Blum--and dispensed with his Interpretations, as they are, admittedly his own creation.

  • Danielle Brusco
    2019-03-07 04:26

    I'm not sure how to rate this book. On one hand, The book is very clear that the meaning of the runes are just Blum's invention and that they are meant to understood through subconscious reflection when using them. But it seems wrong to take historic/culturally charged runes and not try and find the historical ties and meanings they belong to. It just seems disrespectiful. On the other hand, Blum is honest about what he's doing and that the form of divination he's invented is one that's based on intuition. He's not misguiding anyone or trying to say that he's way is accurate. He's just sharing the method that has worked for him. Taken as an indiviual's spiritual journey, it's an enjoyable read. The only comparison I can make is to tarot cards. You can read and divine with them based on the well studied meanings and historical interpretations, or you throw the book out the window and find your own meanings when using them. So I'll give it three stars. I'd rather learn about the runes actual meanings, but at the end of the day that wasn't the intent of this book.

  • Ross Harty
    2019-03-05 05:17

    Please read the disclaimer on page 24 of this book before purchasing. This book is important because it was the first book on runes as an oracle. We have learned a lot since this book was published, and this book desperately needs to be updated. This book has good merits, and huge gaping flaws, it was written in a time before the ease of even knowing what material was available on the internet. I personally feel that the runes are best learned in a F-U-Th-A-R-K ætr order. I also believe that the rune poems are my preferred way of discovering the secrets of the runes as opposed to the I-Ching. The blank rune is not necessary for most rune work, but makes a handy replacement for lost or broken runes.

  • Nenad
    2019-03-16 01:31

    Brief and concise, also quite idiosyncratic. The book is not so much about the traditional meaning of runes, but about the author's personal interpretations. Those he had developed over years of practice by means that include meditation and I Ching. The order he lists the runes seems to be completely random. Equally odd are frequent quotes from Christian authors, from Meister Eckhart to Mother Theresa, none of whom have anything to do with the runes. It's a quick read, okay for those who are absolute beginners willing to continue with more serious study.(Note: The review is for the title "The New Book of Runes" by the same author, an expanded edition of the book listed here.)

  • Marynchan Miku
    2019-02-28 07:34

    I loved how everything in this book is written truly from the persons' heart. It's not an average "dryly written" fact book. You can feel how much the writer loves Runes. He gives a brief, easy to understand and very warm introduction to people who want to learn about runes and how to talk to them.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-17 00:13

    it is a great book explaining Viking runes. gives you the history, different example spreads, and explains all of the runes and their meanings. With pictures of each one. It's a good beginer book on runes though I think after reading books like this a lot of what comes after is from you

  • Victoria
    2019-03-03 07:07

    it really gave me more knowledge and background of runes, Elder Futhark, and other things... (i will add more to this "what did you think?" )

  • Yvonne
    2019-03-08 02:34

    This book is not about the historical or academic view of Germanic/Nordic runes. Rather, this book is a contemporary oracle medium that utilizes the runes. That may offend or upset some rune casters who get their undies twisted in a knot. If you can put your biases aside and see this book along with the clay rune tiles it comes with, as a divination oracle then you may have a better time. Being of Nordic and Germanic descent myself, I know the history of the runes and the importance they played culturally and spiritually speaking. I don't believe Mr. Blum was attempting to be disrespectful of such a rich and colourful history. I read the book in it's entirety numerous times throughout the years. I found the symbolism and meanings presented to be intriguing and enlightening. If you are looking for a beginner's introduction to rune casting, this book and rune stone set will suffice. I've used this set of runes for over 23 years with great success. You can use the simple 1 rune spread, Odin's Rune, or a 3 rune spread (past, present, future) or invent your own! I use runes in numerous spreads, such as the Celtic Cross, the Horseshoe spread etc. I've also combined runes and tarot card readings. Really, there is no limit to how you can incorporate the runes into your divination practice.