Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 5, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 288 pages
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A comprehensive and practical guide to the ancient oracle based on the runic alphabet of the Norse

• Reveals the symbolism and divinatory significance of the 24 rune "staves"

• Provides clear instructions on how to craft your own rune stones

• Explains the role of runes in the Norse wisdom tradition and its influence on such works as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings

Nordic runes are a potent and profoundly transformative magic system that gives contemporary readers access to the ancient wisdom tradition of Northern European cultures. The runes have deep resonances within the pagan Norse world of gods and goddesses, giants, dwarves, warriors, and wizards, which have greatly influenced the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. Norse tradition attributes the discovery of the runes to the "All-Father" Odin--a god of inspiration and secret wisdom and the mythical prototype for runecasters, who established the pattern for gaining his knowledge.

Nordic Runes addresses three major areas: Runelore, the history of this 2000-year-old Norse oracle; Runestaves, the meaning of the individual runes of the Elder Futhark alphabet and their powerful mythological, magical, and practical lessons for daily life; and Runecasting, a comprehensive guide to the oracular application of the ancient runes, including their crafting, divination, and self-development. As Nordic Runes shows, the runes do more than simply reflect the path of fate; they help develop and enhance intuition. By learning to cast and interpret the runes, the user becomes receptive to the energy currents in material reality and empowered in the arts of its transformation.
  

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Contents

The origin pf Runes and How to use This Book
1
RliriELORE
9
Odins Gift
10
Divine Mysteries
16
Runes and Runes guilds
19
The Northern Tradition
25
PART 2RV11ESTAVES
35
THE nORTHERH TRADITIOn
57
AETT
154
RUnECASTinG
195
Remembering the Tradition
197
The Theory
214
The art of Runcasting
222
Spreads and casting
232
A Final Word the rune Revival
259
Notes
266

RUnESTAVES
61
GUIDE TO THE STAVES
62
PREYS AETT
68
HAGAIS AETT
110
Bibliograph
273
Index to the Runes
278
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Paul Rhys Mountfort is a writer, researcher, and workshop leader specializing in the Celtic and Norse traditions. He is the author of Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees. Active in the contemporary pagan community, he lives with his partner and son on Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland, New Zealand.

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