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The history of the runes is mysterious. According to Norse mythology, Odin, the chief of the gods, hung himself in self-sacrifice from the world tree Yggdrasil for nine days and nights in order to receive cosmic wisdom. This was granted to him in the form of the runes. The word rune is derived from runa, an ancient Germanic word meaning whisper or mystery. The runes make up an alphabet that, with local variations, was used across most of northern Europe from pre-Christian times until the thirteenth century. This book explains the meanings of the runes and the Norse mythology that underpins their basic concepts. The straight, angular lines of the runes are ideal for carving into bone, wood, or stone, or forming with twigs. Different methods for making runestones are described with instructions on how to use them for divinatory and magical purposes, from making talismans to petitioning the Norse gods. In addition to the history of runes and how to use them, this pack comes with 36 handy cards so that the wisdom of the runes can be carried with you at all times. The cards include handy carry-size information on the 24 runes and their meanings, plus some essential runic blessings and wishes.
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LONA EVERSDEN has written widely on spiritual practices and has a long-held interest in divination. She is the author of many works of non-fiction, including a book on finding your soul mate. She has edited or contributed to many other books on esoteric subjects such as crystal magic, meditation and guardian angels.
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