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Best Runes Books: The Ultimate List

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Runes books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Runes for Beginners: A Guide to Reading Runes in Divination, Rune Magic, and the Meaning of the Elder Futhark Runes (2018)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListThe 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…
Author(s): Lisa Chamberlain

2. Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic (2005)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListAlthough 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…
Author(s): Diana L Paxson

3. Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle (2003)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListA 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 RingsNordic 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…
Author(s): Paul Rhys Mountfort


 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListPaperback: 565 pages Publisher: Bantam Books (2003) Language: English ASIN: B0018XVPP2 Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,172,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #92890 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
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5. The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: How to Interpret Runes, Rune Lore, and the Art of Runecasting (Weiser Big Book) (2018)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListRunes are the ancient Norse alphabet used for communication, divination, and magical work. Here, American runologist Edred Thorsson provides an in-depth guide to the world of runes for beginners and enthusiasts alike. Thorsson’s presentation of this powerful system provides a valuable tool for self-development and spiritual transformation.The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic: This book includes material from the author’s previous books Futhark, Runelore, and Runecaster’s Handbook….
Author(s): Edred Thorsson

6. The Witches’ Runes: A Traditional Divination System ()

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListLearn how to make and use The Witches’ Runes, and hold the unseen in the palm of your hand! This beautiful little book was privately distributed for 25 years and is available to the public for the first time. A traditional divination system that uses symbols from a number of folk and alchemical traditions and has been in use in the U.S. for over half a century. Simple, profound, powerful and intimate!”Ever since I read your article about this system in the Crystal Well back in about 1975, I have made and been using your Runestones and I have great success with them. I have taught classes in the making and reading of the…
Author(s): Dana Cor| Oct 25, 2018

7. RISE: Runes and Ritual (2019)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListMyth communicates the incomprehensible through stories, symbols, and metaphors. The mythos of the ancient Norse provides numerous examples of many types of magic and provides the context within which the Norse wizard and witch are able to work their spells. Rise, Runes, and Ritual is written from the perspective of the Odian Left Hand Path. Its purpose is to provide the reader with a method to discover and develop the hidden and latent powers and qualities within themselves whereby they will be enabled to :R:ise to their fullest potential. The mythos of the ancient Norse is the context in which these…
Author(s): Troy Wisehart

8. A Practical Guide to the Runes: Their Uses in Divination and Magick (Llewellyn’s New Age) (1989)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListEIHWAZ the yew, URUZ the wild ox, KENAZ the hearth fire. Created by the Nordic and Germanic tribes of northern Europe, the runes began as a magickal system of pictographs representing the forces and objects in nature. This guidebook will help you discover the oracular nature of the runes and how to use them as a magickal tool for insight, protection, and luck. Practical and concise, this book includes:…
Author(s): Lisa Peschel

9. Runes: Unlock the Secrets of the Stones (RP Minis) (2010)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListOnce used by village shamans for meditation and fortune telling, runes are stones with Elder Futhark inscriptions that make predictions about your wealth, love life, happiness, and more. Learn ancient wisdom with 24 runes, a cloth, and an 88-page book….
Author(s): Sarah O’Brien

10. Forest Runes (Classic Reprint) (2019)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListExcerpt from Forest RunesOT that the gift of poesy is mine, Nor that I claim the poet’s meed of praise, But in remembrance of the golden days Of youth, have I inscribed these simple lays To thee, my brother, and to auld lang syne.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing…
Author(s): George Washington Sears

11. Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic (2012)

 Best Runes Books: The Ultimate ListRunes are the ancient Norse alphabet used for communication, divination, and magical work. In Futhark, American runologist Edred Thorsson introduces readers to the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, their definitions, and mystic properties.The runic system of magic and mysticism is one of the most powerful forms of metaphysical thought available to the Western world. This bestselling classic book on Runes continues to be required reading for those who seek true knowledge of the mystery of the Runes.Thorsson’s presentation of this powerful system is lucid and profound and provides a valuable tool for spiritual…
Author(s): Edred Thorsson

Best Runes Books: The Ultimate List

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Casting the Runes: Occult Investigation in the World of M. R. James

Author(s): Paul StJohn Mackintosh
ID: 2895555, Publisher: Design Mechanism, Year: 2021, Size: 137 Mb, Format: pdf

Relations and Runes: The Baltic Islands and Their Interactions During the Late Iron Age and Early Middle Ages

Author(s): Laila Kitzler Åhfeldt, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, Per Widerström, Ben Raffield (eds.)
ID: 2904616, Publisher: Swedish National Heritage Board, Year: 2020, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf

Lost Teachings of the Runes: Northern Mysteries and the Wheel of Life

Author(s): Ingrid Kincaid
ID: 2794838, Publisher: Weiser Books, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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