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Gods Of The Runes : The Divine Shapers of Fate - Frank Joseph

Gods Of The Runes

The Divine Shapers of Fate

Paperback Published: 27th January 2011
ISBN: 9781591431169

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The ancient origins and divinatory power of the runes

• Uncovers the original divinatory meaning of each rune through the myths of its corresponding Norse god or goddess

• Includes beautiful full-color illustrations of the runic gods and goddesses

• Presents rune-casting spreads for divination and character analysis

• Explores the controversial history of runes from the Paleolithic Stone Age to today

Invented long before the appearance of the runic alphabet Futhark less than two thousand years ago, the runes were originally created as symbols for specific deities. Representing the twenty-four Norse gods and goddesses from the Vanir and Aesir pantheons, the runes provide a way to establish direct contact with the divine shapers of fate.

Based on the work of Austrian mystic and runologist Guido von List and anthropologist Marija Gimbutas as well as the oldest rune artifacts to survive from pre-Christian Europe, this book reveals the long history of runes from their appearances in Paleolithic cave paintings through their rechristening in Medieval times to their modern resurgence as a popular tool of divination. It uncovers the original names and divinatory meanings of each rune by exploring the myths, personality traits, astrological periods, identifying colors, and gemstones of the rune’s corresponding god or goddess. It also illustrates and explains five ancient rune-casting spreads used by Norse adepts for divination as well as character analysis. By renewing their link with the divine, Gods of the Runes shows how working with the runes can be a genuine mystical experience, enabling a personal connection with the gods and a rediscovery of their perennial truths.

"At last we have a handy reference, lavishly illustrated, that tells the reader which god or goddess corresponds with which rune, for the entire Futhark. Gods of the Runes should be in every occultist's library."--John Tiffany, editor of The Barnes Review
"[Gods of the Runes] . . . gifts us, with a bold new understanding of the runes that resonates deeply with the primal spirituality from which they emerged. The system is easy to learn, a joy to work with and very rich in depth."--Thor the Barbarian, The Barbarian Chronicals, February 2011
"Frank Joseph's Gods of the Runes: The Divine Shapers of Fate is a charming and unconventional introduction to runes. Joseph explores the celestial origins of the runes by revealing the major myths of the twenty-four Norse Gods and Goddesses on which the runes are based. Each rune's God or Goddess is introduced with an engaging story displaying their personalities and key attributes. Ian Daniels provides stunning illustrations of each God or Goddess, including eight full color illustrations, deepen your understanding of this ancient art."--Witches' Almanac, December 2013

Foreword: The Runes Are Spiritual Touchstonesp. v
Introduction: Connecting with the God Energy of the Runesp. 1
Rune Quest: Exploring Methods of Divinationp. 4
Runic Origins: Older than Suspectedp. 24
Erija, the Queen of Heavenp. 39
Ullr, the Glorious Onep. 45
Thor, the Protectorp. 51
Aegir, the Oceanic Godp. 59
Ran, Goddess of the Seap. 65
Kvasir, the Divine Inspirerp. 69
Gefion, the Sacred Benefactorp. 73
Vidar, Conqueror of Doomp. 77
Heimdall, He of the Echoing Hornp. 83
Njord, the Needfulp. 89
Iduna, Gatherer of Golden Applesp. 93
Jordegumma, the Old Woman of the Earthp. 99
Eir, Wolf Motherp. 105
Perchta, Keeper of Secretsp. 109
Odin, All-Fatherp. 115
Sif, the Golden-Hairedp. 121
Tyr, War Godp. 127
Balder, the Deathlessp. 131
Erda, Earth Motherp. 135
Mardal-Freya, Goddess of Sexual Romancep. 139
Loki, the Tricksterp. 143
Yngvi-Freyr, Patron of Increase and Prosperityp. 147
Donar, Cloud Drummerp. 151
Ostara, Goddess of Springp. 159
Current and Past-Life Rune Readings Using the Runes of the Godsp. 162
Notesp. 174
Bibliographyp. 180
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9781591431169
ISBN-10: 1591431166
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 27th January 2011
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.33