In Focus Runes

Your Personal Guide

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Pub Date 14 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 25 Jan 2022

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Learn the basics of runes and how to use them to reveal the future and make your life better and more enjoyable.
This accessible and beautifully designed guide includes a frameable poster of runes and their essential meanings.
Runes are the letters of the ancient Norse alphabet, but each letter contains secret, mysterious meanings used for magical purposes. Unlike tarot cards, playing cards, and even chess pieces, runes don’t reflect the lives of historical kings, queens, and courtiers. Instead, they focus on the legendary gods of the Norse and Saxon peoples, created to explain the world and its inhabitants.

The runes have ancient roots but continue to offer relevant and down-to-earth messages for those who possess a basic understanding of them. Rune readings can throw light on murky situations and offer advice on how solve problems, move forward in life, and predict the future. To unlock the full potential of these powerful symbols, you’ll discover: the mythology behind each runethe various meanings of each runehow to lay out runes in spreads for a rune readinghow to make your own runesthe secrets of rune casting and rune magic Read them for yourself or cast them for friends and family. The more you use them, the better you’ll become at giving accurate readings, earning the respect accorded to the rune readers of old. Combining elegance and expertise, this is your essential modern guide to an ancient tradition.

The In Focus series applies a modern approach to teaching the classic body, mind, and spirit subjects. Authored by experts in their respective fields, these beginner’s guides feature smartly designed visual material that clearly illustrates key topics within each subject. As a bonus, each book includes reference cards or a poster, held in an envelope inside the back cover, that give you a quick, go-to guide containing the most important information on the subject.
Learn the basics of runes and how to use them to reveal the future and make your life better and more enjoyable.
This accessible and beautifully designed guide includes a frameable poster of runes...

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Nonostante l'utilizzo delle rune come metodo divinatorio sia più New Age di quanto non si pensi, in realtà questo libricino può risultare molto utile a chi segue quella linea di pensiero e non si è mai avvicinatx a questo strumento di divinazione. Super utili tutti gli schemi, facili da leggere

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* 𝑰 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏 𝑨𝑹𝑪 (𝑨𝒅𝒗𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝑪𝒐𝒑𝒚) 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑵𝒆𝒕𝑮𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒚, 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘. *

In Focus Runes: Your Personal Guide has a lot of information about the runes, their meaning, origin, how to cast them, practicing magick with their help etc. I must say I was positively surprised by this book, it's somewhat short but it packs more information you would expect. I think it's a lovely introduction to the world of runes, but always cross-reference different sources when learning about an ancient traditions, and take the information with a grain of salt. Anyhow, I really enjoyed the rune reading spreads and magickal meanings chapters and would altogether recommend reading this little book if you're interested in runes!

Thank you to NetGalley and the Author for providing this ARC!

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I really enjoyed this book. I loved all the initial information and I thought it was great for people who have basic or little to no knowledge of Norse Mythology. The way the runes are explained and showcased was simple and practical, and I found it very easy to assimilate. Overall, this is a great little resource if you have any interest in runes.

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I was pleasantly surprised to learn as much as I did about Norse tradition and runes. There was a lot of information packed into the book to give a solid understanding to a beginner into learning runes, and a good place to expand upon for future studying.
The author had a solid and welcoming “voice” making it an easy to follow read. Highly recommend!

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A helpful and surprisingly wide guide towards runes and casting them.

In truth I expected this to be a lot less helpful than it was, though I am already somewhat versed in runes- this proved helpful for even an intermediate.

The perfect addition for anyone looking to learn more or hone this practice.

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Runes are a way of conveying not only a form of ancient writing but a means of magic & divination. According to this author, not only did they stand for letters in the Runic Alphabet, they also symbolized the Nordic gods & deities and held deeper meaning for every day life.

This book focuses the exploration of the runes based on Nordic Mythology by giving an overview of the Norse gods & legends and then explaining each of the 24 Elder Futhark runes in three sections (subsets of 8 runes) each called an “aett”: Freya’s Aett, Hagal’s Aett, and Tyr’s Aett.

For each rune, you will be shown an image of it along with other names it is known by, how it is pronounced, its English equivalent, its upright & reversed meaning, its health interpretation, and background on the god(s)/deity it is associated with.

The author explains different ways to make your own set of runes, how to cleanse & prepare them and how to start a reading.

There are numerous helpful spreads in this book. They are broken down by chapter as to spread size. One is for smaller rune spreads, which includes ones that are great for beginners. Another chapter is for larger rune spreads, which are for more advanced readers, and include more detailed spreads. The last spread chapter contains crossover layouts from tarot and other form of divination such as The Celtic Cross Spread and the Numerology Spread.

The author also has a chapter on how to do rune magic through your rune casting practice, which includes some helpful tips that I wasn’t even aware of like, “Tradition says to use an odd number of runes for your magical message, perhaps three, five, seven, or nine. Frankly, less is more as far as spellcasting is concerned because too many runes will confuse your spiritual guides or gods, so I would recommend using anything from one to three runes.” (p. 113) There is even a handy Magical Rune List to cross-reference the rune you want to use for an intended magical purpose.

There are also handy charts for interpreting numerology through the runes and how to use all of this to make your own talismans and bind runes.

I received this book as an electronic copy for an honest review, but enjoyed it so much that I plan to purchase a copy of my own to keep in my library for reference.

Thanks to Netgalley, publisher and author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I’ve seen quite a few books on runes and found this one to be easily read and understood. It’s a good place to start, but… I’d also check on other books as there is a bit of controversy between this one and others I’ve read. I am definitely no expert in runes but I am suggesting you look at more than one book on runes if you plan to study them.

As for this book, there are decent illustrations, several charts, and easy-to-read explanations of each rune. I especially enjoyed the background, history, and reading about the legends and mythology surrounding runes. Each runic definition includes the rune name, another name (if one), the pronunciation, the English equivalent, key meaning, attributes, what it is for (in brief), health check, and what it means reversed (blank side up). There are descriptions and illustrations of multiple spreads for a reading (like in Tarot cards) as well as magical uses. The glossary at the back is extensive and is followed by an index to make things easy to find.

Recommendations: Overall, this is a good basic book for beginners, but I would definitely follow it up with other books so you can delve more deeply into the history and meaning of runes.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this digital copy.
Disclosure of Material: I received a final and/or advanced reader copy of this book with the hope that I will leave my unbiased opinion. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that… My Opinions. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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In Focus Runes

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a review

So this was a pretty good guide. I liked the information that was here as well as how it was all presented. To me, this book was laid out very intuitively and it was easy to find what I wanted. Also as a visual person, I highly appreciated the pictures and charts that were included. I liked the breakdowns on the individual runes and thought those were strong sections. I also liked the last section which had some runes spreads as those are my favorite thing to find in books like this and one of my markers for a well-written guidebook. I would definitely refer back to this book when studying runes further.

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This was such a wonderful dive in to the basics of runes! Really enjoyed the writing style and inclusion of the mythological background. All around wonderful read and resource.

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Very well written and fairly comprehensive for a intro book. The Gods are discussed and their rune associations. I found it interesting that Baldur was associated with Jera . I know he is associated with Sowilo but after thinking about it Jera make sense.Each rune is covered in a way that makes them understandable for today. There is even a health part of meaning for each rune which I have never seen before. All in all a great book to get someone started on runic wisdom , Those that know the runes will find it interesting also as many ideas or current uses are given which can add to your knowledge.

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