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Futhark, a Handbook of Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson
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Sep 01, 2011

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FUTHARK is Thorsson's first book. He's divided it into two parts, a brief history of the runic system and a "practical" section that gives a complete set of magical exercises. Since he's studied the system extensively and has academic credentials, the history strikes me as sound and well-documented. He knows Old Norse and the other important languages of this field, always a plus in my opinion!

The exercises derive from a system developed early in the Twentieth Century in Germany, under the heavy influence, I suspect, of theosophy, ritual magic, and hatha yoga. Those who do actual magic will have to decide for themselves if it's worth following. I don't have the experience or the lore to pass a true judgment on whether or not it "works" to alter consciousness in the way of other magical systems. It's a patchwork, with bodily postures derived from yoga, chanting showing shamanistic influences, and of course the runes themselves, grafted on top.

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