new from Black Front Press
ACCORDING to the ancient historian, Tacitus (56–120 CE), who studied the Germanic peoples living outside the Roman Empire, his barbarian counterparts in the north would "break off a branch of a fruit-tree and slice it into strips; they distinguish these by certain runes and throw them, as random chance will have it, on to a white cloth." Written in 98 CE, this early account of Germanic spirituality remains the earliest literary source available for the discussion of the runes themselves. These striking and enigmatic staves, which appear in three distinct traditions - the Elder Futhark (around 150–800 CE), the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (400–1100 CE) and the Younger Futhark (800–1100 CE) - represent far more than just an alphabet and once we go beyond the basic transliteration of these Proto-Germanic symbols we discover that each has an accompanying meaning. Some of these definitions relate to everyday objects like trees and animals, but our forefathers - believing that the runes had been obtained by the god Odin, in return for one of his eyes - were also aware of the mystical, divinatory and transcendent qualities of each rune and this knowledge has survived to the present day. In this latest publication from Black Front Press a group of historians, runologists and magicians have come together to explore the continuing allure of these powerful symbols in an attempt to provide the reader with a fascinating and well-rounded interpretation of their continuing resonance in the contemporary world. Contributors include Troy Southgate (The Sacred Centre: Practical Wodenism in Light of Tradition), Richard J. Levy (Staves of Blood: Finding My Inner Other), Ron McVan (A Selection of Rune Poems), Wulf (Runic Mysteries / The ALU-ULA Runic Mystery), K. R. Bolton (Path-working With Runes), Wyatt Kaldenberg (The Dangers of Dabbling in Runic Magic), Osred (An Unsolved Runic Mystery), Piercarlo Bormida (Runic Yoga), Colin Lockwood (The Windswept Tree), Hamasson (Thoughts on the Hail Rune and its Connection to the Sacred Mountain) and Nikarev Leshy (The Armanen Futharkh: A Controversial Rune-Row?).