In Taking Up the Runes, Diana Paxson delves into the ancient historical meaning of each rune and explains their contemporary uses and meanings. Although 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. We discover that the real power of runes comes from inside ourselves when we find the wisdom and power within each symbol and internalize them.
Diana Paxson is author of more than a dozen historical novels with strong spiritual themes including The White Raven and The Serpent’s Tooth. She is also the coauthor, with Marion Zimmer Bradley, of Priestess of Avalon and has continued the immensely popular Mists of Avalon series on her own.