Intro from yet another new member
Have a "brief," all-encompassing intro in this first
email to the group.
The accumulation of many years of dabbling in the
runes exploded last month when I was asked to bone up
on rune divination, and, the following day, set up a
rune table at a psychic fair. That night Blum told me
�NO WAY!,� not in a casting but in a crash
reviewing/mastering of his book
Not that Blum, for me, is a sinner. My Blum-casts
served -- past tense -- me personally and a few
friends VERY well. But no saint is he either, a
conclusion reached absolutely without ANY knowledge of
the world beyond THE BOOK OF RUNES and me. I long had
misgivings. They, and a crushing sense that much was
missing during above review night, (a) took me out of
the fair, but (b) sparked me to learn the rest of the
rune story. �Sir� Ralph had introduced me to the
runes twenty years ago, and, until late last month,
was my sole reference. Now, into four other rune
books, the Intro-02 Course of the Runes School, etc.,
Blum has moved from THE to A reference.
Why join our group? Its tolerant philosophy, and
promise of knowledge supplementing other sources.
Where am I today rune-wise? A beginning student of
rune divination, on data overwhelm -- 160 Norse
mythology notebook refs and counting, but keeping atop
because of trust in (a) the advice, as best recalled,
�Trust. Use what works. Discard the rest even though
I said it" -- The Buddha, and (b) humor. Speaking of
which, I see B.King (WAY OF THE RUNES) lambastes at
least MOST psychic fair readers whereas academic
scholar R.I Page (READING THE PAST RUNES)more
inclusively denounces ALL rune divination as
My faith? A no-name religion of beliefs connecting me
with Universal Laws and the All-That-Is, respecting
others� connections/non-connections via and to
whomever or whatever as they choose, and resonating
with such as the religion of the Dalai Lama
(�kindness�) and elements of The Force of George
Lucas, a Power that can be called upon.
Are runes a part of my faith? They and dreams are
among my preferred diving boards, springing boards, to
Do I use reverse readings?
--- The long answer: Absolutely, but, like upright
readings, NOT in any dual world, good-bad sense, but
in context, in the context of the question asked, the
moment, neighboring runes, insights� I also do dream
intuiting. Our friend the �snake� has several dozen
dream meanings listed hither and yon, countless more
with time and imagination and herpetological and other
research, BUT the context (e.g., the dream mood, the
dreamer�s snake experience/feelings) provide the best
springboard, clues, meanings. Or so I think.
-- The short answer: I am a work still in progress.
My set of runes? Blum�s for the moment, this month
without the blank.
Particularly layouts? The single rune most always,
sometimes three, and very, very occasionally I tap
into a spreads list now approaching thirty.
Books? Another day AFTER I have read a dozen.
Specific interest today? I second the motion on the
question in a recent email: �So what sources/books
have you used to determine your methods and
meanings? And, I piggy-back on this with another
proposal for applied-runeology.
I propose that our talented group occasionally (i.e.,
Cast of the month?) do and comment on an ACTUAL
reading. One way would be for someone to present at
the beginning of the month (1) an actual, meaningful
cast of note, maybe of not more than three runes, and
and provide essential background (e.g., the spread,
the question, the time/date?, the set of runes
employed, any BRIEF appropriate relevant background on
the questioner, question, possibly the reader?) and
(2) either (a) include her/his reading next to the
cast, or (b) send that reading at month's end after
comments are in, whichever would be most helpful. If
there is merit in this request, if it would I would
hope others would improve it, for example, to
minimizing <flaming>, maximizing sharing techniques,
insights, though processes...
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