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New Age Drivel
on October 18, 2000
As with all of Ralph Blume's works, Healing Runes is completely an invention of his own imagination, with no historical basis and little practical value.
Despite the fact that the esoteric meaning of the runes as well as their methods of use survives in sources dating to around the Viking Age, Mr. Blume sees fit to make up his own interpretations, usually aimed at placating the faddish new-age crowd, always eager to plunk down money to follow the latest trend. Having made up his own meanings, I am shocked that he hasn't simply made up his own symbols as well. (Then again, the "blank rune" nonsense is, I believe, his invention, so perhaps that qualifies.)
A serious seeker into the runic mysteries would do infinitely better to seek out books by Edred Thorsson or Kveldulf Gundersson, or (better yet) the original sources.