Books & Runes

A friend just challenged me on how many books I read last year. I counted–I got to around 72 and then got confused when I realized I read the entirety of LOTR, the Hobbit, Perilous Realms, and the Children of Hurin PLUS  This is How to Lose the Time War twice and and actually maybe it’s 74. I dunno. I don’t want to count it all again.

I’m not sure it was a kind boast. That’s something heathens don’t talk about. When is it appropriate to boast?

I started reading Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones today. My bookstore friend lent it to me last night, saying it was his first encounter with Norse mythology as a child. I’ve devoured most of it. My favourite scene so far is with the Norns. I love how witchy they are. Jones is pretty successful at making Loki and Odin complicated people, which is nice.

I’ve been plotting on how to study the runes. I’m thinking:

  • two weeks per rune
  • a collage
  • a poem
  • a bindrune

I’ve also ordered Paxson’s Taking Up the Runes and Coyle’s Sigil Magic: for Writers and other Creatives. Sheffield’s Long Branches also looked like a fucking excellent rune book, but it wasn’t magical. It does otherwise look like an excellent analysis of the Sagas and the runes so it’s on my to-read list. I had to remove Paxson’s book on Odin from my book order because I realized that, with money being tight this month, I ought not to splurge on books.

Anyway, more on Paxson–I want to study the runes in pairs. Tomorrow, I intend to make a year-long schedule for what runes to study. I also hope to do a New Years reading on the year ahead. I usually use tarot for this but why not use runes for once?

Now, I don’t know if such a lengthy study is even sustainable. I hope to be working on an entirely different continent by the end of this new year so… we’ll see. I really want to be a #nopressurepagan this year so I want to be very flexible and lenient and forgiving with myself on such a schedule. I also hope to ask local allies for some help. *shrugs* it’s up in the air.

I’ll post more about the new year soon enough.

6 thoughts on “Books & Runes

    1. That’s what I am concerned about! I’m not sure how to make a sustainable study practice. a year-long rune study has a great possibility for failure.

      thanks! Yeah. my secret is that I’m on the bus for about an hour or more every day, so I have plenty of time to read.

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      1. Hmmm… maybe it’s all in ‘how’ you apply that one year long study. Like, taking it slowly and gently instead of making it as intense? I should set aside an hour for reading every day! That would probably help me calm down so much.


      2. *nods* since your original remark, it got me thinking about my project and I think I am giving myself too much to do. I think like my friend Varian below, I’ll work on my rune studies in, as you say, a gentle way, as my time and energy allows, rather than following a strict schedule.
        also, I already read for at least an hour a day so…. scheduling it would be…. weird?

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