San Francisco: Weiser Books, 1984. Paperback, xv+156 pages. New.
Edred Thorsson’s Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic is a complete and practical guide to working with the Runes. Beginning with a concise history of the Runes, Thorsson provides detailed instructions on runic lore, and how it can be put to use not only for divination, but also for spiritual development and magical practice. He explores the theory and practice of Runic magic, and gives step-by-step instructions for how to create talismans, magical rituals such as the Hammer-rite, and the appropriate use of colour and numerical symbolism. Each of the Runes are given an extensive treatment, with commentaries on the mysteries they encapsulate. He also explores the magical tools for Rune-work, Runic meditation, and use of Runic magic for love, protection, binding and other everyday applications. With appendices dealing with the pronunciation of Old Norse, tables of Runic correspondences and the power of poetry as a magical act, Futhark is an excellent work for anyone interested in using the Runes for divination and magic.