When I was a teenager, I came across the runes and I was instantly attracted to them and the story of Odin, so I bought my first set of them. I could have done with a book such as the one Kevin Rowan-Drewitt has written, ‘The Rowan Guide to the Astrology of the Runes’ to help me learn and understand how to use them.
This book sets one on the path to become a rune master, which the author is having spent 30 years working with these magical tools. Though small the book is full of vital information, guidance and illustrations on each of the rune signs and includes the artwork of Colin Hambrook.
Kevin Rowan-Drewitt is the author of a number of books on the standing stones and stone circles of the Cumbria area and is a teacher of the Earth Mysteries. He has given many talks, and has often been interviewed for radio as well as making two programs for Sky TV; one on Stonehenge, the other a collaboration with Alan Miles on that great woman warrior Boudicca and the Icenii.
I have visited many ancient stone sites with Kevin and find his knowledge on the carved spirals put into many of these stones by the ancients fascinating. Kevin is well aware that symbols are an important part of human conditioning, we like to make symbols and put into them sacred meanings, they aid us in understanding ourselves, our life’s journey and to look deeper into our soul.
Kevin’s latest book concentrates on the meanings of the runes in relation to their astrological signs that they fall under and the planets that influence them and the author takes us on an astrological journey through the runes as he discusses their meanings and effects as well as their etymology.
There is a chapter on how to cast runes, for there are many different ways this can be done, and how to read them to be able to get a true definition of the meaning of the message that they are showing.
I like Kevin’s ideas as he explores the mysteries surrounding these symbols, for example the rune Peorth, many have tried to interpret its symbolism, what is it representing? Kevin puts forward some new ideas from his research on this symbol and many others whose original meaning has been lost to the times. The Peorth rune can indicate secrets and the author dives deep into the mystery and the secrets that these runes hold.
He always makes me think about things in a new way, I had noted before that there was no circle in the rune symbolism, which I had always thought quite strange, and Kevin goes on to discuss this in the book.
The book ends with a discussion on the past history of the runes as well as how they are being used and interpreted in the modern-day system of divination, magic and healing works.
This guide to the runes reminded me what a journey it was for me to make my own set of runes in the past; going to collect the wood, shaping them and then adding the symbols, invoking them into the wood, holding them in my hand and instilling them with their power.
The book then inspired me to go and do this again, collect the wood and make my own set and once again I find myself looking at these ancient symbols and implementing them again into my life.