Wednesday 31 August 2016

Review: Runes of Yggdrasil by Freya Awynn

Last week I treated myself to a copy of a new set of divination cards - the Runes of Yggdrasil by Freya Aswynn, which she produced in partnership with Atlantis Bookshop.

In the past I'd never really got to grips with using the Runes, although I once had a go at making my own set, I've read a few books on the subject and even gone to a workshop or two. However, when I saw the Runes of Yggdrasil - which are printed on cards with vibrant illustrations as well as the Rune symbols - I really felt that was a form I could work with. I started using them by taking a card every day and my initial feelings were correct - this is a great way of learning to use Runes and my readings have felt accurate.

This is what Atlantis Bookshop said at the launch of the Runes of Yggdrasil:
We are very excited to be able to offer you a unique opportunity to own this intriguing new deck of rune cards, painted and privately published by the world-renowned rune expert, Freya Aswynn. Created as a signed, limited edition of just 200 sets, they are presented in a handsome metal tin and are accompanied by a booklet providing Freya’s personal perspective on each of the runes.

In her own words, Freya writes “The runes have been central to my life for 35 years and my first book on them appeared in 1984. Leaves of Yggdrasil was revised and updated in 1998 and became Northern Mysteries and Magic... Painting faces of gods is never easy and after a couple of attempts at illustrating the runes, the project was abandoned. Then, in 2009, I found an art tutor, Danny Francis and with the urging of Frank Geens/Freyr Sveinbj√∂rnsson I started this rune pack. They took a year and I hope you enjoy using them.”
This deck costs £30 and is available exclusively from The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, Eng WC1A 1LY. Atlantis is happy to post out decks for those who cannot get to the shop – call 020 7405 2120 for further information.

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