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2.0 out of 5 stars %The Healing power of trees, March 21, 2011
This review is from: The Healing Power of Trees: Spiritual Journeys Through the Celtic Tree Calendar (Paperback)
I was given this book as a present and though it's okay, I do question some of the information. I'd like to know what sources were used, especially on any kind of Celtic history.

The author claims "scrying is unique to Celts" - I'd like to see that source as to my knowledge, there is no proof this is true that I'm aware of. Sad fact is, there is actually very little real Celtic history around simply because the Celts did not record much of their history. We only have a few bits and pieces and much of that is still being studied to be better understood. (See Jan Fries books on Celt history. At least he acknowledges the obvious that we have so little from this time period, therefore we can only guess at what actually did happen at the time.) Because we do have so little from the Celts themselves, to make the claim "scrying is unique to Celts" is questionable.

I realize this is suppose to be about trees (though some were not trees), but if we are going to mention any kind of history, it might be wise to cite and use better sources when mentioning anything as specific as the above (about scrying). Better, look at more credible sources other than New Age versions of handed down history (such as Robert Graves whose work has now been questioned).

Her list of sources such as Star Hawk, Lynn Andrews, and worse - Ralph Blum, are overused sources. I would have looked towards real research and science as well as historians that are more qualified.

(Like many have said before, it took people like Blum to get out those such as Steven Flowers aka "Edred Thorsson" who actually know more about their subjects (in this case runes). See Runecastor's Handbook and other books by Flowers. Dr. Flowers on the subject of runes. Flowers also runs a workshop on runes - [...] for better information on runes than Blum's work.)

There is no blank rune in ancient rune writings that anyone knows of. That was Blum's invention and I don't take it seriously for that reason. When author's include ideas like Blum's work, it falls on the credibility scale for me.

It's a shame because there are so many other sources that would have been far better but were ignored in favor of typical "been there, done that" new age info already around.

I honestly can't say I'd recommend this book to anyone when there are better books out there.
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Initial post: Feb 23, 2015 4:36:18 PM PST
B. Wilson says:
Its funny when people bash Blum as some great adulterator., but I have lined up Blum's book with other books on Runes, and guess what? The rune interpretations were identical. As for the blank rune, yes that was Blum's invention, and I believe he stated so in his book. All magical traditions, if they are going to have any relevance to contemporary practitioners, must be a living tradition that adapts to modern needs.

It seems that Blum's biggest sin was that he simply helped popularized runes for a modern audience and made them accessible.

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