Runic States

Ingeborg Svea Norden reviews Runic States: a Shamanic Perception of Quantum Realities by Kevin Steffens in the Bkwyrm archive.

Steffens seems interested in making the runes relevant and understandable to a modern audience–which is a good thing in itself, although his approach isn’t. It’s hard to take the author of a magic book seriously when he constantly alludes to science fiction and pop culture; it’s also hard to accept someone who ignores some basic beliefs of the culture he draws on (like the moon being male and the sun female in Norse tradition). To make matters worse, Steffens makes some very sexist remarks about the role of women in both ancient and modern cultures; this alone will offend some female readers.

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