Magickware\’s Pagan Book Reviews

December 18, 2001

Tellstones: Runic Divination in the Welsh Tradition

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Runic Divination in the Welsh TraditionTellstones: Runic Divination in the Welsh Tradition
By Adam Byrn Tritt, Ph.D.; Crossquarter Breeze (Crossquarter Publishing Group)

Have you tried divination like runes or tarot only to give up in frustration and confusion? In forms of divination like the two mentions above there are dozens of symbols and meanings to remember. It takes years to become proficient enough to read a future without the book that accompanies most decks or sets.

Adam Byrn has researched his ancestors’ divination methods to come up with his own simple, coherent runic divination set. He calls them Tellstones. Mr. Bryn created a simple 10 stone set based his Welsh heritage. There are 9 symbols plus a blank stone, which represents the querient.

He modernized his symbols from his forebears’ use of animal guts and bones. Not only messy and smelly, such castings are no longer deemed politically correct.

The book contains a short introduction to the stones in general, an explanation with a drawing of each stone, two sample throws as well as a chapter instructing the reader in the construction of their own tellstones.
I found the explanations easy to understand but the drawings illustrating the runes themselves were difficult to follow. In one case it was nearly impossible for me to tell the difference between two of the symbols. I think photography would have been a more appropriate solution than the stylized pointillism that was used in this case.

In the chapter containing the instruction on how to make the tellstones, the written direction had a measurement that was different in the corresponding diagram. Once again, the stylized drawings were way too difficult to follow and detracted from the clarity of the book. In the back of the book there was an order form where those of us who are less ambitious can purchase a pre-made set of stones for a mere $29.95.

If you are looking for an easy to use and learn form of divination this book may have the system you are after.

Reprinted with permission. Original printing Elements Magazine

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