Earlier this week, I finished reading Run Valdr: Rune Power/Authority by Rodney Cox. I read this book as part of my work in one of the ADF Order study programs, and I found it a very interesting read, especially as someone who is new to the Run Valdr system.
This book begins with defining what Run Valdr is, and by comparing it to other systems, like Reiki that are similar in some ways and different in others. Cox then dives into information about runes and the poems associated with those, taking the time to define each run and show the comparisons between Norwegian, Icelandic, and Anglo-Saxon rune poems and the definitions that come from those. As someone who isn't an expert in Runes, I appreciated this thorough explanation and deep dive into the information for each individual symbol. Someone who has a mastery over runes may find this section less useful.
After runes are explained, the book moves on to the Run Valdr specific symbols, uses, color associations, and purposes. The symbols themselves are shared as well. Cox once again does a deep dive into each of these symbols, explaining where the knowledge for them came from, color associations he relates to each symbol, and how he has used them in his own practices.
When each symbol has been thoroughly explained, you get to dive into the process of actually working with the Run Valdr system. Cox breaks the process down into 5 simple steps, which I think are detailed enough to be successfully approached by someone new to the system, as well as short enough to be easily remembered without needing a long script to guide you along the way.
The book also describes attunements for the Run Valdr system and the different methods in which they can be obtained. Like Reiki, attunements are a necessary part of this system, but the single level of attunements and variety in which they can be obtained makes them more approachable to someone new to the system, at least in my personal opinion. After attunements, Cox explores different methods in which someone can build their experience and practice, essentially outlining how he would train someone if he were to do a course in person with a group of individuals. This detail again helps give new people options for how to build their skillset without feeling like they have to attend a course or rely on someone else to impart this skillset upon them.
After the base skills and practices are established, Cox dives into the use of Run Valdr for magical practices. He discusses the role of authority in magic, and breaks out information on different types of magic, such as Seidh practice, sigils, and creation of magical objects. He explores methods to meet spirit guides, and builds a handy practice to make those introductions. He also gives though explanations for Resonance & Authority laws that can be applied to magical practices.
Cox ends the book by exploring some more advanced techniques, such as finding and establishing deity symbols, creating automatic symbols, and combining 2 symbols to work together. The book ends with three appendices: A Run Valdr/Author history, information on Sif Qi Gong which contains photos for clarity, and a recommended reading list.
This book takes an approach to working with this energy system that I think is very approachable and understandable to someone who is unfamiliar with this practice. It gives good step by step instructions that are both easy to understand to someone who may be new to magical systems, while also being thorough enough to be useful to someone with a more advanced skill level. Overall, I enjoyed the information it contained and am interested in how the practice works. I have actually obtained an attunement in this system myself so that I can now practice and familiarize myself with this methodology to see what I can learn next. If you're interested in energy systems, like Reiki and would like to learn more about a new or different approach to energy work, I'd recommend you check this out to see if it's something you're interested in.