The Divine Code - Der Göttliche Code
Currently only available in German
Mrs. Denisons' book is the lastest book on runes I read and the book where it took me the longest for reasons you will find below. Nonetheless I came to the conclusion that it is by far the most entertaining book on runes that I have so far read.
Isa Denison appears not to belong to the usual writer of books on runes such as those that have a background of Asatru, Wicca or Ceremonial Magick. Judging from her writing I can only conclude that she is deeply rooted in her own mix of New Age (being extremely onesided to cosmic love and ignoring all bad things such as conflicts - even though this is one of the most driving force bringing humanity forward).
The good, the bad and the ugly
Nice hardcover with nifty graphics in blue and a velvet ribbon as bookmark.
Her method of research leaves a whole lot to be desired. While in the appendix she has a nice bibliography instead of using both the named ancient sources or the work of current rune masters she is using intuitive research along with channeling. Mrs. Denison devoted a complete chapter where she is writing on what exactly she used for research and also stated she had to use the intuitive method as there are next to no sources available.
This results in her describing the Elder Futhark which consists of 18 runes instead of the traditional 24 rune system - surprisingly she didn't use the New Agey 25 runes system. Interestingly she partly uses the Armanen Futhork meaning instead of the Elder or Younger along with her interpretations.
The history of the runes is also way off. Historical sources are labeled wrong, no matter how valid the proof is. Instead she claims that Odin gave the runes to the humans in the Age of Lemuria and that the runes are about 50.000.000 years old. More on that in the section below.
To find out more on the runes themselves she and her friend "Alice" contacted Odin during nice afternoon chats with chocolate and herbal tea.
These channeling sessions seems to have taken place over an extended period in which Odin is questioned and gives answers regarding the ages of mankind, the role of runes, gods and other entities.
Let's start with the entity she and Alice contacted to gain more information:
The name Odin can be traced back to "od" otherwise known as Chi or Prana. If I remember correctly, "od" stems from Odin and the term was coined when the Armanen Futhark came up.
The other gods of the Norse Pantheon didn't fare any better. The meaning of the name Thor she traced back to the German word "Tor" (gate) and he became the Gate to Love. Tyr was traced back to the German "Tür" which in turn became the Door to Love. Both gods are seen as tresholds to ODIS, the cosmic love. Additionally Thor incarnated as Jesus (this name she states is rooted in French - "Je Suis" I am).
In the remaining chapters Mrs. Denison continues to describe the Ages of
According to her truth the first three runes are the creator runes that were used to call the universe into being. The remaining are the runes of the various ages.
The not overly plausible root-tracing of words continues throughout the book, for some reason an ancient word always seems to have a root in current language, be it German, English or French. No matter whether the ancient tongue is actually related to the currently spoken one. A similar sound is already proof enough - with a quick question to ODIS whether she is right and ODIS of course states that she is.
Additionally just about every mythology (Norse, Egyptian, Indian, Jewish, Christian, Aztec, Incan, Celtic, King Arthur, the Grail, Greek, Roman, Zoroaster and numerous others) is added to the mixture to form one single more or less coherent History of Mankind.
One thing that authors also should NOT do is to split a book on runes into three books that are published sperately. The first book only deals with half the rune system. According to the book the remaining will be published in part 2 and 3.
The ideas in this book are so outrageously far-fetched that they are verging on hilarious.
All in all, teachers who wish to test their students on what they learned about runes and the Norse pantheon can use this book as it's a great "find-and-correct-the-errors" exercise. Otherwise the book has nothing to offer, no great ideas one could use in magickal work or divination nor new usable insights.
Those that want to know about actual rune work better pick books such as Rune Rede, Futhark, Runelore, At the Well of Wyrd, Yggsbok or the Rune Workbook.