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My Own Hand-Carved Runes
In the weeks to come, I'll be making a new (black framed) scrying mirror, dusting off my crystal ball and focusing on learning how to read the runes.  I'll share the ins and outs of scrying process and practice in future posts and whatever new info I learn in regard to the runes.  
Today, however, I'd like to share on process of carving runes by way of the set I carved several years ago but never quite got the hang of. 

The individual disks (pictured above and below) were hand sawed from a single piece of dead fall birch and carved with a very focused intention. I selected the birch branch from a wooded area near running water - a place with really amazing energy.  

24 Runes of the Elder Futhark
Inscribing the rune characters was a two step process. 

I began by carving a precise V shaped channel with an exacto knife in the shape of the runic symbol I was working with.  Each line is cut twice - a 45 degree cut in one direction which is joined by a second angle.  

I then applied color deep into the freshly carved channel using a fine bristled brush. Making a deep channel guarantees that the color won't smear or wear but it takes patience and a very steady hand to place the color.

Making this rune set was a fair amount of work - I carved one per night over a period of weeks and most of them did not come out exactly right on the first try.  This could probably be avoided by tracing the runes out prior to carving but I felt the energy would be better if I carved them directly.  I sewed the bag by hand - a very easy task in comparison!

I charged each rune during and after carving using the method recommended in Freya Aswynn's excellent book Northern Mysteries and Magic. This method involves both concentration (during carving) and singing or chanting the name of the rune - which I did after the rune was carved. Aswyn's book is one of the best on the subject, in my opinion, and a great resource for both interpretation and carving.  I'll be using it (and other resources) to learn the language of the runes. 

Northern Mysteries and Magic by Freya Aswynn'
I have been a tarot girl for a long time but I feel that the runes might provide an energetic bridge to my own Celtic-Norman heritage and want to learn more about this ancient practice. To think that I tossed this set from box to box as we moved from house to house and even offered them etsy!  Luckily I did not, in the end, actually let them go or lose them.

I also have a second set of ruins that I received from my son.  They are a lovely blue stone.  I was touched that a boy with absolutely no interest in such things would chose such a gift.   I also see it as a sign that this is a tool I'm meant to work with.  Those beautiful blue stone runes have been retrieved from my jeweler book and now have a place on my alter next to my hand-carved set.  I plan to work with both and will be putting both sets out to clear and charge in the light of the coming full moon.

For more on the wood utilized for this project please check back for my upcoming post on birch.  To read one of my early articles on scrying please see the following posts: Scrying and the Bible and A Modern Day Psychomanteum.  To read read upcoming articles on the history and practice of scrying and rune work please follow, share or book mark this site!

My runes in a pile - which is, I have learned, exactly how you read them.

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