I know everyone has an opinion about what runes should be made out of while others don't really have a preference at all. What's your opinion?
What are your runes made out of? Did you make your own runes, have them made for you or did you buy them?
If you bought them, did you do anything as far as 'cleansing' them goes?
I know.. I ask a lot of questions.. but I'm always curious to hear the opinions of others :D
As for me, I've been using some that I bought at a local shop. I'm currently waiting for my husband to make me a set out of deer knuckle bones.
May I ask what you used to seal the glass ones with?
Do you have a favorite set or just whatever feels right at the time? :)
I didn't see you ask about cleansing.
You can smudge (sage) them, leave them under the full moon, your usual method that the material they are made of calls for, if you even cleanse at all.
Then I blooded mine. I put some of my blood on each rune. Some suggest spit, sweat, urine, sperm, whatever else, but I used blood on mine
Then I did a ritual I wrote myself.
There is a great article on making your own, consecration, etc.
wow....they all sound lovely Kelly-Especially the Oak set....Have never seen a bone set (real bone) did you buy them online? Make them? Would love to know......Thanks:) Ianna P.S My son brought back a lovely necklace made from camel bone but it gave off a bad vibe when I wore it, I gave it to my daughter who loves it....Could not tell if it was the camel bone itself or what....He bought it on a military tour to Afghanistan.....
I've always preferred the tactile presence of wood and make them from locally available sources: mostly Birch and Oak - but after one of my apple trees broke a bough around lughnasadh i may make a set from her come spring.
One thing puzzles me about the way many people make them....why is blood so prevalent?
Odin hanging upon the Yggdrasil is an obvious correlative story with Christ and can be discounted.
Neither one, i pick.
My first rune set was a store bought set made out of tumbled hematite stones. I used to keep them in a box on my windowsill until I noticed the moisture in the air had caused them to oxidize and get pitted in places. Now the look has grown on me, and I feel the oxidation makes them more personalized.
I bought a frosted glass set that was part of a kit. The book was worthless, but the runes were nice. This is the set I like to carry with me when I worry about loosing or breaking one!
My favorite set of runes is one I made in my ceramics class. They are stoneware clay stained a dark brownish red with iron oxide. Considering the number of times I have dropped them, they are amazingly durable, but I live in fear of breaking one. I'll make another set someday.
I've seen runes made out of polished river stones, Popsicle sticks, bog oak wood, curly birch wood, deer antler, lead, and acorns. Tacitus, the roman historian, recorded that runes were traditionally carved onto the wood of a nut or fruit bearing tree, but I think any material you enjoy working with is just fine.
my husband was considering making a few sets out of river rocks. :)
Wow I go out of town for the weekend and y'all really take off.
Thanks for all the comments to my inquiries! I find it fascinating :D