The Initiate’s Bindrune

28March

From time to time people send me questions about runes, and I had one come my way recently that I’d like to share with you. A reader from Berlin asked about changing an Algiz tattoo into a bindrune because the Algiz rune by itself has some rather negative connotations in Germany. For the reader, the symbol was closely tied to his journey for sacred knowledge, and he wanted to preserve the meaning, but didn’t want anyone to confuse it for its new negative cultural meanings.

A little background first. In Germany, the Algiz and Othala runes are closely linked with racist hate groups, and the police often link these symbols with criminal intent. Sadly what is sacred and spiritual to some is also misappropriated by nefarious groups as a way to self identify.

To keep the original meaning of the tattoo, I sent the reader a new bind rune that I call an “Initiate’s Rune”. It symbolizes the journey forward toward new knowledge, and the changes that can come about in ourselves as we discover more about our place in the universe.

The Initiate's Bindrune

The Initiate’s Bindrune

In addition to Algiz, there are:

Ansuz – Odin’s rune, and the beginning of the path for hidden knowledge since Odin sacrificed himself on Yggdrasil to learn the runes

Raido – Representing the journey to acquire knowledge

Ingwaz – In this sense, Ingwaz represents solitude, for the journey toward enlightenment can sometimes be a solitary walk

Othala – Here it represents those around you who support your journey for wisdom; family, friends, and colleagues

Gebo – Represents both the sacrifice to obtain hidden knowledge, and the gift of that knowledge once you have worked for it

Wunjo – A rune of harmony; after becoming something new, we have to integrate our “old” selves with the new things we have discovered, and create a new balance

Tiwaz – Here a rune of protection and justice, so that you may be protected on your journey when you need it, and in turn seek justice for others when they need it
Initiate's Bindrune Detail

Runes contained within the Initiate’s Bindrune

I’m hoping to include this bindrune in to the catalog soon, so stay tuned!

The Final Aitt :: Video Series Nears Completion

4May

InspirationThe final videos in “The Elder Futhark :: A Brief Guide” series are getting their finishing touches, and should be released within the next 30 days. It feels good to get this rather large project nearer to completion, and allows me to plan out new projects, both personal and professional.

The work for the video series will be assembled into a booklet format and sold for $1.99 through the store. The written guide will give a brief rundown of each rune, two different divination systems, and interpretations for both my Troth and Druid friends. It will contain original artwork as well, so be on the lookout for “The Elder Futhark :: A Brief Guide” booklet in June!

I’m also working on a new series of bindrunes and hallows, both of which will be turned into fabrics through Spoonflower. I’ve had a few requests from my fiber arts friends to put some fabric designs together, and I’ll be spotlighting some of the work resulting from that.

Busy months ahead! I wish you all the happiest, safest and most enjoyable seasons ahead.

Rune Mugs Now Available for Sale!

27July

New Products

I’m pleased to announce that in conjunction with the new video series, “The Elder Futhark :: A Brief Guide“, I am also offering featuring the runes. The first two are out: Ansuz (Odin’s rune, so FIRST!), and Fehu. All products ordered through Wayfarer’s Mark will be fulfilled through Zazzle, the company I’m using to produce the mugs.

They come in two sizes – 11 oz (standard mug size), and 15 oz (for the hard core among us). All runes will eventually have their own mug and video, so stay tuned!