As previously discussed, Runes are an ancient Viking alphabet that carries centuries of magic through their vibration. Not only does each symbol represent a letter or letters, each one has its own specific meaning. The Runes can be used in many ways such as oracles readings, healing, magic spells, as well as, magic symbols for amulets.
This second part of the series focuses upon Bind Runes. Bind Runes are different from Rune Scripts as they are not a linear representation but rather a symbolic. Runes are all created from a vertical line with angular lines. This was done because when carving on wood or a tree, it is virtually impossible to carve a horizontal line. You need to go against the tree’s natural grain. With these vertical and angular lines, it is easy to lay upon each other or stack the runes to create a symbol.
A simple Bind Rune to create is to position the Runes you choose for your intention on top of each other often using a vertical line as a base, a Linear Bind Rune. You can become more creative depending on space and intention by making an Axial Bind Rune by arranging the rune in a circular manner. Or a single stave rune by using a long vertical line as the base for the other runes in the spell extending each rune down the line not on top of each other as you would with a Linear Bind Rune. (Yes, a spell. Runes are magic and when you combine them you are creating a spell.) Your creativity is your limit. You can also create ongoing designs with the Runes with no symmetry if you wish. This is your spell with your creativity and your manifestation, let no one hinder your creative power.
Examples of Linear Bind Runes
Examples of Axial Bind Runes
Example of a Complex or Extended Bind Rune
The importance of creating Bind Runes or any Rune Magic is intention and the state of being you are in at the time of the ritual. It is important to be of a light and neutral state not one of intense emotion, such as anger or sadness. The energy you are in will be infused into the amulet or symbol.
There are two ways of selecting the Runes you want to use. You can choose them out of the bag or pile similar to pulling oracle cards and let the Runes tell you what you need. Or you can choose the Runes on their meaning for what you want to infuse into the spell or meaning of the Bind Rune.
Always, if possible, create a sacred space with candles and incense and with intention. If you do not have those available to you and you may be in an emergency situation to create one, intention can create that space for you. Once you have chose the Runes, your imagination is called upon. You will need a pen and paper and if you are really pro then your colored pencils or Sharpies. It is good to have a ruler or straight edge to help you keep everything uniform. Remember this is magic and it does not have to be perfect, it is the intention that counts.
Of course, if you are working with stone or wood, you will need additional gear such as eye protection, gloves, and a Dremel.
There is no recipe to this part. You start with the center line and then Rune by Rune find how they fit together. As each Rune is placed, you will see other places to place your remaining Runes. You will find new Runes you had not selected appearing in your spell and that is ok, it is meant to happen. For whatever reason, you need that additional Rune.
This is rarely a one time try ritual. Often you will be frustrated and ball up the sheet because one line is too long or the angle didn’t match the others, it is ok! The calmer you can be the more power you are putting into your final result. And your final result may look nothing like what you had in mind at the very beginning.
Here is an example of one of mine:
These are the Runes I invoked to put into the Bind Rune, meaning that I chose them as an oracle to see what they chose for this spell.
These are the Runes for communication, action behind the scenes, intuition, new beginnings or projects, protections and happiness.
These are the Runes I choose consciously to add to the symbol.
These are the Runes of being on your path, self-sacrifice, success, love or your God given gift, magical protection and wealth.
Now remember they are alive with thousands of years of magic so they created these following Runes without my intention. They just kind of showed up.
These meanings are knowledge, unexpected change, change, cycles and rewards, planting the seeds, travel and family.
Here is what the final product looked like:
I apologize its not nice and fancy but since I just moved I have not even a Sharpie in my house. So obviously you can make it very pretty on nice paper or leather or wood with nice markers or tools to carve. This was a very complex Bind Rune with 12 Runes but 18 came out. Normally its best to keep it simple with 3-5 Runes but again, there are no rules.
Once you know the meaning of the Runes you can do this just doodling away in class or oat work to create some magic when you are in a situation. Create one for happiness, protection, wealth, and love to make an amulet with you to carry. You can make it into a piece of jewelry to wear. Just remember that there are no rules and have fun with it but always respect the power of the Runes and of Magic.
I am the founding member of Luna y Soul, the Psychic Seven Network. I'm an intuitive, jewelry creatrix, mother of two beautiful souls and moon maven with wanderlust.