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      Inspiration and Ideas

      Reading the Runes

      Reading the Runes

       The first runic alphabet was the Elder Futhark which consists of 24 runes, this evolved into the Younger Futhark with only 16 runes. The name is formed from the first letters of the alphabet and each rune has a name that represents its sound. The Elder Futhark alphabet was used between approximately 150 and 800 CE/AD.

      It is this alphabet that is most commonly used in rune sets and the one I use for all of my jewellery and rune sets.

      There are lots of books about the runes and how to use them. I don't personally use them for divination but instead as both talismans and also to think about how I am approaching things. I think that we each have all aspects of each rune  and its energy within us.

      The rune below, sowilo, represents the sun and its energy. As an aspect of yourself, it could be representative of your drive and motivation. It is a nurturing and creative energy but also very powerful. It's your push, the thing that gets you going.

      Drawing sowilo might suggest that you are feeling creative and motivated, feeling good. It might also be a rune you would choose to wear if you wanted to increase this energy.

      Each one of the runes in the rune set below can be worn as a pendant necklace. In addition to being a set of runes in its own lovely drawstring bag, there is a waxed cotton cord that can be used to wear one of the runes. The great thing about this is that it means you can choose to wear any of the 24 runes whenever you wish.

      The more you learn about the runes, the more there is to learn. From the mythology surrounding them, to the meaning and interpretation of each rune.

      Commercial rune sets can be made using gemstones and I stock of few of these sets in my shop but my handmade and glazed ceramic runes are a beautiful alternative.

       

      Creating our own Sanctuary at Home

      Creating our own Sanctuary at Home

      Being surrounded by things that give us joy and lift our spirits can allow us to restore a life balance and rejuvenate us.

      For some this means maximalism and colour and for others a neutral palette and minimalism. The fact that we are all so different means that there is no one size fits all and knowing what you like means finding the spaces that restore you. It's very personal.

      We all need somewhere to retreat to, somewhere to connect to and find contentment.

      Using decoration is vital to help set the theme for our own space and just a few carefully chosen pieces can give personal meaning. Shapes such as the labyrinth and the smooth curves of beach pebbles are organic and timeless and connect to a deep and ageless spirituality.

      The almost endless colours and the different structures of crystals are uplifting and can be energetic or calming depending what we choose.

      Suncatchers hung in a window to catch the light are one way to add crystals to our homes (the one below in aqua colours and with raw kyanite at it's base, can be found in the Moonsilver store).

      Wall art can really change the atmosphere of the surroundings we live in, big and bold or natural, echoing the colours and structures of nature. Paintings, framed posters and even collected ephemera - I have a friend who frames leaflets collected on their travels to amazing and vibrant effect in their home.

      Ceramic art has texture and free standing or framed can add layers of meaning to a space, helping to curate an over all theme to communicate who we are and ground us in the place we call home.

      See the above products in more detail here.

      Useful and beautiful objects, not decoration but still decorative are yet another way to give meaning to our surroundings, smudge sticks, singing bowls, essential oil diffusers, all can help to nurture our body and soul.

      I like to think that we are free to express ourselves in our homes, that being safe and trying to think what everyone else will like would end up with us inhabiting a place where we are bit players in our own lives and being central to our own story means that we should all feel free to express ourselves in order to bring us more happiness.

      Grounding in Nature

      Grounding in Nature

      Being in touch with nature, directly in touch, is a powerful way to quiet your mind.  

      Wandering barefoot and smelling the air, noticing the birdsong and feeling the sun on your skin, all allow you to be completely present in the moment and connected to the earth.

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      Amulet and Medicine Bags

      Amulet and Medicine Bags

      Spinning thread and weaving have long been related to magic in the Northern European tradition. Think of the magic of a spider weaving its web or how often a spindle appears in a fairy tale; Sleeping beauty for example or Rumpelstiltskin.

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