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This is an absolutely superb set of runes made from a single length of Gorse wood. I rarely have this type of wood large enough for runes as it's so slow growing and compact that it rarely gets storm damaged. The wood has seasoned to a beautifully rich colour with fascinating grain patterns, and several of the tablets have tiny worm holes in them. The irregular outline of the rune tablets follows the natural contour of the branch. The fibrous bark has been removed, leaving just a few traces behind to accent the edges. They are fabulously smooth all over, making them a joy to use, and small enough to carry with you all the time. Gorse wood is incredibly hard and dense, so these runes should hold up well to the constant wear and tear; in fact they should only get better with age and use, becoming even more deliciously smooth from the handling over time. The symbols are burned into the surface of each rune so they won’t wear away or chip off. I try to keep as close as possible to the traditional way of crafting magical items in order to be a part of the unbroken line of everyone who has made or used such items in the past, and I value the sense of continuity provided by this. Therefore, all the sawing and sanding is done entirely by muscle power and I don’t use an electrical pyrography tool for the symbols. Instead, I heat up a collection of straight lines in a flame before applying them to the bare wood. It’s time consuming and fairly often results in burnt fingers, but at least it’s authentic. This set includes the blank or wyrd rune, although I know it’s a modern addition and not everyone uses it. I'll also include a free matching talisman bearing my favourite version of the sunwheel symbol, spinning deosil or clockwise in order to attract the good in the universe towards you. Gorse has strong solar influences, so this particular symbol seems an ideal match, as well as a nice way of honouring the solar powers during these dark days of winter.
I do not include either a bag or instructions with any of my rune sets. That’s because the bag you keep them in should be made by you, sewn by hand and preferably made from an item of your old clothing to enhance the link between you and them. As for instructions, the amount of information I could realistically include in a give away leaflet would be totally insufficient for a novice and completely irrelevant for the experienced caster, so I prefer not to waste the paper.
Also known as Furze or Whin. Gorse is strongly connected with the Sun and can be used in magic for money and protection. It is associated with new love and is said to feed the flames of passion. It is said to be effective when used in magic to do with fresh starts or new ventures.
Size (largest and smallest measurements): three quarters of an inch to an inch across and less than a quarter of an inch thick.
20-27mm x 5mm.
They will come with a list of the magical properties of the wood, a picture and care instructions.
For a full list of the woods I might have available as well as their magical properties, associated folklore and a bunch of other stuff, check out my blog at: http://www.mazedasastoat.blogspot.com/
I'm always happy to make custom rune sets, enabling you to choose the wood type, diameter and thickness to suit your own requirements. For a full list of the woods I might have available, as well as their magical properties, associated folklore and a bunch of other stuff, check out my blog at: http://www.mazedasastoat.blogspot.com/