(As with all my artistic endeavors, I acknowledge that I am not a visual artist, but I do like to be creative.)
The wand is made from a piece of lilac bush wood that I cut last spring, just before the bush bloomed. Lilacs are my favorite flowers and, while I'd love a set of Runes from lilac wood, I've never been able to get a satisfactory-sized piece from which to cut them. I'm happy with the wand, and it does have six (actually seven) Runes carved into it, which I will get to shortly.
It was pretty easy to make the wand. I cut it to size and smoothed the ends, then shaved all but the handle. Next, I burned my first Rune into the handle end - Jera. Jera, as many of you know, is my guiding Rune, so I wanted it to be at the wand's foundation. I suppose you could think of it as the wand's core. The wand shaft was pretty smooth after I removed the bark, so I didn't sand it at all.
With an exacto blade, I carved the simple design into the shaft. This made the carving/burning easier. (None of this work was visible int he pictures I took, so I didn't include any.) The lines on the shaft are to move the energy through the wand and out the tip. I made four lines following the natural curves of the wand, so they are not perfectly straight. Using a few different wood-burning tips, I burned the lines.
All that was left was the Runes. I thought about each one and its placement for quite a while even though I had been mulling over which Runes to carve since I cut the wood from the bush. I want this wand to help guide me through 2019 and likely a lot farther than that.
I chose Sowilo, the sun, a beacon leading to safe harbor. I placed it closest to the tip. Ansuz was next on the same side as Sowilo. For me it represents my writing, beyond the Rune's instinctive wisdom. Turing the Rune one quarter, I added Tiwaz, Tyr's Rune. I have a strong affinity for Tyr and appreciate the three aspects that I feel through his Rune - sacrifice, strategy, and perseverance. Another quarter turn and I burned in Eihwaz to remind me of and call on my inner strength, and Ingwaz for Freyr. Ingwaz doesn't simply hold fertility, it's the way it feels comfortable to know that you are ready to take the next step in any endeavor. It tells you that you're ready. The last Rune was the toughest, but once I chose Kenaz, it felt right. Kenaz represents the torch, human-made fire and, by extension, human ingenuity and creativity. Kenaz has come up for me a lot in recent readings, so I felt compelled to see where my own creativity could lead in the coming months.
|Runic details on the wand shaft|
Once the Runes were carved, I darkened the handle a little bit by rolling the side of a hot wood-burning tip up and down it as I turned it to make the coloring even. To complete it, I protected the wand with a nontoxic sealant. And, now it has a place in my sacred space with other my other special items.
I want to note, that while I wrote about the Runes on the wand and why I chose them, for now at least, I will not be using this wand for anything other than ornamentation of my sacred space and a visual reminder of what I want to have guiding me through the coming year and beyond.