Bind Runes are something I've been interested in for a while now and, over the past two weeks, I've had a number of people ask me about them. To that end, I decided to make my first conscious effort in creating one. I say conscious, because in February 2012, I was writing about Making Alterations and I drew two Runes together that reminded me of a symbol I drew almost manically on my pee-chees (notebooks) in high school. That was my first bind Rune, but it was completely unconscious and I didn't recognize the symbol as being Runes until fairly recently.
For my first bind Rune, I wanted to accomplish two things. I wanted it to be very meaningful to me and I wanted it to follow up on my first Rune ritual, which I did earlier this year. To that end, there were three components I wanted to include in my bind Rune - financial success, my writing and speaking endeavors, and Jera, which is my guiding Rune, so much so that I named my company after it.
These are all simple traits to represent with Runes - Fehu for financial success, Ansuz for communication, and Jera, the Harvest Rune, for Jera. The challenging part was going to be Jera, because of its unique shape. I decided to begin with the first two Runes, since I saw very easily how they could fit together.
As I drew Fehu, I repeated the chant from my Rune ritual, "Water is my element; Fehu is my goal." When I added Ansuz, I said, "May Odin and Heimdall give my words, both written and spoken, an engaging tone. I ask Freyja to help me write easily and well."
I traced over the sections that were already there, then added the final part. As I drew, I repeated, "Jera is my Rune, my guiding Rune, and I believe in the process to a bountiful harvest."
I have the drawing I made, but I couldn't get a clear picture of it, so I drew it on my computer to make it easier to see and share. While the drawn bind Rune will hang on my wall, I will share the computerized rendition with you. What do you think?
I love my bind Rune and what it represents for me, the idea of being successful in my writing and speaking career, because I remain true to and respect the process this experience requires.
Have you ever made a bind Rune? I'd love to hear your experience.