So, I threw those three Runes back into the bag too, thinking I would start from scratch. The Runes had other plans, a slight correction.
Reaching into the bag, I pulled out Othala; that would represent the heart of the bind Rune. Dagaz came out second, to serve as the support. Third was not Nauthiz, rather Mannaz, which would go on top. I had fumbled with Mannaz when I was ruling out Runes; I actually had it in my hand for a few minutes, while I contemplated other Runes, because I couldn't see how it fit.
However, with Mannaz and my poor sketches, the bind Rune fell into perfectly balanced place. At the bottom, rests Dagaz, the Rune of day and clarity. In this case, I would go so far as to say optimism, because once she begins her recovery, not only will she need to have a positive mindset, but optimism provides her with a positive feedback as she begins to feel better and helps her to fight and stay focused on getting better. This is interesting, because, as this gives Dagaz double duty, Dagaz also appears twice in the bind Rune.
Stemming from the middle, Othala represents the homestead and inheritance, basically meaning being able to enjoy those things as she begins to feel better. In some ways, this is an extension of Othala from two weeks ago, when I wanted to make the most of the weekend with my siblings. After all, isn't family part of the homestead?
In the top position lies Mannaz, the Rune of the self or higher self. This is who we really are, what makes us human. Mannaz implies that this isn't just about her recovery, but about her whole being, her truths, fears, dreams, strengths, and weaknesses. In a way, although Othala is located at the heart of the bind Rune, it's really there to support the true heart - her, her true self - as she recovers.
Have you ever made a bind Rune for someone? I can't wait to give her her bind Rune later today. I hope she likes it!