The kids decided they wanted to learn about runes. My set is far to old for me to allow children to play with. Some things just have to be mine. So we decided to hop on over to the local dollar store and find supplies to make a set for them. That is how we ended up with these beautiful DIY Raindrop Runes that look so lovely I now want a set for myself.
What are runes?
If you are not familiar with runes lets start off with a bit of information. Let me be honest these are not a Christian thing. If it botheres you please do not email to complain not all homeschooling families are Christians. These stones are based in Paganism but even if you do not walk a Pagan path they make a great addition to a unit study on Vikings.
As the story goes Odin the Norse god of wisdom and healing impaled himself upon a tree that connects the earth with it’s roots and sky with its branches up high. He did so to connect with the Earth and Sky and gain knowledge of the meaning of the runes. He passed this on to the Vikings.
Runes shapes themselves stem from ancient Germanic. Each run has its own letter sound and meaning. If you remind me I will come back and do a post on each runes meaning. For now if you want to learn runes there are several books that can help.
Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking OracleA Practical Guide to the Runes: Their Uses in Divination and Magic (Llewellyn’s New Age)The Book of Runes, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Bestselling Book of Divination, complete with set of Runes StonesA Little Bit of Runes: An Introduction to Norse Divination (Little Bit Series)Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, Norse MagicRunes: the Gods’ Magical Alphabet BookRunes for Beginners: Simple Divination and Interpretation (For Beginners (For Beginners))
How to make DIY Raindrop Runes
Making your own set of DIY runes is easy and a great project for young ones to work on. While you could use river rocks, stones your find outside, or wooden disks we opted for these large glass rocks used for decore and fairy gardens. Odds are after a few get lost that is where the surviving raindrop runes will be going is our fairy garden.
Use the toothpick to draw each rune backward on the bottom side of the pebbles. This is great beacuse it forces you to give each rune shape your full attention as you are not only replicating it but doing so backwards.
Once these runes dry you are ready to use them. It really is that easy and gives you something beautiful and unique to add to your collection.
How to use Runes
Runes are used for divination. This means to take a look into the future. Anyone can do this with a little practice. First, you want to get familiar with the runes. When you start reading don’t be shy about keeping a book nearby to help. No one learns something like this overnight. Walking your own path is important and that means on your own pace.
Think about what you want to ask the runes while mixing them in your bag or bowl of runes.
Ask your question while focusing on what your desire.
Pull a run and read it.
Sometimes you will need to pull more than one rune to get the full picture. Visualize your desire and ask your question each time.