R is for Runes – Pagan Blog Project 2012

Sigils. I’m not massively well-versed in doing them. In fact I only started working with them at all in 2012. That said, between Gordon and Miss Sugar, I’ve decided I may as well give them a shot.
Thus far, I’ve tried (a) using “standard cultural imagery”[1], (b) making up my own[2], and (c) using runes. Runes, as you’ve probably guessed by the title of this post, seem to be working well.
I’ve drawn Uruz and Fehu in the air over the altar for My Lady of Creative Writing and Music (and got a poem, a short story, and a book idea all in the same day). Which is pretty-much the only bit where things have Seriously Worked. BUT they worked in – by my standards – a pretty big way. So I’m definitely up for trying them again. I’ve incorporated them into the logo for Amazon Creations, and am sorting out which ones – probably Gifu, Algiz, and Inguz – with-which to anoint[3] the door of my new (marital) home.
Why do I think they’re working? Well, a few things – one of which may actually be “coincidence”, since I’ve not done a whole lot with them just yet – but one reason, in particular, that I think runes-as-sigils will (continue to) work for me is that they have built-in meaning. They’ve been getting used for one kind of magic (including Make Things Happen magic in the form of bind-runes, for example) for a LONG-ass time. I feel like, maybe because of that, they’ve got both (a) a proven track record of working for this kind of stuff, and (b) lots of cultural memory hanging around in the Collective Unconscious, supporting them when they’re in use.
Here’s hoping I’m right! 😀
Meliad the Birch Maiden.
[1] Like a happy face for boosting a positive mood and/or warding off depression, or a dollar sign for money-drawing. Mixed results, but not entirely useless.
[2] This didn’t work so well since every damn thing I tried came out looking the same and, while a “heart’s desire” sigil isn’t a bad thing to have on hand, it winds up being kind of a tall order when you get right down to the magical/energetic brass tacks. I gather (from Gordon, again) that I’m probably going to get better results by sigiling for multiple, related small things at once rather than sigiling for a single, magical Big Bang.
[3] Probably in a mix of sweet-orange, basil, and maybe cinnamon EOs in a sweet-almond carrier oil. I’ve been doing more with essential oils of late as well, and I’ll be blogging about my experiences with that in the next little bit. 🙂 Stay tuned. 😉

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