Sunday, 27 July 2014

Runic Meditational Beads

As mentioned in an earlier article the use of Runic prayer beads as meditational aids may help us to deepen our daily walk with the Gods. There are a number of such products on the market but I decided to assemble my own from materials purchased from English and North American sources. A nice set of 24 Elder Futhark wooden Rune staves measuring 2x1.5 cm was purchased from an American craftswoman on Etsy. The staves were fortunately pre-drilled. 4-5mm black wooden beads were bought very cheaply on Ebay UK. I threaded these together with 1.5 mm thick leather thread and attached a  bronze Thunor's Hammer measuring 4x3cm which I had purchased many years ago from a metal smith at a Viking crafts fair.

The Rune staves are each separated by 1 black bead. At each end of the Futhark there are 9 small beads which symbolise first of all the 9 nights that Woden hung from the world tree in order to recover the wisdom of the Runes and also the 9 worlds of  the Germanic cosmos. As a finishing touch I tied the Hammer with 9 knots to symbolise our being bound to Woden as His Einheriar.

Its utility began when my daughter looked at the prayer beads and started to discuss the shapes and meanings of the individual Runes with me so it proved to be an excellent teaching aid-a use that I had not thought of prior to making it.

In addition to its use as a meditational and teaching aid it may also be suspended around the neck as it is approximately 24 inches long so it does not need a clasp. This is an important thing to consider.

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