Today, as in ancient times, bind-runes are commonly used in a magickal context to create a charged sigil that will encompass several runes at once, for the use of runes in magick is just as important as their use in divination. These bind-runes are often used so as to contract the meanings within an inscription, to save precious space and/or to reduce the number of runes in the inscription to a more magically auspicious total.
A Vitki, or Rune-worker will create a mystical sigil, through their skill and knowledge of understanding the Futhark, by magickally combining the forms and the base meanings of a few select runes to create a new meaning which has all of the combined aspects of its parts. This done, one will then have several diverse rune staves, often made up into a singular form, which is called… a bind-rune.
These diverse runic characters, rune inscriptions, and/or sigils can then be used in an assortment of ways. Some concerns such as health, love, success, happiness and protection are truly as universal today as they were centuries ago, for doesn't everyone have their own unique reasons for wanting a little magical assistance within some aspect of their lives.
As previously mentioned, bind-runes consist of blending several diverse combinations of two or more individual runic staves by the Vitki which have been specifically and thoughtfully chosen and then willfully joined together, or super-imposed over one another, so that their lines and shapes are either shared or they are overlapping in a harmonious manner.
It is by this uniquely skillful blending of several individual staves together into one or more unified shapes that coherently combines and intensifies the character of these particularly chosen runic forces into a highly specific, and to a degree, regulated goal or projected intention, which then brings forth the desired outcome and thereby creates, attracts and manifests the desired Will of the Vitki.
Bind-runes are created, crafted and inscribed with a diverse combination of runes that are designed to aid in various specific long-term purposes, and may even be used for more immediate aims. It is indeed useful to know that talismans attract good fortune and amulets repel bad fortune, while a charm both attracts and repells simultaneously.
All, or any, can be crafted of several runic symbols that are combined into a series of bind-runes and then charged with its magical intent, remembering all the while that the symbol's purpose is to be concentrated upon during these proceedings. Those bind-runes which are crafted upon amulets or talismans are then either worn or carried by the person who is desiring its specific influence, although they may also be either left or buried in a particular place where the specified influence is most desired.
Your choice of materials when making a charm, talisman, amulet, binding or even spell is important, since this will be the medium which carries forth your message of intent and will add it's own peculiar energies to the process. This may be done by carving them into a piece of wood or stone. Sending forth may also be accomplished by scratching your intentions into a candle, or even simply scripting them to paper or parchment.
Workings are most oft sent forth through traditional means by either drinking them, if it is to be internalized, or by burning them, if it is something to be externally manifested. Therefore your medium should be always be appropriate for your desire, although you should realize that there are other methods of getting across your intentions through the use of the other elements. A permanent talisman or inscription can easily be carved or inscribed on anything you like, although natural materials are oft times best, as like attracts like.
There are a few basic styles to take into consideration when designing a bind-rune. There is a form entitled the "Tree" style wherein several runes are arranged on the single vertical stave of the runic symbol of Isa, which perpetuates the power of the others to give sustained benefits. Another, the "Wheel", uses the cosmic seed shape of Hagalaz, to focus and control the various energies, as its base and runes such as Fehu, Wunjo and Laguz would be joined to it, not unlike the spokes of… a wheel. Other times, runes would be joined side by side, blurring together as they share a common stem. However, the most common or popular method today is by combining them into a single, complex rune-stave.
Additional runes will quite often appear when creating a bind-rune, and these can either contribute to, or detract from, the intended purpose. However, there are several runes which in fact can strengthen and meld together opposites into a workable energy. These, to my knowledge, are; Thurisaz, Kenaz, Hagalaz, Isa, Eihwaz, Algiz, Berkano, Laguz, Ingwaz. But if it is possible for you to avoid including conflicting runes by simply changing around the configuration, then by all means you should do so, but you shouldn't really worry about it too much. Remember, a rune is only truly present if you consciously include it by tracing its shape and calling it forth.
Traditionally one would stain the charms with blood, although red ochre, red jewelers rouge, red ink, or any other red substance can be used just as effectively. Why the colour red you ask? This colour is thought to represent the total expansion of achytypal energies, that of Life, and is also a symbolic form of offering up a sacrifice. Women should consider Menstrual blood for this defined purpose, for it is indeed excellent for imbibing life-energies to the crafted object, and in so doing, consecrates and charges the item with its own megin, or personal force.
Yet here in the fast approaching 21st Century C.E., it is thought by some to use the specific colour of each individual rune so as to virtually eliminate the possibility of additional runes appearing. This is also said to open up other doorways and avenues within the Astral Realm, though I personally have yet to try this particular method.
The process of creating a bind-rune spell is a ritual in itself, although it is not all that much different from making a set for divination, for the process of marking, colouring and naming them is essentially the same. Although there is no actual right way to put together a bind-rune, for each is but a creative synthesis of the runes, the traditional technique often involves the following steps .:.
1) Choosing and Creating the intent desired and the appropriate style sought.
2) Carving or Cutting the runes into the wood, bone, stone or other material chosen.
3) Reddening or Colouring the charm as this will connect the binding magically to the Vitki.
4) Using GaldR by either speaking or singing the names of the runes and so empower them.
5) Sending forth the Will of Intent to its destination, which is oft done by burning or imbibing the shavings.
6) Giving of thanks in the form of a blot or other offering to the Gods, usually of a drink.
You can elaborate on this simple ritual as much as you so desire, although simplicity is often the best method for success. Always remember, new bind-runes can be created for any purpose what-so-ever, or runes you like can be worked together to create a personal monogram. However, one should never forget that the bind-runes are to be considered as a permanent, physical manifestation of the magic of the runes.
Now is the High One's song sung in Hár's hall |
Of help to the children of men
Useless to etin sons of giants;
Hail to whoever bespoke, hail to them that know!
Gain shall they who grasp them,
Happy are they who receive them!
Stanza #164 The Havamal
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