Monday, November 2, 2009

November Giveaway - Willow Moon Runes



I am blessed to have a truly beautiful place to live.  A small but adequate pond sits just to the south of my house and each time I sit at my computer it is the site I see.  It is truly a peaceful place.  Not just because I say so, but because all who visit agree.  We are blessed with an abundance of birds, wild animals, flowers, trees and more.  I like to think of it as my secret garden. 


Encircling my pond is a grove of Willow trees.  The stand guard over the enchanted garden, silently watching all who come and go.  There heads bent in homage, they sway in the breeze lulling any who watch into a melodic trance. 

Last winter, ice ventured its way to our pond and to our willows.  Although they bent under the strain and many were able to survive the trauma, some sucumbed to the tragedy and we had to cut them down and trim them back extensively.  I very much did not just want to throw the wood away as if it meant nothing.  I knew that there had to be some use for it.  Recently Vincent and I came to an admirable conclusion.  We decided to make homemade runes.  In studying the process I began to see the details of this endeavor. 


One could easily cut and sand and brand the wood.  Then finish with the appropriate stain or varnish.  Yet I wanted to give the willow the respect that it deserved.  Yes I am one of those tree huggers.... Really a bit more than that.. This is the 3rd set of runes I have made.  The first was mine of course... a rough set that is natural and sits on my alter.... the second I gave to my oldest sons fiance for her birthday a few days ago.  My third set I want to give in my next giveaway.  Vincent was sweet enough to cut the runes and do the initial sanding & wood burning.  I then sand and finish them as well as perform the dedication rites.  I like to think of them as Willow Moon Runes.  As willow is often used for moon magic. 


The recipient will receive a full set of hand made runes as well as a handmade box and bag.  The runes have been dedicated as well as charged by the November Full Moon (this eve to be exact).  The box will be personalized for whomever is chosen.  As this box is my tarot card box.  All are welcome to enter as I am willing to send them wherever need be as I feel that whomever is chosen is the one who is to receive them.  All you have to do is be a follower of Mother Moons Message and leave a comment with your email.  If you would like an extra entry you can grab the picture and post it to your site with a link.  Just be sure and leave me the info in your comment  so I can give you credit for it.  The recipient will be chosen Monday, November 30th.  I am excited about this as it is something that means a great deal to me.  Good luck....

74 comments:

Rowan Silverstar said...

Hiya, Mother Moon!! I love that you did something wonderful with your willow tree by making the Runes. I have just taken up to reading the Runes. I'm still a novice, but Gebo is the one that I'm drawn to.

Many Blessings,
Rowan

silverstar.row@gmail.com

Sydnii said...

Oh, those are beautiful!

email is sydnii@gmail.com

and I'm off to post a link to this in my blog (witchatchurch.blogspot.com)

throuthehaze said...

The runes are beautiful!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Suzie said...

What a wonderful, thoughtful and personal give-away! I love that you chose something so special as a way to honor those trees. Their energy still flows, and they know what you have done, and are pleased. They couldn't ask for anything more fitting.

Can you tell that I'm a tree hugger from way back? I'm getting teary eyed just thinking of how perfect you've turned a tragedy into one of beauty and honor.

And now to give something so personal away. What a loving, generous person you are!

If I were to be the one to receive them, I would be SO humbled. But I'll do take the gracious route, and share the news by putting your link on my blog. I think that others should know of this very special gift, whether they are the winner, or not.

Big Hugs for a special lady, and for her trees!

mermaiden said...

the trees offered themselves as medicine and magic to be worked, and you were the instrument of their transformation.
what a beautiful connection.

Lyon said...

This is a very generous give away, something so personal. You were sweet to hold onto the wood until you could do something special with it. I would definitely like to throw my hat into the ring for these - they are beautiful, much like you. ;-)

lyon_mercaeant@hotmail.com

mrsb said...

Oh, those runes are so beautiful! I would love a chance to win them :O)

mrsbbradley AT gmail DOT com

Vintage Sandy said...

Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway what a special way to hold onto your willow trees I'd love to share in that!

Vintage Sandy said...

I just became a follower!

Annette said...

What a lovely gift to the tree and us! =)

Oberon's Wood said...

Janie...these are beautiful...really lovely!

I won't enter (although I would love them!) because it wouldn't be fair as I am a rune maker myself, so it would just be really greedy of me.

Good luck to everyone though...lovely things to win.

I love the box too!

I see you have made your PAN badge...very cute....

Rue said...

Hi Sweetie!

These are beautiful! I think it's really moving that you used your Willow for such a spiritual project! And that you did this with your husband! So generous to give a set away!

rueandhyssop@gmail.com

Treaya said...

What a lovely set of runes

gloominousxdoom@gmail.com

Rooster Inn Primitives said...

Please enter me into this wonderful give away. I remember when i was small we had weeping willow trees in our yard. I always like to watch them sway in the breeze.

I'm already a follower and will go and link your give away to my blog.

Have a wonderful day

Pam

Blue Moon said...

What a wonderful idea. I will post the pic on my site as well to help with a second entry. I am sorry to say I have no knowledge or practice in ruins (YET), but this set speaks to me in the elements you've used in the moon and the willow. What blessings to whom ever wins ! Such a nice idea- you had!
My email address is :
BlueMoonTreasures@comcst.net

Christine said...

Oh what a beautiful set! It is calling my name (can you hear it?). I must enter. Please enter me...

woodsywitch@gmail.com

Pixie said...

what a beautiful, fabulous thing to share..and if I win, I know the perfect person that I couls give them to!

SpiritPhoenix said...

Very sweet giveaway! It sounds like you really enjoyed making these!

I'm following you.

SpiritPhoenix said...

Blogged about it. http://thefiredeepwithin.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways-mother-moons-message.html

Karrie said...

I would love to be entered in your giveaway my birthday is the 29 so I just think it is exciting. I am a follower.
~Karrie
the_smith_family@live.com
http://stayathomemommyaz.blogspot.com/

Anastasia said...

I love it that you are one of "those tree huggers".

The runes are beautiful and I most definately want to put my name in for the drawing. I will become a follower and can't wait to read about you on your blog.

COUNTRY PICKINS said...

What a beautiful giveaway. I would love to win it. I also am following you and I just love your blog. It is very interesting, Thank you so much, Hugs, Linda gypsyluv1010@gmail.com

Beth said...

Wow both items are so beautiful!

bsm.1987@hotmail.com

Amanda said...

Wow!! These are wonderful! I truly love your blog! amandastrott@hotmail.com

Bridgett said...

Oh my!
I think this might very well be the best giveaway I've seen yet!

I have been searching for the perfect set of runes...and I think I've just found them.

Wow. Just wow.

And the box too! I'm just amazed.

My e-mail:
bridgetteleigh75@aol.com

I will do a post on this ASAP and provide you with the link. I rarely do that, but I want as many chances as I can to win this beautiful treasure.

Just. wow.

)O(
boo

Judith said...

can't resist! Love willow. witchbythesea@gmail.com

Dede said...

I would be honored to be entered into your generous giveaway.

(((HUGS)))

The Wandering Gardener said...

You sure have some interested people here.

rob_nieuwveld@yahoo.com

d said...

your runes are beautiful! I just started a class on runes and planned to maked my own... I would have loved to have a willow tree, as it is my favorite, but our land here has many pecan, and oak so i will chose one of those when the tyme comes! thank you for sharing the beautiful picture and story, an the picture in my mynds eye! I am inspired!
peace~
~gypsy~

VintageSage said...

Sent over by Blue Moon! The runes are just so gorgeous..what a special place you live in. I'd love to enter your drawing!! i am a follower as well and am going to add you to my blogroll. I love discovering new blogs!!

xoxo

Vintage Sage

Yart said...

I would very much like to be entered into your giveaway.

Renee said...

You have a wonderful blog and good luck to all of your followers.

Renee xoxo

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh I am so thrilled to have found you through Dede!! Whom I adore!! What a stunning giveaway..please add me to you list!! I adore runes..these are just beautiful!!
I am at cottagegardenstudio@gmail.com
thankyou, Sarah

Lisa said...

Such beautiful Runes! You are blessed to live in such a peaceful place. Thank you for passing that blessing on.

Tamara Dozier said...

Beautiful Runes and a very gererous gift. Yes please, I would like to be entered into your give away.

Domestic Witch said...

oops I just posted a rune giveaway too. Hope your not mad, I didn't see this yet!

Your runes are totally awesome! Count me in, I'm a follower.

Domestic Witch said...

I blogged about it too

http://domesticwitch.blogspot.com/2009/11/november-in-runes.html

Bridgett said...

Finally got an opportunity to blog about your fantabulous giveaway. :)

http://booplustwo.blogspot.com/2009/11/runes-runes-everywhere.html

Thank you oodles!

)O(
boo

bridgetteleigh75@aol.com

CelticDragonfly said...

So gorgeous Im a follower of your blog and on my way to post a link on my blog!
celticdragonfly@yahoo.com
http://thriftjunk.blogspot.com

Jen said...

Such a wonderful way to honor your willow. And a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

EvanAbeelen said...

Really beautifull Runes!
I'd love to enter :-)

Mica said...

So lovely. I bet the feel of them in your hands is so calming. I made sure to post on my blog about your giveaway and I am a proud follower.

http://theoldsilveroak.blogspot.com/2009/11/who-doesnt-love-good-set-of-runes.html

Ladysilveroak@gmail.com

Not Hannah said...

Beautiful. This would make the great start of a story--knowledge from pain, etc. Can't wait to delve into your blog a bit more...

wordchick@comsouth.net

Nydia said...

What a wonderful set of runes! Thanks for this generous giveaway! It's irresistible! :o)

Kisses, blesse be!

from Nydia.

Nydia said...

Forgot saying that I posted about it on my page: http://www.bringingupsalamanders.blogspot.com/

Kisses!

Dj said...

this is a very generous offer. your handiwork looks beautiful. I'm hoping i win :-) i've always loved willow trees.

dwsandersjr@gmail.com

Jen said...

I think these runes are wonderful! I have become a follower and did a post this afternoon that you can see here:
http://chasingdomesticbliss.blogspot.com/2009/11/little-things-fall-into-place.html

stonegirl1177 AT yahoo DOT com

Marrissa said...

STUNNING!!
Good luck to all :)
***Blessed Be***

luna_goddess@live.com

Morgaine Pendragon said...

Oh these are lovely. And the box is just beautiful.

Please enter me in the drawing.

morgaine.pendragon@gmail.com

I also grabbed a button and placed it on my blog for an extra entry.

morgainependragon.blogspot.com

magicalmusings said...

My daughter's name is Willow so I will enter for her! She's only 14 months but I hope she would appreciate the significance of this set. :)

Maluszeq said...

They are really lovely! :)
I'm your follower and I spread the word http://maluszeq.blogspot.com/2009/11/runes.html

malluszeq@gazeta.pl

TMCPhoto said...

I'm so sorry you lost one of your willows; they are my favourite trees. Being able to use the wood for something is such a nice way to respect the tree that stood guard for you.

Please put my name in for this draw.

The Soccer Moms' Guide to Wicca said...

You write so eloquently, I love it. I think that you have a future income source should you choose it, because your work is incredible.

I'd love a chance to win these, they're truly remarkable. I'll steal your picture and blog about this tomorrow. If you'd like, I'll come back and post the page, but it will be on the front of wiccamoms.com with a link.

I want all the chances I can get to win them, and if I can get you some traffic in the meantime, so be it!:)

Fae
Wiccamoms.com

Birgit said...

Hi there,

Wonderful giveaway -- thanks for this great chance. :) I follow your blog.

I posted about your giveaway on my blog (see side bar). :)

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit

The Soccer Moms' Guide to Wicca said...

I'm following you, and I left your link as promised...now I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

http://wiccamoms.com/?p=1401

-Fae

Leathra said...

I am a follower of your blog (I even have your button on my blog!) And will be posting shortly of your giveaway as well. Blessings, and may these wonderful willow runes find whom they belong to, whomever it may be.

sailorsheart said...

These are amazing, and I've been looking into getting a set of runes. Hopefully this is a sign its time to get them, and I'll be blessed with this set!

I posted about this giveaway on my blog, as I would love to receive these, and I think they deserve to be share as well. http://sailorsheart.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/runes/

Sailor.Aedd@gmail.com

Divaeva said...

I have a fabulous obsession with willows - I adore them! How perfect it would be to have a beautiful set of hand made, with such love, runes!

divaeva@cox.net

Jennifer Rose said...

this is a wonderful use of the trees :)

following your blog now and glad to :)

rosefaula@gmail.com

Mother's Moon's Message said...

Overwhelmed to say the least to all the comments and entries.... Wanted to let you know that some of you have been putting buttons on your sites for my giveaway... I have decided for those of you who have done so I am throwing an extra entry into the hopper.... Thanks so much for passing the word....

girlichef said...

J, this is absolutely beautiful. What a heartfelt, personal giveaway. I would be honored to be entered, thank you for the opportunity :) (girlichef at yahoo dot com)

girlichef said...

I've posted on the sidebar at girlichefofftopic dot blogspot dot com

Leathra said...

Oops, it appears that I did not include a link to my post.
http://confessionsofacraftywitch.blogspot.com/2009/11/rune-of-day_07.html

My email is also
windchild26ATgmailDOTcom

Sparkless said...

Wow those are beautiful runes. I'd love to win those.

sassafrasswitch@yahoo.com

CelticDragonfly said...

here is my correct email i left out part of it ... celticdragonfly83@yahoo.com

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

What a beautiful set. I really like that there is the connection between you and the trees that they come from.

I am so happy to have found you and your blog. Thank you for visiting mine.

Sobeit said...

What a beautiful set of runes - I have been working with runes off and on and I told a close friend just the other day that I think I would be more drawn to using runes if I didn't have this set of runes made from stone of some sort. They justn feel cold to me.
This set of runes would be much more appealing to me and the fact that they were hand made by some one I admire so much - they would be more inspiring than ever. I will be posting about this giveaway at my Witch's Daily blog.

Sobeit

morgaine999@gmail.com

AWitch'sDaily@blogspot.com

Iris said...

Wow. I stumbled upon your page after following a series of links from WitchVox. I saw these runes and knew that I was meant to find them. I am definitely interested in being entered in this giveaways! Your work is just beautiful!!!

I am now following your blog!

Blessed be!

amandasemailaddress@hotmail.com

http://irisawakened.blogspot.com

SpiritPhoenix said...

I just realized I didn't include my email address. It's spiritphoenix424@yahoo.com

Olde Baggs n Stuft Shirts by LindaOma said...

What a wonderful use of willow. My beloved Saint Bernard is named Willow and I would love to be included in this giveaway. How generous of you. My email is: turtle8603 at comcast dot net.
Linda in New Mexico

ONe PiNK FiSH said...

Wow, your runes are gorgeous. I have just stubbled upon your site. I am adding you to my blog feed on my site... www.perfectlypagan.com

hugo said...

ola, muito lindo o seu conjunto de runas de salgueiro (grande artista) muito criativo.

meu blog: www.magiaverd.blogspot.com
e-mail: teixeira_299@hotmail.com

meu blog está em portugues, eu recomendo que use o tradutor do google

obrigado

Parabéns!

Moria said...

These are beautiful! Just started studying Runes looking forward to learning this type divination!

Dessa Wolf said...

How beautiful! I do not have much experience with using runes at all but they fascinate me. I am adding your blog button to my blog: Heartsease Hollow http://heartsease-hollow.blogspot.com