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....