This Full Moon in CAYA, we celebrate the Maker’s Moon. Here’s some food for thought and a few activities to give a try.
How are you shaping the world? What will you create and how will you share it? How do you acquire new skills? What dream have you been harboring that is ready to be born?
Making Rune Stones
First, decide on what runes you will use. Elder or Younger Futhark? Druidic? Enochian? Alchemical? I have a set made entirely of nature and craft symbols that mean something to me.
Next, you will need to collect a number of stones equal to the number of runes you wish to create. Rivers and lakes often have good stones. At a pinch, one of those manicured bits by the sidewalk with imported stones will do. Your stones should have one broad flat side. Wash the stones and let them dry.
Set up whatever paint colors you wish to use and a very thin paint brush. Decide which rune you will paint first. Allow the correct stone to tell you it is a match for that rune. (Alternately, pick a stone first and let it tell you which rune goes on it.) Hold the stone in your hands and whisper the name of the rune. Focusing intently on all the meanings of that rune, paint it onto the stone. Repeat this process for all your runes/stones. I have found an altered state of consciousness, where one is partly in trance, to be useful for this.
Once you have painted all the runes, hold your hands over them, palm down, and say something similar to:
“From the ether I gave you form
By my hands you were born
Guide me now to have clear sight
That I may serve in the right”
You may wish to seal the runes. Your local art store can point you toward a good sealant.
Making a Magic(k) Bag
This is a beginner’s craft, I promise! If you’ve ever thought, “I’m not that craft-y” this is for you. I, too, once thought I was no good at crafts. It turns out I just needed clear instructions and practice.
All you need for this is a pair of sharp scissors and fleece in whatever color or patterns you like. Magick bags are good for carrying rune stones, Tarot cards, other divination tools, stones, herbs, and other tools of the trade.
Cut a circle roughly three times as big as the length or size of what you intend to carry in it. Cutting too big is easy to fix, so lean toward cutting too much if you’re uncertain. Don’t worry if your circle isn’t even. No one can tell from the final product. Working your way around the edge of the circle, pinch the cloth between your fingers and make a small cut about half an inch in from the edge. You want an even number of slits, with the first and last being about an inch apart. If you want your bag/pouch to be tight, make more holes. If you want it to be loose, make fewer holes.
Cut a long strand of fleece thin enough to weave through the holes. Starting outside your bag, weave in and out of the holes you’ve cut until you have a drawstring. Pull it tight. You’re done!