The Runes are a form of alphabet developed in Northern Europe, essentially they represent the Old Norse language used by the Scandinavian peoples up to about 700AD. The precise origins of the Runes is unclear and the subject of debate, however it is thought that the evolution of the German Rune alphabet was complete by 200AD. The word itself is thought to translate as ‘secret whisper’, another possible translation is from the German ‘raunen’ meaning ‘to carve’.
There are 24 Runic symbols in the Elder Futhark tradition. The Runes are were often connected with the Viking gods and mythology.
Symbolically, each Rune has a meaning, for example Fehu, the first Rune in the Futhark, is literally (and loosely) associated with cattle and wealth. In modern times, it has become a symbol of abundance and possibility in all areas of one’s life.
Beyond the ancient alphabet and written language the Runes provided, they were also used as talismans and divination in Pagan communities.
I love them as intention pieces. Each of the 24, has it’s own meaning, and serve as a focus.
I don’t use Runes (or other methods) for divination. It is my belief that tools such as Runes and Tarot cards are “translators” of our most inner energies – a glimpse into the subconscious if you will.
Historically the “Chop” was and still is, a seal. Seal carving is an ancient art. Seals have become an indispensable item for signing important documents – the owners “signature” or family “crest” was carved in stone or wood. Over time, some seals are still created for their practical functions, and some seals are created purely as works of art.
The works of art are generally, single character symbols representing a state of being, eg: Harmony; Dream; Love; Good Fortune.
You can guess why I love these right?!?! Like the Runes, a single carved Chop “character” piece represents and draws to the bearer/wearer that state of being or intention.
I strongly believe in the value of living a life of intention. What many of us do not consider is that we already do . . . negatively. When we are angry/hurt/afraid and we strike out in some way, we are having a response and we intend to do some sort of “harm”, with our actions. However, when something good happens, we don’t consider that we may have intended that! We often think its “fate” or “good luck”, falling into a default Karmic mode, believing we ‘must’ve done something right for this good thing to happen’.
I suggest that to live a life in freedom from worry and relishing responsibility – understand this one idea and it all makes sense – where your attention goes, energy flows.
Own it! Something great happened, because you intended it. There are no accidents on either side of the scale. 🙂
So, are you looking for a quality, fine silver adornment – to create community, express yourself . . . stay focused on your path? The Rune and Chop adornments I make are hand-carved into fine silver, with you in mind, as is any custom piece I make. You are part of the process and we can work online to create the spectacular adornment that will suit your needs.
Poke around the site and touch base with me, I’d love to work with you. Live magykly . . . live intentionally.
Much Love and Light