After completing the Tarot Casters I began to consider the Runes. In most cases one finds Rune sets with the various glyphs painted on stones or carved into wood. I began to visualize the various possibilities and Tony suggested what was needed: simply the Runes themselves, letters with no borders cast in bronze of silver. In this way one could use them much like the Tarot Casters: simply drop them and see how they fall.
The first set I created was the basic twenty four letters from the Elder Futhark. When the Set was first released, Laura Jackson found me on the internet and was quite take by the work. Following a review on her website she later asked me about expanding the set for those people who wished to develop new reading techniques. By her prompting, I then “finished the set” to include the Younger Futhark, the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc and the Northumbrian/Frisian Runes, the Expanded Rune Caster Set; 42 in all.
Because the set is “simply the runes” cast in metal, the reading techniques have expanded to many forms: from throwing the entire set, taking a “pinch” of runes and dropping them to simply pulling one at a time and placing them in patterns to create “words”.
The set includes a hand made casting cloth with a pouch in one end to keep the Runes safe; this may be rolled up for traveling or spread out for a reading, just like the Tarot Casters. A book with a very brief summery of the names of the runes is included.
I would recommend looking to the Rune Masters to study the Lore of the Runes for a more complete understanding of the subject. As always, I invite those that use the tools I make to write of their experiences and insights. Like the Tarot: the Runes are a “living system” and are improved upon with every generation. May it be so with yours.
I really like how these set of Runes are fashioned. The simplicity of just using the letters themselves rather than enclosing the Runes within borders was a brilliant idea. Keep up the great work Merlin!
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