Rune Casting Cloths
Rune Casting Cloths
The Rune Casting Cloth is an intentional boundary with a map of time and space for scattering the ancient pictograms called runes. Each cloth features a sphere sewn onto a square with nautical stitches then divided into quarters with doubled straight stitch, plus embroidered trees at each corner direction. These materials were reclaimed from antique and vintage stock.
textiles on each cloth:
1. silk tulip square : cotton velveteen sphere = brown/ghost
2. woolen boxes square : cotton woven sphere = brown/sediment
sphere: 15.5 inches diameter
square: 25 inches each side
The runes originated in the deep forests of Northern Europe over one thousand years ago, an important part of the shamanic traditions. Each symbol represents the fundamental states of experience with which all humans are familiar. Divination using the runes is clear and matter-of-fact. They present a compact picture of the prevailing conditions and reveal what is required to make the best of that situation in question.
There are three main variations of rune sets, or rows. They seem to have come about through a natural development of ideas between different peoples and cultures of the North, although no runic alphabets have been found in Europe. All rows were used for writing, divination, and magic.
The earliest version, Elder Futhark, or Germanic runes consist of 24 characters.
In Scandinavia the runes were reduced to 16, familiar to the Vikings and called Younger Futhark.
Anglo-Saxon peoples of the North Sea added 8 characters, the Northumbrian Rune Row.
My work with the runes was spearheaded after a set made from cherry bark laid in my hands, touching my skin. It is now five years later and the runes are considered a precious tool that humbles me every time I speak with them. I highly suggest a book called Rune Equations, written by Simon H. Lilly. Simon speaks of the fundamentals with a brilliant, down to earth, historical layout to push your experience further.
Each one is peculiar in its own way, the materials are reclaimed from various sources during a lifetime, so far. I have chosen the cotton woven: plain weave, denim, canvas, duck, corduroy, velveteen, and even antique satin. The edges have been retained raw, so as not to discard the fibers and deliver them ready for your personal memories to bleed with them over time. The botanicals and the techniques used to dye the cloths vary in degrees. As my learning curve of working with plant dyes has increased, these beginning stages carry nostalgia and meticulous mistakes.
This casting cloth will come to you cleansed with herbal smoke, rolled, tied, and with a small bundle of the herbs.