Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Crafting with Nature: Rune Rocks

Like everyone else on the planet, I have worries. They generally involve concerns over the safety and well-being of my family, friends, and home.

Creating something positive is my instinctive response to worrying. For today’s project, nature provided a great canvas for me—simple river rocks found in the wash (if you don’t live in Arizona, think ditch or culvert) tumbled in from who-knows-where during our annual monsoons.

I made protective rune rocks to stand guardian near the access points to our home and property. This is a project I’ve done before, but the need to make a new set directly correlates to the mounting worries in my head. It’s time to let some of my concerns go.

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Appropriate runes representing protection found here gave me a series that felt right to me. After drawing them, my Dremel tool worked perfectly for carving the symbols. The rock in the picture is shiny because I washed away the dust from the carving process. The rocks are placed discretely near doors, gates, and so on to prevent anyone stumbling over them—which would certainly contradict their purpose.

Knowing I’ve done something besides just common-sense protection efforts makes me feel our personal space is truly a sanctuary and only good can cross our boundary lines. I’m doing my best to keep all that’s precious to me safe.

It seems ironic that working with the weight of rocks makes my load feel lighter somehow. Amazing the lessons a chunk of rock found in nature can teach us, isn’t it?


nicolette said...

You’re rune rock rocks!

I found some lovely rocks on the beach in the Soutch of France. I loved to make little paintings on them.

Thimbleanna said...

Haha -- Nicolette stole my line. How pretty your rock is in all its shiny-ness!

sassypriscilla said...

Love them.

Kristie said...

On your last lines...Rocks, especially big ones like mountains, have been here forever. I think it's their permanence that soothes me. They have seen it all. They have been on mountaintops and under the sea, and they have been boulders and ground to pebbles, but they're still here. They have a perspective I could really use.

Julie Bou├ęsso said...

Oh yes, I can relate. Anything from Mother Nature can have such an effect on me. Nice work, but also nice touch - to transform worries into art, or let art heal your worries... :) Cheers, Julie

MaddyLane Designs said...

Oooo just love those Junie, I agree you Rock! I also love collecting rocks and making art with them. It wonderful to decorate with nature's bounty. Great blog text, always most intresting.

Mrs. Staggs said...

I have a favorite rock. It's very round and smooth, and I feel better when I hold it in my hands for a just few minutes. There is something, in the energy of a stone that is calming. I feel it too.

I'm so impressed that you made such straight lines with your Dremel tool. I think I need to practice more with mine.

kim said...

I am dying to make some like the wood ones you made, last year I think?

Robyn said...

June I just wanted to pop in here and tell you! You WON! Come and claim your BIRTHDAY SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! And email me your address so I can get it sent out to you! Thanks for playing!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Hi JunieMoon! Thanks so much for popping by my blog. I appreciate your concern, you are such a dear :o) I'm hanging in there, though it's been a rough road lately. Maybe I need to get the Dremel out and do some carving! Love your rocks.
Smiles, Karen