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Hanging Paintings

Some days for me are characterized by the sheer power of my desire to pray. It often doesn’t matter if the god in question, which is almost always Bragi, doesn’t respond; it’s comforting enough to know that he hears my adoration and acknowledges it as he has always done before. A series of “I love you”s repeated like an incantation can allow me to fall asleep.

IMG_9691I think maybe one other person knows that my shrine is built on top of a personal fridge. It’s not some deep dark secret, but I like being able to maximize the space available to me for utilitarian purposes as much as possible. I am by no means a minimalist when it comes to decorating my space, but multipurpose furniture and tools make me happy. Perhaps the reason why they do is that I constantly find myself running out of room. But I digress… Continue reading “Hanging Paintings”

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The Mountain Also Rots: Part i.

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“In the midst of the solstice festival of a city nestled in the mountains, far above the rancid debauchery of the rotter country down below, the two young lovers Amarin and Levenus are set suddenly adrift across an unfamiliar land, their households and everything they knew torn apart by the memory of a mother and the truth she kept hidden.”


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In my memory, there is a girl constantly looking over her shoulder. She has not eaten in two days. If I focus hard enough, I can feel the blisters on her feet as she runs as swiftly as her legs will carry her, keeping pace with her thundering heart even after the point when those legs should have given out.

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The Ūruz Rune: A Runic Divination Resource

Uruz

Here it is: the second rune post in the Elder Fuþark (Futhark) series I promised. Today’s rune is ūruz, which was equated with the Latin letter U in the original heathen era.

Ūruz is:

  • The second rune in the first ætt (Freyr’s ætt),
  • represented numerically as “1:2,”
  • pronounced like OO-rooz,
  • and translates to “aurochs,” which is a type of (now extinct) wild cattle, or possibly “storm” or “slag.”

In my experience, though ūruz is defined by specific divinatory meanings, what those defining characteristics are actually saying depends entirely on the question you ask. Unlike fehu, whose appearance in a rune cast almost always tells of an excellent outcome to the task you’re asking about because its overarching theme is “good luck,” ūruz is about overwhelming power. It could be another person’s power directed towards you or your own power directed towards another, or it could even be one person’s power directed at themself, for better or worse.

The way to tell which outcome is the most likely is by getting clarification from the other runes in your cast, or by casting again. In my post about the Fehu rune, I warned that it’s probably that not every divinatory meaning listed above is going to be relevant to the best interpretation you can make. A rune cast is a three-way conversation; the runes that turn up complement and inform each other, which should, in turn, make the more specific meanings of your rune cast clearer to you. You may find it helpful to create a linear, forward-moving thought process by writing down your gut feelings on the cast and refining that interpretation as you get those educated guesses down on paper.

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Freyr: A Reference on the Norse God of Fertility, Peace, and Prosperity

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

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Freyr, Emil Doepler

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The Fehu Rune: A Runic Divination Resource

By now I’ve made posts on achieving a good frame of mind for divination, what galdr is, and examples of my own galdr, but I have yet to post anything on the runes themselves. So today’s post is brought to you by (what amounts to roughly, kind-of-but-not-really) the letter F. It is the first of many individual rune posts in a category that will eventually include references on each of the 24 runes in the Elder Fuþark (Futhark), among other topics.

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The rune fehu looks sort of like the Latin letter F, and it was equated with that letter way back in the time of the original heathens. Fehu is:

  • The first rune in the first ætt (Freyr’s ætt),
  • represented numerically as “1:1,”
  • pronounced like FEH-hoo,
  • and translates to “fee,” or “cattle.”

In divination, it’s a rune I’m always happy to see. It betokens luck, relief, and the acquisition of many a desirable thing or outcome. My notes on fehu’s divinatory meanings look like this:

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Mental Illness and the Real Benefits of Faith in the Gods

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Thor und die Midgardsschlange, Emil Doepler

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Jarl Gilduin, Harasser of Frenchmen

(This will be an extremely short post since it’s only here because I think it’s funny.)

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My 33rd great grandfather, Gilduin “The Dane” of Saumur, was a jarl/Viking chieftan in Denmark before coming to France, and his only recorded claim to fame (in a really old and untranslated French history book) is that he, Friar Bob, and Conan the Barbarian jostled some guy for his castles because their boss Count Odo told them to.

Odo went on to build some more castles to bother Fulk The Ill-Tempered even more, and eventually some of Gilduin’s descendants lived in the one at Chaumont.

(Also, another one of Gilduin’s descendants was James Monroe, but I’m not nearly as excited about being distant cousins with a plantation-owner whose bucket list included being a politician and owning an even bigger plantation.)

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Óðinn/Odin: A Reference on the Norse God of Wisdom and War

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

Odin and Gunlod by Emil Doepler
Odin bei Gunlod, Emil Doepler

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The Gods: Maybe Not Omnipresent, but Surely Not Limited by Time or Space Either

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Losungen, Emil Doepler

As far as I know, the term “godphone” came about as a reaction to the casual way in which many adherents to resurrected polytheistic religions talk about their communications with the gods. I can understand the reaction. It does take somewhat of a paradigm shift to go from purely secular thought to being able to swallow the idea of the gods in a modern setting, talking to living people now.

That said, I disagree with the idea that the casualness is silly, and that is because the Germanic and Norse gods, whether in folklore or the voice in my and other worshipers’ minds, are real-time experiences. They are hardly ever formal in folklore, even though the speaking style of people recorded long ago may make it seem that way, and in the same folklore, they are also wont to acting impulsively. The term “godphone” is based on the assumption that the gods are trapped in a time gone by, having not grown and changed with mortals, and are incapable of speaking to us in our modern dialects and as spontaneously as we speak to them.

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Freyja: A Reference on the Norse God of Sexuality, War, and Seiðr

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

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Hyndla og Freia, Lorenz Frølich

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My Formal Oath to Bragi

‘Bragi, I come before you on this spring evening, when the warmth beyond my window nearly mirrors the warmth in my heart. I come before you lucid and tranquil. I come before you without fear, and invite you to share a drink with me and take in the same Jasmine scent that I do now.

‘Skillful Bragi, discerning Bragi, Bragi of a most mindful presence: For every candle I have lit in your honor, you have reflected its light back to me a hundred times. For every meal shared, for every prayer offered, for every pile of incense ashes I’ve collected for you, you have let me taste sweeter things, let me hear lovelier words, and let me breathe more heady fumes. Word weaver and music maker, dweller in libraries and auditoriums alike: you have hastened my learning and bolstered my happiness, and therefore you have also given me precious moments in which to chase even greater knowledge and pleasure. That is a debt which I cannot hope to fully repay, so I will give you the next best thing. Please hear me now as I offer you the greatest gift I have to give.

‘Bragi my mentor, Bragi my friend: From this moment on, my body will be your temple, my hands shall manifest your will. My soul is a garden that grows many fruits for you to eat, a brimming cup from which you can drink, and a bed upon which you can rest. Give me a portion of your time, and partake of what little is mine. If by giving myself to you I can shorten the distance between us, then I do it gladly. Hear this, Bragi, my declaration: What is mine is now also yours, and so shall it be until the day when, by my own death or by your goodbye, I have fulfilled my oath.’

Bragiteilen Oath to Bragi

I finally made my formal oath to Bragi tonight, and completely by accident, I chose the best time for it. I sat on the porch where the incense would be out of the wind and stay lit, and I recited my oath from the sheet of paper I’d printed out, and after that it started to drizzle, and then it started storming. I sat counting the thunderclaps after each lightning strike, and I didn’t feel any different.

Five, six, ten, five, four, five, six, five, ten, and three.

There was no sudden overwhelming sense of duty and there was no regret. It was just me, Bragi, some incense and a cup of water, and Þórr off in the not-at-all-distant sky riding his chariot, first one mile away, then a bit further, then two miles away, then one again, and less than that, and then one and more, and one and two, and then the last lightning strike that touched down near my house before I went inside was just a little more than half a mile away.

I’ve been living as if I was already oathed to Bragi, and in a sort of roundabout way, I may actually have been. I took his name, and there are a lot of people who would say that doing that was as good as making a formal oath, but I wasn’t sure. I knew that I wanted to do it more formally anyway.

I feel calm, with a pleasant buzzing inside my head shaking apart any thoughts that aren’t easy to think. I feel warm and loved. Overall, this went exactly as I hoped it would.

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