Family, Tribe, Skill

A lot of people these days are hungry for community, camaraderie, freedom, tribe, etc…

These are all good things to want and to ultimately strive for; especially when paired with a regular sacrificing of everything that doesn’t align itself with this vision.

However, for those who are seeking for this “group,” it is wise to not only find the correct group or collective to engage with, but when we do, the most important thing is not to ask “what this group can do for me,” but rather, “why does the particular group need me to become a part of it?”

If you can answer the second part easily, you will have no issue in your ascension within any group. If you can’t, you will have to acquire this sense on your own if you wish to gain importance within said group.

Shagbark Hickory

The tree we chose to represent our Irminsul/Yggdrasil is located in the dead center of our property and is one of the oldest trees still remaining after the years of logging, oil drilling, and neglect the land has experienced.

The Shagbark Hickory tree, as someone who came from the West coast, was one of the first trees I noticed around my new home in the East, being highly mysterious and eerie looking, especially in the fall and winter. It’s many knots, “shaggy” bark, holes and twists make it look like something out of a Halloween movie, it just needs an owl and some bats…

These trees can live around 350 years and grow up to 100 feet tall. They produce delicious edible fruit (nuts) that resemble the pecan in texture and flavor. The native tribes who had access to this tree used it for a variety of food products, including milk, flavorings, and bread. It is also a choice wood for smoking meat.

Just like the Germanic tribes favored Ash for weapons and tools, some Native Americans used these trees for weapons, tools, arrows, bows and drumsticks. The bark was also used to flavor a maple syrup alternative.

The Seneca Indians associate these trees with the dead and bringing the dead back to life. It’s said that one could leave the bones of the dead beneath the tree and essentially threaten them to become resurrected lest they be crushed by the limbs of the hickory tree.

Once you see one of these interesting trees it’s hard to not recognize them everywhere. The Shagbark Hickory, in particular, because of its flowing, shaggy, disheveled bark that is signature to their character. This trait, however, is only found amongst mature trees, usually over 20 years old. Until then, the bark remains very smooth, similar to beech.

If you live in the Eastern United States, from Texas to Maine, it is likely you have one of these trees around. I recommend to everyone who has access to one of these awesome trees to sit with one, observe it, experiment with one of its related products, and enjoy its unique character amongst the other trees of the woods.

Introductory Reading Recommendations on Germanic Paganism Part. 2

For those looking for further reading recommendations on pre-Christian Germanic culture, here’s a few more books that I found useful on the journey:

– “Teutonic Mythology” by Jacob Grimm.

– “Barbarian Rites” by Hasenfratz.

– “Runic and Heroic Poems of the Old Teutonic Peoples” Dickins editions.

For those who like a quick informative read, “Barbarian Rites” would be a good book to check out. I found the research on the “Sib” to be interesting, among other things. It breaks the basics down into clear language that most people should be able to understand, in short concise chapters.

I’ll be compiling a full list of reading materials for those interested and putting it up on the substack, PDF links will be included if available. Make sure to subscribe there to keep up to date, a few things will be posted there next week in particular.

Introductory Reading Recommendations on Germanic Paganism

People ask me for book recommendations a lot, especially when first delving into Germanic Paganism.

3 books I would recommend for constructing a basic worldview within Heathen spirituality (aside from the Eddas and Sagas) are:

– “Gods and Myths of Northern Europe” by H.R. Ellis Davidson.

– “Germania” by Tacitus.

– “A History of Pagan Europe” by Prudence Jones and Nigel Pennick.

These books should help give you a framework for understanding the time period, lives and minds of what we know about the Germanic tribes prior to the takeover of Christianity.

Another book I found helpful was “Sorcery and Religion in Ancient Scandinavia” by Varg Vikernes.

Usually, once a person has worked through these books, they will find a more focused research direction to move in.

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Runic Possession

Fe can be prison,

If one isn’t wise,

For all of desire,

Wears its’ disguise,

If made in masses,

One takes his chances,

Without it he would-

Most certainly rot.

Ur is the kettle,

Steaming on fire,

Screaming with fury,

Sounds of creation,

Hoof in the soil,

Horns up at heaven,

Creature of mighty,

Ancient endurance.

Thurs are the native,

Gods of the soil,

Forces of chaos,

Darkness and wisdom,

Dwell in the forest,

The heart of the stone,

Archaic shield,

The hammer and thorn.

Oss is the Daemon

The core of the Self

Krishna and Shiva

Internal and all

8 legs of terror

Carry the father

Dispenser of gifts

Of breath, art, and war.

Reid is the motion,

Tempo and rhythm,

Commanding order,

Under the cosmos,

Following patterns,

Internal cycles,

Around and around,

Again, and again.

Kaun will destroy you,

If fearful you live,

Attachment to flesh,

Makes it burn that much more,

Let your soul go free,

To the Gods give thee,

If one will control,

This holy fire.

Hagal is hardship,

When water has died,

Fall from the heavens,

A crystal disguise,

Beauty wreaks havoc,

On those unaware,

New life is stirring,

Under broken stalks.

Naud is the nail,

That pierces the soul,

Trial and error,

Ignite the fire,

Conquering spirit,

Sheer force of the Will,

Closer and closer,

To the gates of Hel.

Is is the frozen,

Stillness of being,

The Gods of decay,

Less potent against,

Moving with cosmos,

Ebbing and flowing,

Far in the distance,

Before there was time.

Ar is the pleasant,

Harvest of riches,

A potent symbol,

The rune after 9,

Prosperity comes,

Prosperity goes,

Years like to travel,

Wheels on the road.

Sol burns with fury,

The powerful flame,

Vanquish the darkness,

I call on your name,

Sunna the shining,

Goddess of fire,

Destroy every woe,

And weakness within.

Tyr is God and judge,

Godi of justice,

Father of daylight,

Loyal and mighty,

A prophetic doom,

Beset you when He,

The God of the hanged,

Brought forth the old witch.

Bjarkan makes mighty-

Men fall to their knees,

The goddess of Hel,

Her half that is life,

Medicinal tree,

A beauty to see,

Below these old roots,

The dead call to me.

Madr is stretching,

Arms towards the sky,

It is said that man-

Once came from two trees,

They washed up on shore,

With no shape or form,

Till the 3-faced God,

Brought them their honor.

Lagu is the night,

The moon and the tide,

Expansive and deep,

Mysterious world,

The sanguine water,

A formless life-force,

That which also drowns

Touches all that breathes.

Yr is Yggdrasil,

The evergreen tree,

A symbol of life,

Concealing death,

Connecting the worlds,

Of heaven and Hel,

Mirror the cosmos,

Map of ancient space.