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.

Further Analysis of the Thurisaz/Thurs Rune

Thurisaz / Thurs / Thyth

Th / ð

Thurisaz has roots in the power of thunder, representing the hammer of Thor, Mjolnir. However, it is widely used for (and known for) offensive and defensive forms of sorcery; internal and external direction of force. Another core concept hidden in this rune is the deep mystery of the giants; the thurs, trolls, ogres, wights, and other associated beings inherent within nature. Many people assign this “giant” like attribute to different, perhaps older races or gods that the Aesir eventually usurped.  

It can be speculated that the persona of the thurs lie with the native populations who were living in modern Europe prior to the Indo-European migrations into the northern regions. These “older” gods and creatures described in the myths can be attributed to these older people in the region, whom already had established a complete religion and cult of their own, centered around the fertile Earth Mother and natural spirits of agriculture. In this regard, thurs could also be a word simply denoting any type of foreign culture or people that the pre-Germanic Indo-Europeans encountered as they spread westward.

We can also see this rune in connection to the great Thursian serpent Jormungandr, as when vocalized alone, the “th” sound can mimic the hissing of a snake. This could be an archaic connection to this giant worm of the depths, the entangling serpent, who is killed and likewise kills the god Thor (a fertility god) during Ragnarök. Perhaps, as many people suggest, this rune has a light and dark side within this framework, where the light represents the god Thor and the dark represents the adversarial giant, Jormungandr.

Another connection we find when describing giants, thurs and ancient Europeans comes from the Scottish-Gaelic word tursa which means “megalith, standing stone, monolith.” These are all key features and unique creations of the native European peoples prior to the Indo-European migration. It’s been said in most old accounts of Stonehenge that these monuments were created by “giants” or older gods. In 1155 Wace writes, “In the British language the Britons usually call them the Giants’ Dance; in English they are called Stonehenge, and in French, the Hanging Stones.” Newgrange, Stonehenge, and all these ancient, megalithic monuments were here long before the Indo-Europeans moved in, and they immediately incorporated these shrines into their practice when they arrived, usually building upon them considerably.

There is also mention of the force(s) of chaos when discussing Thurisaz. This is highly appropriate, as in many ways it can be shown that these beings are a force within nature that represent destruction and chaos, but also rebirth, wisdom, and change. These aren’t evil beings like the Abrahamic demons, but rather vital and necessary forces in nature, slightly unpredictable and highly wild in temperament. Catalysts of impermanence within life and matter. A force to consider for destructive and constructive sorcery. 

In the Anglo-Saxon futhorc, this rune changes into its thorn aspect, leaving the giant associations behind. Whether this was out of fear or out of separate connotations with their tribes is up to debate, although, the Old Saxon’s still called this rune thuris meaning “giant”.

In the “Old English Rune Poem” it is said:

“Thorn is sorely sharp to every thane,

Who takes ahold; evil and immensely mean

To any man who rests in its midst.”

Here we are given allusions to the thorn tree/bush and the power our ancestors associated with its’ magic. The Hawthorn was used for many magical and medicinal means, but its’ main function on a homestead was to create defensive barriers between the interior and exterior realms of the village or farm. With their powerful and mildly toxic thorns, they deter almost anything from trying to enter their midst. These trees also house many small birds, who protect homesteads by eating pests like insects and chasing away larger farm antagonists like crows and hawks.

This seems to differ in approach from the “Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme” which states:

“A thurse causes women’s woe;

Few become glad from evil.”

Here we see the word and concept of evil appear again, linking these two different forms together more uniformly within this dark and mysterious rune.

Last, we have the Sanskirt turá meaning “quick, willing, prompt,” but also “strong, powerful, rich and abundant.” We can see a connection with thorn in this word, where turá can also mean “hurt.” This word can reach back further into proto-Indo-European with the word twerHwhich means to “hasten, quicken.” Strangely, this word also has a co-meaning of “enclosed, fenced in,” this could be associated with the (Haw)thorn tree, which was used to mark borders and enclose fields, as their thorns are a mighty force of defense. Here we can see Thurisaz as a rune of defense, but also of strong action; one that represents a force of Will that makes things happen around the practitioner. In this way, Thurisaz is the rune of Will, of action, and of exertion of internal force. Thurisaz is the manipulation, direction, and force of “chaos” inherent within life and matter; the ebb and flow of attack and defense.

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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.

Loss, Attachment, and Fairness

When one loses a child, they sometimes fall victim to negative thought patterns. Usually, this would be associated with the attachment one has to “fairness” in life, or what one believes they deserve or have earned.

These laws and concerns are not present in nature, fairness is not to be determined by man. Nature has its own goals, the gods we’ve named in it have their own motives.

When death takes the ones we love, the ones we cherish, it is for its own reasons. When one understands this, life’s “tragedies” seem less so, as beauty resides in all of existence.

Every experience is a conscious validation of existence, a root from us into the very being of the Earth; a link between ground and sky. Whether we believe it or not, the things that are presented to us in life are the things we are meant to have; the lessons we must learn, the wisdom we must gain.

When things that are “unfair” beset us, it is a balancing within natures framework; cause and effect, the chains of karma. Life will ebb and flow like the tides, eternally returning, eternally disappearing.

“Fairness” only resides in the minds of men, and it’s wise to detach oneself from its fetters.

That which is fair, is what is. 

Nothing more, nothing less.

Happy birthday little one.

ᛉ 7/8 ᛣ

ᚲ : ᛋ : ᛃ

A Few Word Origins for Pagan Diviners

What is a Druid?

On the surface, we know Druids as ones who were/are among a certain group of Celtic priests, specific almost solely to the island of Ireland. These sorcerers were known to carry out the sacrifices and were known for their strict means of initiation; comprised of history, science, law, mythology, astronomy, and language. When we take a trip back in time linguistically, we come across the proto-Celtic words daru (oak) and windeti (to know, see), joined in the word druwits meaning “wise person,” or more specifically, “oak knower.” These words stem from earlier forms of the proto-Indo-European words dóru (tree) and weyd (to see), together as dóruweyd, which literally translates to “tree seer” or “tree knower.” As much as the druids were known for their sorcery, a key component of their characteristics lies in their knowledge of trees; their qualities, names and uses. Their writing system was known as Ogham, with each character also representing the name of a tree, hence it also being known as a “tree alphabet.”

What is a Godi?

A godi (goði) is a holy man or priest figure of the old Pagan north; invokers of the gods, custodians and facilitators of the Thing (þing). They were usually identified with jarls, chiefs, and landowners. When searching for origins in this word, we find ourselves first passing through the Gothic gudjô (pagan priest and custodian of temples, responsible for sacrifices) and eventually leading us to the proto-Indo-European ǵʰutós (to pour, libate, invoke). In pre-Christian Germanic culture, one poured libation to gods as sacred offerings, likely a remnant of the Soma ritual from Vedic literature. Godi also has its origin in the Gothic name for Odin as Gaut(az), where we are given an image of one that “flows” or “pours” out. Whether this is the ancient Odinic force of development or the entire population of people “flowing out” of the homeland is not entirely certain in this context. However, we know Odin as the ancient Godi, he who sacrifices himself to himself in a grand system of shamanic self-development. Odin (the operant) pours to his higher form, as the godi pours to Odin within him.

What is a Volva?

In Old Norse we have the term völva meaning prophetess, seeress, witch, wise woman etc. This word specifically relates to woman as opposed to many other terms delegating a person with “magical” ability. This word comes from a root word in proto-Germanic waluz (staff,stick) and an even older proto-Indo-European word welH- (to turn, wind, roll). Here we see an image start to solidify of a female “witch” figure can turn, wind, and roll the webs of fate. The association with a staff or stick can be contributed to “broomsticks” or wands of the classical witch, but in this context, one could assume that this connection alludes to the purported horse phallus preserved in herbs that was said to be consulted by these women for divine prophecy. Regardless, even Odin seeks the wisdom and knowledge of the ancient volva in ‘Völuspá,’ as it is with these primordial beings that cold, ancient, objective forms of knowledge are locked, trapped in their memories and experience of ages past.

Rune Ruminations

:

Lords of wealth,

And Earthly stride,

Pave the way,

Where wagons ride.

:

Drinking from,

Those robust horns,

Wild, merry,

Fighting forms.

:

Building high,

Crumbling low,

Bushes prick,

Protect from foe.

:

In the chest,

There lies a flame,

Howling wind,

Calls the name.

:

While in motion,

Keeping wits,

Travel far,

On land or ship.

:

On the wall,

The iron holds,

Illumination,

Of the soul.

:

Equal arms,

And roads to cross,

Giving and-

Accepting loss.

:

When one sits,

In total silence,

Peaceful sky,

And setting sun.

:

A sudden change,

To rouse the soul,

Under toil,

Life unfolds.

:

The lesson learned,

The wisdom gained,

From times of strife,

From times of strain.

:

That which blocks,

Can also shine,

Stillness heals,

And also binds.

:

Round and round,

The wheel turns,

Largest fests,

And wood to burn.

:

High and low,

Our arms in each,

Up and down,

Is all in reach.

:

Roll the dice,

Already known,

By the well,

There sits a crone.

:

Alert to all,

Wind or squall,

Blood rushes,

Antlers tall.

:

Sword of light,

Bolt on high,

Shine your rays,

From cloudless skies.

:

Measures made,

And painful trades,

Wars to win,

And debts to pay.

:

Silver, yellow-

Black and white,

To gaze upon,

In pure delight.

:

Trust in friend,

And never foe,

Ones we move with,

Bonds that grow.

:

Two wishes,

One reward,

Bridge of gaps,

Connecting fjords.

:

Roads upon,

All things connect,

The higher world,

And darkest depths.

:

Enclosed within,

A hidden space,

Seeds were sown,

Now taking shape.

:

Holy home,

Within the blood,

Sacred space,

From fire or flood.

:

At the end,

There shines a light,

Decimation,

Of the night.

Root Words of “Dark” Magic

What is a Necromancer?

Essentially, this title and form of practice revolves around a relationship, exchange, control, or manipulation of the dead. When we break down the word, we are given two root words of proto-Indo-European origin, the first being nek- (to perish, disappear) and the second word méntis (thought, thinking, mind), giving us something like Nekméntis. From these two words, we form an archetype who can think or meditate upon the perished with clarity, someone who can access memory and knowledge from those who have “disappeared.” The Nekméntis is one who can ruminate on death to gain its’ answers and insights, one who can access layers and visions of the past.

What is a Witch?

Witches have been around for as long as humans have experienced the spirit world. The word has carried itself through time on the backs of different cultures and connotations. In Old English, we have the words wiċċe and wiċċa, meaning female and male seers, magicians, or sorcerers. In proto-Germanic, we have wikkô, meaning spellcaster, wizard, warlock, etc. These stem from an earlier proto-Indo-European pair of words wey (to contain, consecrate, separate, overcome) and weyk (to separate, choose). Here we can see the witch archetype as one who can separate things (in the way an alchemist, chemist, or scientist does), choose “ingredients” wisely based on necessity, and consecrate specific items using an array of techniques and formulas. The witch chooses and manipulates its’ own fate and the fates of those around it through prophecy, trance, and divination. It can instill great meaning and power into objects, materials, and places that it wants to sanctify. The witch also overcomes human “conditions” using sorcery, sacrifice, and methods of hallowing. In this sense, a prophetic, gnostic, and divine awareness must be embodied within those who we refer to as witches, as they must have true skill in making choices that alter the very fabric of the web of fate.

What is a Warlock?

Much of what encompasses a warlock is also embodied in the witch, it’s merely a preference of words in the modern age, as the “witch” has become associated mostly with women. However, our root words here differ and bring us an alternative view of a warlock as opposed to a mere mirror image or male incarnation of a witch. At the root we have two words of proto-Indo-European origin, the first weh₁- (true) and second lewgʰ- (to lie, tell a lie). At first this seems a bit strange, but, as most titles like this, we see a union or embracing of opposites, the creation of an oxymoron. It is safe to say that a warlock is not only a magician, but one who can manipulate the truth as he sees fit; a master of words who can manipulate minds for better or for worse.