Freedom, Change, Blame

Life’s hard for everyone, and chances are, lots of people are experiencing more dire issues than ourselves; all the while continuing to perform highly and exhibit love and respect toward their fellow man.

Be the latter and conquer the obstacles you need to in life.

Don’t compare yourself to others and do not make excuses for why you aren’t where you think you should be right now.

We have earned everything that happens to us, including our own position in life, whether through Karmic chains or through direct cause and effect in the present.

There is no freedom in blaming our circumstances on external forces, only in destroying the parts of ourselves that do not align with the vision of our Highest Self.

Turn your crosshairs inward if you want to change the world.

Hailaz / Namaste

Custom Runes and Bindrunes

I make runes nearly everyday. It keeps them fresh in my mind and allows me to express divine concepts through simple symbology.

With runes (and bindrunes) one can essentially deliver ideas to a fellow initiate without words; a language of its own based on the culture of those using them. This is the premise of all symbolism; the transfer of immense amounts of knowledge through very simple forms.

Here, we have a bindrune symbolizing Odin’s sacrifice on the Great Tree, where after 9 nights, he falls “screaming,” receiving the secrets of the runes. A gift for a gift (sacrifice).

Broken down we have :

ᛇ – Eihwaz (Yggdrasil, Axis Mundi, World Tree)

ᚬ – Oss (The hanging god, Odin)

ᚼ – Hagal (Hail, transformation, change)

ᚷ – Gebo (Gift, sacrifice, exchange)

If you want this, contact me. It’s made on Norway Spruce harvested from our land. If you want something custom of your own design, I would be honored to make it a physical reality. I have access to many kinds of wood, many of which are already processed and cured.

I have many runesets available as well. These include Elder Futhark, Younger and Anglo-Saxon Futhorcs. Adalruna sets are available as well, all on various wood types.

Hailaz

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.

Suffering, Fire, and Wellbeing

The avoidance of suffering shouldn’t be the end goal, contrary to what many Buddhists would argue. 

Times of suffering are opportunities that give us what we need; chances to break cycles, change habits, grow stronger, etc. while also giving us the (unfortunate) opportunity to completely give up, stall out and/or fail. Suffering is the great catalyst for change, the instigator of wisdom. Without suffering, mankind would not grow or change. 

To attach yourself to an end goal which jades you or completely removes you from suffering is to imply that growth comes to an end and suffering has a limit. This is a pipe dream mentality, because just as with knowledge, the more you learn, the less you know. This is the case with suffering, as the more you conquer it, the more you see it’s lingering presence in other people and the more you will strive to assist in the destruction of its grasp upon humanity.

The only way we could righteously practice an “avoidance” of suffering is if every single human being took it upon themselves to destroy, or rather, actively overcome their own suffering(s). By rooting out the cause of one’s own suffering, then one can consciously choose whether or not to participate in that which makes them suffer. Only then could the notion possibly be eradicated, as we would slowly and consciously move away from the negative connotations surrounding the concept. Suffering should be viewed as a “friction’ in one’s life, the same friction that births fire from sticks. Friction generates heat and heat creates fire/energy. This is a metaphysical fuel-source to the conscious individual, who can channel this in any direction he/she wishes.

Likewise, it opens the door to find new and more profound approaches to raise one’s sense of well-being. This well being must be found and cultivated internally, not produced by external means. If one wishes to feel a long-term sense of satisfaction in life, then one must spend their energy internally and renounce the addicting pleasures of material dependence. This is the road to achieving greater heights of the spirit.

Short-term pleasure must be sacrificed for the long-term gain; the short term being materialistic tendencies like consuming, hoarding, or anything solely connected to one’s externally gained sense of comfort. Well-being and comfort are to be found within oneself. If you create a sense of comfort and well-being within yourself, then it is untouchable, grasped and stored in the most secure way and form; an internal armor against external chaos.

Like the Nauthiz rune teaches, we are to instead channel this phenomenon into a certain metaphysical fire, a drive to conquer. We are, in a way, meant to seek out hardship for our own benefit; to cultivate, build, and reach the supreme Self within.

Become addicted to challenges if you want to reach the heights of the Immortals.

Don’t Be Easily Polarized

We should always have unshakable convictions, laws, and morals. However, we shouldn’t place ourselves willingly into any particular ideological box. These terms, theories and identities are too minute, small, and insufficient to attach ourselves too without limiting our growth and development. 

The Sanskrit term “Madhyamāpratipada” describes this phenomenon, meditation, or act of non-polarization in the practitioner, essentially meaning “The Middle Way.”

Many people are familiar in some regard to this concept. It’s been reworded and reworked countless times in countless traditions.

But, for those who aren’t familiar with this concept, I will do my best to summarize it in simple language. 

The “Middle Way” theorizes that while extremes are valid points of view and exist for a reason, they should be avoided by most, if not all spiritual aspirants or those looking to live a practical life. 

Of course, like the Hagalaz rune teaches, sometimes extreme measures must be taken to change a situation or element, but they cannot be practiced or embodied full time if one wishes to achieve moksha, enlightenment, nirvana etc…

We are advised to not delve too deep into the material world of sense-pleasure, as well as to not become to entranced in self-deprecating asceticism. The only reason a person should fall to one side or the other is to re-align and re-balance themselves onto this middle path. That is, of course, if one is conscious and aware that they have fallen out of balance.

The idea is that if we attach ourselves to one side of an idea, excluding the other, we will always face an antithesis regarding the same concept or thought. A type of cognitive dissonance of possibilities. 

Some might be familiar with this concept as mirrored in Greek philosophy under the title of “The Golden Mean…” 

Therefore, by taking the “Middle Way,” we leave no room for alternative or opposite thought or action. It simply becomes “the way” in which all beings “ought” to exist. In short, there is no possible opposite to the middle, so it must be the one true way or “dharma.”

The Neuroscientist Sam Harris touches upon this concept in his book “The Moral Landscape.” Stating that we can scientifically measure and calculate the ways humans “ought” to live.

This practice absorbs into one’s own dharma, duty, and daily rites, becoming one with the Eightfold Path of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. 

Strive to detach yourself from labels, identities, and denominations of any kind. They are at an incongruence with freedom of mind, body, and spirit.