Strength in Balance Bindrune

This bindrune is meant to enhance balance, inspire clarity, and reinforce stability of the mind, emotions, and spirit. A central Eihwaz rune establishes the spine/trunk; the “axis mundi” or center of the spirit. It represents the self within the spell. On either end of the Eihwaz rune, we see the opposing elemental forces of fire and water. These forces are in their spiritual or creative/emotional forms, represented by Kenaz and Laguz. These runes are chosen instead of their primordial and destructive counterpart forms, Sowilo and Isaz, as to inspire internal balance, rather than to influence external forces out of our control. This concept should be considered when working with this bindrune, as the only things we are really able to control are ourselves and our own thinking. In the center rests the Ingwaz rune, the rune of stored energy and the gestational power of growth. Ingwaz is the seed that symbolizes the beginning stages of all ideas and life; the “Sacred Enclosure” that represents a place of Order, defended at all sides against the ever imposing forces of chaos. At the bottom right protrudes an Uruz rune, added as an additional reminder of the raw, primordial energy that exists within us. May this aid in your mastery over internal balance and stillness.

Holy Trinity Bindrunes

These two bindrunes represent the Holy Trinity of ancient Indo-European Paganism. The gods who encompass this trinity are traditionally the Sky Father, Earth Mother, and Thunder god. As seen on both runes, reading from top to bottom, we see the runes : : representing Odin (Sky Father), Thor (Thunder God), and Freyja (Earth Mother). The left bindrune is mirrored on both sides while the right consists of single runes.

Another cycle has begun.

The internal fires () have been lit. 

The torch () has been acquired. 

The dead () walk with us, 

side by side, 

ahead and behind. 

With full stomachs and full hearts. ()

Spirit becomes flame against the long night.

We will endure () all () with open arms,

as we journey towards the Throne ().

The runes ride () the Wind.

Another cycle () has begun…

Happy New Year.

The Wanderer

One of the most important things about Odinism is traveling.

This of course applies to the Shamanic or visionary aspect, but more importantly to the physical traveling or “wandering” of the Earth.

The Odinist must track down sacred places, spend nights alone in new woods, explore the vast deserts, the mountain peaks, the lakes and rivers and valleys green and lush. To enjoy reckless and unwavering ecstasy and new experience, to make new friends and open oneself to all the possibilities of life. To gain as much wisdom and knowledge as possible in this brief incarnation.

Wandering defeats fear and attachments; delivering solace in the self and a destruction of the need for useless “stuff.” Traveling shows us what is important to not only ourselves and our needs, but also that which is important to humans in general, as you will encounter every imaginable type of person to learn from along the way and begin to see patterns and similarities in people and even cultures.

This is Odinic action. The becoming of the wandering God.

Hailaz Wōdanaz!

Internal Alchemy

When people approach others for spiritual guidance or advice (aside from dedicated teacher/student relationships) they usually expect them to deliver some sort of elaborate truth on a silver platter; some almighty answer that removes their need to search or do the internal “Alchemy” that is required of them in this life.

However, even if the person being questioned felt like they had those answers, from a completely spiritual context, what works for them most certainly should not work for you. These answers can only be brought forth, reawakened, and transformed internally by your own experience and growth. Teachers can assist in this flowering of spirit, but ultimately it is their job to inspire you to do the work yourself, not do the work for you.

This is how forming a Gnostic and deeply personal spiritual system is undergone. Keep pushing yourself and keep digging deeper. Strive to try new things at every opportunity and never be afraid to experiment with life’s journey; move with it and don’t get locked into any type of stagnation.

A Step on the Odinic Path

Altar to Freyr/Ingwaz/Ingui

People generally choose God(s) (in various forms and names) to devote themselves to based on the qualities and traits they are said to possess.

The traits are usually representative of a larger archetype that the devotee wants to portray and has the qualities that they want to possess.

Once the person discovers these qualities that suit him/her best, it will determine who they identity with in a divine, mythological or spiritual way.

It should be practical and work with their lifestyle, ultimately inspiring them to want to excel in the areas they want to in life.

Once they find those qualities, principals and truths that fit their chemistry, then they should devote themselves , or rather “sacrifice” themselves to themselves.

This is the Odian path…

Using Thurisaz as a Weapon Against Depression

Thunder storm on Summer Solstice.
Allegany, New York 2021

Depression is a hell of a drug.

Sometimes it hits you like a freight train and other times it faintly lingers around like the smell of a cigarette.

In these moments when we feel ourselves slipping off of the righteous path and into apathetic dreariness, we must acknowledge the negative patterns within our thinking and refuse to give energy to the turbulence created by them. Instead of trying to think your way out of these situations (which always inevitably allows the situation to develop into more stagnant, philosophical loathing), try and act yourself willingly and directly into a more positive mindset.

Invoke and meditate on the mighty Thurisaz () to banish all weak and self deprecating thoughts from your mind, then let this fiery power grow within you and forcefully push the mental fetters away. You can even attempt to crush them then and there.

When you feel the power of this internal Hammer/Thunder build up inside of you then you can directly propel yourself into motion and attack your days goals without any fetters weighing on your soul. By simply acting and not thinking, you will be able to to drag the mind out of the mud and get the wheels rolling again. This can be symbolized by the ancient chariot, with the horse representing the power of the Will and the rider representing the mind; which can only be as “thunderous” and powerful as the horse which drives it.

This indicates a separate function and metaphysical difference of mind and Will, but this is for another time…

In summary, don’t sit there and think. Just act. Retrospectively use moments of depression creatively and actively. Learn to enjoy the opportunity and challenge they present and transmute () these times into moments of personal growth. As you overcome depressive patterns (one step at a time) you will begin to heal and mend the negative habits that have formed over many years. As this personal awareness and positive action develops within,  you will find yourself falling less and less into the snares of internal self damnation and eventually free yourself of this detrimental force on the Will.

Good luck to everyone on their path of power, and may your Will be known upon the Earth…