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.
Storm, Fire and Blood is the second book by American Black Metal band Elegiac. This includes lyrics from over 15 songs, works from 2020-2021 covering topics like Paganism, runes, modern culture, and photos/artwork from 2021.
“‘Storm, Fire and Blood’ picks up where the last book ‘Resurrection of the Ancient Cult’ ends. This takes you through the dark, murky world of “Father of Death” and various other compositions with commentary, excerpts, art, experiences and thoughts from along the way.”
Uruz is the rune of the Aurochs; a strong, wild and ox-like creature that is now extinct. This rune, like the animal, represents strength, endurance and vitality; and it was necessary for young men to venture out and vanquish one of these animals on their own if they hoped to join the warrior class. Uruz should be applied when you need that extra boost of wild energy; that flare of frenzied strength to push through the perimeters of your limits and obstacles. Uruz represents fortitude and the ability to work long, hard hours; giving sweat and blood to the Earth.
Uruz teaches us to be sturdy, head strong, and not to waver in the face of threats. It encourages us to make ourselves strong in all ways; to become untamed forces of self actualization and creation. Uruz should be applied to the body, mind and spirit; for if one of these elements is weak, they all shall suffer. Let Uruz be a beacon of strength and solidarity for you to meditate on, acting as an anchor for your soul in rough and unsure times.
Uruz is a rune of superior vitality and stone like endurance. You can never be broken if you have unlocked the powers of Uruz within; and it will always act as a force of resilience against weakness and illness. Use this rune to acquire deeper levels of strength and power in all aspects of life, for it will guide you to a place of confidence and quell any insecure feelings that hinder your growth. Uruz should be used to invoke divine strength, rage and vigor; a useful ingredient to any spell of confidence and solidarity. Meditate on this rune often for iron-like qualities.
Uruz is a rune steeped in chaos, for it still holds the wild and raw energies of creation. The Aurochs, Cow, and Bull are all very important symbols to the Indo-European consciousness; symbolizing the initial nourishing elements and building blocks of creation. From most angles of Indo-European spirituality we encounter a primeval creature similar to the Aurochs; this being usually symbolizing the first organic creation of existence, or the source being who is slain and brings about the creation of the world as we know it. Whether you follow Germanic, Celtic, or Vedic sources, you can trace these myths back to an original bovine-like creature who is associated with (or responsible for) the construction and cultivation of the world. Uruz represents this key component of creation.
Raido is the rune of travel, journey, and exploration. This rune should accompany you on all major journeys across the land or sea, spirit or mind; for it will keep you safe and help you stay your course. Raido represents a change of space and environment, a time of growth and excitement when the larger picture becomes more clear and tangible. Use Raido when you embark on all journeys in this life.
Raido represents the right path being chosen. If you are traveling and Raido is present, you can assure yourself that your choices are righteous and just, and that you’re in control of your momentum towards achieving your goals. Meditate on this rune to find your true path, and always remember to do what feels right to you. Fate is always at work, pulling on the strings of our existence. With practice you will learn ways to bend and shape the odds in your favor, and the tools to persevere when you’re “in over your head.”
Raido represents being smart and calculated on your journeys. Don’t expect this rune to work for you if you don’t put any work into staying safe and coherent while traveling. Remember to retain control of your propulsion toward your destinations and do not become careless. We must be tactical and precise in our journey if we want the powers of this rune to work. Don’t forget to apply this rune to your overall lifestyle, and always use caution when traveling into new places.
Raido is the rhythm of time, life, and represents the tempo of the universe. In order to connect to this, we must be rhythmic in our own lives as well. We must form habits with equal intervals to establish tradition, thus mirroring the patterns of nature. The rhythm of the natural order exists like the very air we breathe, and it must be recognized in order to find balance and control within this life. Raido is control over our momentum and propulsion; the reins of the chariot within our soul.
Raido can be viewed as the system of trials and tests we must endure to become what/who we are supposed to be. Through these trials and journeys we find our true selves and begin to recognize the Ancient Truth in everything around us. Our perspective grows with every new territory conquered, physical or metaphysical, and we must conquer certain aspects of our lives in order to find truth and strength within ourselves. Use Raido to find these truths, they await you on your journeys!
Ansuz is the rune of Odin, the rune of the ancestral spirit. This rune can be used to invoke divine knowledge, wisdom, and messages directly from the Gods or ancestors. It acts as a compass by guiding you to the wisdom of your bloodline. Focus on insight and communication with the past when meditating with this rune, listen to your innate wisdom. Remember that the answers to most, if not all the things you need or want to know, already exist inside of you, and are waiting to be unlocked.
Ansuz is the rune of words, speech, and communication. It represents the development of language, sound and the raw mechanics of verbal communication. Clarity and potency of thought are things to always consider and strive for, and effective application of speech when communicating thoughts should be valued and practiced. Our use and knowledge of language is a divine gift, and we must honor it to the fullest potential.
Ansuz teaches us to be intelligent and sagacious, to be open to council and seek advice from those who are wiser. Consider all advice given to you from those whom are older and/or more learned. Consider it a gift that they are willing to pass their knowledge and experience on to you. We must remember that learning anything is hard work and takes time; therefor, knowledge is a form of infinite wealth and abundance. Accept new ideas into your life and consider it a blessing; sometimes words and ideas can be worth their weight in gold (physically and metaphysically). Never disrespect the Elders and always hold their wisdom in high regard.
Ansuz represents the passing of the Breath of Life along the ancestral line. It is the gift from your ancestors (Odin) to you, and through you to the next. Ansuz symbolizes our direct ancestry to the Gods themselves, and is a pathway to the endless memory of the Blood Well. We are directly descended from these Gods of old; men and woman who immortalized themselves as the archetypes of humanities expression. Ansuz is our means of communication with them and their story, the history of our blood and immortal soul.
The hidden power of the Dagaz rune rests in those faint instances when esoteric knowledge enters you like a bolt of lightning; revealing inexpressible truths that before seemed unattainable, now appearing crystal clear. In these instances, we discover immense wisdom within ourselves and insight into the dynamic patterns of existence. Dagaz is identical to the dawn of each new day by vanquishing the darkness of the night, bringing in new beginning.
Dagaz is seeing the dots around you connect into a grand image, or finding the keys to the metaphysical doors of your ancient memory. Each occurrence with Dagaz will fill a gap in the grand puzzle of your existence and illuminate your vision of the Ancient Truth. Dagaz is the rune of enlightenment and ultimate awareness, the final gift of Odin. These concepts are represented by this archaic symbol, and it’s meant to teach us about this ancient phenomenon that happens within us.
Dagaz has no negative attributes associated with it. All encounters with Dagaz deliver positive messages such as wisdom, happiness, and hope. Striving for these moments will always be beneficial and we must search for them actively. Through things like music, meditation, and ritual, we can reach these higher states of being; broadening our perception of the cosmos with every occurrence. When looking for change and improvement, it is wise to gravitate towards Dagaz and meditate on its’ functions. Follow your intuition.
Dagaz symbolizes our ascension into a higher consciousness. It’s a flirting with the mind of the universe and the ancient past. Through the conscious working of this rune, we can attain all of the metaphysical truth(s) that we desire; no matter how mysterious or shrouded in darkness they may seem. Through patience, dedication, force of will and meditation, all mystical paths shall be illuminated. May your forbearance and determination bring you all that you desire in this world, and may your spirit rise above the modern decay.