Rise from the Ashes…

Someday, in the right incarnation, the modern, civilized and domesticated man will wake up and realize (with much anguish) that he is himself extremely sick and culturally, spiritually, physically and mentally unwell.

His prison of flesh and bones with constrict him into a new state, a state of self awareness wrought with a great vastness and knowledge of patterns and interconnection.

Here he begins his journey to rebuild himself, or rather, build for the first time his true self, awakened and risen from the ashes of fate.

To know where he is going, he must look to the past…

Fate, Instinct and Nature.

I am convinced in the existence of fate because of the natural laws of cause and effect. Every cause has an effect, indicating a pre-determined outcome for any and all actions. All things and actions no matter how big or small are carefully designed and created with a specific intent and purpose to fulfill, whether conscious of it or not. All is connected like pieces in an endless puzzle.

However, while fate may indeed exist, it is not a finite and concrete model.

There is “wiggle” room…

Rune magic and most divination methods exist for this reason; to gain further insight into circumstances in their past, present and future context. The web of fate is constantly spun, but like a physical web (which looks seemingly perfect) there are minor variables throughout it based on circumstances and the spider’s reaction () to them, resulting in the intended and coherent final product.

In extremely primitive terms, humans have the capability to “foresee” many future events at all times and are able to make present decisions and actions in order to affect those future events. This is evident in our knowledge of the yearly natural cycles of the Earth. Our ability to foresee seasonal, terrestrial, and cosmic events helps us sow, cultivate and harvest what we need to ensure we survive as long as possible. Being able to foresee Winter gives us time to change our circumstances and better our future position.

This is primitive, but evidence of divination nonetheless…

With practice and patience, you can begin to adjust certain strands and strings of the web, gaining deeper insight into their workings and patterns. Personal rune reading (followed by honest decoding) will do this, as well as Tarot and other divination practices.

Instinct is also a good piece of evidence for some kind of fate or design as well.

Instinct indicates that DNA holds literal knowledge of its physical expression and its’ living experience. In other words, Nature imprints experience on its’ creations for them to remember the rules and laws of existence, the laws of fate. The fact that an incubated chicken knows to scratch and eat certain things without seeing it before, or in the way a butterfly’s wings can display pictures of predatory animals like owls, snakes and foxes,  indicates a creative awareness and conscious design within nature, almost like a computer program with all functions working to create a working system. Biological evolution is further evidence of this “Nature Mind” as it is always consciously creating, altering, and watching itself…

Perhaps to fulfill its own fate…

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…

Eagle Bindrune

From ‘Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna : European Sorcery and Divination’ Page. 102

The “Eagle” bindrune was created using the Proto-Germanic word Arô meaning Eagle. It consists of the runes ; with inverted runes added to enhance visualization and intent. This bindrune was made in the linear form, with additional enhancements to intensify and complete the spell. This symbol is used to deepen spiritual connections to the ancestral lineage and to draw wisdom from the past. Meditate on this rune to conjure memories of past lives and incarnations.

The Eagle represents our Higher self rising from the talons of Death; traveling into the spiritual realm and passing through the stages of rebirth. We are physically () gripped by the talons of death (ᛣ) and thrust upward () into the next form; the process of the reincarnation of the Spirit (). The twelve dots represent the twelve months of the year, which reemerge endlessly like our spiritual essence. Additional () runes have been added for wings, signifying the breath/spirit travelling upward after death. In total this gives us four () runes at the crown of the bindrune, indicating the unified order of the spirit reemerging.

The eagle is a totemic animal of Odin, who takes on this form in the Eddas. The Eagle watches everything above the World Tree, soaring high above all realms like the All Seeing Eye of Odin. This Eagle delivers messages from the higher reaches of the cosmos and is revered for its wisdom and majesty. The veneration of Odin as the Great Ancestor is acknowledged through this bindrune and will enhance connections with Odinic or ancestral forces.

Fire of Creation Bindrune

From ‘Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna : European Sorcery and Divination’ Page. 108

This bindrune consists of a central  rune extending into a  rune. One interpretation would be that this bindrune is a spell for controlling fire or solar forces. Use this bindrune to enhance control over the fiery and creative aspects of life.

This can be a handy talisman to carry with you on your travels. Both of these runes are positive and triumphant; they will aid and protect you in new environments. You can wear this amulet around the neck for extra strength in winter months, as it will carry the powers of the sun within it. To charge, leave near fire or in direct sunlight.

Loki Bindrune

From ‘Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna : European Sorcery and Divination’ Page. 118

This bindrune is used to invoke Loki and associated powers. Carve this into wood, stone or bone, and place it anywhere on your altar with an offering bowl in front of it. Offerings to Loki commonly consist of coins, stones, and knotted ropes. The bindrune consists of the name  and can be used as a conduit for quick connections to Lokian forces. Most Pagans are shy to working with Loki, but I have found it very useful at certain times, as Loki can be an archetype for indomitable freedom and individuality.

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Hurnaz (Cernunnos) Bindrune

From ‘Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna : European Sorcery and Divination’ Page. 116

This bindrune reads Hurnaz and consists of the runes . This symbol is used to attract or invoke the Wild Spirit of the forest and all associated guardians therein. Hurnaz is a Germanic title for this force, meaning “Horn.” This is a direct translation of the powers represented by the Celtic god Cernunnos. Carve this on any tree near the perimeter of your property that borders the forest; it will invoke good luck and protection from the Forest Gods.

When used in ritual, place a talisman of wood, stone or bone with this symbol carved into it on each cardinal point of the work space. This will create a charged area of focus and intensity for you to carry out your functions in. In this space, you can be assured that no detrimental outside forces are granted access to you or your sacred enclosure. All powers of ill intent will be repelled by the presence of these runes around your work space. This can also be painted on the skin for the same purpose; being especially handy when working alone in the woods. Paint with whatever materials you have available to you. Ideally, use ash, blood, or both to create a usable paint.