Futhorc Meditation

ᚠ:

Fe is a fire, and fuel of desire,

Light as a feather, heavy as iron.

ᚢ:

Ur is one’s power, endurance and might,

Primal aggression, and fuel for the fight.

ᚦ:

Thurs are the remnants, more ancient than gods,

Raising creations, from their dead bodies.

ᚬ:

Oss is the old one, more wise than the rest,

Slayer of Ymir, bestower of breath.

ᚱ:

Reid is a wheel, steering your journey,

Safely through hardship, and whole to the end.

ᚴ:

Kaun is the burning, when agony strikes,

A fetter of flames, a road of fire.

ᚼ:

Hagal can curse you, and others as well,

The powers of change, that nothing can quell.

ᚾ:

Naud is the lesson, teacher of spirit

Cross of the heathen, step of the ladder.

ᛁ:

Is moves with patience, over the landscape,

Silent destruction, focusing the mind.

ᛅ:

Ar is the reaping, gold in the meadow,

Fat on the cattle, food in the kettle.

ᛋ:

Sol rising higher, holiest fire,

Priest up in heaven, divine transformer.

ᛏ:

Tyr follows battle, invoked during war,

Carved on the sword hilt, warrior idol.

ᛒ:

Bjarkan is fragrant, a beautiful wood,

A bridge from the Earth, to those under root.

ᛘ:

Madr is mortal, observer of time,

Conscious creation, subjective divine.

ᛚ:

Lagu is life-force, connecting the lands,

Carry us forward, towards destinies sands.

ᛣ:

Yr is a poison, that also can heal,

A force of tension, projection of fate.

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.

Reflections of the Summer Solstice

When the Sol,

Is at its’ peak,

Its’ hidden power,

Starts to seep.

Into hearts,

And into souls, 

Igniting fires,

New and old.

And like the flame,

It burns away,

Every woe, 

This longest day. 

(And sometimes fire,

Pierces through,

The hearts of that, 

Which fetters you.)

We rise to meet,

That golden dawn,

The spinning fire, 

Wheel of Kaun. 

Beneath the ocean, 

Tiwaz blessed, 

Honoring all,

With feast and fest. 

On fresh cut turf,

Good cheese and good wine, 

Surrounded by stars, 

And reflections of time. 

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.

Evocation of Runes

ᚠ : Fe is the weapon of Fro,

Unusual trade for steel.

ᚢ : Ur is a steaming kettle,

Pool of ancient energy.

ᚦ : Thurs is the might of thunder,

Giant serpent in the depths.

ᚬ : Oss is inspired speaking,

Wind of wisdom calling thee.

ᚱ : Reid is rhythm of the drum,

Guiding soul from mortal flesh.

ᚴ : Kaun is worry, anguish, hurt-

Fiery bridge, teeth of Surt.

ᚼ : Hagal is descending quick,

Crops it fells, but thoughts it fixed.

ᚾ : Naud is cryptic stage of growth,

To hide is a break of oath.

ᛁ : Is is sharp and focused mind,

Or stagnation’s awful bind.

ᛅ : Ar is smelling cooking feast,

Joy and worry in the least.

ᛋ : Sol is compass overhead,

Gift of light, bane of the dead.

ᛏ : Tyr is faith and justice whole,

Honor to thy cause and form.

ᛒ : Bjarkan stretching toward the moon,

Dark goddess of Erthos womb.

ᛘ : Madr pours unto the Lord,

Many faces, many forms.

ᛚ : Lagu hooks upon the soul,

Calm of the primordial.

ᛣ : Yr can bend and flex at will,

Every man is mortal still.

Authority from Within

As the path of Odin, Shiva, Socrates, Lucifer, Buddha, and many others will reveal: authority, truth, and wisdom reside in our core, lying within us. Through the emulation and understanding of these most invulnerable and permanent forms, the essence of the Self stirring within every human incarnation, we get a glimpse into a higher, more focused, refined and crystalline sense of reason and awareness. Here is where all answers await, and where all questions of importance in time must be directed, as this is the only conveyer of truth, the eternal Self within all. This is the voice which calls the true seeker; drawing ever closer to its origin; striving to balance the earth and sky.

A Rhythm of Younger Runes

ᚠ Fe makes right,

ᚠ Fe makes greed,

ᚠ Just enough – is what we need.

ᚢ Ur has hoof,

ᚢ Ur has horn,

ᚢ Mighty wild – eyes of scorn

ᚦ Thurs are sharp,

ᚦ Thurs are wise,

ᚦ Ancient beings – in disguise.

ᚬ Oss is wind,

ᚬ Oss is wide,

ᚬ Pointed hat – spear at the side.

ᚱ Reid is reigns,

ᚱ Reid is spokes,

ᚱ Thor’s wagon – drawn behind goats.

ᚴ Kaun is heat,

ᚴ Kaun is fire,

ᚴ In the depths – of our desires.

ᚼ Hagal maims,

ᚼ Hagal tolls,

ᚼ Crystal star – that’s hard to hold.

ᚾ Naud is lock,

ᚾ Naud is key,

ᚾ Opening doors – that we need.

ᛁ Is is still,

ᛁ Is is clear,

ᛁ Hanging from roofs – like cold spears.

ᛅ Ar is blood,

ᛅ Ar is wheat,

ᛅ Harvesting that – which we seek.

ᛋ Sol is high,

ᛋ Sol is bold,

ᛋ In the skull – wheel of gold.

ᛏ Tyr is right,

ᛏ Tyr is score,

ᛏ Call upon – in times of war.

ᛒ Bjarkan shines,

ᛒ Bjarkan sees,

ᛒ Far away – atop the trees.

ᛘ Madr lives,

ᛘ Madr dies,

ᛘ In between – is where he lies.

ᛚ Lagu falls,

ᛚ Lagu pours,

ᛚ Bringing life – and carrying oars.

ᛣ Yr is green,

ᛣ Yr is bow,

ᛣ Up above – and down below.

The Self and Metabiology

A perfect Self should be viewed in the context of human biology. 

As a “perfect” organ(ism) can exist, serving its purpose with extreme clarity, so can an actualized and/or super individual Self. 

Not all of us are meant to be a heart, for instance…

Some of us embody a form whose perfect expression is unique to its duty, as each human’s duty is not identical. 

Some people are brains, some are hearts, some are eyes, some are stomachs…

This can be most obviously seen in the ancient caste system, which places this concept into a meta-biological framework, as each caste represents a different part of the human body; each duty not only necessary, but sacred and holy. This was the case within some Indo-European societies all the way into the “Viking Age.”

Like the plethora of circumstances and organs that create a working organism we call a body, we should view ourselves (and humanity as a whole) in the exact same context. We individually make up a greater organism that is called Humanity; where exists many types of organs, tissues, muscles, needs, etc. 

Each and every faculty or individual organism has a divine duty specific to their existence, allowing the wheel of human life to move forward in balance and harmony (theoretically). 

All things have a meaning and all things have purpose. If this wasn’t so, there would be no cause or reaction; a topic I touch on in this article : Fate, Instinct, and Nature.

Shaping yourself into a potent being should be your main focus, in however that expression manifests within you. Pair this with love and wisdom to achieve the ultimate state of being. 

Spend less time thinking of the faults of others and instead set your crosshairs within at your lower impulses and desires; become the spiritual catalyst that the body needs to heal itself and the spirit within. 

Narrow your focus on your higher Self. Develop this connection with as much time as you can dedicate to it and you will no doubt find a more solidified presence within yourself; one, that with practice, becomes more and more unshakable. 

Irreplaceability, Mastery, and Glory

All men really want is to be irreplaceable.

Mans higher purpose is to become a master of something… a professional at X, a genius on Y, an authority on Z.

When it comes down to it, men want nothing more than to become irreplaceable. They want to know that no one can fill their shoes; that their existence has a meaning tied to their form. They want to know within that they have made a contribution and that their memory/legend will live on beyond the grave; whether or not one has heirs.

Man wants to conquer great obstacles, ascend the highest peaks, and soar into the blackness of space; each one wants his unique piece of the glory.

At a certain point, we must ask ourselves if this is really a bad or negative trait to possess. In reality, yes and no cannot answer this sufficiently, as it seems to be “natural” instinct for driven humans to behave like this.

Do we call the hunting aspects of a mountain lion negative or evil, even when they sometimes kill humans? No, it is natural for them to hunt any prey that is liable and in their territory.

The humans’ need to conquer seems to be akin to this type of instinctual, non conscious behavior; transcending a human “right” or “wrong” duality. Repressing this can be detrimental to one’s own life and the lives of those around him. But, through wisdom, it can be mastered and maneuvered with divine accuracy.

This view ties one in with the physical and metaphysical simultaneously, as one must achieve earthy victories in order to attain the metaphysical “legacy” one wants to build or acquire. In many ways, although this doesn’t seem to offer any sort of climax or end, it reinforces man’s role as the being “in the middle.” We exist within that context, as a wheel in between tracks, moving onward into eternity.

We emerge and dissolve into many forms, although, the deeper parts of our spirit continue to rise ever higher.