For those interested in Germanic Paganism, this is an excellent source for poetry and devotional hymns in the Gothic language.
This includes songs and invocations to archaic forms of Odin, Thor, Freyr, Frigga, and many other familiar divinities.
Although these are modern pieces, they hold within them a genuine love and respect for the Pagan faith, something old in spirit and reminiscent of days long gone.
It is important that we honor those who carry the torches of tradition and wisdom through the ages; those who sacrifice their time and effort to bring gifts like this to us.
Art, poetry, and song are ways to ensure that aspects of culture and religion are not completely lost to time, as so much of the Northern European religion has been lost since the days of Pagan dominance.
More people should take up poetry in this regard, as through poetry, art and music, the Northern religion will prevail once again and the Great Tree will continue to grow back to its glorious primordial heights.
We end the Futhark with Dagaz (ᛞ) because we believe that after one realizes the true Self, represented by Othala (ᛟ), one can then “break the cycle” of saṃsāra, like the breaking of dawn on a new day.
This process of enlightenment is represented by Dagaz.
In reality, whether you end with Othala or Dagaz, one can theoretically come to the same conclusions either way.
These choices are not meant to be dogmatic, but philosophical. Make the decision on your own, based on research and practice.
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.
This book is the first of a 3-part analysis of the deeper meanings hidden within the runes of the Elder Futhark. Through various avenues of mythology, language, and history, we will expand the scope and meanings present in each rune as it moves through time and culture. We will explore well known runic theories, as well as delve into uncharted and obscure territory that is meant to leave the reader with the sense of “vastness” present in each individual rune.
Throughout the project, we will examine common themes, philosophical musings, and an overall expansion of the deeper connotations that each rune encompasses. We will examine direct connections to the god Freyr and discuss many other deities present in this specific row of runes. Although the basics of rune theory are covered here as well, I don’t necessarily recommend this book to beginners or people new to Germanic Paganism. The reason being, is that this book may offer “too much information” and overwhelm someone without prior foundation in this esoteric system.
For beginners, I would recommend picking up my first rune book “Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna: European Sorcery and Divination”. That book will give you a good introduction to the runes while offering glimpses into cryptic aspects inherent in each one. It gives multiple angles one can view each rune from based on one’s experience and how one identifies with the initial word, shape, and sound of each rune. However, if dedicated and willing, this book can be approached first and may open many doors for your future research and practice.
Single words can sum up no one. The truly wise can bleed from one -ism into the next; be many -ists at once. As long as one is able to understand different points of view and penetrate into the deeper truths below the surface of alternative traditions, one can break free of the “box” that the ist and ism places us in.
No matter how much we try to break things down into smaller parts, we cannot escape the reality that everything is connected, essentially, to everything else. Each and every separate part is a piece of a greater whole.
We, as those pieces, represent the conscious aspect of the greater mechanism, as if “God” was observing itself through its own eyes; its own patterns and aspects.
To realize that God and Self are the same, in my understanding, is to realize the teachings of the All Father.
The sacrifice of self, to Self, is one of the many avenues on the age old path to enlightenment or union with Odin, Brahma, God, etc…
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.