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Vikings video 1

It is important to learn about the Vikings and their culture in studying and learning Heathenism.

Volmarr’s daily spiritual rituals and practices

This is shared so as to inspire others to perhaps take up a similar set of daily practices. It really does help a great deal to have such a daily practice, and it is the key thing in making ones religious practice truly spiritual.

Every day I do the following and in this order:

Short invocation prayer to Sunna, which comes from Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner, page 53.

A Hammer hollowing ritual to banish negative energies and invoke protection and positive energies.

Short devotional ritual to Freyja in which I offer incense and candle flame, and draw one rune for the day. The ritual used is the one from Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner, the morning devotional page 161, adding my own invocation at the start of it, and not doing the oil consecration part.

A set of short prayers related to most of the gods/goddesses (Aesir and Vanir). They are some of the prayers from chapter 5 of Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner. That book says to do the prayers using prayer beads, but I don’t see any need for the beads, just go through the prayers I like each day. The ones I do are section I, section V, and the first part of section IX stopping at and including Njord. You can find those on pages 110-115.

Daily offering blot of grape juice to the god, goddess, or wight of the day. Fridays I offer separately to both Freyja, and Freyr. On Saturdays I now offer to Njord since he does not have his own day, and also to my ancestors. Other days the god, goddess, or wight whom the day of the week is named for. This daily blot is simple, I step outside with a horn filled with grape juice, raise the horn, speak the invocation, drink half the juice and pour out the rest for the god/goddess/wight.

On Tuesdays additionally in honor of Tyr I read through the thews (virtues) which I follow which happen to be the Vanir Virtues

15 minutes sitting silent meditation.

At night I do a short nightly devotional ritual to Freyja, similar to the one I do in the morning. It is the one listed in Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner, as the evening devotional page 162-163, adding my own invocation at the start of it, and not doing the oil consecration part. In that ritual I thank Freyja for all positive things that have happened during the day. Thanking your god or goddess for positive things that happens helps to encourage more of similar things to happen in the future for you.

All of this may sound like a lot but it takes less than an hour to do the morning part, more often around 40 minutes, and makes a huge difference in how I feel in general and in greatly improved events for the day. The night part only takes 5 minutes if even that long. I even do that part in the middle of a moment I have woken from sleep if I happen to fall asleep before doing it, and then go right back to bed after.

Very insightful video on elves…

The elves and related being are a very important part of Heathenism. They represent a large variety of beings. The Norse term used for spiritual beings in general is wights.

Video on the Heathen Nine Worlds

Though I disagree with the haphazard lack of directions and levels at which she places the worlds and realms, the overall information is excellent.

How to avoid group failed oaths effecting the group’s orlog (luck, karma)

It is thought that in group made oaths that if the person making the oath does not accomplish what they have oathed to do that the negative impact of this shall effect all people that were at that ritual group at that moment; and yes this is what does happen by default. Yet also it is possible to make this not be so. The way around this is for the one making the oath to redirect the results of the oath to only effect them. Thus after they have made their oath they need only say something of this nature:

“May all effects from this oath, good or bad, be only mine.”

If the person making the oath says this after making the oath then if they don’t accomplish what they have oathed to do the bad orlog (luck, karma) from a failed oath will only effect them, not any other people present.

Freyja’s Wisdom

Wisdom spoken by the goddess Freyja:

“A fire that burns hot and hard will die out faster than one that burns slowly into an inferno.”

“A leader should rarely yell. It shows an insecurity that a leader should not possess. This is a weakness that a good enemy could find and use against them in a time of conflict.”

“A man who yells has much to prove, that which a girl might wonder what. A man who is calm and steady is sure in himself and has little to prove. Yelling shows an insecurity, calmness shows a confidence.”

“Sometimes when two ships pass at sea, it is the greatest of moments and there is much joy. In the rush to see the other off before they fully pass, often things go wrong, sails are let too loose, anchors weighed. Friends become enemies in a brief flash and much more hurt is left in the wake of both ships than if the captain had made steady preparations in meeting gang plank to gang plank for a time of frith.”

“You learn and hear more with an open and cleared mind. It is like filling a bucket with water. If the bucket is full, you have no room for more. If the bucket is emptied even the smallest bit, you have room to pour more water in.”

“Each man can build their own ship and sail it alone. But if more than one man builds the same ship, together in frith, they will spare the earth, have a stronger ship, and have only used a small bit of effort. Together, as one, much can be accomplished.”

“Ships and water. Many of my references are that since my father is who he is.”

“A man’s wealth is never that in gold. it is entirely in the company he keeps, the women he loves, the women that love him, the bonds he forms, and his honor. A man rich in life is truly a wealthy man to be praised and honored.”

“A wise man knows when to question and when to simply close his eyes and listen to the wind and trees. Not all knowledge is found in paper and the truly wise will seek the hidden knowledge of the worlds.”

“It’s often that one forgets to ride the winds and free their soul, but more often that they demand others remain grounded and clip their wings. Acceptance in love and life is the most beautiful gift you can give another.”

“Love and beauty are one in the same. If beauty is simply beauty it is vanity. When it is true beauty there is much love. There is little love if the beauty of the existence can’t be seen.”

“But a teacher and guide knows that their understanding is one level and strives to let the student know it and encourages them to use that to enhance their own knowledge.”

“All souls that are given life after life are watched by someone. We always guide and know what lessons are needed.”

“One’s perception of reality becomes their truth. For example, if you are convinced the sky is red, the sky is in truth red to you. However, in truth the sky is blue. The view that the sky is red is truth, but it is erred truth.”

“Never take for granted that which you have. That is all a part of your wealth.”

More shall be added to this entry as they are gathered…

Volmarr’s Heathen Feast of Love Ritual Feb-14-2013

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or wine or beer or even can use juice)
• spring water in small bowl
• fresh pine twig
• offering bowl
• candles
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• Thor’s Ritual Hammer (optional, can use it for the Hammer Hallowings)
• chocolates
• Any symbols of love or sexuality such as hearts or other erotic items or symbols.
• Symbols of Freyja, such as a statue or picture of her and/or other items sacred to her.
• Optionally you can have pictures of the people you shall be honoring in this ritual.

This ritual, as are all Heathen or northern rituals, is done while facing north, except where otherwise noted. The altar should be such that it is in front of you when you face north.

If you don’t know how to pronounce the runes see my webpage on how to pronounce them here.

Put spring water in small bowl. Trace 3 Laguz runes over it.:

Laguz

“LAGUZ… LAGUZ… LAGUZ”

“From the Well of Wyrd does this water flow, and to the Well of Wyrd does it return”

Make Hammer Sign at item and then splash each ritual item with blessed water using the pine twig and for each item say:

“I bless this ______ with the waters of the Well of Wyrd”

Now trace Hammer Sign at person being blessed and/or self and splash them with water using twig.

“I bless ______ with the waters of the Well of Wyrd”

Use twig to splash ritual space with water.

“I bless this space with the waters of the Well of Wyrd”

Few silent deep breaths.

All stand in Elhaz position.

Elhaz Position 1

“Bi-Frost’s rainbow light shine down upon this space and myself so that I may form a portal between the worlds of Asgard and Midgard”

Few silent deep breaths.

All face north and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the north hallow and ward this stead”

All turn east and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the east hallow and ward this stead”

All turn south and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the south hallow and ward this stead”

All turn west trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the west hallow and ward this stead”

All return to north and look up and trace Hammer sign while chanting:

“Hammer above hallow and ward this stead”

All look below and trace Hammer sign while chanting:

“Hammer below hallow and ward this stead”

Return to facing north and all stand in the Elhaz position and chant:

“Around me and within me Asgard and Midgard”

Dagaz Position 1

and move into the Dagaz position in the end.

Few silent deep breaths.

(Highly recommended optional casting of the rune ring)

(face north and trace the rune shape in the air before you using your wand and loudly chant: “FEHU!”)

Fehu

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “URUZ”)

Uruz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “THURISAZ”)

Thurisaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ANSUZ”)

Ansuz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “RAIDHO”)

Raidho

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “KENAZ”)

Kenaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “GEBO”)

Gebo

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “WUNJO”)

Wunjo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “HAGALAZ”)

Hagalaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “NAUDHIZ”)

Nauthiz

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ISA”)

Isa

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “JERA”)

Jera

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EIHWAZ”)

Eihwaz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “PERTHRO”)

Perthro

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “ELHAZ”)

Elhaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “SOWILO”)

Sowilo

(face north and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “TIWAZ”)

Tiwaz

(face north-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “BERKANO”)

Berkano

(face east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “EHWAZ”)

Ehwaz

(face south-east and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “MANNAZ”)

Mannaz

(face south and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “LAGUZ”)

Laguz

(face south-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “INGWAZ”)

Ingwaz

(face west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “DAGAZ”)

Dagaz

(face north-west and trace the rune shape and loudly chant: “OTHALA”)

Othala

(Few silent deep breaths)

Hold up the bottle of mead:

“I now brew the holy mead of inspiration. Won by high Odin long ago!”

Chant into the bottle of mead:

“Odhroerir! Son! Bodhn!”

“Now I hallow this drink with staves of light!”

Chant and trace these runes over the bottle:

“Othala”

Othala

“Dagaz”

Dagaz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Ansuz”

Ansuz

“Raidho”

Raidho

“Isa”

Isa

“Elhaz!”

Elhaz

All say:

“Hail Odhroerir!”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Hail Freyja! Daughter of Njord. Sister of Freyr. Descendant of the Vanir. Possessor of Brisingamen. Od’s wife. Vanir-bride. Teacher of seidh. Love goddess. Gold-thirsty one. Queen of witches!”

This next invocation is optional depending on the nature of your relationship to Freyja. Of course you can modify this invocation as you see fit to better suit you.

“Hail Freyja, burning fire of sexual desire, heat of lust and passion, and energies of transformation. You who who stands naked, with only a short cloak of hawk feathers and a jeweled necklace that radiants fire. Your hair long, wild, and golden blond. I look deeply into your pale blue eyes that are like the oceans. Your body of the most pleasing feminine shape. Your pale skin glows with life. I see you breath with longing. Your body moves with the grace of a cat. I look at your full round breasts and dark pink erect nipples. I gaze my eyes upon your sensuous curves. Your legs long and strong. I look between your thighs and see the dew glistening from your sex. I feel the intense fires which burn there. I look upon you! I feel the excitement you invoke in me! I wish to enter deep into you and merge with you in acts of love and pleasure. I worship you who is the Queen of all Northern Witches. I worship your flesh of desire. I call upon you today, on this day which is sacred to that which you hold holy.”

Few silent deep breaths.

“Today is the day to honor sexuality and sexual relationships in all forms. Sex is something which creates frith with others and is a great source of joy and pleasure between all forms of life. All expressions of sexuality of any sort between consenting adults is sacred to the goddess Freyja. We must remember to keep our minds open and not consider our own preferred forms of sexual expression to be the only valid way for others. Also we should have respect for those who for whatever reason choose not to engage in any sexual activities at all, for that is their choice. We must honor sex as a personal choice, so long as it is expressed in ways that respects the choices of others, than it is positive and should be honored as a joyful expression of life.”

“This is a time for us to honor all those in our life with whom we have any form of sexual interaction or relationship with on a regular basis. It is important we acknowledge and are thankful for the joys and pleasures they give to us. Now take a few moments to think about these people and how thankful you are for all they give to you.”

Ponder on all such people now.

Few silent deep breaths.

“I am thankful to ___________ for the joys and pleasures you give me. I am thankful and glad that you are part of my life and I honor you for the special place you have in my life.”
Repeat for as many people in your life that you have regular sexual interactions with or a sexual relationship with, thanking each one separately.

Fill drinking horn with drink and hold up horn.

“Freyja I thank you for bringing ____________ [,____________, and __________] into my life. May the interaction between us continue to provide joy, frith, and pleasure for us all. I make this offering in thanks to you Freyja! Hail Freyja goddess of sexual pleasure!”

Drink some of the drink and pour rest into offering bowl.

Trace Hammer Sign over plate of chocolates

“I bless these chocolates to give in offering to Freyja. May my sexual and love life be sweet and pleasing for the coming year! Hail Freyja!”

Eat some of the chocolates and put rest in offering bowl.

Use the pine twig to splash a bit of the liquid in the offering bowl on yourself, on any others in the ritual with you, on your altar, on the ritual space, and in all general areas of your dwelling as well. Does not need to be much splashed around, just a little is fine. This helps to imbue more of the energies of the ritual on you, and others who may also in the ritual with you, and to your place.

“Now my rite has ended. May all gathered here fare well on their return to their home places. And may the bonds of frith between us grow, gods, wights, and humans alike. Until we meet again.”


Pour out the offerings from the offering bowl outside:

“A gift for a gift”

Trace gebo at spot offerings were given to.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

Pour out remaining blessed water outside.

“I pour the sacred water back to the Earth so it may find it’s way back to the Well of Wyrd”

Now at this point it is very important to ground your energies. This should always be done after every ritual. Not doing so can lead to problems in the long-run. Grounding is like shifting gears in a car, except it is the process of shifting brain states. During rituals you create a trance like brain state, which is desired for during rituals or for during any spiritual practices. But trance states are not good for doing everyday mundane things. You need to return your mind back to the normal state of consciousness after the ritual is finished. That is what grounding is.

The most simple and common method to ground is to visualize yourself as a tree and see roots growing into the ground from the base of your spine and going down into the earth. Sometimes rituals require industrial strength grounding as they can really create some intense energy. In that case you can try the following triple grounding method.:

First visualize your chakras. You picture in your mind closing first the top one and then seeing a sort of lid closing over it, then proceed with the net lower chakra and so on. You want to leave the bottom most chakra, the root chakra fully open as this is your connection to grounding. Don’t be concerned about having the others closed, the normal proper function of them is that they open and close as needed. Problems with being ungrounded happen when one of more of them are stuck open. Only the bottom one is to be left open at all times.

Next step is to picture a ball of pure white light above your head. Now let this white light slowly descent downward into your body and slowly move lower. As it descends it takes with it any unneeded, old, and negative energies. It is sort of sweeping downward through your energies taking all you no longer need with it. Once it reaches your feet let it move lower till it passes down through the floor. If you are on an upper close let it pass all the way to the ground. Let the earth take this energy to recycle it.

Now final step is to do the traditional grounding. Picture yourself as a tree. Visualize roots coming out of the base of your spine and going down into the Earth. Feel the calmness of a tree, the rooted solidness.

If after these three things you still feel hyper or spaced out you can either eat some food, or put a small amount of salt on your tongue. Another thing you can do is prostrate down to the ground, placing your head on the ground and stay like this for a few moments.

Feel free to copy and use this ritual so long as you acknowledge the source.

Volmarr’s Heathen Ritual for Day of Remembrance of Eyvind Kinnrifi Feb-9-2013

Need:
• drinking horn
• mead (or beer or wine or even can use juice)
• offering bowl
• candles (optional)
• wand (if you don’t have one you can use your fingers instead)
• (optional) Ritual Thor’s Hammer as a good symbol of Heathen faith

This ritual, as are all Heathen or northern rituals, is done while facing north, except where otherwise noted. The altar should be such that it is in front of you when you face north.

Few silent deep breaths.

All stand in Elhaz position.

Elhaz Position 1

“Bi-Frost’s rainbow light shine down upon this space and myself so that I may form a portal between the worlds of Asgard and Midgard”

Few silent deep breaths.

All face north and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the north hallow and ward this stead”

All turn east and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the east hallow and ward this stead”

All turn south and trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the south hallow and ward this stead”

All turn west trace the Hammer Sign while chanting:

“Hammer in the west hallow and ward this stead”

All return to north and look up and trace Hammer sign while chanting:

“Hammer above hallow and ward this stead”

All look below and trace Hammer sign while chanting:

“Hammer below hallow and ward this stead”

Return to facing north and all stand in the Elhaz position and chant:

“Around me and within me Asgard and Midgard”

Dagaz Position 1

and move into the Dagaz position in the end.

Few silent deep breaths.

“Today I make a special toast to honor the memory of the Heathen hero Eyvind Kinnrifi, who during the late Viking age on this day, was tortured and murdered when he refused to convert to Christianity. I make this toast not out of anger to those who wrongly tried to force their religion upon him, but instead to honor the great courage and strength of will of Eyvind Kinnrifi for not backing down in sticking to what he believed in, and knew was right no matter how much oppression he experienced from others. People who stick to what they know is right in the face of difficult obstacles, are spiritual warriors, and win a place in Asgard. May we learn courage and strength of will, and fortitude to stick with our convictions from his example.”

Fill horn with drink and hold it up.

“Hail to the spiritual hero Eyvind Kinnrifi! May we share in your strength of will!”

Drink some of drink and pour rest to offering bowl.

Use the pine twig to splash a bit of the liquid in the offering bowl on yourself, on any others in the ritual with you, on your altar, on the ritual space, and in all general areas of your dwelling as well. Does not need to be much splashed around, just a little is fine. This helps to imbue more of the energies of the ritual on you, and others who may also in the ritual with you, and to your place.

“Now my rite has ended. May all gathered here fare well on their return to their home places. And may the bonds of frith between us grow, gods, wights, and humans alike. Until we meet again.”


Pour out the offerings from the offering bowl outside:

“A gift for a gift”

Trace gebo at spot offerings were given to.

“GEBO!”

Gebo

Now at this point it is very important to ground your energies. This should always be done after every ritual. Not doing so can lead to problems in the long-run. Grounding is like shifting gears in a car, except it is the process of shifting brain states. During rituals you create a trance like brain state, which is desired for during rituals or for during any spiritual practices. But trance states are not good for doing everyday mundane things. You need to return your mind back to the normal state of consciousness after the ritual is finished. That is what grounding is.

The most simple and common method to ground is to visualize yourself as a tree and see roots growing into the ground from the base of your spine and going down into the earth. Sometimes rituals require industrial strength grounding as they can really create some intense energy. In that case you can try the following triple grounding method.:

First visualize your chakras. You picture in your mind closing first the top one and then seeing a sort of lid closing over it, then proceed with the net lower chakra and so on. You want to leave the bottom most chakra, the root chakra fully open as this is your connection to grounding. Don’t be concerned about having the others closed, the normal proper function of them is that they open and close as needed. Problems with being ungrounded happen when one of more of them are stuck open. Only the bottom one is to be left open at all times.

Next step is to picture a ball of pure white light above your head. Now let this white light slowly descent downward into your body and slowly move lower. As it descends it takes with it any unneeded, old, and negative energies. It is sort of sweeping downward through your energies taking all you no longer need with it. Once it reaches your feet let it move lower till it passes down through the floor. If you are on an upper close let it pass all the way to the ground. Let the earth take this energy to recycle it.

Now final step is to do the traditional grounding. Picture yourself as a tree. Visualize roots coming out of the base of your spine and going down into the Earth. Feel the calmness of a tree, the rooted solidness.

If after these three things you still feel hyper or spaced out you can either eat some food, or put a small amount of salt on your tongue. Another thing you can do is prostrate down to the ground, placing your head on the ground and stay like this for a few moments.

Feel free to copy and use this ritual so long as you acknowledge the source.

Seidr

I don’t practice seidr, it is actually considered to be women’s form of magick and not something that is encouraged for men to practice, but still I do like to know about it, since I love learning about all forms of magick and practice.

Here is some good information about it:

Women and Magic in the Sagas: Seiðr and Spá

The return of the Volva

Spaecraft Seidr and Shamanism

Notes on “Power of the Runes” Cards

power-of-the-runesIn Fehu there are cattle running towards you with flames all in the background. There are cattle in this card because the cattle were what the Old Norse used to measure wealth and mobile resources in the more ancient times. This rune is connected to fiery energies. Like pure raw potential energies. This is why the fire. Also gold was connected to fire for the Ancient Norse. And for them gold was the same color as red. Thus anything gold is fiery.

In Uruz there is a Auroh (very powerful looking!) with green energies radiating from him. Here there is this ancient Auroh (a now extinct wild cow) because this rune is connected to the pure energies of living beings wanting to thrive in their growth and natural will to be. This also is why this Auroh in this card has a glowing green aura. This is an arua of natural nature oriented growth and health. It is this will to survive which the Auroh has in that he does not wish to be tamed or killed; he fights against those that desire to stand in the way of his will to grow and live.

Thor’s about to bash a Thursor (can see the Thursor’s shadow) with his hammer in Thurisaz. Here this rune is connected to the will to defend ones ways with force. This rune has to do with blunt action without much questioning of this action within the metal realms. Thor is more oriented towards this realm of pure action as he is the defender of the gods. He is not at all mind oriented. This is why he is the best at fighting against the Thursor which are of the more primal mind also. Like stands best against like. Of course Thor is friendly to the will of the Gods and Goddesses (which is of the ordering principle) even though he is connected to the more primitive energies of pure instinct just as the Thursor are.

Ansuz has Odin playing a harp outdoors with his Ravens around (one on his shoulder; the other flying) and a drinking horn nearby (maybe he’s sipping on Otherier between playing?) and on the ground a Fly-Algeric mushroom grows in one spot. Ansuz is connected to using ones mental ideas to impress their will upon others. This can be done in many ways. Everything from impressive speaking to using magickal methods to project ones abstract thoughts upon the world around us. Here Odin acts as a bard. He has a harp which he plays. Music does much to reform the thoughts of those whom experience it. Thus the Ansuz power is strong with it. This is why most ancient bards (whose job it was to transmit information) used music along with poetry since this combo makes for strong infusing of information to others.

In Raidho Thor is flying across the sky on his cart drawn by his two goats. Here we have the idea of timing and movement. This is all connected to 3d reality which involves the time-space reality construct where events are broken down into defined order and sense of here/there. This allows for the creation of the earth-life story. Anyway this rune is connected to good timing and being in swing with the order of things, travel, etc.

In Kenaz Wyland (or a smith anyways) is working on making something from a long round piece of metal. Here is the idea of controlled fire (Fehu was primal uncontrolled fire; potential energies that are not channeled into any form). Here these energies are being channeled into form. In this case it is the smith that is using fire to shape metal into form. This rune has to do with creative energies of a person (which are expressed as fire energies). Also one’s sexual desire nature is connected to this as well. It is this energy which reforms things.

In Gebo a couple is naked sitting on a rock intertwined together so as to form the rune Gebo with there bodies intensely having sex (you even see their sweat). There is a energy connection between their heads too. This rune is about equal exchange. Sex is the greatest expression of this total exchange between two beings that makes them both get something greater than they can get when they act at odds. This is loyalty shared between two. Exchange of any sort. This makes two grow closer.

In Wunjo this is inside a Old Norse house. A Old Norse family is hanging out and drinking and making merry together. Here we have the rune of joy and mirth and pleasure to be had with being in the company of those which we feel closest to. This is frith incarnate. Thus this scene of this card. Peace. Plenty. Enjoyment of life from being around those of like mind.

Hagalaz has a mysterious hooded figure (maybe Hulda?) standing before a tree (Yggdrasil) with a fire cauldron before her (can’t see her face or anything but get the impression it’s a ancient female figure under the dark hooded robes). There is snow at the base of the tree around the area where the fire is. Above is outer-space  She (the figure in the card) is working with some sort of energies of formation which actually is radiating energies that form the younger form of the Hagalaz rune. One part of the radiated energies goes to the fire pool. The opposite part goes to this valknot in the air before the tree. There is a worm (snake) coiled around the tree biting it’s own tail. This rune is about divine order and the constant action of re-ordering that we being under go on the physical plane so that we can grow closer to this divine ordered pattern. This is the most powerful structure of the perfected universe. Of course this constant re-reordering process on the physical level normally brings into one’s life a very intense change, complete with lose of the old patterns and the pushing of one into a new pattern. For those who try hard to resist spiritual growth this rune can be very negative. For those on a spiritual path that actively flow with the changes this rune can be very positive and powerful. We see on this card the energy formation which the hooded figure is working with. Below this is the fire energies of reformation and change. Above this is the valknot of perfected energy formation and the eternal.

In Nauthiz there are three people on a raft out at sea in a storm. They are ragged with their clothes shredded  This raft has a really tattered sail which forms the rune’s shape. Up ahead in a clearing of the storm is some land. What this card says is that all struggled and problems are themselves the catalysts of growth as they make us strive to get past the negative situation and thus grow and learn to be creators of our life journeys more actively. This rune tells us to work to get past our need. See that these people are in a dangerous and very negative situation on this raft. But up ahead is the island of their safety and resolving of this situation.

In Isa there is a frozen human frozen in ice with a Frost-Giant holding onto the block of ice the human is in and examining it. A beam of energy is coming from above to the frozen person’s ice (maybe either forming the ice or melting it?). Ice is one of the two (along with fire) primal forces of creation. Ice is the patterning into forms. Of course for there to be life then with forms there must be the fiery energies of consciousness combined with this will to fall into patterns that is ice. Ice preserves things and allows them to last til the time is right for them to take a more active path. Isa is standstill and inertia. Gravity. The force that pulls energy into one point so that it may form into matter. It is like salt in that salt (of alchemy) absorbs the waters of life.

In Jera there are farmers bringing in the harvest of grain. Some are in the process of cutting the grain. Others are on break and enjoying some of the food that is available right now. Here we have the energies of reward from long term efforts to create something. This is something that takes a great deal of time and effort and tuning into the right cycles (Raidho). Thus we see the harvest.

In Eihwaz there is Ullr with his bow and his skies are up against a Yew tree which he has his back to. His shield also lays against the tree. He has caught and killed a boar which he has one foot upon. There is snow all about the scene and it is clearly winter. This rune is the rune of standing strong against struggles of life. Also it is the rune of eternal life of the soul. The rider upon the tree of the world. We here are souls riding upon the horse of the body (many times the horse is associated with the world-tree axis). This is the rune of shamanic travels upon the tree. The yew bow is associated with survival and protection. Yew is also connected to the world tree Yggdrasil. Here also is the shield. Ullr is very connected to the energies of this rune. He is the hunter god of the winters and great at wilderness survival and camping.

In Perthro there are the three Norns with spinning wheel and one has some runic staves which she has cast with a drinking horn which she is reading. The other two are working at weaving the thread from the wheel. They are at the very base of a tremendous tree (can only see just the root base of one small part of it as it’s so big). There are three moons in the sky. One waning, one full, one waxing. There is a well in back of them. It looks like the source of the material they are using to weave the thread comes from somewhere above on the tree maybe. The Norns are the creators of the wyrd (kinda almost the same idea as karma) of all beings. They look into the patterns of what has already fallen through usage of their well (the well of Wyrd) and thus they create one “should happen” based upon these patterns (Orlog). This is not a fixed fate as in many peoples idea of fate. But it is the idea that we create ourselves anew at each moment based upon what we have done before (put into the well). Of course this limits us to certain possible fates. We always have the free will to choose what direction we go within the limits of our self created wyrd. Also each direction we choose then effects what range of possible directions we can take in the future.

In Elhaz there is the Valkyrie naked riding a huge Elk. She has a spear and a small shield. She has on a winged helmet and those kind of sandals that tie all up the lower leg with strap. That’s all she wears. In the background is the Rainbow Bridge arching down to the ground from the unknown. There are three swans flying around. Elhaz is the rune of protection and the calling down of divine energies into our reality. It is an extremely protective rune. The Valkyrie represents the divine energies and she rides down from Asgard from the Rainbow Bridge (Bi-Frost) in the background. The swans are connected to the Valkyries as they change into swan form to fly around (using a magick cloak of feathers). The elk is considered a protective energy. No one is going to want to mess with an elk!! :)

In Sowilo there is Sigurd the hero with sword upraised and he has a shield. He stands upon the top of some mountain and there are all these mountains below in the horizon. Above Sunna shines brightly in the sky. You can see her face on the sun and it’s for sure a her! Sunna is the sun shining down upon the world in joy and victory. This rune is about winning and about shining ones will upon the world without anyone stopping you from doing so. Come victory. Complete radiance. Calm peace. Success. In the Norse system the sun is female and is the goddess Sunna. She is harmony and just simply a great day! :) We all know how good a nice sunny day makes us feel. :) We have here in this card a hero, Sigurd. He is victorious.

In Tiwaz there is a fierce battle going on in the background. In the foreground there is the Irimisal column with someone (maybe Tyr with both hands?) tied to it. In front of him is a warrior killing another warrior. The warrior being killed has a broken sword. Above all this is one bright star in the night starry sky. This is the rune of sacrifice for what one believes is right. Fighting for a cause. For standing up for oneself. For standing for one’s idea of right. For upholding order and structure. Tyr is the god connected to all this. Here he is pictured (in his pre-single hand days) tied up to the Irimisal (the central pillar with holds up the order and structure of the world). There is a battle going on. One warrior is losing his life for what he believes in. Another is winning a fight that he believes in. Warriors in ancient societies were ones who sacrificed their lives so that others did not have to die in struggles of different groups of people against different groups of people. Of course each group has different ideas of what is right and thus we have the reason for wars.

In Berkano we are in a forest scene with Birch trees. There are ferns and soft greenness to the floor of the forest. Some mushrooms grow about. There is a naked green lady (everything about her is green) feeding a normal human-colored baby from one of her breasts. She is kneeled down on the soft forest vegetation. In the background is an old crone lady with hooded robes (but we can see her face) watching them. The crone seems like she is protective of them. She has a short walking stick which she leans on as she watches from back in the forest. This rune relates to the nurturing energies of the earth. Here a earth goddess type girl is nurturing a baby by feeding it with her breasts. This rune-shape even looks like two breasts. This is the force that draws things into itself in a set aside place where it can grow safely without being put into the everyday struggles of the outside world. Of course this space can feel confining for those ready to come out too if they are forced to stay there longer than they like. The old lady goddess in the background in Hulda the devouring mother energies. This relates to the nurturing aspects of the underworld (Hel) for the soul between lifetimes.

In Ehwaz there is a horse with rider (with horns on his helmet *boo*). The rider has a shield with the rune carved into the boss of it. In the energy aura of the horse (which has 4 physical legs) we see that is may have 8 legs in it’s aura form. This is the rune of two working as one in complete mergence  Horse and rider. Both parts must put forth equal efforts for this combined partnership to work the most powerfully. It is two that act in the same direction completely.

The Mannaz card does not seem to say much of anything of all the cards. There is a person (not sure if they are male or female) standing on some hill area. It’s a dark gloomy sky with red patterns in the sky (maybe it’s when the sun is setting?) There is a sun going down at level with this person’s head. This person has their arms up and back so that their forearms disappear in back of their head (why?). Way in the background are two rows of mountains that vanish at there base into some clouds. This card is the only one that does not speak. It’s so vague  Mannaz has to do with the human order of life. The structures of human society and all things that make us human. Of course the card itself as i stated does not seem to catch this well. Knowledge and using tools is a very human (also divine) thing. Of course humans are gifted with skills of the divine as one of the myths talks of where Heimdal (as Rig) teaches runes to one set of humans.

In Laguz there is a baby in the position of one still in the mother (with cord still) but it floats in the cosmic waters. There is thunder feeding the baby energy-wise. The deeper section of this cosmic sea is outer space with Earth in the distance. Laguz is about facing the spiritual inner side of one’s journey through life. The realms of the subconscious and the dream lands. This is the journey over the cosmic waters of life. The ever stormy waters of the cosmic soup! The inner subconscious realms are ones connected to the greater cosmic waters of life. One’s patterns are stored within this realm of one’s inner subconscious. Here lays the issues that one must face in life. This is never an easy journey of ever unfolding facing of issues and the spiritual growth that results from doing so. In this card we see the baby (which represents the human in the physical realm) whom is feed from the thunder above the cosmic waters of life. This thunder is the forces which clear away the out-worn patterns (as we see in Thurisaz with Thor with force facing against force) of one’s makeup. It is that which stirs us to grow (through the conflicts of dealing with life here on planet earth). Earth is also pictured in this rune. This (Midgard) is the home of all of us living beings within this realm of activity and life-growth.

Ingwaz it shows Inge-frey first buried deep in the earth (can see a cut-away of below the surface of the land). This is in a pine forest at night. And suddenly he is jumping forth from the earth with an intense rush of energies. Before when he is under the earth he is squatted down into a position of gathering forth and building up energies. When he is jumping out of the earth he has small horns (*boo!*). This rune is about holding in ones energies  so they can build up more strongly. Then once these energies reach there peak they are released with a sudden force. Frey is the god of organic enrichment and this is very much the force of this cyclic energy manifesting.

For Dagaz (which they number 23) there is a stone dolimon with Dagaz carved on the top stone. The sun is between the doorway of the stones but is just coming up from the horizon. The top part of the card is light while the bottom is still dark as the sun works her way up from behind the mountains. In the foreground before the dolimon is a figure (maybe Odin?) sitting before a fire on a circular rock. He sits in a small stone circle that is before the dolimon. Dagaz is the rune of sudden mergence of two states into one. That border space between two different states. That time that is not a time in a space that is not a space. It is a sudden shift between states of consciousness. The break of day. That is what is shown on this card. Odin is the master of combining separate realities into a new fusion. He is pictured here in the stone circle. The circle is a space between the worlds of spirit and matter.

In Othala there is an Old Norse house (in a small village or farmstead). There is obviously a wooden wall around these houses. One guard stands upon part of the wall watching. Inside before the house is a happy family. Outside the wall is wilderness with forests in the distance. Othala is the idea of an inner and a outer space. The inner is the protected home space. The outer is the outside world of wild uncontrolled forces. One’s home feels comfortable since it is basically made of one’s own energy patterns (plus the familiar energy patterns of anyone else who lives there). This is simply the rune of the comfort and safety of one’s home. It is a warding that keeps what belongs in the inner space inside and what does not belong in the inner space outside. It is also connected to ancestral heritage. Of course i myself like Dagaz as the last rune and this as the second to last rune. But the cards have this as the last rune. Thus in this card we see a family before there home which is in a fortified space.