Okay so I created this setup on a whim and just really feel like it works well for me in rune drawing. The casting wasn’t clicking with me, I needed something a little more organized.

It’s 3 sections, with a total of 9 runes (I figured 9 was a good thing to shoot for as it’s a very powerful and repeated number in Norse mythology from what I’ve been reading). The top section is the answer to the core of the question, with the three runes in the branches being the supporting cast so to speak. These three runes can impact the core rune positively or negatively, as well as add some insight into the meaning of the core.

The secondary note for the question is centered in the trunk, with the supporting runes in the roots. This functions the same as the primary core, but it won’t override the news/vibes of the primary. It may either provide additional clarification or a warning/hope to heed after the news of the primary section.

The final rune is Fate. It’s a wildcard rune slot that may not even pertain to the query specifically but still applies to the querent.  (I’m leaving this intro up on these posts until I get 100% comfortable with the set up as well. So my fail memory doesn’t fail me ❤ )

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I did this next rune-cast for a dear friend of mine, as I’m concerned for her and her future and wanted not only to ask my People to step in and provide her support, but also to see what advice they had to offer in reaction to the simple question of “Will she be okay?”

At the primary core we have KENAZ – which appears to be Very Dependent on surrounding runes. It can be a destructive fire, or a protective hearth fire, and in either case requires some attention. That said, let’s move onto the surrounding runes and see what we have here.

TIWAZ – Tyr’s rune, the rune of justice and possible self-sacrifice. Tiwaz sits heavily on legal matters, and the perseverance needed for them. There’s a strong vibe of Tiwaz providing success to the querent in legal matters, and at the same time warning that a sacrifice or change might be required to be successful.

Next is ANSUZ – Odin’s wisdom, words, and mouth. Ansuz relies heavily on communication, wisdom and the need for it, and mental or creative activity. Given the question posed and the previous runes, I believe Ansuz is stating that communication will be key, and that communication should be measured and wise whenever possible.

Finally, INGWAZ – the wanderer, the renewing/dying traveler. Ingwaz is cyclical, lending itself well to bringing one chapter of a person’s life to a close and beginning a new one. It has some implications towards partners working together as well.

To me, this top section is both comforting and a warning. It’s saying that the hearth fire is going to change hearths, and that this transition can be dangerous and trying, but that justice and wisdom are with the querent. That communication will be important even if it is painful, and that this transition is a part of the life cycle, but how smoothly it goes it not solely up to the querent alone – hence the notification of partnership.

The secondary core begins with ISA – ice, stasis, serenity. Isa warns against cold anger, noting that it can be far more dangerous and destructive than fiery rage. While there’s strength in the hardness of Isa it’s very brittle, which is of little use when one needs to be able to roll with the punches vs shattering on impact. Isa is a powerful rune and should be handled carefully if being used to cool off hot heels and anger. It could also be a warning that progress will slow or freeze for a time and not to get too anxious, as with all ice, it will thaw and things will begin moving again.

HAGALAZ is the first supporting rune of Isa, which leads me to believe that the chill of Isa will be severe, whatever form it takes. In conjunction with the primary statement, I wonder if this is warning toward the Hearth fire, to protect it and tend to it lest it goes out. (Even a single-person home needs a hearth to be a home vs simply a dwelling). Hagalaz also signals change, and to be mindful of it, so much like the primary portion it offers a warning against the severity of the change and to be prepared.

Second is THURISAZ – another powerful rune like Isa, dangerous if handled poorly. Thurisaz suggests protection at least in the form of getting a heads up in advance. It also suggests seeking professional assistance for the storm ahead, to be sure that the choices made are good for the querent in general. It’s also a warning of complexities and possible aggression.

Finally is GEBO – the exchanging of gifts and energy. Gebo helps pull the secondary message together nicely, I think. Giving without getting can be exhausting, but one shouldn’t need and shouldn’t attempt to track the give and get, it should be balanced based on the capacity for all involved. With the other runes here Gebo feels like a notice that too much giving has been happening lately, and debt is owed. However, freezing up ones giving completely will not help secure that debt, and will instead only make things worse. As satisfying as it may feel to bundle up and hide inside an icy fortress I feel the runes advise against that – warning that too much cold will freeze up all parts of the querent’s life.

Together the secondary runes emphasize the need to buckle up for a bumpy road, they remind to continue to reach out for assistance and advice as needed, and to still attempt civility even if you pull in to protect yourself. While this section is bigger, it’s important to remember that this is all secondary to the primary answer to the question.

Finally, the Fate rune, LAGUZ – ever flowing lake of life. Laguz is very feminine in its energy and carries creativity and healing. It has ties with the leek, which is the European/Asian equivalent to chicken noodle soup. (Like Chicken Soup for the Soul). It can also be a notice to go with the flow and to know that sympathetic help is coming. Given the Lady Business group, I have to say I think this Fate rune is just a gentle reminder that the querent isn’t alone and will always have a creative and imaginative safe space to retreat to as needed. The road ahead will be a bumpy one and have its share of storms and hardships, but it needn’t be a path traveled alone.

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I’m back

My absence from writing here is over! I’m back in the saddle again =D

Okay so I created this setup on a whim and just really feel like it works well for me in rune drawing. The casting wasn’t clicking with me, I needed something a little more organized.

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It’s 3 sections, with a total of 9 runes (I figured 9 was a good thing to shoot for as it’s a very powerful and repeated number in Norse mythology from what I’ve been reading). The top section is the answer to the core of the question, with the three runes in the branches being the supporting cast so to speak. These three runes can impact the core rune positively or negatively, as well as add some insight into the meaning of the core.

The secondary note for the question is centered in the trunk, with the supporting runes in the roots. This functions the same as the primary core, but it won’t override the news/vibes of the primary. It may either provide additional clarification or a warning/hope to heed after the news of the primary section.

The final rune is Fate. It’s a wildcard rune slot that may not even pertain to the query specifically but still applies to the querent.

All that said I did an initial drawing with this set for myself a week ago. My primary concern was how I was going to fit in with my new group of coworkers, and how I was going to fit in with the work itself.

OTHALA is at the core of this. It’s overall meaning is about one’s place in the community/family/etc. It can refer to getting along with roommates or finding affinity with a group. In this case, given the question put forth, I’ll go with “Finding affinity”, and take it as a positive sign toward how I’ll get on with my coworkers. (Spoiler alert, we get on very well so far!)

Supporting Othala is JERA – an all around positive rune (unless the work being done is negative). Jera is, in my opinion a sort of Reap What You Sow kind of rune. And that whatever you sow is going to come back abundantly, be it good or ill. We’ll leave this concept as mostly neutral while we see what the other two supporting runes are.

Next is EIHWAZ – the yew tree, Yggdrasil, the great connector. It could mean spiritual ascent or exploration, and a lessening of negativity – reducing a small concern into nothing, and easing the burdens of larger issues.

Finally, INGWAZ – The wanderer, the renewer. An Ending that leads to a new beginning, sacrifice for a positive outcome – or most pointedly given all other items “relief from anxiety about the change”. Which speaks volumes to me in the context of the question.

So the top portion is telling me that things will go well with my coworkers, and will continue to go positively as long as don’t drop the ball. That there’s a good connection there, of give and take, of working together and growing together, and I should do my best to not stress or be anxious – these are people who have my back and I will eventually be able to complete that cycle and return the favors once I know more.

Secondarily to this is the lower half of the tree.

At the center is TIWAZ – Tyr’s rune, and I get the feeling already that I’m being told less about work and more about my personal life. Tiwaz is a warning to prepare to fight in a legal matter or political matter. Tiwaz generally points to victory in these things, but a victory that may require some level of sacrifice. It empowers the querent to be ready to fight – with nothing legal in my future (no family disputes I’m aware of) – my initial reaction to this news is in line with the current political climate.

ELHAZ provides protection, or at the least advanced warning and luck in the “hunt” regardless of what shape that hunt may take on. This leans me toward this being a statement about something in the future that may still be looming.

DAGAZ is a bright and sunny rune – literally. It’s heavy in ‘Dawning of a new day’ and to maintain a positive outlook toward the future. Whether that process is slow and steady or if it happens all at once.

Finally, ANSUZ – mental or creativity activity in general and verbal in particular. Wisdom and the need for it and a differentiating of spiritual vs physical strength.

The lower portion is warning me of an upcoming storm, but not to fret too much, I’ve got the tools to face it and luck is on my side! I just need to keep the sharpness out of my tongue and create and speak wisely. Which makes sense, people react poorly to knee-jerk reaction inducing concepts. If I can smooth the edges of my anger I can have better discourse with others regarding political issues.

Lastly, but not least-ly I’m sure, is the Fate Rune, SOWILO. It’s my first run in with this rune so let me pull something straight from the book for a moment:

“Sowilo indicates illumination, clarification, the appearance of a guiding principle, change or development after a period of stagnation. It is a beacon of hope for those who strive. The sun rune means strength, energy, life force, success or luck, honor and achievement. It is also the light of truth and enlightened consciousness.”

An overuse of (or dependence upon) Sowilo can lead to very negative outcomes.  “In excess its force leads to willfulness, arrogance, cruelty, and isolation, the clearest example being its use as the symbol of the SS by the Nazis.” (Didn’t they fuck up whatever the swastika was originally? Didn’t they rotate something that was very Buddhist and peaceful to pervert it?)

Sowilo is my Fate rune in this reading. A warning not to get too arrogant, I think, but also a reminder that I’m on a good path and in a good place, and I should utilize this recharging ability to fight as hard as I can against the world’s current injustices.

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I awoke a little later than expected, and realized quickly that I’d turned my alarms off the day before because I’d woken up before they’d gone off – and then promptly forgot to turn them back on.

Fortunately I didn’t wake up so late that I was beyond the normal time frame I prefer to work within.

It’s getting cold in the desert, at least at night when there’s no clouds to keep the warmth from the day before against the ground. So I bundled up a little bit – the concrete of the patio is a little too cold for bare feet during this time of year. But I knelt and made my connection with the Earth with my hands, so I wasn’t fully disconnected.

After reaching out to Heimdall and opening the gates – and setting an offering outside of my ritual space for the Outdwellers (See? I told you I’d start to get into more details as things set into place) – I shared a round of hard cider with my People. Giving thanks for their time and patience and spending a little time bonding.

All my offerings were varying amounts of the hard cider. It’s something *I* can drink on an empty stomach without getting punchy, so when I mean to share in the offerings with my People I usually stick with it. (I’ll be honest, I could NOT drink an entire 12oz bottle of it on an empty stomach, but a few sips while honoring my People is doable. (I would connect with Norse gods while being a massive light weight)).

I usually use Moon of Dragon’s Blood incense from HEM when I’m doing my weekend devotionals, but today I’d went with Cinnamon which was a little distracting. It’s got a harsher and more pronounced scent to it than the other two, and those are much more calming for me. But Cinnamon kept me on task so I’ll not complain.

I admitted that I have something on the edges of my mind that’s bothering me. I can’t put a full finger on it – the medication I’m on (let’s be blunt here, I struggle with anxiety and am legit concerned about becoming a shut in, so I’m currently on two different meds – one daily, the other as needed – just to go out and brave crowds without panic attacks) seems to be affecting my drive to draw. Though I could just as well be in a natural slump that’s ill timed to the newly added assistance.

And the medications themselves, I don’t want to say dull, but lessen the sharpness of concern, so I don’t know if it’s stopping me from keying in on what’s around me. The daily regimen is still considered in the adjusting phase, so it’s been a lot of guess work on my – well – me-ness the last couple weeks.

So I requested some sign from my People – either reassurance that things were okay, or a warning if I needed to up my guard and that the medication was affecting me in ways that I’d need to be aware of. I.e. in a way that would mean talking to my doctor about alternatives, because I want to be able to leave the house without being on the edges of a panic attack, but I also want to continue drawing thank you very much.

When I cast the runes onto the mat I was taken aback by the outcome. Near to 15 runes had freed themselves from the bag, but only one was on the mat. (One even careened off the “table” and onto the floor.)

One rune. One. Out of all those that had come with it. After staring in disbelief for a few moments I thought maybe I should try again, that I might not have hit my usual relaxed groove because the cinnamon incense was so strong vs calming. Or that I was just that off that the first time wasn’t the right one.

But as I gathered up the runes that hadn’t fallen on the mat I got this sense that sometimes even complex inquiries can have a single word for their answer. So the lone rune wasn’t just acceptable, but it was all that was required.

It was also one I’d never seen before, so I wasn’t sure if it was a positive answer, or a negative one. (One day I’ll get these down pat).

After closing the ritual and coming back inside to my book, I learned the lone rune was

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Laguz – the 21st rune, meaning lake, life, leek. It can mean new creativity welling up from the unconscious mind, or a need to basically go with the flow. It can also be an unconscious tapping of psychic or spiritual aid/ability. In spellwork it allows for other runes to work in the background.

I get the distinct impression that Laguz is very behind-the-scenes, whatever it is that it’s actually doing. It also feels like a positive rune to me, that there’s help or growth being provided by the rune but it’s Subtle. I don’t do subtle well >.> But it explains why things felt like they were quiet, or out on the edge, because they were, and not nessicarily because of the change in medication.

Which is itself very reassuring.

Blessings,
Quin

Giving Thanks

This mornings Devotional was a quiet one. No rune draw, no voicing concerns, no talking about my week. Not today, today I went over the holiday that many of us celebrated on Thursday.

I went into the ugly side of it, the dishonor in it, the ignorance around it and the things that it meant to me and mine now, centuries after the ignoble massacre.

It’s not a day to celebrating pilgrims and natives gathering in peace, as the school books would have us believe. For many it is a day of remembrance and mourning for the massacre of an entire native village at the hands of pilgrims – likely too haughty, arrogant and full of useless fear to even consider asking for succor vs taking it.

What it has become for many of us, and a modernization I can get behind, is a day of reflection. Of being thankful for what we have, having humility in that, and having compassion and generosity toward those with less. It is a time, day, week, or month if you prefer, to give thanks for friends, family (be they blood or not), accomplishments, love, life, etc.

Which is not to say that these attributes and graces shouldn’t be year round. It’s more that this is a time for reflection on them with conscious effort.

My offering to my People was some of the bounty of Thursday. My particular brand of slow cooked teriyaki turkey – which is fast becoming a tradition between me and my significant other. Next year I will set a plate for those lost on that holiday, that they may know honor and peace and that they may not be forgotten, or re-written, out of time.

November’s celebration is not one of the high holidays, but it is a time of reflection and of being grateful. No omen was drawn, no runes are being interpreted, nothing was asked for in return for the bounty and offerings provided. I gave my thanks for their time, their patience, and their knowledge as I walk slowly down this road and  gather to myself the things that will make me better.

The hope is always to be able to return some of that as well. That for every step forward I take I am able to bring more honor and more joy to ADF and her kin.

To better the world, one need only better oneself, and that is a journey that has no end.

Blessings,
Quin

Fate and Luck

An alternative title is “Fuck Fate”, cause well, I’m just not a fan of the concept, personally.

20161120_064723The four runes on the rim seem – to me – to be literally framing the information within. I’m working blind here because this is only the second time I’ve cast the runes, and the first time I’ve done so without any real question in mind. I’m trying to figure out what it is that my People are saying to me and hoping that I don’t misunderstand. So I’m relying pretty heavily on what feels right and going from there.

Fehu (top border) is generally considered a good rune. Its roots are in fertility – be it of the pocket book, abundance of love (romance) or conception. It can also apply to creativity and general fertility like having a strong garden.

Mannaz – (bottom border) – self-realization, the fulfilment of human protentional and the acceptance of the human condition. Can also signify the need to “tap” into the powers of the race collective and basically grasp the wisdom of all ancestors (OP Note: by Race I mean human race, and not a specific variety of human.)

Gebo – (bottom left border) The rune of exchange. The idea that keeping a tally is bad, but maintaining a balance between what is given and what is gotten is good. Generosity is a virtue, but to give of oneself to the detriment of oneself is poor in wisdom.

Hagalaz – (top left border) A rune of warning, a portent of a hail storm or other disruptive behavior.

Taking the four together as a shared ideal that borders the contained runes, leaves me with an uncertain impression at the moment. I can see how they may work amongst each other, but I don’t want to draw conclusions about them without understanding what they’re framing.

Thurisaz is at the center, or as near to it and upright in this casting. It is either good luck and offered assistance or a warning to take stock and consolidate – like battening down the hatches in preparation for a storm. I find it personally interesting that it’s pointing straight at Halagaz. Either as means to ward it and lessen the rune’s portent, or (more likely I think) as a way of saying That! That is what I’m telling you to prepare and defend against!

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Turning over the remainder of the runes I’m have Uruz, which appears to be backing up Thurisaz, Naudhiz below Uruz and then Perthro which is tucked under Ansuz.

Uruz deals with creation, manifesting and directing energy to create a physical or spiritual outcome. It’s position behind Thurisaz leaves me to wonder if it isn’t directing its energy into the rune.  Or more pointedly directing me to channel my energy into Thurisaz, as a way to brace against Hagalaz and make it’s possibly negative warning less impactful on my immediate future.

Naudhiz – the rune of fate, of the Norns. In readings it can indicate problems that weigh on the spirit or heart. Frustrations and blocks that can become helpful constraints if approached properly. Naudhiz relies heavily on what follows it in a reading. I’ve certainly got some frustrations in my life, though almost none are the direct and immediate frustrations of my hearth and more the distance and impactful frustrations of current political climates.

Perthro – another rune of fate. But less fate decreed by the Norns and more the fate of chance and luck. The possibility that something random may intervene, or that there is a different meaning to be had in the reading itself. Perthro also lends itself to the unknown – either as something the querent is not ready to know, or not intended to know (like an extra bit of information slipping through the Gate.)

Ansuz lays over Perthro – it’s a rune of words, of communication of knowledge and higher understanding. It’s also Odin’s rune, and in certain contexts can be a nod from the All Father himself. It’s position over Perthro leads me to be more inclined that it’s a nod from Odin. A statement that chance and luck will have a big part to play, and to take comfort in that because chance and luck mean that things aren’t written in stone and disasters can be avoided. (Or joyous occasions made even better).

A frame can really change the picture contained within. The cloth I used to cast my runes has a defined border to it and I’ve chosen to interpret the runes themselves with it in mind. Much like how a picture’s “story” can be altered by a modern thin black frame vs an older styled thick golden frame, I choose to view the interior runes based on the information provided by the framework.

In this case, it’s a general feeling of positivity and home strength. Fehu and Mannaz lend to the feeling of personal fertility and growth, as long as I maintain contact and connection with my fellow man – Gebo reminding me that to give is to get, and to be sure not to over extend myself because of Hagalaz’s warning of something impending and looming.

Thurisaz pointing to Hagalaz almost makes me wonder if Hagalaz is not actually a part of the frame, but rather was pushed out by Thurisaz as it warded against it. I mean, if anything can shove something around I’d imagine the rune of the Thor would be it! If that’s the case then the frame is more solidly a border of community. The reminder that we’re all connected, and while I must keep myself in good shape to be worth much of anything to anyone, I must also remember I am a part of humanity and neither above nor below it. Its success is my success.

And that success is both rocky and up in the air. Thurisaz offers it’s aid and protection against what’s coming, and I think Uruz is backing it up in that respect – and directing me to do what I can to help as well. Which is a positive sign in light of any disaster, natural or otherwise.

Naudhiz, the rune of the Norns, gives me this feeling of something unavoidable. A thing too big to be moved around without being affected by it. A feeling of Fate. I dislike the idea of Fate, the idea that good or bad it is unavoidable and no amount of compromise and effort will set things off whatever track they’re one. I like better the idea that my hard work – or lack thereof – is what made the end result, be it bad or good.

Which is probably why I’m taking the Ansuz/Perthro pairing as something more akin to Odin saying Yes some things are set in stone, but you can still make things go better than expected with a little luck and a lot of work.

Whew, over one thousand words on the rune casting itself! So not a whole lot on the actual ritual – but hey! I did get it done when I prefer today vs waking up too late yesterday ^_^ So that’s a plus!

Blessings
Quin

A Little Reassurance

My whole day was off today. I woke up at a later hour than I like, I didn’t get my daily drawing done until later than I like. I missed breakfast almost completely (thank you cup of oatmeal for coming to the rescue). I just barely got all the laundry done and I had planned to do So Much more with the day.

It wasn’t until noon that I did my devotional, and even then it’s 3 hours later that I’m writing this. I’ve just now had a proper meal, and I still haven’t even BEGUN to do the amount of drawing I’d planned on getting done this weekend.

All in all I was just off-balance.

But I went into my devotional with as much positivity as I could muster. These were my gods, my spirits, my kindred, my ancestors – My People – it was going to be okay, and maintaining/strengthening my bonds with them was more important than my pride about being timely.

I’m a creature of habit apparently, and my habit’s a bit disrupted this weekend, but that’s neither here nor there, I’ll manage. I’m pretty flexible like that.

Today’s rune drawing turned into 4 runes, vs the general three. I got a new candle, and by candle I mean beautiful clear candle-shaped lamp that has an impressive flame! A little bit of an intimidating impressive flame, it’ll take some getting used to, but it worked very well, I felt. It provided enough light to easily see by when I shut myself in my little room to cut out the strong noon sun and some of the noises of the day so I could focus.

I gave my thanks, spoke my mind and made my offerings. I meditated a bit, but I’m not sure about meditating standing up so I kept snapping out of it. I’ll have to start bringing a cushion outside so I can sit on the stone patio comfortably. Once I finish my current Norse Mythology book I can also start digging into the meditation guide that was recommended to me, and that’ll probably help a lot with doing actual bona fide trance work.

Anyway, onto the draw.

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I recognized a lot of the runes this time around. Not all by name, but I knew I’d pulled all except the second one previous to this time. It was a new, unknown to me rune, and I wasn’t sure what to make of it.

I knew the first was a symbol of the movement of energy, of turning bad to good and making bad news less. The 3rd if Wunjo – one I do know well by name, and it means joy in a lot of different ways. The 4th I recognized, but had to crack open my book to remember.

Eihwaz – The rune of paradoxes. The rune that can turn poor news good and is suggested to be inscribed on a tree that represent Yggdrasil to you. Remember it as the flow of energy up and down ones spine. Eihwaz is a good start in my opinion – that even if what follows is an outpouring of bad news, the good news is that it won’t be so bad. And if it’s good news then Eihwaz is the quiet reminder of the evergreen yew tree, most commonly believed to be the earthly equivalent of Yggdrasil – the world tree. Which, to me, brings a sense of stability and peace.

Next is Ingwaz – a rune fully new to me. It’s a rune of transitioning, from one phase to another, like winter giving way to spring and so on. There is a give and take inherent in Ingwaz to be mindful of. It speaks of sacrifice, of giving up one thing to reap the benefits of another. It’s generally good news when regarding moving from one job or project to another (Assuming you completed that job or project on good terms).

Third is Wunjo – my old friend. Wunjo is joy, but not just solitary joy, it’s group joy. The kind of happiness that brings a light into a room for friends and family. Wunjo is positive for many involved, and in a negative light it can be a sign of isolation or feelings of abandonment. In this case, Wunjo is certainly cast in a positive light, so little to no concerns there.

Finally, Othala – the rune of family of inheritance, and of bonds. It strengthens ties and family bonds – all family bonds, be they blood, spirit or past lives. I find it interesting that Othala ends the alphabet as well, acting as an anchor for family, knowledge, and spiritual wisdom. The shape of it both protects and acts as a gate. Guarding what’s inside while allowing new information to come in.

When I draw the runes I rarely have an actual question. Most often I ask only for whatever wisdom it is that my People wish to bestow on me. Many times I make the assumption that it will be related to whatever it was that I had been talking about – as, since it makes sense, I would assume that the wisdom provided would be in regards to the concerns.

In that vein I think the tradition holds true with today’s reading as well. I’m concerned about the future, about my faith, and about my job. I know I’ll be okay because I’m lucky and privileged and that even if things go legs up I’ll still find a way to be okay.

But I’m an unsure person, and some reassurance goes a long way to help calm my concerns – be they founded or otherwise. So to receive a message that says – to me – four very distinct things, vs a single idea, I feel like I got my answer/wisdom/reassurance.

That there will be bad, but I can lessen it – if not for myself than for others – and turn something awful into something as positive as possible. That I’ll transition from one job to another, but to be prepared to give something up for the move – either more time commuting, less time in comfy clothes, or I imagine a possible cut in pay. (Which would still be worth it to get away from the toxic people and blatant favoritism.) That I’ll continue to grow and bond with My People and that they’re pleased thus far by my actions and the time I can invest in my faith.

Wunjo, to me, just signifies an overall more positive vibe to the entire thing, like I need to chill a little and just enjoy that things will be okay. (Possibly it’s also assuring me that my visit back home with be joyous and not to worry about how my family will react to the news that I’m an alternative kind of religion AND practicing it regularly. I mean, they’re cool with me being, well, ME, so I doubt this news’ll change anything.)

Blessings,
Quin

Tiny Protector

In the United States of America, things have gone a bit bonkers.

I get the why, and I understand the fear. I’m not here to talk about the details of my country’s political climate, I’m here to talk about the journey I’m having in ADF and in getting through my Dedicant Path. I’m here to talk about my runes and my relationship with my Gods, with my people.

But in case the current events have a direct impact on how my ritual went.

I spent the entire thing voicing my concerns, my fears, and what I wanted to do. Norse mythology is deep and rich, but it shines in the face of adversity. A warrior earns his place in the next life by his deeds in this – by laughing in the face of his death. They’re raucous poets, great defenders, people of honor.

What was honorable then and what is honorable now is different in detail and culture only, but the pure concept of Honor is unchanged. This is, in part, how Norse Hearth Culture works for me. I am no warrior, I’m no great brawler capable of wearing armor and beheading my foes with great axes. I’m small, I’m timid, I’m woefully disdainful of the mere concept of confrontation. I am, if anything, a great compromiser.

But, I am protective of my friends, my family, and my home.

More to the point I want to be able to protect the people that will need it over the next four years. Not everyone – I’m not that capable – but those I can reach. Be it physically, be it electronically, be it even monetarily. I want to extend the “fence” of my home and hearth to bring warmth and protection to as many people as I can.

I want to be a small, warm, light against the impending dark.

To that end I drew my runes, asking my Gods and my Ancestor and my Kindred and my Spirits for whatever omen they felt the need to provide based on that desire. Would I be successful? Would it even be possible for me to do? Would it matter?

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Eihwaz, Wunjo and Gebo.

Eihwaz is Yggdrasil, the world tree – the protective and stabilizing boughs that cradle the worlds within its branches (I tend to think of it as dark matter – that unseen force that works with gravity to keep the planets and galaxies in place.) The rune can be a connection of opposites, like the small and tiny being mighty. It can also single that a terrible event will be less so, that impending dark will turn to be more bright than expected.

Wunjo is Joy. Joy in work, in life, in outcomes. Wunjo is very dependent on surrounding runes strictly for what kind of joy one would be referring to. I don’t have much else on this rune specifically, but I’ll summarize this at the end and you’ll see how it fits.

Finally, Gebo – the rune of giving. The concept of Gebo isn’t just in the gift but also in the giftee. The idea of what goes around comes around is very strong in Norse honor. One doesn’t hoard wealth, but one doesn’t give when they’re unable to do so either. The idea is that society is the better for generosity and (boy, this touches on the political of late, doesn’t it?) that while there is an expected concept of balance to consider, you don’t point to the ledger to be sure things are even. In other words, as long as you feel – as the giver – that you have gotten back as you need (not nessicarily as you /want/ ), then there is balance.

International news shows the idea of Gebo hard at work in countries like Sweden, Denmark, etc.

What these three runes say to me is this: That not only will I be able to protect as I want, there will be joy in that – and that joy will spread – small, but there. I just need to be mindful that I don’t give so much of myself I burn out, because then I’m of no use to anyone.

I don’t know what the future will bring precisely, I don’t know what damage the next four years will bring. I don’t know what we will learn from this as a country, or what will happen after the fact. I don’t even know if I can do anything more than offer a safe space to my people and a shoulder to those who need it.

But I will do my best to be positive and joyful – in the hopes that the tiny flickering light I provide will be enough to help someone else get through the day.

Blessings,
Quin.