Though I hung on Yggdrasil to receive the Runes in the way Odin did, stadhagaldr has a deep, connective magic all its own. With my önd I breathe each Rune into me as I described here. The powerful rush this gives is incredible; I feel each Rune align with me, my energy in a way that is nearly palpable, with a feeling of the Rune overlaying itself onto my body. I shut my eyes, and as I intone the Name of the Rune, I feel the spirit-being come to me, letting me experience its many qualities. Sometimes, as happened with Fehu, , I opened my arms to the sky and felt my body become a stalk of corn. With Uruz, , I became a strong bull auroch, muscles rippling and my horns well shaped, even as a I bent over, my fingers reaching to the ground and my head following them. With Isa, , I felt myself encased in ice, felt the room grow colder despite the overhead heater. Many other Runes followed this, giving me a full-sensory experience as I intoned them.
In just this small amount of time, I feel I have connected to the Runes in a wholly new way, one that includes them into my being gently, but firmly. When I stained my Runes during the Nine Days, I developed a fast, quick, deep connection to them with my blood, a connection that I cannot fully explain. In contrast, the former is far more gentle, allowing them to integrate into my energies in calm, slow ways, whereas connecting to them with blood was far more visceral, cording up into my energies and powerfully becoming part of me. The latter brought them into my whole being, whereas the stadhagaldr work seems to be effective in ‘smoothing out wrinkles’ from that experience, and giving me new insight into the Runes as I intone them. Keeping in mind, of course, staining Runes is a much different practice, I would say that if I did my Hanging on the Tree again, I would probably have incorporated, if not done having done significant time doing, stadhagaldr in the ordeal. Working with the Runes in spellwork and Runecasting is one thing; integrating them into your spirit body and everyday life can be quite another.
Gods…what a powerful technique.
Something I am considering is intoning each of the Runes in their respective merkstave and/or opposition forms, and feeling the energies of each, both to understand the energies of them, and to be able to recognize them in myself. This is something I’ll be pondering for a bit prior to doing; I want to at least have a solid month of practice under my belt before doing such a thing.