Today I did galdr with Isa.
Today’s galdr was done entirely outside, cleansing with Großmutter Una in my sacred pipe. I then did my prayers in preparation, and my usual breathing into the right headspace.
Today I was surrounded by snow under my feet, and the sky was full of snow. Isa was all around me. The breathing in of that cold snow brought with it a sharp cleansing. There is something beautiful and powerfully spiritual about sitting in all of that stillness, all the lights off, the only light being in my pipe and some far off neighbors. When I did my first round of galdr that is all I experienced: that stillness, the meditative silence.
The second round of galdr was more active. My voice echoed in the quiet, and then I heard something I was not expecting at all: an answer. It was a cow lowing, and I saw and felt the sensation of being licked out of ice by a cow. When I opened my eyes to begin the galdr in the second round I was again answered by a cow lowing. There is life in ice. There is nourishment in it. There is holiness in it. I made the last galdr of the round and there was a feeling of containment, of expansion, of the melting away for things to be revealed.
The third galdr was croaking, loud. It rebounded around me, and I saw a glacier, great, carving the land. Then that glacier melting. I saw the Arctic and the melting floes, the land of the coasts being consumed by sea. I saw the rivers swelling and the Great Lakes filling again. Ice is part of the cycles of water, and we need it deeply. I felt hibernation and untapped waters, I felt the freezing blasts of blizzards, and I felt the gentle snow around me. Despite seeing and experiencing the violence that Isa can bring, I felt vast calmness in it.
When I finished I made prayers of thanks to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir. As the last time I smoked, I cleansed with smoke from Großmutter Una, and then cleaned my pipe to come back to normal headspace.