Sowilo (Wikimedia Commons)
Today I did galdr with Sowilo.
I had to miss yesterday. Between working a double shift and celebrating my birthday to turn around and head back to work after, I was beyond tired. I was in no state to do Runework. So, today I am picking back up with the Runes and galdr work.
I am tired tonight as well due to lack of sleep, but I am in a much more rested head state than yesterday. I can do this. So, I do my prayers to the Eldest Ancestor, and ask it to help me cleanse. It feels like the Sacred Fire is eating things all around my body, my head, the Fire eating up all this gunk. I ease into the headspace for the work, and make my prayers to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir.
The first round of galdr brings a black screen in my vision. Then, as the first galdr of the round goes on, Sowilo appears in white contrast, shining. The next galdr of the Rune starts, and Sowilo doubles into the sunwheel or fylfot, and then it doubles again and again. As the final galdr of the round starts the Runes have overlapped and combined until it is a single, great, shining sun in my vision against a screen of black. My vision goes white as I breathe and prepare for the next round of galdr.
The second round of galdr is a vision of a scar over the lid of an eye, looking fresh. For the first part of this round it is all I see, with the feeling of reflection and victory with it. As I galdr again I feel warmth, and a sunbeam beams down onto me, and the garden I am standing in front of. As I enter the last galdr I see sun on a golden field, on a white field, on a green field, on a browning field.
The third round of galdr brings with it darkness. At first I am confused. Why darkness again? I breathe and do the second galdr of this round, and darkness is still largely here, though it is lightening, like sunrise peaking through, from cold to a gentle warmth just starting. I galdred and a clash of imagery and thoughts came through my mind. My concentration was starting to falter here, so I did a round of breathing and galdred again. I was seeing a sunrise. A very slow sunrise. As I opened my eyes, I was looking into the candle flame I cleansed with.
I did my prayers of thanks to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir. I cleansed with the candle and prayed prayers of thanks to the Eldest Ancestor. I relaxed, grabbed some water, and wrote.
Link to the Daily Ritual for the Challenge.