Algiz (Wikimedia Commons)
Today I did galdr with Algiz.
As yesterday, I cleansed with the Eldest Ancestor, Fire. Today’s galdr was held before my altar to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir. When I lit the candle, a white seven day candle, I made the Fire Prayer and thanked the Eldest Ancestor for cleansing me, purifying me for the work ahead. I then sat the candle on the ground in front of me throughout the galdr.
In my first round of galdr, I felt a hooking into the Earth similar to when I do tree meditation. The knitting together of roots with my ‘root’, and a connection to Midgard came and hooked roots into my spine. I felt relaxed as I breathed, and a kind of balance came. It is worth noting I do not usually do lotus position for meditation work, and here I felt quite comfortable with it.
For the first and some of the second part of the first round of galdr, this is all I experienced. As I was finishing the second part of the first round and into and through the last part, I experienced being before a great tree. It was both immensely vast and yet I could still see all its parts, from roots going into the soil to its tower height.
For the second round of galdr I sat with this great tree. It was Yggdrasil and it was every sacred tree in connection with It. It was incredible, it was vast, and Worlds were growing in Its various branches and roots, and yet it was climbable. I could feel the waters taken up in Its roots and I could walk among them. It felt both like home and uncanny.
For the third round of galdr I had an experience of a rite before a tree. I felt the blood of sacrifice drip down my upward, outstretched arms, and felt the place become holy. Then the scene changed and I was standing in a grove and kneeling in prayer, again, arms outstretched. It felt like arms were reaching down in kind, in answer. I felt I needed to raise my arms in imitation of the Rune’s form and as I galdred it was a moment of union between the Tree and I, that feeling for a few moments of truly being Ask and Embla’s son.
When I was finished I cleansed with the candle as before, thanking it for cleansing me. I then did my usual prayers to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir, asking the Eldest Ancestor to help me come back to normal space as I snuffed the candle, thanking the Eldest Ancestor. I felt relaxation and peace as the smoke curled up around me.
Link to the Daily Ritual for the Challenge.