Today I did galdr with the First Ætt.
Given today was the first time in this challenge I was going to do a full ætt, I did a bit more preparation work, especially in deep breathing. The Fire cleansing seemed especially effective today, and I felt myself fall into the Runework quite well today.
I ended up trying three very different methods of connecting with the Runes, the first two not feeling quite as connective as the last. The first two attempts I tried to galdr the Runes in succession in a single breath using different intoning and croaking methods. What I found worked the best was when I took a cleansing breath, and galdred the Rune on the exhale. When I got it, the first round of galdr brought connection to the Runes, bright and warm, clear connection.
The second round of galdr brought forward more of the rough, the darker aspects of the Runes. Unlike previous galdr, this was more connection with the Runes as family, and there was interplay between the Runes, such as resonance of power and strength in Uruz and Thurisaz. As each round of galdr unfolded I felt and experienced these connections play out differently, the first being more a feeling of warmth and connection, this second was more like seeing them in the world. Fehu was the field, Uruz the auroch, Thurisaz the primal cycles the land and animals follow ending in the auroch’s slaughter, Ansuz a cleansing and celebration of the life given, Raiðo the journey to the feast, Gebo the gifting of the animal and care of its bones, the tending of its horns, and Wunjo the gathering of kin and the celebration of the auroch’s gift and the season’s turning.
The third round of galdr each brought a feeling of echoing back to previous experiences with the Rune. With Fehu I felt rootedness. With Uruz I felt strength. With Thurisaz I felt danger and fury. With Ansuz I felt cleansing. With Raiðo I felt journeying, and a bit of a pilgrimage. With Kenaz I felt the torch in my hand, and was walking the boundary of my home. With Gebo I was exchanging gifts with a dear friend, wrapping paper and all. With Wunjo I was gathering my family and Kindred under a banner that each contributed to, and each was comforted in and by.
As before I made my prayer to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir, and my prayer to Fire Itself, and cleansed before sitting down, designing the aett above, and writing this.