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The #DoMagick Challenge Day 6

December 7, 2017 Leave a comment
Kenaz

Kenaz (Wikimedia Commons)

Today, I did galdr with Kenaz.

As before, I smoked Großmutter Una to cleanse and prepare myself.  As before, I did the prayers to prepare and flowed into a good, clean whole self when I did.  I went outside to to the galdr and got the distinct feeling that if I tried to tough it out, I would be more concentrating on that then the work with Kenaz.  So, I came back into the garage.

As I breathed in to prepare, I did not feel much.  It was not until I galdred Kenaz twice during my first round that I began to experience things.  Perhaps it was my hands warming back up to start with in the two earlier rounds.  The third galdr brought with it the small fires that our Ancestors sat around.  The small fires that cooked the meals, brought the peoples together.  Not like the need-fire of Nauðiz, no.  This was the warm fire, the welcoming fire.  This was the fire lit to bring people together and unite them.  A shared meal, a moot, a Thing.

I smoked three times to cleanse, and breathed three times before the next round of galdr.  Even my breathing sharpened; this was the ferocious, harsh, and blatantly painful.  As I galdred I experienced it: This was the fire that burned you, that ate your flesh, that cauterized.  It is the fire of pain letting you know something was wrong, inflammation, pain in your guts, heartburn, all the fiery sensations our body gives us.  It is ulcer and open wounds, it is the making of all these things on someone else.  It is the brand of illness and the brand of iron.

I smoked again to cleanse, breathed three times before the last round of galdr.  My breathing eased.  This was the fire of healing, of cleansing teas and ease of aching muscles.  This was the fire of soothing, of meditation and devotion.  It was the Fire of Muspelheim, and the Fire in my Sacred Pipe.  It was the consuming of the plants and trees so new ones could spread, and it was the dance of cleansing poi and Sacred Fires that work with us to cleanse, heal, protect, and all the incredible things Fire Itself has worked with us to do so we can be healthy, whole, prosper.  It was here I was told enough; boundaries, too.  It was the torch that set boundaries or could set them alight.  That could warm the home, or consume it.  So I did my prayers of thanks.

I did prayers and I cleaned the pipe, and thought of how Fire came first, and how each light I make, whether by matches, flint and steel, or by turning on a light-bulb, Fire presence in our lives is always there.

Link to the Daily Ritual for the Challenge.

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The #DoMagick Challenge Day 5

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment
Raido

Raiðo (Wikimedia Commons)

Today I did galdr with Raiðo.

As before, I smoked Großmutter Una to cleanse and prepare myself.  As before, I did the prayers to prepare and flowed into a good, clean whole self when I did.  Tonight it is both blustery and cold.  My mind wanders to the lands where the ancient Heathen Ancestors would have called home.

As I breathed in to prepare, three times, I felt a kind of needing to move in my legs.  Not from the cold; I actually feel far more comfortable at these colder temperatures than anything above 60°F.  A kind of wandering, or wanting to go to a place.

When I galdred Raiðo the first time, my tone was warm and loud.  I echoed across the countryside.  It’s one of the reasons I enjoy doing galdr outside: I can be quite loud without disturbing my neighbors.  As I galdred, the pipe held in my hands, there was the sensation of going somewhere, of having a destination and slowly getting there.

The cold seemed to press tighter as I smoked and breathed cleansing breaths between.  As I prepared to galdr I could feel, hear the march of feet around me.  Bracing against the cold and marching on.  Determination.  A war march.  I galdred and it seemed that I was marching alongside them, and who they were changed.  At times I heard leather soles and chain mail, others gear in webbing and the soft sound of boots on grass.

The next round of galdr my first came out guttural, fierce, and I felt the march quicken, the destination coming nearer, the steps quickening.  Excitement and anticipation as the gap is closed.  More, though: the destination that one has worked so hard, built up so many resources, done so much planning is in sight.  Relief, joy, fierce pride in having made it to where you need to be.  The next part of the round of galdr, and my voice came out high.  I felt called to turn my gaze up to Mani.  The carts of the heavens, the every-turning wheels that make night, day, that make the days and nights of all the Worlds, that blanket of darkness that is Nött, Nött’s gift, with all those burning stars and the Star People.  The last part of the last round was low, deep, the echoes of all the feet in the long journeys so many have taken that I could be here.  The Diaspora, the Migrations, the Journeys of countless Ancestors on countless feet on countless soils and here I am walking on my own.

It was then the cold got too much, and I felt I had to seek a new destination: warmth inside.  In the garage I cleansed and purified myself as I had the previous nights, thanking Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir for deepening our connection and our relationship.  As I cleaned out my pipe and came back to normal headspace, I thought about all the journeys that had gotten me here, and where I was planning on our family heading to next.  The wheels that take us here and there, and the work needed for us to move into the next stage of our life.

Link to the Daily Ritual for the Challenge.

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The #DoMagick Challenge Day 4

December 5, 2017 Leave a comment
Ansuz

Ansuz (Wikimedia Commons

Today I did galdr with Ansuz.

As before, I smoked Großmutter Una to cleanse and prepare myself.  Tonight it was a little less chilly than yesterday.  What proved challenging was how blustery it was.  Entirely appropriate for working with this Rune!

When I breathed in after the cleansing and opening prayers, what I felt was cleanness.  Cleanness of breath, a feeling that grew in me as I prepared to galdr.  When I galdred the first three times, my voice was high.  That feeling of clean, of cleansing, washed over me like the wind blowing through my hair.  I felt neither happy nor sad, nothing except this feeling of here and clean as I smoked my pipe and sat in the feeling of Ansuz’s presence.

The second round of galdr brought feelings of the use of voice, to shape and to bend, to work and to do.  My voice had taken on a kind of…golden tone, lacking better terms to describe it.  How the wind blew around the trees to make them dance to wind’s will.  How it blew through me and I could cover myself up from it, block it to some degree, but I was still responding to the wind.  How song could uplift and also destroy, how words could raise a people’s spirits or wreak havoc with a few whispers.

The third round of galdr came from me far more guttural, deep in my throat, vibrating.  Ansuz came from me very bass, commanding, rhythmic, drawing me in.  I swayed with it as I galdred, and I felt my body move with it, and I am sure if I had paper or keyboard nearby I would have wrote, or put my hands to wood and shaped it, to leather and made something.  It was inspiration and it was magic, it was poetry to give form and to shape.

Now generally I stop galdring after three rounds, but Ansuz told me to do a fourth, so I did.  This time I, we swayed and I sang Ansuz’s name using a combination of all the three galdr before it, sometimes rhythmically and other times without, rising and falling in voice, in and out of the guttural galdr.  I danced in place, singing Ansuz, and I ended with sharp cries of Its name, and I felt my voice carry power in it.  When I was done, I felt the meditation ended, and did my closing prayers, and cleansed.

As before, I spent time coming back into normal headspace after cleansing by cleaning out my pipe.  I will be grabbing something to eat and drink, too, to ground a bit more.

Link to the Daily Ritual for the Challenge.

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The #DoMagick Challenge Day 3

December 4, 2017 Leave a comment
Thurisaz

Thurisaz (Wikimedia Commons)

Today I did galdr with Thurisaz.

As before, I smoked Großmutter Una to cleanse and prepare myself.  I eased into the work despite the cold.  It was definitely a harsher cold than last night.

I breathed deep, and I could feel rising.  Lethality.  Ferocity.  A ferocious lethality.  Not more than animal…something else.  It hooked into a different part of me, I realized later.  Spoke to a wholly different part of me.

When I galdred the first time, it came out of my mouth ferocious, throaty, wild.  I felt thorns around my feet, my legs. I felt something stirring inside me.  When I galdred again, what I felt was not patience.  It was predatory, but more.  It was bloodthirsty.  When I galdred again, I started to chant the Rune in a powerful rhythmic way from my diaphram.

It was utterly interrupted by hiccups.  For awhile I did galdr and the connection to Thurisaz was still there.  I could feel It.  After awhile though, the hiccups were just incorrigible, and I thanked Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir, and did my usual cleansing with Großmutter Una.

Given it is the Full Moon, and a Supermoon at that, I took time to honor Mani.  I made a song up on the spot for Him and sang it to Him.  During the song the hiccups subsided.  When I was finished, I hailed Mani and thought about working with Thurisaz again.  I decided to, and went through my whole preparatory protocol again.

This time I could do the deep chant with Thurisaz.  Not only did I feel that powerful force, the ferocity and bloodthirstiness, the call to something within me, I felt like something was calling back with the utterance of the Rune.  I did three rounds of this chant work, smoking in between, for a total of twenty-seven galdr.  Perseverance, not the patient kind, but the shear cussedness to see something through.  To get through the annoying little things, to deal with thorns, or in my case, the incredibly distracting hiccups, to get to something deeper.  To come back when I was in a better state of body or mind, but not to stop.  As I galdred I realized, in the chant, that I was calling to these qualities at the base of Jötnar, and many Aesir.  It was the bloodthirstiness that killed Ymir, that drives the fury to see what must be done to be done.  To sate ferocity.  To set traps and to drive your enemy before you.  To be completely unbothered with the morality of it, but to do what must be done because that is in your nature.  To rend and tear.  To destroy.  To see things proceed according to one’s power and will to make things proceed.

Powerful indeed…and to think I almost let a bunch of damn hiccups get between myself and deepening my understanding and connection with this Rune!  Thorns can bring you low, hold you fast, make it hard to walk, even make you starve to death if you get caught fast.  The thorns may scratch, tear into flesh, but patience can unhook them.  Bringing the right tool and determination can render them useless before you.  I find it interesting that the same quality that can cause folks to avoid this Rune is deeply part of why I appreciate it.  The sheer cussed ferocity and certainty that “This will happen hell or high water regardless of how I get there.”

As before, I spent time coming back into normal headspace after cleansing by cleaning out my pipe.

Link to the Daily Ritual for the Challenge.

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The #DoMagick Challenge -Daily Ritual for the Challenge

December 2, 2017 1 comment

I saw this first through a friend of mine’s blog.  Given the call I have been feeling to get back to doing my own regular Rune work, the success of the I took in 2013, and the usefulness of a structure like this, I will be taking this opportunity to go for it.

I will be doing galdr for the month of December, working through each of the Elder Futhark Runes, and sitting with Them in meditative space for up to 30 minutes or more each day from December 1st through January 1st.  The purpose of this is to connect with each Rune deeply, deepening my connection and relationship with each Rune over the course of this work continuing into the future.

Given that there are only 24 Runes, after all the Runes have been gone through I will galdr each Ætt (translated as family/extended family) which are what the Runes are usually divided the Runes into, for 6 days.  For the final day I will galdr all of the Runes and sit in meditation with Them.

What my typical set up will be this:

Background Music: Wardruna or Heilung if it feels useful/appropriate.

Step 1:  Recaning (smoke cleansing), or water cleansing with Großmutter Una (Grandmother Mugwort), and/or cleansing by galdr with Ansuz.

If doing a recaning: First, a prayer to the Eldest Ancestor is spoken, thanking Fire for Its gift.  Then, a prayer to Großmutter Una is spoken, thanking Her for cleansing me.
The prayer may go something like this: “Hail Großmutter Una, Eldest of Herbs, Who cleanses and purifies!  Please, Großmutter, cleanse me and help me to be ready for the work ahead!”

Ideally the Sacred Fire is made with a match or older method of making fire, but a lighter will do fine if that is what one has.
The Fire Prayer I use is this:  “Hail Sons and Daughters of Muspelheim!  Hail Fire Itself!  Hail Loki!  Hail Glut!  Hail Logi!  Hail Surt!  Hail Sinmora!  Hail Eldest Ancestor!  Ves ðu heil!”

Once lit, the smoke is then inhaled at least three times if being smoked and blown over parts of the body until the whole self is cleansed.  If the smoke is made in a bowl or some other apparatus, the smoke is passed over the whole body or, if it is safe, set down between the feet and the smoke washes up over the body.

If doing a water cleansing with Großmutter Una: She is thanked as before, as is the Elder Ancestor water for carrying Her cleansing power and for Its own power in helping to cleanse oneself.
The prayer for Water the Elder Ancestor may go something like this: “Hail Water, Elder Ancestor!  Thank You for carrying Großmutter Una’s blessing.  Thank You for cleansing me and making me ready for the work ahead.”
The top of the head, the limbs, the back of the neck and head, and the small of the back are usually enough for a water cleansing.

If doing galdr with Ansuz:  A prayer of thanks is made to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir for Their connection, and to Ansuz for cleansing.
The prayer may go something like this: “Hail Rúnatýr!  Hail Runevaettir!  Thank you for preparing me for the work ahead!  Ves ðu heil!”
Ansuz is then addressed: “Hail Ansuz!  Thank you for cleansing me within and without!  Ves ðu heil!”
The Rune is galdred 3 times at least.

Step 2:  When cleansing is complete, a prayer is made to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir for connection with me.

The prayer goes something like:
“Hail Rúnatýr! Hail Runevaettir!  Thank you for connecting with me, for deepening my connection with the Runes!  Ves ðu heil!”

Step 3:  Galdr the Rune of the day.

Step 4:  Continue galdring and/or sit with the Rune in meditative space.

Step 4:  Prayer to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir thanking Them for connecting with me.

Step 5:  Recaning or water cleansing with Großmutter Una, and/or galdr cleansing with Ansuz.

A note on this work:
Once a week I offer blood to the Runes. This is Gebo not only for this work, but for the work we have ongoing.

Anyone engaging at this depth with the Runes should have an established understanding and relationship with Them.  Note that my view of the Runes is that They are vaettir, spirits unto Themselves, and anyone looking to do this work would be well-advised to both research academic articles and books, as well as working through the books Runes: Theory and Practice and Taking Up the Runes.

This post will be linked to at the end of each journal day for this challenge so it can be referenced for the steps I am taking each day.

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