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A Toast To Good Friends

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This past Winter holiday season I received many amazing gifts. One of which was this drinking horn (gifted by a friend~ <3) and another of which is the book Taking Up The Runes (gifted by my partner) that I’d been wanting for months, but I just hadn’t been able to justify spending money on yet another book when I had so many unread ones on my shelf.

Drinking horns are typically used in rituals, holding a cool liquid (mead) and passed around while each person shares a toast or a memory or honors someone in their life (living or dead, though I think dead is more appropriate). I have yet to use this one in ritual, but plan to in this new year.

The Rune book sort of speaks for itself. One of the goals I have set for myself this year is to gain an even deeper understanding of the Runes, to work with them more. This will likely result in more posts about individual Runes, vlogs about Runes, and perhaps other essay type things as I continue my work with them.

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The Fertility of New Beginnings

It’s been awhile since I made a Rune post, but one of the goals I’d set for myself this month was to draw a Rune every day. This year I really want to deepen my practice of Rune reading and get to know them and understand them better. One way to do that is to write up posts about them when I haven’t done so before. Like today, for example. My rune for today is Inguz, and when I checked I saw I’d only written about it once before and a long time ago. Since then I’ve learned more about it.

Inguz is particularly concerned with the health, fertility, and well-being of men. It often denotes fertility of mind, or the motivation and energy needed to start new projects. A new job is often indicated when this rune is drawn, but even if this does not occur, the potential remains for considerable change for the better.
Of course, for a new phase in life to begin, it is necessary to finish old business and turn away from situations that are leading nowhere.

When I decided to write this post I googled Inguz and this was on one of the first websites that came up. I find it incredibly fitting for me right now. I’ve had a bad sinus infection since last Thursday, so paying attention to my health and taking care of myself is something I really need to pay attention to. I’ve determined this year will be the Year of the (get) Kraken because I wish to leave behind the procrastination that I’ve allowed to basically rule my life. And in recent days I’ve been thinking about a certain project that would be a massive undertaking, but would make me happy. So when I saw this message come up my first thought was “oh how fitting”. My gods seem to be pointing me the exact direction my mind and heart are going which is always a nice thing.

But those things aren’t all there is to Inguz.

This Rune is depicted in two different ways. One is as a basic diamond. According to Taking Up The Runes, when it is depicted this way it indicates male fertility. But the other way it is depicted is as two X’s on top of each other (which also form the diamond in the center)–two Gebo’s stacked one on top of the other. Gebo is a Rune that speaks of gifts, so it would be easy to say that Inguz also carries such messages as well. And indeed when you consider the “new beginnings” and “potential new job” and other things mentioned at the beginning of this post that falls right in line with the “gift” theme.

runic_letter_ingwazIn it’s diamond form it is two Kano’s mirroring each other. Kano is a Rune of fire and creativity. When you consider it as mirroring each other it can be a clue to “look in the mirror” so to speak and see what seeds are inside you that you can nourish and grow.

Indeed Inguz (also spelled Ingwaz) is a complex Rune that I’m sure I’ll be writing about in the future again. It’s not one that comes up very much for me, but when it does I wind up learning a lot about it and seeing new sides to it.

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Pagan Youtube Videos?

Hey guys! I realized the other day that I hadn’t mentioned here that I am now making Youtube videos! Currently I’m doing one writing video (posted on Mondays) and the Youtube Pagan Challenge (posted on Fridays) a week. In the new year though I plan to make a whole lot more Pagan videos, including videos about Odin and the Runes!

This is today’s video, in which I actually do talk a bit about the Runes! (Also tell you what I think of Donald Trump…as if most of you guys couldn’t guess already, especially if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook :P)

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And Then I Had Three

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I got a new set of Runes a few weeks ago when I attended my first ever Pagan Pride Day! I have no idea what kind of stone these are, honestly (do you? If so, please tell me in the comments!), but they called to me and I knew they were supposed to be mine. They have quickly become my primary reading Runes.

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In All The Worlds

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An Important Message

This is probably an overdue post, but it needs to be said. I also apologize as this has NOTHING to do with Odin.

Not too long ago now a well known Asatru group came out purporting clear racism, nationalism, etc. I do NOT support this AT ALL. I haven’t seen any racism from any of my friends here, on Twitter, or on Facebook and for that I’m eternally grateful. I’m supremely happy to know that I am surrounded by people who are loving, kind, accepting, and believe in equality. But I did want to make a small statement about this, especially in light of the latest bomb threats in New York and New Jersey (and the blatant racism I’ve seen in response to them on other people’s posts, mainly on Facebook).

I will NOT tolerate any kind of racism, sexism, homophobia, etc here or on any of my online platforms. This doesn’t just go for worshipping the Heathen gods, but in all aspects of life. I don’t give a shit if you’re from Mars and prefer to lick someone’s butthole as opposed to kiss them on the mouth. Toast Odin with Martian water and lick buttholes in Freyja’s name. That is your life, and as long as the gods don’t find it offensive (assuming you’re doing this stuff in Their honor) and you aren’t hurting anyone then have a happy.

If I do see racism, sexism, homophobia, etc being carried on I will allow for a CIVIL discussion in which we all try to communciate and educate each other (in other words, there will be no immediate ban, defriending, etc anywhere). But if it devolves into needless drama, namecalling, etc then further steps will be taken. I apologize if this seems harsh. But there is too much hate and violence going around in the world and I will not be part of helping it spread.

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