Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Solstice greetings - frohe Sonnenwende!
We know the words Jul,Jol and Yule are connected with the old Germanic words for wheel - thus the yearly cycle. But the Nordic word Jol is also the root of the word Jolly!
Today is just the start of the solstice period. For three days the sun 'stands still' meaning there is no visible distinction in the length of light- solstice means Sol-still. Sol is a Germanic name for the sun as well as a Latin name. To us Saxon folk she is Sunna. It is on the forth day, typically christmas day - that there is any noticeable change in the length of light and the Sun is reborn. It is easy to see how the church converted this to the birth of the Son. And it is why so many pagan gods are born on this day - as they are sun gods. So in one aspect christmas is the true first day of the year, or at least the Solar year. The church also referred to their messiah as 'Lord' which made excepting christianity even easier as the pagan folk already had a god amongst their own - Frey, whose name meant Lord. In the Gothic translations of the bible Jesus was called Frauja, again the same name was used for Frey. The christmas roast boar (or pork) is a continuation of his worship.
Today the churches are empty, but the traditions of Easter and Christmas remain. It is true they are not much more than materialistic rituals of shopping and self indulgence today, but underneath all this corruption we can still find the true origins of these holidays in our heathen past. This is why they still survive. The Call of the Blood is still there, folk will hear that call, and folk will answer that call. The Sun is reborn, and she will light our way!
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Monday, 19 December 2016
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Today is Wodan's Day. Not to be confused with Wednesday but a holiday that was once called 'little yule' and was sacred to Wodan, the Low Germanic name for Odin/Woden. This day (6th of December) evolved into Saint Nicolas feast day, thus the church in their desperate attempt to convert the Germanic peoples to christianity kept the true faith of Europe alive!
I've posted about this day in previous years and wrote about Nicolas and his comparison with Wodan, However what I didn't notice is the connection with Frigga's day (now Saint distaff day) which is in one months time.
We already know that the word Yule (Jol etc) means wheel, thus the holiday can be seen as a completion of the yearly cycle and the start of the next. We also know that the 12 days of yule represent the coming year in miniature - a symbolic representation of things to come (in the same way the 12 years of the Reich represent the seed that will grow into the Aryan Millennium- Age of Man(u) that is still to come).
We see the yule cycle as one from Dark (winter) into Light (the coming spring) - but also as Male (Woden) into Female (Frigga). It is also a cycle of old into new. Yule represents the completion and beginning of the year. The wheel turns once more!
Friday, 2 December 2016
new from Black Front Press
ACCORDING to the ancient historian, Tacitus (56–120 CE), who studied the Germanic peoples living outside the Roman Empire, his barbarian counterparts in the north would "break off a branch of a fruit-tree and slice it into strips; they distinguish these by certain runes and throw them, as random chance will have it, on to a white cloth." Written in 98 CE, this early account of Germanic spirituality remains the earliest literary source available for the discussion of the runes themselves. These striking and enigmatic staves, which appear in three distinct traditions - the Elder Futhark (around 150–800 CE), the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (400–1100 CE) and the Younger Futhark (800–1100 CE) - represent far more than just an alphabet and once we go beyond the basic transliteration of these Proto-Germanic symbols we discover that each has an accompanying meaning. Some of these definitions relate to everyday objects like trees and animals, but our forefathers - believing that the runes had been obtained by the god Odin, in return for one of his eyes - were also aware of the mystical, divinatory and transcendent qualities of each rune and this knowledge has survived to the present day. In this latest publication from Black Front Press a group of historians, runologists and magicians have come together to explore the continuing allure of these powerful symbols in an attempt to provide the reader with a fascinating and well-rounded interpretation of their continuing resonance in the contemporary world. Contributors include Troy Southgate (The Sacred Centre: Practical Wodenism in Light of Tradition), Richard J. Levy (Staves of Blood: Finding My Inner Other), Ron McVan (A Selection of Rune Poems), Wulf (Runic Mysteries / The ALU-ULA Runic Mystery), K. R. Bolton (Path-working With Runes), Wyatt Kaldenberg (The Dangers of Dabbling in Runic Magic), Osred (An Unsolved Runic Mystery), Piercarlo Bormida (Runic Yoga), Colin Lockwood (The Windswept Tree), Hamasson (Thoughts on the Hail Rune and its Connection to the Sacred Mountain) and Nikarev Leshy (The Armanen Futharkh: A Controversial Rune-Row?).