Thus ends the season of Yule as we prepare for the upcoming year. Take time to remember from whence you came, as well as time to make plans for the near future. Raise your horn high to honor your gods and ancestors. Honor each other and the inner workings of your relationships. Take oaths on oath rings. Make promises to yourself and others. In our lore, Var is a hand-maiden of Frija. In the Prose Edda, it is said she listens to people's oaths and the private agreements that women and men make between each other. Thus, these contracts are called varar. She also punishes those who break them.
Hold inventory within yourself or your group so you know your present position in relation to where you want to be. Continue to build the weavings of your Wyrd positively. The luck within you depends on it. Remember, "Luck often enough will save a man [or woman] if his [or her] courage holds.” (The 13th Warrior, parentheticals added)
“Yuletide festivities conclude on Twelfth Night. Many modern Heathens will sync this with New Year’s Eve. It’s the last big party to celebrate a new year, celebrate the passing of the darkest (and in theory coldest of times) and to look forward to the lengthening days and warming temperatures.”
(C. Reimer/V. Elmersson)
Ancestor Meditation: Manostag/Mano’s Day/Monday (parents) Elmer H. Reimer (1924-1963) and Anna M. Schmidt (1926-1994), Jewell F. Reimer [(sister) (1947)], Michael L Reimer [(brother) (1948-1997)], Beth Ann Reimer/Hinkle [(sister) (1956-12018)].
Elmer H. Reimer (1924-1963)
Birth 24 October 1924 in Whitewater, Butler County, Kansas, USA
*US Navy veteran, Joint Intelligence Center, Pacific Ocean Area (JICPOA)
**Naval Intelligence Office, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
*Married 23 June 1946
Death 10 October 1963 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA; complications from M.S.
Anna M. Schmidt (1926-1994)
Birth 20 January 1926 in Lehigh, Marion County, Kansas, USA
Death 23 September 1994 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA; heart attack.
I honor you this day, and I honor every bit of you that resides in me. I’m grateful for the strong German heritage you’ve provided. I look forward with eager anticipation to the great family reunion on the other side. I offer you my undying love, honor, respect, and gratitude.
Elder Rune Summons:
Born of fire, born of ice
Life is lived at such a price
Elder Runes in your way
Advise the mortal man today
Spinning one’s wheels, lack of movement, unwise counsel, a breakdown in (divine) order, restlessness, make no travel plans, upsetting the cart, wrong action and disorder, the opposite of that which is right, off the proper course, slow motion, vehicular failure, without a sense of purpose, personal irresponsibility, a failed or disappointing journey, void of progress or proper perspective.
Armanen Rune Summons:
Born of fire, born of ice
Life is lived at such a price
Armanen Runes in your way
Advise the Spirit man today
An eighteenth I learned, yet I would never
Let a woman or maid know it,
For everyone knows what’s best for himself-
This leads me to the conclusion of the songs-
The one it shall be then, that lies in my arms
As betrothed wife and as sister.
The scald, awakening, passion, mystery, the end, comprehension of the diving from below upward; from humanity outward, secrecy, gift/giver, gift of life, that which is best for the individual, fulfillment, sacred marriage, being ONE with the sister soul, protection against evil forces, being/seeing the Divine, the cosmic consciousness and the divine principle, two forces having a singular origin, the spiritual ego, death-life cycle, protection against evil forces, union of the gods and the World, the uninterrupted chain in the cycle of eternal returns, the Creator and the Created, the deepest mysteries of the Universe, the end.
“Man, be one with God” (List, 67).
Interpretation: Movement (Raido) towards the end (Gibor).
*perfekt pairing of Runes for the end of the year.
1st check on all fur-kids.
Outcome: 7hrs of sleep with only one wake up.
Good morning conversation with wifey.
There was a VERY interesting series of shows on the History Channel about illegal drugs in the US.
There were more, but links were unavailable.
Maybe it’s all these in one day: https://www.history.com/tags/drugs
Breakfast sandwich + a banana.
Toby and I out for a well behaved 30-40min romp around Newman U.
*very cool, cloudy, NNW breeze.
Call into Auto Smart to clear the air. He, this ex-marine, said he was always joking when he made fun of my Coast Guard service. I let him know that sometimes it really didn’t come across that way. We came away with an amicable agreement and mutual respect.
A small load of laundry.
Dental hygiene; 6 ½ minutes
It’s late afternoon, getting colder, wind is increasing, drizzle, and Socks comes to the front door. As I let him into his house, I told him he’s probably in for the evening.
Milwaukee Wave 11:5 St. Louis Ambush on MASL-TV/YouTube
LOTS of stuff on Facebook.
Last check on all fur-kids. All fur kids are under warm shelter.
I think our first New Year’s Eve went quite well. We bot got dressed-up and posed for pics. We shared a horn of mead. I even got a New Year’s kiss at midnight. I can’t remember the last time that happened. I certainly love my wife.
New Year Rune Reading: Elder and Armanen; my first attempt at using both.
Using the Norns spread: https://tikkiweb.net/2005/08/three-rune-spread-description/
*right to left makes no sense to me. I go left to right.
The Year that was:
Elder Rune: Dagaz: Light of day, total enlightenment, awakening, the AH-HA moment, benefit from new information, achieving balance, harmony, hyper-consciousness, the light of dawn, the twilight/dawn polarity, positive focus on life, light at the end of the tunnel, increase, growth, an ending prior to a beginning, transformation, possibly related to the 3rd eye; the mystical place where the two lobes of the brain join.
A ninth one I sing, when dangers at sea forces me
To protect my ship from the stormy waves;
The storm I calm down, no matter how billowing the sea,
And I cradle the waves to sleep.
Calm in the face of distress, comfort, hypnotic power of the forceful will, course of affairs, Rest, Ego, das Ich, Positivity, activity, personal will, self-domination, self-control, confidence, determination, extension of the Divine center, the upright human being, the awakened Self, influence, personal power, magical power, power to banish evil, unity in the Universe, duration, action in the Cosmos, activity, will, self-domination, influence, personal power, self-discipline, unity in the Universe, duration, magical powers, axis/column/Irminsul of the world, action in the Cosmos, elimination of that which is unnecessary, calm.
“Win power over yourself and you will have power over everything in the spiritual and physical worlds that strive against you” (List, 56).
The Year that is:
Sadness, disruption/breakdown in the Clanic relationship, questionable social contacts, loser, miserable, loneliness, shunning, weakened family/Clanic ties, social and domestic disharmony, the inability to attain a wish, strife, alienation, pessimism, failed social relationships, Fridu is challenged, the shadow/dark side of Wodan is exposed.
That I know as the fifth, should an enemy’s
Arrow come flying into the throng;
As bright as it might clash, I stem its power
Once I firmly fix my eye on it.
Incoming challenges, the exalted, the strength of Will, external power/strength squelched, fixation, attack squelched, introspective awareness, that which is passing, council, right, wheel, movement, rhythm, law, correctness, judgment, victory over the lower ego, holding, right order, the judge, advice, salvation, money, original law, that which flows away, religious feeling, ritual action/primal laws, orderliness in the world, the ritual, primal law/Urlag, things that are done correctly, spiritual feeling, ritual action, journey, Divine law, All justice, Rune of the cosmic rhythm of the worlds, wheels, personal empowerment.
“I am my rod (right), this rod (right) is indestructible, therefore, I am myself indestructible, because I am my rod (right)” (List, 53).
The Year that may be:
A sixteenth I speak if a maid is reluctant,
To wake her lust and desire;
I change the heart of the delightful woman,
Then to me her wishes turn.
Lust/desire, seduction, reluctance, influence, second thoughts, a change of heart, the waxing and waning moon, lunar-like mutability of the feminine essence, the error-rune, conquering resistance through confusion, eventual perfection, Female mysteries, roots of the World Column, the carrier of genetic material, God-woman, femininity, desire, sensual love, passion, perfection, Mother, chaos from which creation emerges, female principle in the Cosmos, the night, death and instinct, anger, falsehood, error and the oppositions found in humankind, mystical union, night, moon, well grounded, roots of Irminsul from which all life springs, woman as the opposite/balance to man, the descending Divine Feminine being.
“Think about the end” (List, 63).
Interpretation: The year that WAS indeed was a time of enlightenment (Dagaz). Primarily it was the year of my marriage, and in that I am quite comforted (Is).
The year that IS seems it’s going to be a bit of a troubling one with the coupling of Wunjo (R) sadness and Rit being incoming challenges.
The year that MAY BE counsels me on how to handle things. Evidently there may be some serious, all around change. I need to be ready for some serious change (Hagalaz) that is inevitable, with the understanding I need to be continuously aware of a change of heart (Yr).
We both did our Rune reading separately in separate parts of the house. She was in the west wing; I was in the east wing. Though not identical, of course, but both spoke to a challenging year ahead. It’s like my wifey said, at least they are in agreement rather than dissimilar. We could call it into question of one of our reading was encouraging while the other was discouraging; rather, both were in agreement with challenges to be met.
I stayed up until 1:30am watching a fantastic Metallica concert in France on AXS-TV/Sling-TV.
Greetings to you, Mano, glorious male aspect of the moon; silver messenger on high. You’re the measurer and teller of time. You’re the counterpart to Sunna, the feminine aspect of the sun. As you fly silently on your way reflect into our souls the glory of the High Ones that we might aspire to the realms of the gods. Bathe our world in soft brightness, and whisper to our souls of joyous realms beyond our knowing. Mano, let us see the goodness within us and without us, all the nights and days of our lives. WE GIVE YOU A MOST HEART-FELT HEIL, MANO, as we honor the Mano that resides in us all!
*source: combination AFA Book of Uncommon Prayers, and C.Reimer/V.Elmersson
Alaf Sal Fena!