Thus ends the season of Yule as we prepare for the upcoming year. Take time to remember from whence you came, as well as a 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. Read the Runes for a glimpse into next year (may we suggest the three-Rune Norns spread).
In our lore, Var is a hand-maiden of Frija. In the Prose Edda (pg. 46), it is said she listens to people's oaths and 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.”
HAIL! HAIL!! HAIL!!!
Henry E. Reimer (1898-1967)
Birth 15 May 1898 in Medford, Grant County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 26 Mar 1967 in Hesston, Harvey County, Kansas, United States
*Married 2 June 1920
Maria Hildebrand (1894-72)
Birth 30 Dec 1894 in Marion County, Ks, USA
Death 22 Jul 1972 in Newton, Harvey County, KS, USA
Gravesites @ Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, Ks
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
The negative blessing of prosperity, stagnant finances, lack of creative energies, productivity failure, and the inability to and/or create wealth, greed, financial insecurity, improper financial management, disconnected from the life source, fear of failure, an ending, an unfortunate condition, fiery powers extinguished, atrophy/decline, failed ambition, lack of self-esteem, an ineffective beginning and an irresponsible misuse of power.
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
Armanen Rune: Tyr:
A twelfth one I sing, when I see through the brush
The hanged one swinging from the hemp;
He climbs down from the trunk, must tell me his tale
When I carve the Runes right.
Rebirth, renewal, rising from the ashes, excitation, revelation, mysteries revealed, sacrifice, rebirth of the Sun god, fertility and/or destruction, generation, power, success, wisdom, duties fulfilled, art of concealment and hiding, rebirth into the light - life of the soul, the power to make situations turn completely around, spiritual understanding, the power of regeneration, warrior strength, justice, balance, personal sacrifice of the father, resurrection/reincarnation/born again; “Do not fear anything, even dying cannot kill you. Better to die than to be dead alive” (Gorsleben).
“Fear not death - it cannot kill you (List, 58).
Interpretation: A new beginning (Fehu) brings a rebirth (Tyr).
*GODS I CERTAINLY HOPE SO!
1st check on all fur-kids: food, water, litterboxes, shelter.
Outcome: 7hrs of sleep and one Toby wakeup. Good! He’s started waking me up again with a thump-thump of his tail when he needs to go potty rather than potty in from of the bathroom.
Breakfast from frozen; 2 burritos and two hashbrowns.
Toby’s 11am insulin.
Toby and I out for our usual walk. I think Toby’s will now have some good days, and some…not so good days. Today was one of those not so good days. He made it thru the walk, but sluggishly. I will never push him anymore, but I will encourage him. One I got him home, I went out for a bit more of a walk.
*sunny, cold, slight north breeze.
Yesterday’s pork chops were so good, it was well worth repeating; however, this time with a baked potato and a garden salad.
New Year’s call into Brother
New Year’s call into Niece
St Louis Ambush 7:6 Kansas City Comets on YouTube/MASL TV on the tele
Milwaukee Wave 7:3 Mesquite Outlaws on YouTube/MASL TV in the man-cave
Dillons, because I had a sweet-tooth SCREAMING at me. This called for a couple of doughnuts.
Wifey took our New Year’s picture.
Toby’s 11pm insulin.
New Year’s Eve Rune Reading, candles and incense lit; a horn of mead poured with Fimbul Radio Viking Music/YouTube music in the background.
Born of fire, born of ice,
Life is lived at such a price.
Holy Runes send me here,
Bid me glimpse into next year!
The Year that was:
Eihwaz: Irminsul, the Cosmic pillar, inner strength, stress and difficulties, overcoming obstacles, need to have backbone to get through, endurance, “Shit happens, get over it! “, temporary cosmic consciousness, stability over external circumstances, resilience, the Shamanic link of experiences within the All. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger” (Friedrich Nietzsche).
A tenth 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.
Dangers calmed, protection, challenges eased, comfort/stillness, primal fire, nobles, destruction of physical darkness reborn into spiritual light, confidence, Ing-Frô, the Sun, the path to the Light, will, leadership, all that which is beautiful and Sun-like, change to good, virtues, honor, glory, rewarding work, completion, light, Divine spirit, power contained in light that washes away darkness, wisdom, beauty, virtue, trust, honor, fame, Rune of the initiate, Symbolism of the Lord of the Light-elves that returns home from darkness, Rune of peace and good seasons.
“Respect the primal fire” (List, 56).
The Year that is:
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 is owed:
Wunjo: Joy, pasture, happiness attained with the fulfillment of a wish, the strong Clanic relationship, social contacts, family ties, Clanic solidarity, fellowship, happiness, optimism, realization of true will, social and domestic harmony, good cheer, new social relationships, Fridu attained within a secure setting, a bright attitude of Wodan exposed.
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, well grounded, 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: We/I overcame obstacles that brought us/me challenges which are eased. We/I grew, which brought the strength of Will. It is as we/I find our/my joy, that we/I will have a change of heart.
Thus ends this New Year's Eve Rune reading.
Last check on all fur-kids.
Midnight nighty night.
*source: combination AFA Book of Uncommon Prayers, and C.Reimer/V.Elmersson
Methinks this is an EXCELLENT goddess for New Year’s Eve!
Alaf Sal Fena!