Aside: Quick Localisations of Four Rune Poems

Read as: Ej likes playing with metaphors and wanted to make sense of some funky translations. This may or may not have been my life for the past few days.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional linguist. I just play with words.

Fehu

“Fé vældr frænda róge;
føðesk ulfr í skóge.”

Translation:
“Wealth is a source of discord among kin;
the wolf grows up in the forest.”

My understanding:
Knowing your own worth can be controversial;
Those who don’t lose themselves in others.

Uruz

“Úr er af illu jarne;
opt løypr ræinn á hjarne.”

Translation:
“Slag comes from bad iron;
The Reindeer races over frozen snow.”

My understanding:
Burning yourself out accomplishes nothing good;
Go steady and you will not fall.

Thurisaz

“Þurs vældr kvinna kvillu,
kátr værðr fár af illu.”

Translation:
“Giant causes anguish to women;
misfortune makes few men cheerful.”

My understanding:
Don’t belittle what others go through;
Nobody enjoys being in pain.

Ansuz

“Óss er flæstra færða
for; en skalpr er sværða.”

Translation:
“Estuary is the way of most journeys;
but a scabbard is of swords.”

My understanding:
A meandering tale will get you far;
Sharp words stay in you.


All poems and translations were referenced from ragwedforge.com

Also this experiment was inspired by the work of Jackson Crawford, in particular the “Cowboy Hávamál.” Someday I will do the whole Elder Futhark. Probably.

Runic Half-Month Reading – Algiz 2017

This half-month is going to be all about doing what lights you up and makes you feel alive! Follow your passions and distance yourself from anything that overwhelms you (at least until you’re truly ready to deal with it).

Decks used: Shadowscapes Tarot, Five Realms Oracle, and the Wildwood Tarot

See you soon!
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Thurisaz

A glass to take the edge off,
The spear at your throat,
The fangs of a wolf, his claws.

A sharp focus, time is still,
Claws on your spine,
Giants bellow in your blood.

A strike of lightning,
Hammer crashes down,
The barberry pierces red.

A wolf bites, the edge consumes,
Pain focuses the mind,
The wounds will heal.

Thurisaz

A rough and ragged rune poem by me.

I’ll have to analyze this later. It just wanted to get out of my head as soon as possible.

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Last Call for Free Readings!

Hello, friends!

Today, June 3rd, is the last day I will be accepting requests for free tarot, oracle, and rune readings, but I’ll be opening up an Etsy shop on the 6th so that you all can commission me for art, readings, and whatever else I end up offering.

There’s a page with information up on my site, if you’re reading this from your “reader” tab. Go check it out if you want, come be a part of the party!

See you when I see you.

Waking Up and Hobbit Birthday

Good morning, friends!

First, quick update on all the things: Scheduling at work seems to have gotten sorted out, so while it’s still not exactly a consistent schedule I at least have some time to live while I’m at home, and work on things that I’m called to do (more on that later). The healing process is going pretty well; I’ve given Mutt a place on the Names of Interest page (as well as adding my pop culture pantheon to the mix) and the brunt of the pain has more or less subsided now. I feel mostly human again, which is always a good thing!

Now, about hobbits, birthdays, and things I’m called to do. Yesterday was my birthday! Woo! Friday the 13th and nothing went wrong, besides the unexpected cactus (I kid you not, my mom got me a tiny cactus. I’m still not sure what to make of this turn of events). I also got a framed picture in the likeness of Frey, and I’m going to need to do some re-arranging soon so that I can make him a proper place. It’s currently hanging on my wall in place of my Big Honking Year Wheel.

You may be wondering what all this talk of hobbits is about. I’m not making short jokes, (even though I am pretty short) I’m actually making an offering to you, my tribe. And possibly others outside of what some would consider “my tribe.” (Hello to all of you as well, by the way!) In true hobbit tradition, I’m doing a reversal of the whole birthday presents thing. Instead of receiving, I’m giving gifts to you!

Since I’m setting up an Etsy shop (which will also be called BeingtheHermit) it occurs to me that I need to practice my readings, mostly the design and delivery thereof. Since there are a lot of you who wander into my little digital home in search of Tarot guidance, I figured you all would be both the ones to ask for feedback and the ones who would benefit most from this.

So! For the next 21 days (May 14th-June 3rd) you can send me an e-mail and ask for a free Tarot, Oracle, or Rune reading! I’ll have more details up in a “free readings” page very soon, but this is open to anyone who’s willing to give honest feedback in exchange for a bit of wisdom or inspiration from the cards/runes.

Happy birthday, everyone! Love all around, and I hope to see you soon!
– Erik (beingthehermit@gmail.com)

Of Archers and Driving

Hello, friends.

In the Wildwood Tarot there’s a card called, “The Archer,” in place of the Chariot. Or, representing aspects of the Chariot. It’s all about directed focus, forward momentum, passion contained in the calm purpose of the shot. Thurisaz comes to mind, in that it’s a rune that can be used to focus emotion into laser-like precision. A rune I’ve been struggling with for a while, paired with a card that I’ve struggled with for almost as long.

I’ve never been able to focus. Never. Unless it’s something that I want to pour all of my energy and attention into, like art or writing. Either because of this or out of [irrational] fear that it might endanger me, I haven’t yet learned how to drive. I have a permit, of course. Have for years. I know the rules, but I just don’t have the experience necessary for a licence. I’ve never needed one, either. I walk everywhere. Or, I used to. I have friends in a different city now, and every once in a while, transportation issues will crop up and plans get canceled. Earlier this year my dad told me he’d pay for driver’s education and that there was a school in town that did private lessons for people who are over 18. Which, I am. (I do everything in my life bass-ackwards, as it were.)

Since that brief conversation and subsequent panic, the universe and all it’s agents have been smacking me over the head with the Archer. Images of Diana, Artemis, bows and arrows, javelins and throwing spears. All of them, aimed at the same thing: action. Purposeful action, taken to change a situation. The universe is telling me to, in the immortal words of Shia LaBeouf, “Just Do It.” Which is what I’m doing today. In the afternoon I have my first two hours of instruction with a driving teacher. I’m terrified, but the phrase, “the thing I fear contains the thing I need,” has never sounded so appropriate.

It sounds melodramatic and over-blown to be making such a big deal about something so many people do every day, but the lesson applies to many other things in my life as well. The arrow on the compass is pointing me through the woods, and in learning this one seemingly mundane skill, other paths will undoubtedly open, or I’ll forge my own. I do know a guy with a hammer, after all.

Speaking of following paths, I keep thinking I should follow Beth’s lead and do the Youtube Pagan challenge. I’ll have a bit of catching up to do at this point, but it’s something I could do to find my voice a little. Let me know what you think.

Runic Illumination, Struggling with Thurisaz, and 100 Follows

Hello, friends! Looks like you’ve grown in number since the last time I saw you.

[Insert “I have an army” joke here.]

I honestly didn’t realize I was approaching the 100 mark until I logged on and saw the notification, so I’m a little flabbergasted at the moment. It’s not that I didn’t think I’d ever reach that many, but it’s not one of those things I think about regularly. I’m glad you all enjoy my weird-arse ramblings as much as I do, if not more. 😀 Thank you, friends! You motivate and inspire me.

Now. I don’t think I’ve ever brought this up on my blog before, which is a darn shame, but I’ve been working on a series of Runic Illuminations(talk about anachronistic. Good lordy.) for about… ehhhh, a good half a year now or thereabouts. I’ve done two. Fehu and Uruz.

Fehu Illumination Uruz Illumination

I put Fehu up on my deviantArt on May 7th, and Uruz on July 6th. So, a couple months apart. I had a decent idea in my head for both of them, ran with it, and there they are. I’m quite proud of them, really, although I definitely see spots where I could have done much better, particularly with the knotwork. Though, given that these two were my second and third times trying Illuminated Manuscript style ever I think it worked rather well!

Thurisaz is being…thorny. I’ve had it sitting around for several months and brought it out today to see if I could come up with something. I got some thorns drawn, but the part I’m struggling with is something I don’t usually struggle with: the human figure. Obviously, the people in these illuminations are stylized, somewhere near the point where realism, anime, and pure symbolism collide with each other, and it’s not a style I do often. There’s a particular figure I want to draw in the Thurisaz illumination: Thor. He’s being rather problematic, though. First of all because I’m working with a weird space and smaller scale than I’m used to, but also… I don’t know Thor very well. Which some(including me) may find weird given my relation to him. I mean, I know this depiction of him doesn’t have to be perfect, since it’s stylized as it is, but the key thing I’m trying to do is capture the energy of the thing. So, not knowing Thor’s energy, similar though it may be to my own, is a bit of a problem. I’m more Hagalaz than Thurisaz, as it turns out. And I’m not about to call him up and ask for his input because, well…there’s really nothing there. We just don’t talk. *shrug* And I don’t really mind, either.

It’s becoming clear to me that Thurisaz has an energy that I’ve dealt with before and don’t work well with. It’s very fiery, and very masculine, and the last time I dealt with a person who fit that description, it was to tell him, “shove off and good riddance.” I’m going to try to finish the picture anyway, since I want to attempt an entire Aett, at least, and it’ll be awesome to have once it’s done, but OMG it’s so frustrating. Grr. Thorny runies.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at today. Thank you again for hitting this milestone with me. It was an awesome surprise, and after spending an hour or three struggling with a tiny(and still unfinished) Thor, it was an amazing thing to see. You all made my day! Hugs for everyone! Unless you’re shy, in which case… handshake? High five. Something. Cookies maybe.

Back to work with me!