The Wheel of the year is basically a calendar of the 8 festivals called Sabbats celebrated by Wiccan’s and some other pagan paths. The wheel looks like a cartwheel with 8 spokes marking the sections of the year. The wheel is in 2 sections the first is the Quarters know as “the lesser Sabbats” or “quarter days”, these quarters mark the movement of the sun through the year with the vertical spokes marking the solstices and the horizontal spokes marking the equinoxes The second section represents the cross quarters “cross-quarter days,” “fire festivals,” or “Greater Sabbats”, these are a mix of Gaelic and Germanic festival but basically or from my understanding the cross quarters are the cycles of life and death. The truth be told the Wiccan Wheel of the Year as been made up and in fact at the very starting of Wicca only the Cross quarters where celebrated online pharmacy without prescription it was the Bricket Wood Coven that added the quarter days basically because the wanted more meeting They did this while Gerald Gardner was away although he did not object to the additions as this brought Wicca closer to Gardner’s Long time friend Ross Nichols’s Neo druidism groups the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. Although this Wheel has no historical value in terms of reclaiming the Craft it is a valued addition to Wicca and in other pagan paths. For me the wheel is a great source of meditation, understanding of life and death, a reminder of the cycles in
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Throughout pagan history there have been those historical pagans who battle to keep the old gods alive. These mortals held the old god higher and equal to any other god many so devoted they gave their lives becoming martyrs to the cause. One such hero is the great Queen Reina Sigrith widow of Rey Erik the victorious one of Sweden now there is no reason sited why today the 9th Nov is associates Queen Reina Sigrith of Sweden many conclude that it is her wedding day that was to be to Olaf the Lawbreaker. But there is no conclusive prove why it just is. The 9th Nov the day of Queen Reina Sigrith of Sweden is celebrated in many Norse Heathen traditions. The legend goes – When Olaf the Lawbreaker had been king of Norway for three years, he asked Queen Sigrith of Sweden to marry him. She agreed, but when he insisted that she give up her ancestral Gods Sigrith replied, I do not mean to abandon the faith I have led, and my kinsmen before me. Nor shall I object to your belief in the god you prefer. As usual Heathen tolerance was met with kristjan imprecations and a blow to the face (she struck it with a glove and she left). The wedding was off – depriving Olaf of political power that could have sped the christianisation of Scandinavia. As it were, history tells us that the Heathens held on for over 300 more years in the Northlands. Hail Sigrith, defender of
Rune stance work has a positive effect on health, especially where the problem is a biopathy i.e. a ‘disease’ of the autonomous life system. Biopathies are afflictions rooted in a lack of vitality. Rune and Galdar – Stancing can ease that, (as can any activity that promotes deep, systematic breathing good posture and improved Feorh flow. By stabilizing the bio –energy (Feorh) you give the body a better chance of healing, and defending against future ills. Most Biopathies are related to character armour, i.e. vitality cease to flow freely when aspects of self are repressed and so ‘stored’ in muscular tension this same lack of energy can occur if we e.g. work or sit in a cramped posture. Stancing can help to gradually dissolve that tension – but cannot solve the cause of it. Often a symptom reflects a deep-rooted need. Listen to you body and learn!
Galdor is an Old English word meaning to ï¿½enchant with voice / songï¿½ (Galdorcrï¿½ft Is the art of doing so) Galdor can also be used in a variety of other ways, in meditation, pathworking, the naming of objects etc, and in stance work. Most pagan paths use sound in rituals and workings, in the Enochian tradition they use a system called Vowel song a system found across the world from the Middle East to Scandinavia ï¿½ albeit under different names. Here is a basic form: I : the head SPIRIT. High pitch sound, which varies based on the indervidual. E ; Neck and throat. AIR phonetically sounds like the e in very or head A ; Solar Plexus, the bodies central warming, heart, liver and spleen. FIRE phonetically sounds like the a in half or far. O ; Lower abdomen, intestines, kidneys, bladder. WATER phonetically sounds like the o in not. U ; base of the spine, genitals, perineum, anus ,legs EARTH sounds like hoow or do Each vowel is sung or chanted in order although they can be sung as one single linked vowel ï¿½iiieeeaaaooouuuï¿½ to draw energy down from the sky or as ï¿½uuuoooaaaeeeiiiï¿½ to draw energy from the earth. Galdor Stancing incorporates vibration / sound with physical stances. A beginner will start with the following system. Stand quietly facing north, breath deeply and focus. An invocation is then made to Wodin or the Norns. Runes used are Is, Ur, Eohl, Tiw,, Lagu, and Ger Is ï¿½ Feet together, centered in yourself and
Within the Oslac path, Healing (hælan – to make whole) isn’t just about the body, but is a complete, holistic process. An individual takes responsibility for himself or herself by taking an active role concerning their well-being. This is in direct contrast to the moden attitude of abusing our bodies, then rushing off to a doctor for some ‘magic’ pill. The 6 underlying aspects of health, as seen by the Oslac healer are as follows. Str?tian (to exert oneself) – exercise. Cardio-vascular, resistance and flexibility training should be a part of everyday life, as well as Rune Stancing and Wigráden (these are similar to martial arts) Æt (food) – a healthy eating plan low in fats and refined sugars, high in carbs and moderate protein and ensure to drink 2-3 liters of water a day. Geond?encan (contemplate) – Meditation is as important as the other two aspects. In Oslac meditation is a part of everyday life. Hlinian (rest) – Sounds obvious, but enough rest is vital, sleep is necessary for mind and body. Meditation is o use in resting but sleep, however, is vital, Most people need around 6 to 8 hours a night. Gedœlan (‘share) –Having someone to share the ups and downs of your life with is a preciouse gift. The expression ‘No man is an island’ is a valid one. The isolation of self can lead to all sorts of emotional problems. Love and laughter are powerful. Gesundgedigan (healthy benefit) – i.e. Therapies, massage, acupressure, dancing, chanting and drumming, Galdor Stancing etc,
Another way of using Galdor is Galdor Taufe, the naming of an object (a poppet, amulets etc). The term Galdor Taufe means “To baptise using voice / song”. The object to be names should first be purified and cleansed in a simple rite of the elements.(this takes the form of whatever the individual feels appropriate). The object is then wrapped in dark cloth or placed in a pouch. This is then held at your solar plexus and the name is sung 3 times. Then it is held at the forehead and the name is again sung 3 times. It is then place at the genitals and the name is sung for the final 3 times. You now unwrap or remove from pouch symbolising the birth of the name object. You then hold it to the sky and announce the name to the gods and give a blessing. Anything empowered this way should be considered a living being – and treated accordingly. Taufe means baptised and, as such, the object is born and named and blessed by your desires, Remain mindful of the energies you have contained. New Runes are each, individually; named using Galdor Taufe once they are made. Ritual objects e.g. Chalice / drinking horn, Athame etc are also named in this way. Some types of amulets / talismans can also be named, when these have served their purpose the MUST be destroyed. To do this you ‘un-name’ the object by un-singing the name (singing it backwards) and performing the naming rite in reverse. This
An Example of the Hammer Rite Ritual as adapted by Grendel and unknown others Original bare bones by Edred Thorsson Terms Used VE: Ritual workspace or area. This can be a permanent room or a temporary space. GALDER: A magical invocation or mantra. STADHA: Bodily postures which imitate the shapes of runestaves used in GALDER. VITKI: A runic magician In important ritual work the vitki may wish to recite an invocatory GALDER into which the hammer rite may be incorporated. Such a GALDER would serve to invoke divine forces or simply act as a general invocation to the runic powers, or both. The knowledgeable vitki will compose his or her own rite and GALDER, for this would be a great deed of runecraft! Note how the hammer rite is interwoven into this example: 1. Standing in the middle of the VE, face north, in the STADHA and intone: Fare now forth mighty Fimbultyr “The Awesome God” from heavenly homes all eight Sleipnir be saddled, hither swiftly to ride: Galdrsfadhir, “The Father of Incantation” might to give and gain. Holy rune-might flow from the hoves of Hangatyr’s, “The God of the Hanged”, steed; in streams of steadfast strength – through staves of stalwart standing! 2. Go to the northern rim of the VE and with the wand trace the circle in the direction of the sun, from left to right. During this process sing: The rune-might is drawn ’round the holy-stead, unwanted wights wend away!
One of the often-asked questions is about how exactly did I, as a pagan got started? As a child I grew up like most of us in a city, but I never felt connected to the place. I found at a young age that I felt more grounded and relaxed whenever I was out along the river or better still, outside the city in a huge park or the woodland where deer roamed freely. Visiting those places was always like removing a heavy restrictive coat. Of course at such a young age (I am talking 7 or 8 years old), I did not get it or even really think about it. I just knew I felt better out under the trees or by a riverside. I should explain that I had no religion – my family were never inclined to any system of faith – my only exposure being at school with the dull morning assemblies with their hymn singing! So I had no preconceived ideas of divinity or religion, I just always found the teachings of Christianity dry and colourless. As I grew older into my teens I did all the usual things a big kid does. I played rugby and basketball, got heavily into Martial Art, and studied old books on woodcraft, I found in a tatty old second hand shop. Although popular at school inside I felt a growing sense of something missing in my life, but didn’t know what it was. I spent more and more time out of the city,