The path of ODIN !

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    Gambara, the High Queen, Mother and Seeres of the Longobards. She was the mother of the first two legendary leaders of this folk, Ibor and Agio. Thanks to her prophetic capacities, she could listen to Freya's hint and win the first battle of the langobardic history against the Wandals. We all know that women, mothers, sisters, daughters, they own some supernatural qualities that make them so special. Let's respect them. Heil.

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    The Hildebrandslied or Lay of Hildebrand is the oldest poetic work in German. It dates back to the 30s of the IX cent. and was found on the cover of a religious codex in the Monastry of Fulda. It is one of the few survivors to the wreck of heathen literature undertook by Charlemagne's son. It tells the tragic tale of two warriors, Hildebrand and Hadubrand, meeting in the battlefield as champions of their armies. When Hadubrand tells his origins, Hildebrand understands to be his father and bids him gifts as reconciliation. But Hadubrand doesn't understand and thinks it was just an excuse to distract him, thus accuses the other of cowardice. Therefore, Hildebrand saw this was their doom and the only honourable outcome was to fight until death. The text goes as far as to the point where they break their shields and then the last line is missing, hence never revealing who lastly overbeared.



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    Some call him the Dark Santa, but it is mostly known with his german name 'Krampus'. This horned figure would appear during Christmas time to smite misbehaving children. The truth behind this character of the middle-european folklore is to be found in the oldest heathen Alpine traditions. The name comes supposedly from Middle High German 'Krampen' (claw) or from Bayrish 'Krampn' (lifeless, dried). His cult was widespread throughout all Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Northern Italy and was thwarted from the Inquisition. It is hard to say who really was Krampus for the ancient people of the Alps, but he was likely linked with purification rituals of the Winter Solstice. His wicked being is maybe an aftermath of the christianisation, which transformed an old god in a dreadful demon. The puzzle lingers, but the Hunt is on.


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    THE WILD HUNT

    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, one of the earliest and foremost histories of the Anglo-Saxons, who were descended from the same Germanic tribes as the Norse and broadly shared the same body of religious lore, records the following event as having happened in CE 1127:

    Let no one be surprised at what we are about to relate, for it was common gossip up and down the countryside that after February 6th many people both saw and heard a whole pack of huntsmen in full cry. They straddled black horses and black bucks while their hounds were pitch black with staring hideous eyes. This was seen in the very deer park of Peterborough town, and in all the woods stretching from that same spot as far as Stamford. All through the night monks heard them sounding and winding their horns. Reliable witnesses who kept watch in the night declared that there might well have been twenty or even thirty of them in this wild tantivy as near as they could tell.

    This spectral, nocturnal horde was the “Wild Hunt,” which was recorded in folklore all throughout ancient, medieval, and even early modern Europe, but was especially concentrated in the Germanic lands of northern Europe. In Scandinavia, it was called Oskoreia, “Terrifying Ride,” or Odensjakt, “Odin’s Hunt.” In Middle High German, it was called Wuotanes Her, “Odin’s Army,” and in modern German Wütende Heer, “Furious/Inspired Army,” or Wilde Jagd, “Wild Hunt.”

    It swept through the forests in midwinter, the coldest, darkest part of the year, when ferocious winds and storms howled over the land. Anyone who found him- or herself out of doors at night during this time might spot this ghostly procession – or be spotted by it, which might involve being carried away and dropped miles from where the unfortunate person had been taken up, or worse. Others, practitioners of various forms of magic, joined in it voluntarily, as an intangible part of them (a “soul,” if you like) flew with the cavalcade while their bodies lay in their beds as if sleeping normally. Sometimes, the members of the Hunt entered towns and houses, causing havoc and stealing food and drink.

    The Leader of the Wild Hunt

    When accounts of the Wild Hunt mention a leader, the figure who filled this role varied greatly. In Germany, the leader could have been “Perchta, Berhta, Berta, Holt, Holle, Hulda, Foste, Selga, Selda, Heme, Herla, Berchtold [or] Berhtolt.”

    However, as the Wild Hunt’s various names across the Germanic lands attest, one figure was especially closely associated with it: Odin, the god of the dead, inspiration, ecstatic trance, battle frenzy, knowledge, the ruling class, and creative and intellectual pursuits in general. Two of Odin’s hundreds of names further demonstrate his association with midwinter, the time of the year in which the holiday Yule (Old Norse Jól) falls: Jólnir and Jauloherra, both of which mean something like “Master of Yule.” The myths describe him frequently riding throughout the Nine Worlds on his eight-legged steed, Sleipnir, on quests of a shamanic nature, another theme that connects him to the Wild Hunt. As H.R. Ellis Davidson put it, speaking of the manifestations of the Wild Hunt that continued well into the Christian era, “it was natural that the ancient god of the dead who rode through the air should keep a place in this way in the memory of the people, and it reminds us of the terror which his name must once have inspired.

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    Yggdrasil: The tree of life

    In the middle of Asgard, where the Gods and Goddesses lives, is Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil is the tree of life, and it is an eternal green Ash tree; the branches stretch out over all of the nine worlds in Norse mythology, and extend up and above the heavens. Yggdrasil is carried by three enormous roots, the first root from Yggdrasil is in Asgard, the home of the Gods it is just next to the well-named Urd, this is where the Gods and Goddesses have their daily meetings.

    The second root from Yggdrasil goes all the way down to Jotunheim, the land of the giants, next to this root is Mimir’s well. The third root from Yggdrasil goes down to Niflheim, close to the well Hvergelmir. It is here the dragon Nidhug is chewing on one of Yggdrasil’s roots. Nidhug is also known to suck the blood out of the dead bodies, that arrives at Hel. At the very top of Yggdrasil lives an eagle, the eagle and the dragon Nidhug are bitter enemies, they truly despise each other. There is a squirrel named Ratatosk, and he spending almost the entire day, by running up and down the ash tree.

    Ratatosk does whatever he can, to keep the hatred between the eagle and the dragon alive. Every time Nidhug says a curse or an insult about the eagle, Ratatosk will run up to the top of the tree, and tell the eagle what Nidhug just said. The eagle is equally rude in his comments about Nidhug. Ratatosk just loves to gossip which is the reason why the eagle and the dragon remain constant foes.


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    Runes and their meaning
    Rune 1 Mannaz

    1. MANNAZ - The Self
    Remain modest - that is the right of the oracle. Be in the world, but not from the world. Stay receptive to impulses, that come out of the divine in the inner and outer sphere. Seek to live the usual life in an unusual manner.

    If you take the 'itself' rune and cut through it in the middle, you are going to receive the rune of joy and its reflection. So there is a fine warning not to be careless. The acrobatically dancing energy of the balance is asked here to bring its higher itself. Nothing in the excess - that was the second request that was to be read at the entrance to the delphish temple. The first advice read: Recognize you yourself!

    Rune 2 Gebo

    2. GEBO - a Partnership, a Gift
    If this rune is pulled, that is a sign that unity, union or partnership is near. But you are requested, not to throw yourself into this connection. A true partnership can only consist of two independent, healthy beings, that preserve there own independence also in this union. This advice is important at all levels: in romantic relationships, in commercial things, simply in partnerships of every type.
    Rune 3 Fehu

    3. FEHU - Property, Food, Livestock
    Fehu is the rune of fulfillment: ambition satisfied, salary received, fulfilled love. It also promises food, from the commonplace to the holy divine. This rune requires a deep exploration of the importance of profit in your life. Another aspect of Fehu is the conservation and preservation of what has already been won. Caution and vigilance are necessary, especially in happy times. Even if there is a reason for celebration, don't be distracted by reckless bliss.
    Rune 4 Othila

    4. OTHILA - Separation, Withdrawal, Heir
    This is the time of your ways separating. Old skin must shed, outdated relationships need to be given up. If this rune appears, a "molting" is necessary. Othila is a rune of the radical separation. Obedience and probably also withdrawal is necessary - to know, when and how you need to withdraw, and to actually have the determination, to do it. Property is also an aspect of this rune, because Othila is the rune of the acquisition and profit. The profit however, that "heir", which you receive, could likely be made of something that you need to abandon. This process can be especially hard if that what needs to be abandoned is something of your cultural heir and backing. Not 'rigidly' but rather like a 'river' is the correct attitude to have. And yet - you have to wait that the universe begins to act.
    Rune 5 Uruz

    5. URUZ - Power, Manhood, Femaleness, A Wild Bull
    The rune of the termination and new beginning. If it is pulled, it means that the life you used to live has grown out of its frame and needs to be left behind now, so that the life-energy can liberate itself, like a rebirth, into a new one. Be prepared for the chance, that hides itself behind the costume of loss. At the same time modesty is demanded, because in order to rule, you must serve first.
    Rune 6 Perth

    6. PERTH - Initiation, Something Concealed, A Secret Thing
    Deep, inner trans formative powers are interacting, but what you are going to get out of them isn't easy to recognize. An integrity – concealed, disguised, secretly hidden. After all, what is going to heal us and our soul is a deep mystery. On the side of the material world there probably will be surprises; unexpected profits are nothing to be excluded. Nothing less than a renewal your spirit is the risk you take. The old way found its end: You simply cannot repeat the old things any longer without suffering. However, you always have a chance: Either you see all negative as a "misfortune", or you recognize the entire as a hindrance stretch, an inaugural way that you have to follow at this moment.
    Rune 7 Nauthis

    7. NAUTHIS - Compulsion, Necessity, Pain
    Our lesson is the necessity of bearing strong enforcement. Your positive aspects can be controlled by the people who surround you. To pull this rune means to get a hint that there is going to be stagnation - an occasion to re-consider your plans carefully. It is the time to pay off old guilt and even if it's easy it is time to restore balance. Therefore improve, reconstruct, organize: if the fishermen cannot pull out, they repair their fishing nets. You must deal with and face your own demons. So keep your anger as well as your impulses under control. Modesty and a good mood are essential in such times.
    Rune 8 Inguz

    8. INGWUZ - Fertility, New Beginning, The God-Hero
    It is the completion of the initiation that Inguz needs. It may indicate a time of joyful liberation, a new life, a new way. As a rune of great power it means that you have the strength to reach you completion, the solution from which there is a new beginning. The completion, the finish/finalization is most important. This Rune indicates that you have to fertilize the soil for your own liberation. Everything is changing, and we cannot live constantly in the midst of obstacles.
    Rune 9 Algiz

    9. ALGIZ - Protection, Sedge and Rushes, a Moose
    This is about the control of emotions. During transition periods, changing the course of life and accelerated self-change, it is important not to rush into emotions, either positive or negative. Remember that early action and right conduct are the only real protection. No matter whether your business flourishes or fades, don't worry. Maybe you don't win, but you will never lose, because you will always learn from what has happened. Moderation and civility are the strengths of the protective forces of this rune.
    Rune 10 Einwaz

    10. EIHWAZ - Defense, Defensive Forces, Yew
    During our tests, we gather the strength to ward off, repel blockades and defeat. At the same time we develop an aversion to the pattern of behavior that lead to tense situations in our lives. Patience is the advice of Eihwaz. No hassle, no action or yaw for a desired result is necessary. Perseverance and caution are required. Avoid foreseeable difficulties by doing the right thing. Eihwaz means to see, despite inconveniences and discomforts, growth is still encouraged.
    Rune 11 Ansuz
     
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    11. ANSUZ - Signals, Messenger Rune, The God Loki
    The keyword is receiving - messages, signals, gifts. Even a timely warning can be received as a gift. If the messenger rune brings holy knowledge, one is probably blessed. Put effort into every meeting, visits and accidental encounters, be especially attentive and aware – in particular with people, that are wiser than yourself. In the opposite situation, Ansuz says: Think of the positive aspects of the unfortunate.
    Rune 12 Wunjo

    12 WUNJO - Joy, Light
    This rune is the fruit-bearing branch. Time of travail is gone and to some extent you have found yourself. The necessary change is now behind, and you are free to receive its blessing, either material or emotional or an increased well-being. Wunjo is a rune of restoration of a harmonious combination of limtting the ego with the higher self. Properly seen, everything is a test. Consciously in the present, honest to the others and with confidence in your way, you should know that you cannot fail.
    Rune 13 Jera

    13. JERA - Harvest, Fertile Phase, One Year
    Jera, eine Rune des guten Gelingens, bezieht sich auf jede Aktivera, a rune of good success, refers to any activity or effort you devote yourself. To see this rune is an encouragement to remain in good spirits. But you should know that quick results cannot be achieved. A period is always associated, therefore the keyword "one year", which stands as a symbol for the full cycle of time that is before the harvest or exemption/liberation.
    Rune 14 Kenau Kano

    14. KENA/ KANO - Opening, Fire, Torch
    This is the rune of opening, the new clarity, the expulsion of the darkness that has obscured/covered a part of your life. Now you are free to experience the joy of giving. Kano is the rune for the morning full activity, for sincerity, clarity and concentration, which is all important if you are getting ready for your job. This rune offers its protection: the more light you have, the better you can see what is irrelevant and outdated in your setting.

    Rune 15 Tyr Teiwaz

    15. TYR, TEIWAZ - Warrior Energy, the God Tiu
    This is the rune of the spiritual warrior. His fight is always the limiting ego. His will is strengthened by the act, but the warrior outcome, and he always knows that he cannot do anything but hinder himself because the will of heaven will prevail – these are his marks. This rune also contains the energy of the distinction. Patience is the virtue of this rune. You are asked to look inwardly, to dive down to the foundation of your life. If you dedicate your question to a certain case, an idea, a certain way, the Warrior Rune recommends perseverance, even if sometimes endurance is required in the form of patience. What are your priorities? How do you use your energy? The Rune Teiwaz stands for courage and devotion.
    Rune 16 Berkana

    16. BERKANA - Growth, Rebirth, Birch
    Berkana, the rune of the life process, another cycle rune, which stands for fertility, which leads both symbolically and actually to growth. Berkana is about the power to influence development and the nature in which it flows into your body. Its action is gentle and penetrating. Scatter the resistance first, then accomplish your work. To make this possible, your wish must be clear and controlled. Conversely, events, or, more likely character aspects distract the growth of new life.
    Rune 17 Ehwaz

    17. EHWAZ - Movement, Progress, Horse
    Ehwaz is a rune of passage, of transition and movement: location changes, relocation, new attitudes or new life. This rune also represents movement, such as improving a situation. This rune is combined with gradual development and continuous progress, even slow growth of some changes and transformations. Conversely, movement that seems to block. Make sure that what you do or do not do happens at the right time. There are no missed opportunities, we only need to recognize that not all opportunities are intended for us.
    Rune 18 Laguz

    18. LAGUZ - Flowing Water, The Driving
    Invisible forces are at work here, creative and productive forces of nature. The attributes of this rune are water, liquid, ebb and the flow of tides and emotions, of careers and relationships. The key to success lies in the contact with your intuitive knowledge, in the mood for your inner rhythms. Conversely, warning against exaggeration, from excessive striving. An advice against the attempt to overestimate your own forces or to work over the top for your own property.
    Rune 19 Hagalaz

    19. HAGALAZ - Destructive Forces Of Nature, Elemental, Hail
    Change, freedom, invention and caution are attributes of this Rune. To pull it indicates the existence of an urgent need in your psyche to free itself from the confines of identification with material reality, and to experience the world of archetypal thinking. The Rune of elementary destruction and of things that are completely outside your control. Hagalaz is only upright, not vice versa, and yet it always works through the reverse. If you pull this rune, you can expect resolution, because it is the big 'awakening. The more serious the damage is in your life, the more important and contemporary are the requirements for your further growth.
    Rune 20 Thurisaz

    20. THURISAZ - Gateway, the Location Of Non-Doing
    With the symbol of the gateway the rune shows that there is work for you, and both inside and outside of yourself. Thurisaz is the Rune of non-doing, therefore the gateway is not to reach, or to pass through without contemplation. This rune reinforces your patience, now is not the time to make decisions. Thurisaz, conversely, requires contemplating. Urgent decisions may be regretted later on, probably because you are acting out of weakness.
    Rune 21 Dagaz

    21. DAGAZ - Breakthrough, Transformation, Day
    If it is pulled, it shows a greater thrust or breakthrough in the process of self transformation. In every life there is at least one point that –it is detected and accepted- it is going to change this life forever. So you can have absolute trust, even when the moment requires that you jump empty-handed into the void. Sometimes this Rune leads also to a major phase of success and thrive.
    Rune 22 Isa

    22. ISA - Stagnation, That Which Hinders, Ice
    The winter of the spiritual life has come upon you. You may find yourself trapped in a situation whose importance you cannot recognize effectively. You are powerless to do anything other than to bend, or even pass on a long-held desire. Try to find out what it is, what you hold, the effect of this situation and let it go. Enter by and be silent, because what you see is not necessarily a consequence of your actions and habits, but the circumstances of the time, against which you cannot do anything. To yield shows courage and wisdom.
    Rune 23 Raidho Raido

    23. RAIDHO, RAIDO - Communication, Agreement, Reconciliation, A Journey
    This rune is about the communication, the mood of something that has two sides, two elements, and about a different reunion. Here grows the intrinsic value, and at such times, we must remember that it is not envisaged that we rely totally on our own strength, but instead ask ourselves what is the right action.
    Rune 24 Sowilo Sowelu

    24. SOWILU, SOWELU - Wholeness, Vitality, The Energy Of The Sun
    This rune stands for wholeness – so for that which our body needs. It embodies the impulse for self-knowledge. As a great power rune Sowelu shows that the life force can be available for you and that there is a time to recharge and regenerate again. Here again a warning of being too cocky. Meditate on Christ's words: I can do nothing of myself. From our own strength we cannot do anything.
    Rune 25 Odin Das Unwisbare

    25. ODIN - The Unknowable, The God Odin
    Empty is the end, empty is the beginning. Like the phoenix from the ashes it rises - from what we call fate. The surrender of control is the supreme challenge for a spiritual warrior. If you drag the blank rune, take courage. Trust that the universe will make self change in your ongoing life progress
     
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