In John Michael Greer’s The Celtic Golden Dawn, a simple ritual is presented utilizing the Awen as a replacement for the Cabbalistic Cross section of the LBRP. The version presented in the book (page 31) is an inspired bit of Celtified occult wisdom that replaces the Golden Dawn/Hermetic ritual with Celtic names and phrases. Even though I enjoyed Greer’s Celtic Golden Dawn creation I found it far too heavily inspired by the Hebrew Cabbala for my taste and stopped after working my way through the Ovate Grade.
However, being the Druish sort of fellow I am I still use the Awen attunement/empowerment ritual with a slight twist. By substituting the Celtic words and phrases for more Odian ones I can marry my Runic religious work with my Druish eco-occult philosophy.
My Awen empowerment rite
Keep in mind that Greer’s Awen or ‘Rite of the Rays’ version of the Cabbalastic Cross is identical in spirit to the Golden Dawn version; the occultist is trying to empower herself and attune to the powers within and without. This practice can be done as a daily empowering yogic performance or as a beginning and/or end to ritual or meditation.
Stand facing North (or East). Achieve a state of calm and begin to imagine yourself as large and towering into the sky. Raise hands above your head and reach for the glowing essence of the sky.
- Bring hands down to the crown of your head bringing between them the cosmic power of the sun and sky, moon and stars. Vocalize “Muninn” as the light falls into the crown of your head.
- Bring hands down before your forehead, the light follows your movement filling your head, thumbs barely touch the skin. Vocalize “Lyke” as the light cascades down to your feet and into the ground.
- Extend your right arm down and slightly diagonal away from the body. Vocalize “Odhr” as the light in your head flows down to your hand and beyond.
- Extend your left arm down and diagonal away from the body. Vocalize “Ond” as the light in your head flows down to your hand and beyond.
- Bring your arms up to cross your chest. Vocalize “Huginn” as you marry the cosmic power within your arms and body igniting the internal self in radiance.
- Sweep the hands back down diagonally and end by Vocalizing “Awen” once, twice, or three times.
- Take some time to digest what you’ve done and experienced. Three breaths usually is enough to end this practice with respect for yourself and the energies.
What does it mean? This practice brings you in touch with several Odian views and energies.
Muninn means Memory and is one of Odin’s ravens. To the Runester Muninn is a matrix of lore and mystery, ancient wisdom that bubbles with Rune knowledge. Even though in this practice the wisdom is coming from above it should be perceived as coming from the multiverse and therefore all around us from all points of perception.
Lyke (Lik) is the body, the sacred vessel of existence, sometimes associated with a Ve or a sacred area. This is one of the gifts given to man by Odin in his tripartite form as Vili-Ve-Odin or Lodhur- Hoenir – Odin. Ve (Lodhur) gifted the physical body to man to understand and interact with the worlds.
Odhr is thought to be the force of inspiration, the fury of being. This was given by Vili (Hoenir) to man and is the root of the name Odin. Odin is the god of furious wisdom and inspiration – we too were given that power.
Ond is the divine spark of life the breath of existence. This was given by Odin to man.
Huginn means mind (will) and is Odin’s other raven. Very simply Huginn is the will of the occultist. Muninn comes from above moving downward, Huginn comes from below and within moving upward.
This act is a powerful realization that the Runester embodies the nature of Odin and is not a subservient recipient of these life gifts but is instead a powerful ally and partner in the unfolding of the multiverse. The Runester is not a worshiper of Odin per-say but through acts such as this is seeking to walk the same roads as Odin and establish her own Will by winning Rune wisdom.
If one wishes to take this Awen/Odian empowerment further the occultist can imbue the practice mentally with Runes as well. The Lyke stage can be likened to the Aett of Fehu (Fehu-Wunjo); the Odhr stage to the Hagal Aett (Hagal-Sowilo); the Ond stage to the Tyr Aett (Tyr-Odal). I see the Runes extending within my body into the respective area of attention > The body, the right arm, the left arm from top to bottom.
This form of body attunement can offer much in the way of meditation and ongoing speculation. Try it for a few days and see how you like it.
A scribble of the Odian Awen
This post will be a ramble of recent thoughts and reflections on certain practices of mine that have been deepening with time. To include such topics as Taoist Alchemy, Stadhagaldr, non-violence, meditation, and the power of the Breath…I apologize ahead of time for any possible incoherence along the way.
I am a practitioner of Stadhagaldr and that’s where this begins. After having practiced this form of Rune wisdom for several years now I’ve come to realize that it is not merely a mnemonic device for learning Runes. It has become a central part of my Pagan practice out of which everything else arises. In my head, I see it as a form of western QiGong, that branch of eastern Taoist metaphysics that brings energy into the body through movement and stances. SG accomplishes many of the same benefits for the practitioner, but also some unique ones;
- Rune memorization
- Rune activation in the outer world
- Rune activation in the inner world
- Body awareness
- Breath awareness
- Manipulation of self time
The True Man breathes through the heels, the common man breathes through the throat. (Tao Te Ching 61)
One of the main lessons of SG is that of breath and True Breathing. Breathing is a way to peace and stillness, to rejuvenation and insight, to calm and active intent. In Celtic lore we have the idea of the Cauldrons of Poesy, points of inspiration and power born into every individual; The Cauldron of Warming, of Motion, and Wisdom. These points are easily accessible and fill-able through manipulation of the breath, just as in the practice of chakra enhancement or balancing. In Taoist Alchemical texts we also see the Three Treasures of Essence, Breath, and Spirit, specifically Taoism links the activation of these three treasure in the human with the cultivation of Spirit, breath being the sole tool of development. The Rune Row also has it’s three’s, the entirety of all it’s mystery is found in the order and chaos of three’s..The Aett system is born out of both the physical nature of the world and also the lessons of the multiverse and it’s esoteric components. Breathing becomes a way to activate the body and it’s points of well-ness that inherently reside within. It’s not important to realize these three points, but only to understand that breathing moves and passes through the body and invigorates the self in a progressive manner.
With this in mind, I have found that SG is most powerfully integrated into the self when the breath is not constrained. This means that one should not be focused on deep breathing, or on rhythmic breathing patterns such as 4 seconds in, hold for 2, then out for another 4. It means allowing the breath and body to determine the need of breathing. SG then becomes a way for you to train yourself to be conscious of your breathing and not to hold it or force it, but instead to allow it to move through your body with cause when necessary or with unnoticed ease.
The gentle outlasts the strong.
The obscure outlasts the obvious.
The soft overcomes the hard.
The slow overcomes the fast.
Let your workings remain a mystery.
Just allow people to see the results. (Tao te Ching 36)
A lesson gained from this comes also from a previous post of mine on a dream insight I was given. ” With no enemies, we know peace.” or simply, “No Enemies Know Peace”. If we begin to cultivate peace within ourselves, accepting for ourselves a non-violent attitude toward our own selves, we can begin to overcome outside violence with others and our environments. This is predicate upon understanding that violence is not only physical. We do violence to ourselves with our own thoughts, with what we eat, with our failure to exercise and meditate. Once one begins to focus on the breath as the beginning of peace with ourselves, we begin to make peace with the world at large. When we hold our breath and do not allow it to flow our hearts beat faster, stress invades the body, anxiousness escalates. Learning to release the breath by allowing it to roll untethered is the harbinger of non-violence within and without.
Cultivating Power and Peace with Stadhagaldar
My method of SD is to practice it outside whenever possible, the connection to the land can be a vital part of developing internal power and Rune resonance.
Here’s a bit of personal Rune wisdom. I look for relationships among the Runes; relationships of opposites, of like themes, relationships that detail a progression from one idea to the next. If you’re path is Indo-European oriented and not just modern Occult or Wiccan influenced you’re probably not dealing in the paradigm that utilizes the four elements as it’s base. Instead you’ve probably come to the conclusion that 3 is the magic number, the elemental standard and the idea of 4 was not so much an Indo-European idea but certainly was in use in the ancient middle east and greatly influenced the Hermetic traditions.
The Runes hold this wisdom. Not just in the apparent setup of the Aetts, which literally means Clan, and displays the common social structure found in many Indo-european cultures; The Aett of Fehu = Farmer (workers, laborers, land-tenders), The Aett of Hagal = Warriors, and The Aett of Tyr = Wise Rulers (Kings, Lawyers, Priests). If one understands the Runes well enough, they begin to reveal patterns among themselves, these patterns blossom from Aett to Aett, between and among Runes that at first seem to have little in common and are not in the same Aett.
In my previous post A Rune Meditation I discussed one such relationship between Eiwhaz and Jera. However, other important Rune combinations are found using Runes not in pairs that may contradict each either, such as the pair relationships that begin with Eiwhaz and Jera and working outward through the Rune row, threesome combinations also divulge a deeper knowledge and display a coherence among the Runes that invalidates any inklings of randomness to the order of the Futhark.
A very important threesome in my practice is the Raidho, Eiwhaz, and Laguz threesome. These Runes are all fourth in their particular Aetts and afford a wealth of knowledge to the Runester. The complex revealed here in a not so occult manner is the ancient concept of Sky, Sea, and Stone or Fire, Well, and Tree or Upper, Mid, and Under Worlds.
Raidho is the wheel and holds the mysteries of not only travel and change but also the esoteric relevance of Cosmic Movement and the Order of the heavens above, represented by the Cosmic Wheel of the Sun and Stars, order out of chaos.
Eiwhaz is the axis, that which unites below and above, chaos and reason, and all polarities. It is Yggdrassil the great holder of Worlds, that which extends from the great wells of chaotic mystery and wisdom to the heights of Asgard and the realms of Reason.
Laguz is the water of the psychic current found within mankind and Esoterically represents the Wells of original unbridled and ancient wisdom. That which is embodied by the Underworld and the water of chaos.
Meditation upon this threesome can be an eye opening experience. I’d recommend laying out the entire Rune row vertically to begin understanding this threesome better. A meditation with the three can begin by taking 3 breaths to develop awareness of the Well symbolized by Laguz beneath you, 3 breaths to realize the Tree symbolized by Eiwhaz within you, and 3 breaths to become aware of the turning of Raidho above you followed by 9 breaths to link them together. Breath in bringing up the powers of Laguz (the Well) through Eiwhaz ( the Tree) to Raidho (the Fires of cosmic light and reason). The out breath then begins with Raidho down through Eiwhaz and to Laguz. So awareness of the world beneath, the body, and the head and beyond becomes a powerful tool for self awareness and balance.
Just a quick post here. I was walking the dogs last night with my wife. We reached one of the small parks that are in my local community and I happened to look up into the sky.
In a tree there was a kite in the shape of a month with colorful stained glass type wings. The body didn’t strike me as that of a butterfly but of a moth; being somewhat bland and thick, heavier in my mind that that of a butterflies. Anyway, I saw a red light in the sky beyond and above the tree. A thought it was odd because it flew straight up and not horizontally as a plane, it was about 7pm and still very light outside with very little cloud cover however the red light was very bright. I kept my eyes on it for about a minute. I looked away to check on the dogs and then found the light in the sky again, it still was rising. I thought it was probably nothing out of the ordinary, but turning again to check on the dogs and back to the sky the red orb was gone.
I mentioned it to my wife, she shrugged, and we left the park.
Last week I created a labyrinth in my backyard. It’s a simple three circuit labyrinth, very small and simply placed. I haven’t outlined the whole thing, and I’m not sure if I will or not at this point.
I merely placed large stones at the major points and turns, and hope to be able to ware the grass away where the path has been formed. So far it’s working out great and I should have a nicely seen path very soon. My experience walking it so far has been calming. I find it a very reflective process and even strangely liberating.
Doing research on labyrinth myths and folk beliefs leads one to believe that labyrinths were used not just for meditation and reflection, but also as a way to purge oneself of worry and evils. In the folk history of nothern europe one finds that these stone labyrinths were used to insure good fishing expeditions by trapping trolls or beings/spirits not conducive to such endeavors. Literally people would walk a labyrinth to trap a following negative spirit in the center…seems a bit metaphoric doesn’t it. They can also be, according to some sources, related to seasonal changes, that walking them may have emulated the awakening of the earth goddess in spring and her ‘greeting’ of the sky-god. This interaction would have been ritualized with a young woman being placed in the center and a boy walking the labyrinth in order to find and claim her to enact the drama of spring.
Again, the benefits of labyrinths seem pretty clear to me; They offer a time of reflection, a time to put aside worry, a time of meditation, and a time of focused seperation from anything and everything else in your life. It’s no wonder that one finds labyrinths all over Europe, in churches and at sites thought to be sacred to pagans. Whether or not pagans were using labyrinths prior to Christians in Europe or just alongside them is anyone’s guess, but certainly in the Mediterranean labyrinths were being discussed and utilized well before the Christian era.
Here’s a good little solitaire game that will give you some time with Tarot. It’s called Queens of Fate. It’s a good metaphysical and Occult themed game that even though it’s mundane in aspect really carries alot of symbolism if your paying attention. I’ve been playing it for some time and even though the rules at first are strange, it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it.
So, if you have a bit of free time and want to give it a go, the rules can be found here: Queens of Fate
Perhaps I’ll do a Youtube video on it. It’s a pretty challenging game, and I like to use it as teaching aid. When a card comes up I’ll go over its meaning and depending on the time I have I’ll see how it interacts with whats already on the table. It’s also fun to see what cards ‘defeat’ others or work together to clear another from play.
This is me playing Queens of Fate with my Star Wars Tarot deck:
The main focus of the game takes place with the cards on the blue mat > I keep my Queens at the top, the next layer down are the Court cards, and the next the Minors that come into play. On the left of the mat the draw pile (Destiny) is on the bottom left, drawn cards go directly to the right (challenge area), and Fate cards above that. My two discarded piles are for Major Arcana which with this Tarot deck are the black boarder cards face up, and the one laying horizontal on the top left face down are the minors along with the court cards – basically anything not a Major Arcana. My play area differs a little from the rules, but I accomplish the same thing.
I’m not gonna go over the rules, because it takes a bit of practice to understand them fully. I may post a video shortly playing a few hands.
Overall this is a fun game to play that if you’re open enough can not only be entertaining but also enlightening.