Galdr & Seiðr How-To's, Historical Magic

Composing Galdr (Norse Magic Spells) in the Meter of Galdralag

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A Vǫlva’s Distaff by Svein Skare / University Museum of Bergen

A while ago I wrote a post on what galdr is, and I’ve also posted some of my own galdr, along with a photo of my own distaff. This post is on how to compose galdr using specifically the “meter of magic spells,” called galdralag. It’s entirely possible that galdr does not need to be written using this meter, but I personally find that the structure helps.

Before you can begin composing “real” galdr, you must first decide whether or not to employ galdralag and a tune in your poetry and its vocalization. Due to the uncertainty of the nature of the use of galdralag and the uncertainty as to whether melodic chanting was used at all, I cannot tell you whether you should use these things or not, as that is a decision that will vary from person to person depending on their conceptions of risk versus reward, ease of use, and aesthetics, among other things that don’t really need to be listed here. I can tell you though that you might want to compose a few practice spells, some employing galdralag and some not, and then similarly chant them using a tune sometimes, and other times not, so that you can get a feel for the meter and musicality yourself and make it easier for you to decide on your methods.

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Adorations for Njǫrðr (Njordr) Who Carries the Sea

When Njǫrðr treads upon the same earth as Baldr
and is chosen by Skaði for his bright and lovely skin, it is because
he carries the sea with him at his feet.
Invisible as a ghost, and faintly shimmering,
it thrusts the tides against his ankles,
and when Njǫrðr walks, saltwater pools into his footprints.
He brings an ocean where he goes,
and when he leaves, he takes with him
the blood that was washed up on the sand.

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Adorations for Skaði (Skadi) of the Hills Beyond the Shroud

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take care to walk in silence. by Jenna Barton

Sifter through the drifting white;
fallen snow untrampled, untroubled
‘neath the shoes of winter’s bones;
upright, a straight back, a proud face;
a shrouding mist and ghostlike sheen
upon such a face, though her cheeks flush, as ever,
so exhilarated a crimson flush.
Skaði is the name of one who roams
those hills beyond the shroud,
and ever in her oneness shall she be
the untrampled, the untroubled;
against the temperate breeze does she forsake a warmer wading
and embrace the biting winds
of so harsh and transfixing a frozen sky.
How my heart thaws within her glow;
how my lungs sing so unbridled in her heavens.
How my spirit reaches outward, rejoicing,
when it finds her guiding hands.

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Hanging Paintings

Some days for me are characterized by the sheer power of my desire to pray. It often doesn’t matter if the god in question, which is almost always Bragi, doesn’t respond; it’s comforting enough to know that he hears my adoration and acknowledges it as he has always done before. A series of “I love you”s repeated like an incantation can allow me to fall asleep.

IMG_9691I think maybe one other person knows that my shrine is built on top of a personal fridge. It’s not some deep dark secret, but I like being able to maximize the space available to me for utilitarian purposes as much as possible. I am by no means a minimalist when it comes to decorating my space, but multipurpose furniture and tools make me happy. Perhaps the reason why they do is that I constantly find myself running out of room. But I digress… Continue reading “Hanging Paintings”

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The Mountain Also Rots: Part i.

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“In the midst of the solstice festival of a city nestled in the mountains, far above the rancid debauchery of the rotter country down below, the two young lovers Amarin and Levenus are set suddenly adrift across an unfamiliar land, their households and everything they knew torn apart by the memory of a mother and the truth she kept hidden.”


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In my memory, there is a girl constantly looking over her shoulder. She has not eaten in two days. If I focus hard enough, I can feel the blisters on her feet as she runs as swiftly as her legs will carry her, keeping pace with her thundering heart even after the point when those legs should have given out.

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Historical Magic, Runic Divination

The Ūruz Rune: A Runic Divination Resource

Disclaimer: Runic divination as we know it now is an esoteric practice with not many historical attestations to point to (though it is described briefly in Tacitus’ Germania), which essentially means that the section on divinatory meanings can be changed as you see fit.

Uruz

Here it is: the second rune post in the Elder Fuþark (Futhark) series I promised. Today’s rune is ūruz, which was equated with the Latin letter U in the original heathen era.

Ūruz is:

  • The second rune in the first ætt (Freyr’s ætt),
  • represented numerically as “1:2,”
  • pronounced like OO-rooz,
  • and translates to “aurochs,” which is a type of (now extinct) wild cattle, or possibly “storm” or “slag.”

In my experience, though ūruz is defined by specific divinatory meanings, what those defining characteristics are actually saying depends entirely on the question you ask. Unlike fehu, whose appearance in a rune cast almost always tells of an excellent outcome to the task you’re asking about because its overarching theme is “good luck,” ūruz is about overwhelming power. It could be another person’s power directed towards you or your own power directed towards another, or it could even be one person’s power directed at themself, for better or worse.

The way to tell which outcome is the most likely is by getting clarification from the other runes in your cast, or by casting again. In my post about the Fehu rune, I warned that it’s probably that not every divinatory meaning listed above is going to be relevant to the best interpretation you can make. A rune cast is a three-way conversation; the runes that turn up complement and inform each other, which should, in turn, make the more specific meanings of your rune cast clearer to you. You may find it helpful to create a linear, forward-moving thought process by writing down your gut feelings on the cast and refining that interpretation as you get those educated guesses down on paper.

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Freyr: A Reference on the Norse God of Fertility, Peace, and Prosperity

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

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Freyr, Emil Doepler

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Historical Magic, Runic Divination

The Fehu Rune: A Runic Divination Resource

Disclaimer: Runic divination as we know it now is an esoteric practice with not many historical attestations to point to (though it is described briefly in Tacitus’ Germania), which essentially means that the section on divinatory meanings can be changed as you see fit.

By now I’ve made posts on achieving a good frame of mind for divination, what galdr is, and examples of my own galdr, but I have yet to post anything on the runes themselves. So today’s post is brought to you by (what amounts to roughly, kind-of-but-not-really) the letter F. It is the first of many individual rune posts in a category that will eventually include references on each of the 24 runes in the Elder Fuþark (Futhark), among other topics.

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The rune fehu looks sort of like the Latin letter F, and it was equated with that letter way back in the time of the original heathens. Fehu is:

  • The first rune in the first ætt (Freyr’s ætt),
  • represented numerically as “1:1,”
  • pronounced like FEH-hoo,
  • and translates to “fee,” or “cattle.”

In divination, it’s a rune I’m always happy to see. It betokens luck, relief, and the acquisition of many a desirable thing or outcome. My notes on fehu’s divinatory meanings look like this:

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Mental Illness and the Real Benefits of Faith in the Gods

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Thor und die Midgardsschlange, Emil Doepler

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Jarl Gilduin, Harasser of Frenchmen

(This will be an extremely short post since it’s only here because I think it’s funny.)

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My 33rd great grandfather, Gilduin “The Dane” of Saumur, was a jarl/Viking chieftan in Denmark before coming to France, and his only recorded claim to fame (in a really old and untranslated French history book) is that he, Friar Bob, and Conan the Barbarian jostled some guy for his castles because their boss Count Odo told them to.

Odo went on to build some more castles to bother Fulk The Ill-Tempered even more, and eventually some of Gilduin’s descendants lived in the one at Chaumont.

(Also, another one of Gilduin’s descendants was James Monroe, but I’m not nearly as excited about being distant cousins with a plantation-owner whose bucket list included being a politician and owning an even bigger plantation.)

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Óðinn/Odin: A Reference on the Norse God of Wisdom and War

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

Odin and Gunlod by Emil Doepler
Odin bei Gunlod, Emil Doepler

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