Galdr & Seiðr How-To's, Runic Divination

My Method for Achieving the Best Possible Frame of Mind for Runic Divination (Bragiteilen’s Galdrbook)

Hans Erni - Tanzendes Paar mit Früchten im Haar (1952)
Tanzendes Paar mit Früchten im Haar (Hans Erni)

Hello again! Before I begin, I want to say that starting today with this post, I will be posting either weekly or once every two weeks a new piece on runic divination from my Galdr-Book. I hesitate to propose any sort of posting schedule for this at all, due to the work itself being unfinished, but recently I’ve been extremely cognizant of just how little time I have to learn and teach, just because the breadth and depth of the topics I want to explore is so enormous. No matter how much understanding I achieve in this lifetime, I will undoubtedly reach the end of it wishing I had learned more.

Sorry. I don’t mean to be morbid or depressing. The point of this article is to uplift, not to bring others down. With that goal in mind, I happily present the fruits of tonight’s labor, which is essentially a set of (offered, not demanding) instructions on how to get yourself into a good state of mind for divining and conversing with whatever divine forces you choose to connect with. Especially if you’re having trouble manifesting that connection, this guide is for you. It is all based on my personal experiences, so I can say for certain that my methods work for one person at the very least. If I’ve done my job right, they will work for you too.

In the reading of runes, one seeks to attain mysterious and divine knowledge—from the gods, from dead relatives, from local spirits, or from the Akashic record itself, if you believe in that sort of thing. If one wishes to seek out what is hidden, a good state of mind for finding and interpreting information must be maintained. This can be achieved through what is ideally a series of consecutive actions, which are as follows. (Please note that I do not wish to present this as the only valid method, though; there are as many methods as there are people who practice runic divination.)

Continue reading “My Method for Achieving the Best Possible Frame of Mind for Runic Divination (Bragiteilen’s Galdrbook)”

Quotations on Pre-Christian Spirituality

“Whatever Their Enlarged and Numerous Senses Could Perceive” (Quotations on Pre-Christian Spirituality)

William Blake - God Judging Adam
God Judging Adam (William Blake)

In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the visionary poet and painter William Blake gave a succinct and powerful statement of the changes in religious worldview that occurred in the ancient world.

“The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities nations, and whatever their enlarged and numerous senses could perceive. And particularly they studied the genius of each city and country, placing it under its mental deity. Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of & enslaved the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects: thus began Priesthood. Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. And at length they pronounced that the Gods had ordered such things. Thus men forgot that All deities reside in the human breast.”

The poet is talking about a loss of perception: “whatever their enlarged and numerous senses could perceive.” This loss resulted from the gradually increasing emphasis, started by the Greeks and continued with Christianity, on abstract conceptions of deity rather than on the direct, sensory perception of and communication with spirits that was the norm in polytheistic animism. The exceptions are the gnostics, and mystics and clairsentient poets, who cultivated and celebrated direct perception and sensuous awareness of the sacred aliveness of creation.

– Ralph Metzner, The Well of Remembrance: Rediscovering the Earth Wisdom Myths of Northern Europe

This is a perfect illustration of why it is only through a combination of revivalism and reconstructionism that pre-Christian religions will be able to prosper again. This combination will allow us to connect the old deities with the mechanical era in which we find ourselves, and to reconnect them with the natural world that is their homeland. So, if you maintain a UPG (unverified personal gnosis) that a certain deity is connected to traffic lights or factory work, but hesitate to make the connection public without tempering it through a process of more abstract association with pre-existing correspondences, don’t. If you see a god in those traffic lights? Well, all that means is that that’s one more place in the world where they can be found.

© Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com, 2018. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.