Where shall I start? Let’s begin with yesterday’s experience. The Paladin decided to visit me in the only park open after 8pm. They weren’t there specifically to see me, I’m sure. They just happened to be there while I was doing a ward around a cottonwood tree that I’ve come to know as Mal, and for some odd reason, the Paladin Security® guards decided to get out of their car and walk through the park. We ignored each other. It was nice.
I returned to my residence and wrote a poem about my job. I opened a fortune cookie. It read:
Okay, no it didn’t.
Actually it said:
I thought nothing of it, because I will believe a lot of things:
Landvaettir: “spirits of the land”- yes, of course. That makes perfect sense. Nature is powerful and mysterious. We have no idea why some people are more in harmony with it than others. But we do know that faring forth with a spirit of gratitude changes the experience of nature that you have.
Husvaettir: “house wights” – again, makes total sense. Call it feng shui, call it keeping organized, there’s just something about a harmonious house that brings out the best in life. Let your temple be your.. you know, temple. Show appropriate grace to the unseen inhabitants and see what happens.
Bifrost: “rainbow bridge” – the idea that Earth is connected to realms outside of Earth. Lately, I’ve been seeing that to be more and more true…
But… fortune cookies?
No, there’s no way. That’s just a random piece of paper with a generalized phrase written on it that could apply to anyone.
Unless you wake up the next morning and get two messages:
- Your workplace telling you you’ve gotten an internal hire to work a job that you didn’t apply for, namely, brightening the lives of the people you work with as a “cultural coordinator” in charge of arranging musical and performance experiences
- A veteran moderator of the Vanir Path group you’ve been really enjoying asks you to become a moderator of the group that was meant to be a limited study group and has now grown to 500+ members
AND an odd thought as an aftertaste from two posts ago wherein your humble narrator examined Fehu and ended up with more work than he could handle.
So, I’ve got a new rune map. It’s based on a fantastic suggestion from a trusted source of the component runes of Freyja. I’d love it if you fact-checked this one for me:
Now, for my own purposes, I plan on doing the trance in the Old Icelandic. So the English translations are only mildly important to me.
The aforementioned moderator suggested that Sowilō was not so much a destroyer of ice, as I had previously translated the text, but possibly a force that slowly works to reveal successive layers of ice, which makes sense considering the Isa rune has many positive connotations, and we have no intention of destroying it. I had to consult Zoega.
I’m sure you have Zoega’s dictionary of Old Icelandic on your shelf, but to save time you can always consult the online version: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2003.02.0002%3Aalphabetic+letter%3Da%3Aentry+group%3D8%3Aentry%3Daldrtregi
I mean, the beauty of the XML-encoding alone is enough reason to visit the site. But I digress.
The sun is the “life-long sadness” of ice, according to Zoega. Now what in the world does that mean? So, I decided to use the English “Persistent unveiler” of ice, which, if you look it up in your King James, has a kinda neat allegorical significance.
Sothlice. You may now use this, with modifications if you deem them necessary. But please tell me:
- what modifications did you use?
- what do you think is mistranslated or misrepresented?
- what was your experience like?
- and most importantly, do you totally not get how to use this?
For that final question, I can certainly be of assistance. I’m thinking of doing a video. Here’s the thing: I’ve been around a lot of computer programmers who have tried to show me how to do stuff involving computer code. It’s a steep learning curve.
This is the code of all reality. It’s a steeper curve indeed.