Rune Magic (Battle Triage Edition)
This last Spring, I was really drawn to singing the whole Futhark as a type of meditation each day. I had this feeling in my gut that each of the Runes supported one another, but I wasn’t really quite sure how. Consequently, I learned a very valuable lesson from someone who really taught me the importance of understanding that there is a Bright and Murk to every stave. In my childish innocence, I did not think that I could have ever been cursed or trapped by Runes, but sadly I was very wrong about this. Rune magic can indeed be used to trap and hurt us, to enslave and manipulate our minds. The Murkstaves can be used to make a person feel very happy while everything in their life is being sucked out from under them. Runes can be used to Ride someone’s Wyrd and steal luck and vitality from everyone around them. I was wondering why seers and mystics were running from me like the plague. I was cursed by darkness who has a name and a face. I was his student and slave and was willing to do anything for him. I had no idea of the curse until it was broken. I was jumping at all the wrong shadows before, but knowing now the extent of what has happened, has made me realize that this magical world is a lot more dangerous than I thought.
The crazy thing is, until you have a true and brave Runemaster friend who’s willing to break those chains of spells for you, you could go blissfully along enslaved and feeding the Runemaster that has you in his thrall without ever realizing it. There are dark people out there who would prey on those who want to learn magic. They would use death magic to enslave others and keep them locked in fear. They are trapped by their karma and would use their magic to get money, sex, and love from unsuspecting witches. So beware, Rune seekers. Not all those who come bearing gifts are your friends. Not all those who offer to teach you are noble and care about your empowerment. Gather trusted and true friends about you who can see your change in character and see with their Wyrding eye what is happening.
I thank the Gods for sending me brave friends that have reminded me of the Goodness and Brightness of the Gods. Hail to the bright sons of Tor and Heimdall!
Luckily, with all battles, comes new knowledge and I found myself pouring over the “Well of Wyrd” by Edred Thorsson on his concepts of the Murk and Bright Aspects of Runes. I started meditating on each rune and asked them to show me what is Murk and Bright for each of them. Slowly, the Runes revealed in my mind and I was able to feel and experience the Murk and Bright of their natures. The following are Runes that helped in recovery from murkstave magic. I am sharing them with all you in hopes that if you anyone you know is struggling with dark magic, that they can learn to regain their strength and vitality.
I want to start with a preface here. We are the Runes. We express the Runes in our energy, the moment we start to call them. They live through our thoughts and actions. This is why mental and emotional discipline is paramount in Rune magic. This is warrior magic and one must have a warrior mind in order to do this. If we do not discipline ourselves, the Runes that come from us express themselves with the murkiness of unresolved emotional issues in our Oorlog.
Recent Runic formulas for Recovery from Dark Magic:
Breaking the Chains of Emotional Addiction
DISIR - DagazIsaSowiloIsaRaidho
In my magic studies, Isa is the Rune that embodies the power of Nifleheim (which consequently contains Helheim). As Audumbla licks Buri free from the Ice to reveal the Gods, so do we uncover our divine selves by seeking the wisdom of our Ancestors. The Word DISIR is used for the Mother Ancestors who hold the Hamingja of our lines. In my last year doing Seidr, I’ve been learning to travel these Disir lines to heal, listen to my ancestral wisdom, and help my friends unlock their luck and healing. Brightness and Murk can live in our Ancestral lines within our minds. A big part of Volva work is learning how to mend and clear those channels so that we can actually be of use to our tribe. A sick Volva who no longer feels love and compassion for others will become ruthless and bitter, sucking the life force and love out of everyone she comes into contact with. She will drain others around her and give sickness instead of health and luck. This is when the Disir lines are filled with murk and shadow. Now this is not to be a source of worry, for my Ancestors came to me and encouraged me to see this as a natural evolution. For centuries, magic has been tainted with worry and fear. Our witch mothers suffered much violence and hatred for their gifts. The ones who could conceal themselves well were the ones who survived. Yet, with that survival is much fear and distrust of men laced in a witches Oorlog. There is also much distrust of other women, especially fellow witches and Volvas, hidden within the murky past of our Oorlog, as well.
Yet, the greatest of Goddesses, Freyja and Frigga teach us that unconditional love and compassion is what heals our tribe.
So the first thing that someone can do is call the Disir and ask how to learn unconditional love for one’s self. The first part of healing from curses is forgiveness of self. Compassion of self. To feel that love of the Disir wash over us knowing that we are all perfect and worthy of love. That our Disir love us regardless of how much we reject their wisdom, love, and gifts. They are always there waiting for you. The fire in the hearth is always lit and there is always fresh bread in the oven and a pot of soup on the stove. Grandmother’s home in the Halls of the Dead is the place where we find wholeness and strength.
When dealing with murk magic, call the Disir. They have been waiting for your call.
Berkano for Regeneration
Bright Berkano eats Murk Laguz: the dark waters of our emotions (fears, doubts, worries) can be sacrificed to Berkano for greater resiliency and regeneration in life. Berkano is the Rune of regeneration and is called Birch. The Birch tree drinks a lot of water and so the waters of Laguz (our deep emotional body) feeds this Rune. The beautiful thing about Mother Earth is that she is an incredible teacher of the Runes and Berkano is her power. Life feeds on that which dies, so if you think of the emotions and reactions we have when in crises and face death can be used as sacrifices to Berkano. You can literally say “Berkano, take my fear and worry” and it will be sucked into Berkano like a straw. Berkano can be galdred and fed by our emotions and the energy will build slowly and build and recovery time in the mind and body will accelerate. Trauma always brings fear and worry, so Berkano is a great Rune to work with and channel those feelings into so they can regenerate into good growth and renewal of strength.
Thurisaz and Ansuz for Clarity (seeing the true battlefield)
Bright Thurisaz and Ansuz eats the murk of Othala: Bright Thurisaz or the Fury and anger over the home being invaded and injustice towards personal freedom and speaking aloud those truths clears the murk of Othala. For the Estate can become murky with compromises and letting those who don’t have our best interests into our boundaries. The fire and brightness of Thurisaz fury clears away all who are not loyal to us. The brightness of Ansuz, where we speak boldly the truths of our heart regardless of what others think of us, allows for the fog of the Murk. I learned this bright Thurs Rune from a very close friend recently. His Thurisaz energy is off the charts and it was able to dispel some of the fog of the murkstaves I had on me to get me to see my situation more clearly.
Ehwaz and Raidho for Extracting Poison and Mending Wounds
Bright Ehwaz and Bright Raidho eats Murk Ehwaz: This is a recent soul retrieval technique was taught to me by an ancient guiding spirit of my Ancestors. Many of us have shadows in our Oorlog and that manifests in the shadow relationships we have with the archetypes around us. Our Fylgja will draw people to us to resolve those encounters, but in the brutal dance of Fylgja growth, we can become wounded emotionally and parts of us gets trapped with those traumas. A Shaman knows the piece must be retrieved and loved and gently put back into place in the soul. The brightness of Raidho helps the Shaman journey out and find the lost piece of Hamingja. The shaman then swaps the shadow fylgja energy for the bright fylgja energy they left behind. The welcomed fylgja piece will be in shock, so a good bit of Wunjo is needed here to love the little lost one when they come back. The Shaman is gentle and loving to that traveler (piece) and uses the brightness of Raidho to help clear the channel up in the mind and body. The hole in the Hamingja is then filled with self-forgiveness and unconditional love. Afterwards, we can cut the cords by distancing ourselves from feeling empathy for those who have wounded us. This will be hard for one who works with empathy, but it’s important to know that Gebo can be used against us as Seidr workers. Our most powerful skills in healing and luck magic come from Gebo, but it can be used to ensnare us by those who have divorced themselves from honor and feeling. A Seidr worker can easily become entranced by feeling the wounded and needy heart of a magician or other Seidr worker. It can be a sticky snare to get trapped in and getting out requires letting go of the skill that got you into that mess in the first place. (You can always pick up your empathy at a later date when you have more clarity)
As we grow in Seidr and Runes, it’s important to know that those who we spend a lot of time with…those we listen to and get counsel from…have a huge influence over our emotional body. This is why it is imperative to practice Utiseta, to find space alone to think and connect with Ancestors. This is also another reason to pick a good tribe, to test all those around you, to always be yourself. To say your truth. To see how your friends react to situations. To maintain objectivity.
All Runes contain both Murk and Bright just as we do, as people. They live and grow in us and the more we come to peace with those sides of us, we can start to use the Murk and Bright for the benefit of our communities, instead of miring them in weakness and the spreading of paranoia and fear.
I share my Runic knowledge with the world because I believe in living in a world without fear. These are seeds of hope I am sharing with all of you. For I believe that the Gods and our Ancestors desire us to live boldly, honorably, and happily in this world.
It's like my good and brave Bear friend tells me, “I don’t know any Father that doesn’t want his children to be stronger and happier than he was.”
Such good wholesome wisdom that phrase is! For the All-Father who gave us these Runes, does indeed want us to live stronger and wiser and happier than he was. There may be many trials and darkness to get there, but the doors to Valhalla shine bright with the songs of the Victory Bringers.
This brightness and hope I share with all of you.
SOWILO : ISA : GEBO : URUZ : RAIDHO :DAGAZ
May you all ride towards your own victory!