Eilthireach wrote:there are lots of people there who believe that listening to Viking Metal and opening a can of beer to the High Festivals is paganism.
Eilthireach wrote:The Irminenschaft is obviously using the runelore Futhark, at least there are corresponding recommendations in their book list. The runelore Futhark is generally not considered authentic over here. Moreover, the German runelore Gesellschaft (society) held some dubious political connections, at least in earlier times and heathens usually make their way around them.
Eilthireach wrote: but very frankly, there are lots of people there who believe that listening to Viking Metal and opening a can of beer to the High Festivals is paganism.
In their defence it might be said that the OBOD course sets a very high standard in spiritual education and the teaching of esoteric techniques, while in the contrary corresponding publications in German language are rare to non-existant.
katsu wrote:Eilthireach wrote:there are lots of people there who believe that listening to Viking Metal and opening a can of beer to the High Festivals is paganism.
Eilthireach wrote:First of all, I'm glad that you took my posting so well. After sending it off yesterday I was asking myself if I was too hard on German Heathens. But now I see that you obviously know what I meant and probably have gone through the same experiences with Heathen groups.
Eilthireach wrote:I have read his books and found them good, but I ceased to recommend them after I was informed about Thorsson's connections to the Temple of Seth.
Eilthireach wrote:If I was asked about a Rune book for the more advanced practitioner, I would recommend Jan Fries' "Helrunar - A Handbook of Rune Magic", a book that is so practical and yet has so many different levels of understanding that I get more and more excited about it.
Eilthireach wrote:I've printed off their entire "Book of Troth" and stored it in a folder at home. It is one of the brightest information sources on our Germanic/Nordic heritage that I know of.
Eilthireach wrote:For really important information paper is still the medium of choice!
Eilthireach wrote:In spite of this, I had a look at your (?) website and although my French is quite rusty it looks like a very good job to me. Well done!
Eilthireach wrote:I can fully recommend "Helrunar". You will need some time for it, though. It's not a book that you read and put on the shelf then. You will have to work practically with it.
I read it approximately once a year and I discover new angles and viewpoints every time.
DaRC wrote:Whilst the Troth is great I've always had a lot of respect for the Northvegr site too for it's content which is excellent. I know of the various bickerings and arguments about the Northvegr way but as an internet resource it's fantastic.
DaRC wrote:However I've just made my 'special' rune set - a branch from a Yew tree in Bramber and gone for a 3 * 3 rune casting which is paying dividends.
Eilthireach wrote:You either need to come across a fallen branch (it is debated if Runes should be made from a fallen branch) or you find a yew that stands on private land and must be felled for building purposes or such.
Eilthireach wrote:1. Since you decide explicitely for the wood of a certain species of trees, you want to have as much energy of that tree in your runes which means that you can only take a living branch, because only a living branch contains the full amount of life energy of that tree.
The negative side of that approach is that you need to hurt the tree. Of course the tree will survive it, but Druidry teaches that we should strive to make as little impact on nature as possible.
2. The other opinion says that not the wood of the tree is the important thing about a Rune set, but the Runes themselves and how they are made which includes not only carving and coloring, but also the inner work that goes along with the preparation of a Rune set, e.g. incantations, visualizations, ritual, invocations of deities and such.
In this opinion, the wood of the tree is of secondary importance (I do not say unimportant!) and it does therefore not matter if you take a living or a fallen branch.
Both opinions agree that it is much better to use a self-made Rune set than an industrially produced one. I personally think that the differences between 1 and 2 are marginal, a matter of personal taste.
Eilthireach wrote:With the blessing of Birch, Yew and Oak (symbols of the OBOD grades)
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