Hammer of Ukko

20 Mar

Ukko is the Finnic God of thunder (in Estonian, he is called Uku). He wields lightning, thunder as well as a hammer (that might actually be an axe, as Finnish/Finnic shaman noita collected them and used them in rituals). Ukko’s wife is the goddess Akka, who can also bare other names.

Ukko is compared often to the norse Thor, but Ukko is indeed different with some similarities in depiction and description also to the God Frey (fertility) and the Odin, the shamanic highest God involved in creation, magic and trance states (though Väinämöinen in the Kalevala is somehow more similar to Odin with his use of song and fondness of trance like states).

The symbol of Ukko is that of the more axe like hammer, and I have made some of copper to connect with the energies of this God.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/786937009/ukkon-vasara-hammer-of-ukko-thors-hammer?ref=listing_published_alertil_fullxfull.2226381808_bvzs

The Magic Energy of Places of Power

10 Feb

What are “places of power”? In Finnish, they are often referred to as hiisi or “voimapaika”. In German, they are called Kraftorte. In English, a good term seems to be missing. You can say “power place”, sure, but it doesn’t sound the same as “Kraftort” in German, similar to the sense Sehnsucht is a more striking and direct word than “state of missing, longing for someone or something”. It would appear many words have been lost to the English language.

However, most people get a certain feeling when they hear the word “Stonehenge”, or the term”Megalith”, the phrase”rock painting of ancient origin”, “sacred grove”. Other more initiated individuals will get goosebumps if you utter the word “leyline” or talk about the heart chakra of Europe (thought to be the sacred mountain Untersberg).

These places are all somehow above the mundane, of this world but supernatural. Full of nature, full of energy, full of magick. Goosebump-inducing, strange, special, of ancient origin, perhaps giving a hint of the history hidden to the naked eye, hidden from view and buried out of sight for the mainstream, except for maybe on the full moon, on the solstice when places like Stonehenge seem to emerge from the shadows and legends are whispered, rumors are spread, a Sehnsucht for the past is kindled in the hearts of many.

I have always appreciated the mystery of the Finnic mythos. No one knows exactly what Sampo is. This will forever remain hidden. Some things SHOULd remain shrouded in mystery, have elements of the occultic.

However, the human spirit needs magic and somewhat altered consciousness. Some achieve those states by exercising, drinking alcohol, through the satisfying of addictive urges, etc. Others may seek solace and relaxing peace within nature, and it is within nature these special places of power exist.

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Externsteine is a powerful place, with solar phenomena, rock carvings and it is a megalithic structure..

Hidden History and the Gods

30 Jan

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Who were, who ARE the Gods? Are they archetypes? Are they energy pools independent of time and space? Are they human-like deities, possessing supernatural and magickal powers? Were they royalty appointed by divine right? Perhaps they are something of all of these.

What we know of the nordic gods comes from a primarily Christian point of view as a matter of source. (Tacitus’ Germania is a notable exception, though Tacitus himself was an outsider as a Roman, and couldn’t understand what he was seeing in context much better than the Christians writing later. ) The Christian perspective most are familiar with would be the Icelandic Storle Sturlesson whom we can assume possessed a certain bias in his portrayal of nordic divinity, in addition to the Danish Saxo Grammaticus who wrote about the history of the Danes in the Middle Ages. Saxo Grammaticus had a bishop as patron  so we can also write him off as being the voice of unadultered, pure and unbiased portrayal of paganism. In each case, the writers would have only to gain by casting paganism in a less than favorable light to discourage persisting folk practice and worship.

The sagas, legends and stories are presented as tall tales, figurative and cautionary tales that paint a primitive view of Viking Age (and prior) paganism. Their respective authors saw their pagan predecessors as being full of folly and portray their gods as such. This leads to a murky view of the gods of the north. Who were they? Who ARE they? This is shrouded in mystery as far as archaeology, acadamia and mainstream knowledge taught in schools are concerned, though some writers and scholars and writers go so far as to suggest the norse gods, such as Frey, Freya, Thor, Iduna and Odin himself were a nordic line of divine royalty, and that in the north, kings and queens ruled as a result of their being descended from gods.

Some say the gods are archetypes whose energy manifests in the collective consciousness within the framework of a certain Zeitgeist, or current of thought and feeling pertaining to that particular timeperiod. Carl Jung for example, saw in the tides preceding the second world war as a stirring of the archetype he referred to as “Wotan”. He imagined the gods as types of energy that correspond with the collective consciousness.

Still others argue the gods exist in worlds away, as occupying a certain distant place on the world tree Yggdrasil, one of the nine worlds away from mankind. The gods could intervene in the workings of humans, but in this day and age hold themselves away and rather let people to their own destiny. Still others who work with the gods, feel the gods within song and chant and in that meditative dream-like state see them as existing still, with the capability of intervening in our lives, providing us with strength, wisdom, and instilling us with the fortitude to move into a better future. When we call on the gods, we awaken them once more, making them more real.

What if the gods exist reincarnated among us? Who among us is Thor the protector, who is Frey, Freya, Heimdallr, Bragi? How would we feel should we encounter them? What would thy say to us? What could we learn from them? I find these types of questions useful in contemplating, for summoning forth inspiration in daily life and for those endeavors which require perhaps extra courage or confidence.

Perhaps the best way to connect with the truth of divinity is to raise ourselves up to the energy of gods, in our ability to hold, perceive and interpret mystic energies. Subtle and little known to ordinary senses and the mind fettered by mundanity. The trance state of shamans, the ecstasy of song, the humble partaking in the wisdom of the runes could put us on the path to understand the gods and ourselves and the nature of the history all but completely reased from books. (Research accessing akashic records to truly achieve this). Hiding in rune stones, megaliths, solstice sun, full moon energy and trance states, we can unlock and listen to the language of the gods as they impart their truth to us.

 

Music inspired by this pursuit: https://www.etsy.com/listing/171895734/idis-orlog-cd-the-spiral-tide-of-seasons?ref=listing_published_alert

Rune jewelry and other nordic inspired treasures: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NorthSpiritRunes

 

 

 

 

 

Songs for the Turning of the Wheel of Time

17 Jan

Pagans of the past commemorated the seasons and special days with song, feasting and various traditions to honor spirits and energies corresponding to those times of year. For example, elves and spirits of the household are given a bowl of porridge around Yuletide to make them happy and to bring luck to the home.

I find it personally important to give the human spirit some music to experience the times of year by. To this end, I have begun to record songs, newer and older as the wheel of year turns.

For example, this song for the Autumn Song.

 

Or this for the seldom seen but precious Winter Sun

 

If you would like a physical copy of this and other music, some can be found here:

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Legends of Thule

20 Apr

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Thule was the northernmost land according to Greeks and Romans. It was distant and unknown, as if from another world. It was the furthest away they could imagine to the north.

Today, there is much speculation as to whether Thule was in reference to an actual place or whether it was something of a lost continent like Atlantis. Some researchers think it was the name for Iceland or Greenland, islands in Norway or Estonia.

When we think of Thule, we may see far off places covered in snow, polar bears or glaciers…. or pink mountains?

Why pink mountains?

The mostly pink gemstone Thulite was first discovered in Norway. The pink color comes as a result of manganese present. The more manganese, the pinker it is.

There aren’t actually pink mountains in Norway,  but when I hold this stone I love to imagine peaks reaching to the heavens, totally in pink, with a backdrop of blue sky. that would be something of a mythical, magical sight.

Working with thulite stone doesn’t make me feel icy cold or like keeping polar bears as pets. It in fact is a warming stone, with a lot of heart centered energy. It makes me feel good in my own skin and helps me to appreciate what is. I associate with it joy and happiness, acceptance and awareness. It has a more grounded feel than for example rose quartz, which is often associated with the heart chakra.

Wearing thulite as a pendant will help you to express yourself from the heart and to articulate yourself from a genuine perspective.  It can help you to find your confidence in social situations and to feel better speaking in front of a crowd. If you have trouble saying what you mean, this stone could work for you. I feel less self- conscious when I wear or carry thulite and have less trouble speaking up.

If you would like to get your own thulite stone, I recommend you go here.

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Eclogite: an Unusual Gem of Gems

18 Apr

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Eclogite is a fairly recently discovered gem mineral that forms under high pressure conditions usually only found deep within the earth’s crust. It is known as a mafic, metamorphic rock which means it is a silicate mineral that contains a lot of magnesium and iron (mafic) and that it is a sort of composite of stones (metamorphic).

Its appearance is mostly green, but contains pink-red flecks which are garnet bits. The green aspect is pyroxine jade high in sodium content. Eclogite also contains kyanite (a typically light blue stone), zoisite, quartz (a common crystal found in mountains),rutile, and even sometimes diamond.

In terms of energetic properties, eclogite is a very special stone. It is a “newer” stone, pushed forth from the core of the Earth and is a stone within stones as it is one stone containing many. In this sense, it can be used for a variety of purposes.

Eclogite can harmonize opposing forces, balance out yin and yang principles and help the bearer to overcome their own spiritual and mental dualism. This existence is rife with contradiction and we often need to rise above it to advance on this journey. This is an excellent stone for doing just that, as it is all about bringing varied compontents together and forging them into a whole not commonly seen. If you feel like parts of yourself are at war with each other, this is a perfect stone for helping you gain balance.

Jade is all about spiritual beauty and the balance of nature’s elements. Garnet boosts energy and is great for facilitating feelings of warmth within a relationship and boosting the immune system. Jade is more feminine, whereas garnet is more masculine.

Quartz is an empowering stone that strengthens the properties of whatever it is surrounded by. Thus, it increases the power and beauty of the jade and garnet  and other gems within it.

Kyanite releases blockages and promotes the free flowing of energy. It aids in relaxation in meditation. Rutile wards off negative energy.

This eclogite comes from the mountains of Nordmöre in Norway. Custom pieces can also be purchased by request.

https://www.etsy.com/no-en/listing/684794522/eclogite-pendant-from-norway?ref=listing_published_alert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber: The Blood of Ancient Trees

14 Aug

Amber is tree resin fossilized over the course of thousands of years produced by ancient forests around the Baltic region so many years ago. It features prominently in myth as well as practical use throughout history.

Today, amber is valued for its beauty as jewelry and often thought of as a gemstone but is of course not a stone (many are astounded by its relative light weight compared to actual gemstones.)
Its current uses include as a teething necklace for babies. No, the babies do not bite the amber but some mysterious healing property of the amber appears to be activated when the amber makes contact with the skin.
More metaphysically speaking, this is due to amber‘s ability to absorb negative energy.
In terms of composition however, amber contains a compound called succinic acid which is antiseptic.
Amber has a long history of use toward health purposes and was even put to work to fumigate plague stricken areas. Those who used amber were reported to have not fallen ill.

Amber has been used in jewelry since around 11,000 BC. Romans reportedly prized the substance.

In Northern Europe, amber was prominent in Norse legend. The Viking culture believed amber was the crystallized tears of the goddess Freya. Freya wept so for her lost love (the god Od or Svipdag in other tellings) that her godly tears became beautiful amber „gems“. Her tears fell into the deep sea below as she wept in her giant cat drawn chariot in the sky.
Practitioners of Asatru inspired witchcraft can use amber to call upon the goddess and invoke her qualities in ritual. The amber as a symbol is ancient and time tested.

If you would like hints on where to get it:
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