Last year, I wrote on of these posts about self reflection interpreted through the :Runes of the Futhark: https://aferalspirit.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/futharkreflections/
so keeping tradition in the aim to inspire others to do the same, here is one for 2014.
Achieved third degree apprentice in the Galdragildi. Left Gild at a later time. Accepted into the Rune Gild as an Associate, and later named Apprentice by a Gild master. Managed to travel almost constantly on what I had saved from England, with some support of others along the way. Raised almost five grand with an ex-friend to put towards buying a new cabin for her land. Worked my salt on a wine farm, a tobacco and herb farm, and in a bushcamp, even if it meant earning a peasant wage. Had all money stolen while hitchhiking, and forced to return to baseline. Survived 2 days Iceland on less than 2500 kroners. Hopped trains, ferrys, boats, cars, and bikes for free. Stayed without a bank account for ten months, then opened a temporary one. Donated to Survival International. Earned decent money in Scotland. Gave to the homeless.
Finished writing a heathen fitness regime. challenged myself to train, wrestle, and perform. Sheer determination through the thick. Sloughed off fear when hitting bottom. Held suffering in one hand and victory in the other. Hustled and bargained. Conquered and condemned weakness.
Faced the great enemies of the logging industry, the department of Homeland security, the Police, the demon in Man, and the cruel beings of society. Left social media networks behind me. Devised weapons of mind to resist. Strengthened the body to defend. Helped in the battle with loved ones against their own struggles. Became further active at.war.
Commenced writing a Saga. Finished another book. Wrote several journals. Came into heightened awareness of the Gods and Goddesses of old. Kept up with reading 2-5 books at any one time. Participated in a Saga discussion tradition within my Gild during yulenights. Learned many new words and used them in everyday speech. Writ letters, received some, and kept in steady contact with friends afar.
Northern England. Virginia. Vermont. Washington. California. Arizona. New Mexico. Texas. British Columbia. Ontario. Quebec. Nova Scotia. Cape Breton. Newfoundland. Iceland. Isle of Bute. Isle of Arran. Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland.
Learned how to properly snowshoe through the mountains. Used power tools with skill. Learned how to harvest honey, milk goats, build drystone walls, drive a tractor, and renovate cabins. Given a lesson on deep sea fishing. Stadhagaldr routines. Cooked food using fire for over a month. Filled life with the most intensity I could handle, and then some. Apostasy. Sacrifice. Rites.
Gifts of love, given and taken away. Handcrafted talismans made for others. Worked out the dynamics of four separate lover relationships. Exchanged, with anyone and everyone I could by whatever means I could.
Euphoric nights in the desert. Blissful landscapes in the North. Love and Sex ecstasies. The deep inner peace of the soul. Experienced the warmth of those who proved to be true comrades. Wanderlust. Good company.
life seriously uprooted more times than I choose to remember. banned from an entire country. trouble with the ‘law’. revelations of the real. relocated 24 times. Extreme situations. Near death experiences.
Felt the deep need for camaraderie, and solitude at the same time, paradoxically. Made use of existing implements happiness instead, when money somehow became relevant for survival. Trusted. Trusted. Trusted. And it served me well.
Downtime on the journey. Loneliness. Isolation. Reduced the Self to simpler means. Built myself up. Experienced coldness on three different levels at once.
Foraged for mushrooms, farmed grapes, and other fruits for an Indian man. Picked apples in valleys. Rewilding of sacred medicinals, Henbane and Morning glory. Animal husbandry of Goats, Sheep, Ram, Bees, Highland Cows, Dogs, Pig, Rabbits, Hens. Cat. Buried old selves. Spent time outdoors every day of the year. Met farmers around the world.
Reaped old vices. Rose to new virtues. Repeated the mantra of Self to Self. Identified trees in the wild.
Altered states of consciousness. Experienced and tried Mexican dream herb. Lost runes, then buried the rest. Decided to confer more with the murky details of each occasion for a more holistic understanding of the now. Asked a load of questions. Healing spells on others. Made medicines with wine, and ganja and rebirthed an apothecary with a lover.
Sheltered and protected a broken woman on the run, a comrade and his family, a lover and her losses, animals from their murderers, and a brother seeking his brother. Altruism. Banishings. Uncovered the hidden dynamics of this Rune itself.
卐 Found my sun within and without. :ARAHARI: Found light in dark places. Watched the rise and set 卍
Made offerings to Tyr, and lived by my own laws. Kept with herbivore diet, to respect the animals. Met a Libra. Looked for the equilibrium in all things.
The green Goddess. Met all kinds of women, and they met me. Swore loyalty to the female.
Plant allies: marijuana. mexican dream herb. barley. damiana. opium. tobacco. coffee. tea. patchouli. wormwood. mandrake. pollen. grapes. fly agaric. sage. cactus. clovers. wild corn. henbane.
Gild. Brothers. Clan. Comrades. Relationships. Strangers. Friends.
Cleansing of lesser traits. Periods of abstinence. Keeping flow of momentum and letting gravity assist me. Visit to Niagara Falls. Swam in Salmon pools in rivers. First experience deep sea fishing.
Planted trees in British Columbia and Scotland. Birch, Spruce, Pine, Oak, Rowan, and Hawthorne. Sowed cabbage, lettuce, potatoes, kale and other culinaries. Harvested apples, nectarines, cherries, peaches, sage and domestic herbs. Planted henbane in Newfoundland. Built gardens. Sent seeds abroad, and used my own seed in ritual.
Studied the culture of the Peyoteros, learned about the Mexican struggle, the Moroccan peasantry, and the Scottish clan system. Experienced some of the finest Maritime hospitality. Invited into houses, tipis, cabins, campers, tents, and bedrooms. Made homes for the animals. Lived and slept in forests, and mountains, on farms, at coastsides, under trees, beside highways, in a cave, on the front seat of a derelict pickup, in a teepee, firelit cabins, fancy homes, barns, friends bedrooms, basements tents, on strangers couches, bush camps, studio floors, on boats, tribal land, native reserves, in a gypsy van (twice), under the stars and in public parks, with lovers and without. And offered a sense of place to those who were lost. Experimented with Animist music project.
Took on ample personal projects. Living All The Way Alive. and inspired others did the same. Created fond memories from all times of the year.