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Updated Soul-lore - Simple is Best!

Posted by Lara on July 17, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I've decided to update my concept of soul-lore to be more in keeping with what would appear to be the elder concept of a 3-fold soul-body complex which was roughly analogous to the 3 main levels of the Irminsul, ie Aethm/Ond - Heofon, Wode - Middle Earth, Fleshly Form - Underworld/Hellestow. To return to one of the original myths of the ensoulment of humankind, in this case in the Poetic Edda (Voluspa):



"önd gaf Óðinn,


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My Tarot Keyword System

Posted by Lara on July 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I personally found that a keyword system similar to the one given below was my own key to learning the Tarot, having finally managed to "crack it" with Jonathan Dee's keywords as given in his deck and book set (sometimes referred to as the "Barnes and Noble" Tarot). I realised that from an easily remembered keyword, I could grasp the sense of the card and various different potential meanings could radiate out from it. I'd therefor always recommend that new beginners try such a system to see i...

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Superfast Hallowing and Opening Rite

Posted by Lara on July 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems that, despite my reluctance to employ any sort of Wiccan-type complicated rituals, the wights around me think I should. This rite, to be performed for protection and psychic opening before any act of seership or magic, was suggested to me by a friendly local Oak Aelf. It is a cross between a regular modern Craft circle-casting and the sort of protection and chakra opening visualisations one finds in book on clairvoyance. It's super-quick anyway, and calls upon major groups of holy po...

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A Couple of Interesting Articles

Posted by Lara on July 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Legendary Viking Town Unearthed

(I found this thanks to Lady of the Labyrinth on Facebook.)

The North is Barbaric and Sublime

(this one interested me particularly as it explores the stereotypes around northern people, both ...

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Another Borderectomied Deck - Blum and Gern Rune Cards

Posted by Lara on July 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A linky to my other blog on Rune Secrets Community - Borderectomied Rune Cards

My Borderectomied Runic Tarot

Posted by Lara on July 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (1)

I have oft admired the lovely artwork of Caroline Smith in her Elemental Tarot, and also her rendering of the Elder Futhark runes in the Runic Tarot which she created with Astrologer John Astrop. However, rather irritatingly, they chose to use Celtic names for the festival cards in the minor arcana of this latter deck, which, whilst I'm not really a cultural purist or anything, sort of put me off them for a long time (don't ask me why, I just didn't connect with the idea at all). I caved in a...

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My Irminsul Pathways - Sweartaelfham and Lihtaelfham

Posted by Lara on June 18, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

To continue on from last time when I was discussing my pathway to Helleham, I wanted to look at the entrances I discovered within my Syldaelf friend's trunk to other worlds as well. This was very much a joint effort, with the Aelf showing me options to see how they "fitted" me. Here are the final results:


I was prompted by the Aelf to seek an entrance down to this realm from outside of his trunk, under the root structure where it hangs over th...

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Reblogged from LadyoftheLabyrinth - About Reincarnation

Posted by Lara on June 18, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This is an excellent post about reincarnation belief all around the world and through the ages. It also touches on the possibility of reincarnation belief amongst ancient Heathens, which will have some recons going  "nnnooo!!", but, well, I believe in it 100%, so I'm in support of this lady's work and lore interpretation on this matter!

Asatru Ring Frankfurt's Midsummer Countdown Calendar

Posted by Lara on June 18, 2012 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm a big fan of the Asatru Ring Frankfurt, and they have this really cool Midsummer countdown calendar thing going on their site, which someone posted a link to in a Heathen forum I'm in. I'm really impressed with it and would love to see more of this kind of thing on Heathen sites - you can get a look at it here.

Each date has a link which takes you to a ...

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Runic Freeware

Posted by Lara on June 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This site has some wonderful free rune reading softwares on it - I've had enormous fun trying them out and damnit, but they work! Some of the links are dead sadly here, but the ones which still work are well worth the download! I've dedicated a little corner of my machine's desktop to these little programmes and will use them now and again when I want a quick look at something. One of them, Runepaths,  ev...

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