January 26th, 2015
Guess what’s new here at AlaricAlbertsson.com? Thanks to the work of my good friend Taren Martin, we have a new Runes section on the website. Click on the Runes button to learn more about these powerful symbols. The Runes section of the website has two features that I am very pleased to share with you. There you can access the complete Old English Rune Poem – each passage given in both the original language and with my Modern English translation. Of course you will find much more information about the runes in my book Wyrdworking: The Path of a Saxon Sorcerer than we can put on this website, but the Rune Poem page is a great reference.
What I’m even more excited about – and I hope you will be, too – is our new Rune Oracle. That’s another feature you’ll find in the Runes section here. With our Rune Oracle you can have your own rune reading with the click of a button! When you click on the words Tell Me Now, three card images from the popular Martin Rune Deck will appear on your screen. Beneath each image is the corresponding passage from the Old English Rune Poem, as well as several “key words” summing up the meaning of the symbol (for those of you who have not yet mastered the runes). Now you can consult the runes whenever you desire, directly through AlaricAlbertsson.com!
We are not finished yet, by any means, but I think you’ll agree that the new Runes section is a great addition to the website. Future plans include expanding the section on Anglo-Saxon Paganism, adding a section on Old English charms, a photos page and a page with recommended reading. Let me know what you’d like to see on the website.
January 18th, 2015
I’m currently working on a speaker’s presentation that I will be offering at gatherings in 2015. I don’t think most people are aware of the diversity in contemporary Anglo-Saxon spirituality. I would like to show how different Anglo-Saxon paths are related to one another, how they differ from one another, and what similarities they share.
Some of this was inspired by my work on the Seax Wica chapter in Witchcraft Today – Sixty Years On. After interviewing Ray Buckland (who founded the tradition), I realized it had changed over the past four decades and has more in common with other Anglo-Saxon paths than it once did. Although rituals still focus on a God-and-Goddess paradigm, more Seax folk today are true polytheists rather than duotheists. Further, Ray himself has said that the male/female pair of deities can be any Anglo-Saxon god and goddess (when the tradition was founded, Woden and Freya were always the honored deities).
In preparing this new presentation, I have interviewed Swain Wodening for a closer look at Theodisc Geleafa. He very kindly gave me some good insights about this path. I think any discussion of Anglo-Saxon spiritual paths needs to include Theodism. And now Wulfeage, founder of the Lyblac tradition, has agreed to an interview as well. I’m hoping to blend these voices – Ray, Swain, Wulfeage as well as my own – to present a more complete picture of Anglo-Saxon spirituality as it is practiced today.
January 13th, 2015
This Friday, January 16th, is Religious Freedom Day. (Yes, it”s a real thing. Google it if you don”t believe me.) This national American holiday celebrates the adoption of Thomas Jefferson”s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on January 16th, 1786. The statute led to the establishment of the First Amendment in the United States Constitution.
This is a day that American Pagan families should be celebrating, but how should it be observed? That part is a bit vague. The President is supposed make a public announcement asking Americans to “observe this day with appropriate events and activities in homes, schools and places of worship.” To be fair, it”s only right that we have the freedom to celebrate Religious Freedom Day however we please, but it would be nice if there were some traditions concerning “appropriate events and activities”. I think at Holendun (my home) we will have a social evening, preceded by a prayer of thanks that we live in a time and place where people are free to worship the Old Gods.
How will you celebrate this very important day?
January 13th, 2015
The site has been moved to a different hosting company, and Taren (the webmaster) has been scrambling to modify and update the code of the site to make it conform to the new hosting company’s servers. In the move, the old blog posts were lost, but there will be plenty of new postings to come!