Washington Rune Study

A Group for South-East Michigan Runesters

October Meeting

The October meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Speakeasy.

Runic poetry: The Anglo-Saxon, Norwegian and Icelandic poem

Originally posted on sjpielsewolf:

Poetry, language, sound, rhythm, mystery – sounds of creation and basic needs to build a good life.

The rune poems might be interesting to read, to study, to have seen, to imprint.

I personally am quite sensitive to images, and associations. What I do during the day, unfolds in my dreams, and my dreams inspire my days. In that way the wheel keeps turning. I am not going to tell you much about runes, or my personal sensitivity to certain symbolic systems. I just want to offer you reading – I only make things easier to find. They are already there – I suggest the free ebook called Runic and heroic poems of the old Teutonic peoples (1915) by Bruce Dickins if you go to that page, you can choose to read it online, as PDF, ePub, Daisy or even in plain text. Its a simple click and play.
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I Come To The Hall Of My Brothers

Originally posted on An Ásatrú Blog:

With much surprise and pleasure, I came across a website dedicated to Ásatrú poetry. I had forgotten about this site, which is sad, because I have a couple of poems on the site. So, it is with much thanks to Michaela Macha of Odin’s Gift, that I present you with a poem I wrote some years ago, which I had believed lost forever due to a hard drive failure.

I Come To The Hall Of My Brothers

I come to the hall of my brothers
Weary with sleep and spilt blood
Battle-worn, blade scarred
Hoisted upon my shield
Eagles watch my fate with hungry eyes
Ravens sing and wolves bay
There shall be a feast tonight
Honored dead greet great Val-father
Victorious, ravaged, hailed
Companions of Shield Maidens
I know one sacrifice yet to be made
That which is due the father of battle.

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Celebrating Freyr

I came upon these two wonderful and self-published books, and had to share them with the Asatru who may come to this site. If you love and adore Freyr, or just want to know more about him, please check out these two books:

“Frey: God of the World” by Ann Groa Sheffield

This is a very well-researched book that aims to take Freyr out of the ‘fertility God’ box. It’s a short and concise read, brimming with information and the citations are immaculate. The author is listed on The Troth’s website as one of their own.

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Frey-God-World-Ann-Sheffield/dp/1435701089/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

“Honey, Grain, and Gold” by Joshua Tenpenny

A personal, intimate, and varied devotional to Freyr, this work is a compilation of recipes, stories, rituals, prayers, songs, and poems (and more) by different authors, and provides many ways for the reader to integrate the worship of Freyr into their lives and religious practices. Such a touching and loving piece, I left reviews on both Lulu and Amazon. [Please do note that the author does not seem to practice Asatru and some of his interpretation of the myths may raise a few eyebrows. I don't like the book for its research, I like it because it celebrates Freyr and it is clearly a work of love from the author's heart and I could tell that a lot of work went into it.]
Buy it here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/joshua-tenpenny/honey-grain-and-gold/paperback/product-12044181.html or http://www.amazon.com/Honey-Grain-Gold-Joshua-Tenpenny/dp/0982579829/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Both of these authors did a wonderful job, so please help them by purchasing their books and leaving reviews, and if you like them, please spread the word, like they have about Freyr in a labor of love and devotion.

September

We are planning on meeting at Speakeasy (corner of Van Dyke and West Road in Washington, MI) at 3:00 pm, Sunday, September 16th, and new members are welcome

Welcome!

Hello, fellow runesters, wanna-be runesters, and curious people, and welcome to the official website for the Washington Rune Study Group. Just to clear up any confusion, ‘Washington’ refers to Washington, Michigan, which is a town in south-east Michigan between Romeo and Shelby.

We are a very informal, warm, and small group of people who like runes, and made this group to get to know more people who like them, as well. We study all aspects of the runes: divination, writing system, history, etc. We are also at all different levels of experience, so no matter how much skill you have or lack, you should be able to fit right in…even if you’re just curious.

When and Where

The group meets at the Speakeasy, a restaurant on the corner of Van Dyke and West Road in Washington, MI every 3rd Sunday of the month, and we plan to continue meeting there until somebody either comes up with a better place or we get kicked out. :) We start at around 3:00 pm, so feel free to come hungry for a lazy, late Sunday lunch, if you’d like.

How to Find Us in the Restaurant

There are 3 booths to the immediate left of the front entrance, and we try to sit in one of those each time. We put a bag of runes at the edge of the table. If you’re still unsure, look at our jewelry; at least one of us should be wearing a pentagram, Thor’s Hammer, or some other kind of Pagan symbol.

Materials

Feel free to bring your runes, any rune book you feel especially fond of, note-taking materials as desired, and some money (cash or credit card) so you are able to buy something to eat, as we shouldn’t bum around their restaurant and not buy anything.

Also…

While there is quite a mix of people who attend, in terms of religious path, all the Asatru practitioners are NOT folkish, and we intend to keep it that way. A lot of the local kindreds in the surrounding area are folkish (since we are NOT, we have had a difficult time finding other runesters) so if that’s what you’re looking for, please get in contact with them. [For those of you who are unfamiliar with the terminology 'folkish,' it basically means that one believes only those of Germanic blood should practice Asatru, meaning no Jews, blacks, etc.]

Our group welcomes people of all faiths, colors, sexual orientation…and everything else! All we ask is that you’re kind and tolerant.

Attending

If you’re thinking of attending, please try to RSVP; if you’re too scared to commit to attending, but you have some questions, please feel free to email. NMVitae @ gmail.com (please do remove the spaces in the email address). You may also reach Luna on her business line; please go to http://www.mementovitae.net and then to the contact page for the number.

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