Rune Magic Novel and On-line Runes Course from Michael Conneely
It tells how two young people are caught up by Odin in his attempt to avert the destruction of the Aesir Gods at Ragnarok.
Steeped with information about Norse Cosmology, the Nine Worlds and Gods, the novel is a moving account of a family’s attempt to avert destruction and secure a future for their people.
In this reading from the novel, Michael Conneely recounts how Odin seized the magic of the Runes:
This passage tells how Declan and Magda have been taken up by Odin to the time when Ragnarok looms. They have been given shelter in the dwelling of the family of a Gothi: a Ritual Priest of the ancient Norse.
When they found themselves in this new land, they found various gifts from Odin in their packs. One of these gifts were rune tablets which Declan read night after night to the family as it sheltered from the eternal Fimbul Winter outside:
‘Odin sacrificed himself,’ Declan told them thoughtfully, ‘he sacrificed himself to gain all these magical powers, first and foremost, so that he and the Aesir might escape the doom the prophecy rumoured.’
Suddenly, Declan shivered, the words ‘sacrificed himself’ took on a frightening immediacy for him and Magda because Declan intended to do exactly just that: seize the magic of the runes, knowing that gain can demand its sacrifice, its price.
‘Odin undertook a terrible Vision Quest to be granted knowledge of magic,’ Declan explained, and a wondering look coming on his face, as the prick of magic and its excitement suddenly replaced in his heart the earlier shadow of the knowledge of the sacrifice it demands, ‘but I the magic that is contained in the Runes.
‘I have already worked with some of the Runes,’ Declan told them. ‘I have learned a way of bringing their energy into yourself called Rune Stance. You stand in the shape of the rune,’ he told them. ‘You open your mind to the images of its energy. Each rune is a code. It is a gateway. Together, they are a gateway to the all the spiritual and physical forces in the universe.
‘Naked and alone for nine long days, Odin hung on the World Tree: Yggdrasil, until he became magically initiated,’ Declan read the Tablet. Overawed, he added: ‘and I intend to follow Him.’ The words hung almost shocking in their immensity. The atmosphere in the small hut grew awesome. ‘He wants me to do it. And I want it, even though I don’t really know why. But I do. Is that because he wants me to do it? How exactly will he need me to use it?’ Declan furrowed his brow and looked perplexed. He suddenly shot another crafty unexpected look at the Ravens to see if they might have let their psychic guardedness slip, and he was delighted when it worked. He actually picked up an echo dropped unawares by Munin. Declan’s sudden mind-dart caught unguarded words from Munin’s mind: ‘‘Lif and Lifthrasir they will hide in Mimir’s Grove. They will have the morning dew for food. From them the generations will spring’. These words dropped like ripples from the startled Raven’s mind into Declan’s. Declan gave a sudden cheer of triumph and laughed full face at the Raven. He resolved to file the words away for later consideration as the outraged Raven screamed and whirled in its anger at Declan’s cunning trickery and its own untypical, unawares lapse. Declan laughed. ‘Lif and Lifthrasir they will hide in Mimir’s Grove. They will have the morning dew for food. From them the generations will spring’ he shouted. Then Declan took up the rune tablets again. He put The Havamal, the sayings of the High One on top, again. Now, Declan began to trance and speak:
‘I speak the words of the High One:
‘Nine long nights I hung
Upon that windswept tree
Pierced by a spear and pledged to Odin:
Sacrificed unto myself
Upon that tree whose roots arise
Whence even the wisest know not.
None gave me drink; none gave me bread.
Then, looking down, I saw the RUNES.
I seized them with a scream.
I fell down from that tree.’
They all sat round in silence at the strange message that had come from the rune tablet.
‘But Odin then came to realize that knowledge of magic, is not enough,’ Declan told them after the long reflective silence, ‘even though magic is totally wonderful, even though you can’t live your own real life without it. Odin realised he had to have wisdom as well as rune magic.
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