Today begins the runic month of Ansuz, fourth rune of the Elder Futhark. Ansuz represents the presence of divine knowledge and wisdom. Its shape is said to emulate a figure, commonly Odin, with a cloak flowing in the breeze. It's position within the Futhark reveals the necessity of a developing individual to explore his ability to connect to ancestral ties and the deified heroes of the past. In equivalent measure, taking in the entire natural world as a series of useful tools to reach an enlightened mental state is representative of the Ansuz rune.
One of the most powerful runes in the Futhark, Ansuz, when pulled from a bag during a rune reading, commonly signifies "the answer" is in the next rune(s) pulled.
Contemplate the meaning of Ansuz for the next 15 days and strengthen your Will to reach into the superconscious realm where gods, ancestors and the essence of all living things reside.
North Austin Pagan Meetup is a community of local practitioners of Pagan and Heathen paths. Our monthly meetings serve as a time to grow friendships, engage in important discussion, and learn from each other. This is an alternate site to those that don't brave the rush hour traffic to come to the Austin Pagan Meetup which is held south of the river. For all those who have wanted to participate but can't, I understand. Here's your chance to have a Meetup north of the river.
As a general "umbrella" facilitator for networking among our members, we do not particularly carry an agenda to sway someone towards on practice or another. However, defining a few basic concepts and principles, we try to get every one focused from the viewpoint of all reading from the same first page, whether or not we ultimately read from the same book. So, our general guidelines are set as follows:
A few generic terms:
1. Pagan: a nature-worshipping polytheist. 2. Heathen: a Pagan with focus on ancestry and heritage. 3. Magic: Strengthening or exerting personal Will to affect a definite outcome.
non-dogmatic tenets to follow:
(commonly known as the Nine Noble Virtues)
Truth Honor Courage Self-Reliance Discipline Industriousness Fidelity Hospitality Perseverance
How to carry yourself among others:
(on the qualities of the Norseman, as quoted in Kropotkin's “Mutual Aid”)
"To do what lay before him openly and like a man, without fear of either foes, fiends, or fate; To be free and daring in all his deeds; To be gentle and generous to his friends and kinsmen; To be stern and grim to his foes, but even towards them to fulfil all bounden duties. To be no truce-breaker, nor tale-bearer, nor back-biter. To utter nothing against any man that he would not dare tell him to his face. To turn no man from his door who sought food or shelter, even though he were a foe."
Expectations of you within the community:
Carry yourself confidently. Maintain pride well shy of arrogance. Meet everyone eye to eye and face to face. Expect nothing, yet be open to the selfless welcome of others. Expect to learn, yet ultimately be called upon to teach. Speak your mind, yet let your words and actions be nothing but the truth.