January 12th - Known as Midwintersblot in Norse culture, this is the day of Midwinter's Offering. It is a day of homage to Tiw/Tyr, Teutonic god and ruler of the Althing. Tiw was called on when Icelandic parliament was called to order and the next year of Lawspeaking began. It is this day, Tiw's Day (Tuesday), when the weeklong Althing begins. As our founding fathers borrowed from the 775 year old Germanic body of law to form our own law system, they implemented this longstanding tradition into U.S. governmental law. This is why all voting is done on a Tuesday.
January 13th - This day is also the beginning of the first full runic month of the physical calendar year. Perthro is the rune of this month, represented by the dice cup, a symbol of finite chance and probability. While it may be argued that any one point in history can have an infinite number of outcomes, Perthro represents the number of most likely outcomes for any one event. As in a reading of the runes, there can only be one of 24 outcomes from any one drawing from the rune bag. And as each rune is drawn, the number of outcomes diminish arithmetically. The very existance of this concept combats the unsupported novice idea of a blank rune, said to symbolize a possibility of no answer.
The sixth rune of the Second Aett of the Elder Futhark, Perthro is the first rune of this Aett that can be drawn "upside down". As such, Perthro does have some negative connotations within a rune reading, possibly symbolizing a wrong turn has been taken or that more outcomes need to be taken into account before making a decision on an issue.
Ponder its significance within the Elder Futhark through January 28th.
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.