February 14th begins the runic month of Sowilo, the last rune of the second Aett of the Elder Futhark. Similar in shape to a bolt of lightning, Sowilo is the culmination of progression through the preceding runic concepts of the second Aett. It is symbolic of Strength of Will and also of body and mind. It represents success in personal achievement as well as the ever-present rejuvenation of nature within its natural cycles.
The turning of Sowilo along its center point makes up the sacred symbol of the Germanic Fylfot, or Swastika from Sanskrit. These symbols have been appearing in written form on cave walls for 25,000 years, a true testament to its real reverence and power.
In rune readings, Sowilo represents an outcome of achievement that is soon to come or that has just occurred. It can also foretell either a necessity to strengthen the Will to achieve a goal or that the strength of Will is ready to take on the next goal of the seeker. It is also a catalyst in bind rune creation to increase the outcome of the sigil being charged.
Ponder your strengths and the things that need strengthening as the power of the Sun builds toward its shining Summer glory. This month will end on March 1st.
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.