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Eldest, Elder, and Earthly Kin

Walking within the woods---surrounded by the wind's soft sigh,
'Tis an encounter of enclosure---of Earth and Sky.

One's EI-Self awakens---within this woodland ur-altar,
Past/Present meld and merge---sure footsteps shall not falter.

Eldest Kin and Elder Kin---ay walk these woods with me,
On Raven's wings, Spider's web---or a towering Tree.

Omens of Air and Earth---Gebo's link-gift for Gods and Men,
Bright beings of Z-exchange---ever our Earthly Kin.

I am warmly welcomed---by this place of Awe-power,
Through all the sacred seasons---at each and every hour.

To Earth and Sky, North, South, West, East---Ice, Fire, Wave, and Wind,
Praise-poems I fain shall offer---Ygg's runes I shall send.

I hold the horn on high---to honor the Holy Host,
Eldest, Elder, and Earthly Kin---hear this Heathen's boast!

I pledge and promise---love and loyalty from my heart,
Throughout all days and in all ways---never shall we part!

By Fire and Ice, by Water and Wind, by Well and Tree,
By Earth and Sky, by Moon and Sun, So It Ay Shall Be!

© Rhonda Turner

Notes:

Ay--Always
Fain--Gladly
EI--Referring to the the 13th rune of the Elder Futhark, Eihwaz, which as part of its mystery expresses the Evergreen within Winter--eternal endurance.
Gebo--The 7th rune of the Elder Futhark, Gebo, which in part expresses the exchange between gods and men, as well as the ecstasy of the exchange.
Ur--Primal.
Z--Used to indicate the 15th rune of the Elder Futhark, Elhaz or Algiz, which as part of its mystery expresses the connection between gods and men.
Rune information derived from "Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magic" by Edred Thorsson.

 

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