Thursday, April 25, 2013

Algiz-Elhaz Rune Poem

Edred Thorsson says of Algiz: " runelore the fetch or valkyrie is the source of this inspiration as the most direct link between the individual and the source of ultimate inspiration, Odin."     --Runelore, pg 126

Traditionally, Algiz/Elhaz is linked to the fetch/fylgja/valkyrie, communication, the idea of dangerousness if reckless, and to Odinic consciousness. My poems below (also written about 15 years ago as were the others) describe my experience with my fetch/fylgja (first poem) when I was about 5 or 6 years old (I'm 52 now), which directly led into an experience of cosmic consciousness (second poem) accompanied by a male companion (Odin?). There were two points of danger in the experience I am about to share - first, the danger of not letting go (of the initial flow of knowledge) prior to ascension, and second, the danger of not letting go (of the cosmic fullness of the knowledge experienced in an expanded state of awareness) when returning to normative awareness (which is not described in the poem). The second poem merely describes the process leading to ascension, not the content of the experience following expansion of consciousness. Here are my rune poems for Algiz/Elhaz:

SUDDENLY (contact with my fylgja ...)

hey you, what are you looking at
the mouse seemed to say silently, to me one day
hidden in the closet, coming close to see
where land meets sea, isolating some field of awareness
distracting the mind toward some special duty
hey you, what did you say
you talkin' to me?

hey you, what do you hear
the mouse seemed to say silently, to me one day
hidden in the closet, coming close to hear
wandering around this anomaly of conversation, suddenly plucked up
toward the task at hand, wiping off all others
hey you, do you hear what I hear
who goes there, talkin' to me

EPIPHANY (... leading to Odinic consciousness)

when I was six and
something happened, in my closet
finding a mouse, dead
in the closet
not afraid of mice, beginning to pick it up, stopped by
its eyes, open
I could not stop looking
I could not stop wondering
at it
it meant something more
beyond what I was
this mouse

looking at me

what what what what
listening I
could not move
I could not move
becoming being
mashing together, collapsing into my gut
a silence
cutting the bursting emptiness, when
eternity into a split mo-ment
a rush of
a whirlwind
bursting full
more than I could
ever understanding at once
coming out through my insides
surrounding filling
in the closet
to hold this treasured possession
in my mind of edges
yet then
trusting and letting go
these going out
such a strange thing was this doing
I was doing
turning inside out
becoming being within
of infinite place
above without end and below without bound

Just an additional note, I think it's pretty cool that the form of Algiz has a middle pillar (the Experiencer) with an arm on one side (the fylgja catching normative consciousness) and an arm on the other side (Odin plucking up into expanded consciousness).

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