2/7/07 07:14 am - hakuzo - Viking Name
Your Viking Name is...
Your Viking Personality: You're a fearsome Viking, but you aren't completely uncivilized. The other Vikings make fun of you for that. You have a thirst for battle, and tend to strike first and think later. As a Viking, you're one of the "berserkers", and rush into battle with no clothes on. If the sight of you naked isn't enough to disable the enemy, your sword certainly will be.
You would have a very tough time making a long sea voyage in a Viking longboat. Other Vikings consider you "one of the guys".
You have a fairly pragmatic attitude towards life, and tend not to expend effort in areas where it would be wasted. Other people tend to think of you as manipulative and conniving.
2/7/07 02:39 am - hakuzo - Laguz and Loki
I was asked to speak on the subject of the conection between Loki and Laguz. I only have one reference to this connection, and it doesn't explain at all why there is a connection. All of what I am about to say is 100% personal gnosis. Feel free to treat it as such. If anyone has anything to add to what I am about to say, or has serious misgivings with what I am about to say, feel free to comment and say so. Here goes:
If indeed there is a connection between Loki and Laguz (which I believe there is), it probably has to do with three of Loki's aspects: Loki's ability to shape shift, Loki's destructive aspects, and Loki's ability to lie and obscure the truth/reality.
First off, Loki is well known as the shape shifter. This is also a well known property of water: it is the only substance found in nature that is found in all three states of matter (solid, gas, and liquid). Water also can take any shape, usually the shape of that which contains it. It can also (in the form of ice) be carved or frozen into a variety of useful shapes.
Second, water can be extremely destructive, especially in the form of a tsunami, a hurricane, or as a solvent. Brackish water can be a poison, able to make a healthy body ill. Water is also home and breeding ground for all kinds of nasty creatures, including malaria carrying mosquitos, snakes, alligators, sharks, etc.
Third, Laguz is stagnant, murky water. This sort of water obscures. It acts as a reflective surface, but reflects back a darkened picture, not an accurate resemblance. Should the surface of the water be disturbed, so will the image on it be warped and distorted.
There is a fourth connection between Loki and Laguz... Loki bares Fenrir, Hel, the Midgard Serpent, and Odin's horse, Sleipnir. As he gave birth, so does water. If we are to believe Darwin, all life came from the ocean. Our word 'Mother' comes from an indo-european root word, 'Ma', meaning 'Ocean', 'Mother', and 'Goddess', and is the same 'Ma' that refers to the dark indian mother goddess, Kali. Loki, being kin to the Jotun might be concidered the son of water.
1/30/07 05:56 pm - heathenhulagirl - Thoughts On Ingwaz
As things progress I get wonderful people in my life both IRL and on the web who find ways of stimulating thought on various runes. In this case hakuzo asked me what my thoughts were as relating Ingwaz and Laguz as each being part of that primal soup I mentioned in the last entry. I told him that in my opinion, whereas Laguz is representative of the whole soup in and of itself, Ingwaz is more selective.. As in the the DNA strand, where it takes components that make us up from what has been before.. ( this got kind of long and convoluted but was worth it in my opinionCollapse )
1/30/07 05:27 pm - heathenhulagirl - Thoughts On Laguz (x posted to runestersofcols
Laguz represents the primal soup from which we, as the human race, evolved. Thus it is the well of race consciousness that ties us together in times of need,making us stronger and it is the source of each individuals' strength on a physical level as well. It is not for naught that we are primarily made up of water after all. If we learn our own internal tides and how to read them we become a greater force to contend with than simply being ruled by them. Though learning when to 'go with the flow' as it were, is also an important lesson of Laguz. When you combine these ways of being in the world effectively, you have much of the rules of statecraft which is why this rune is a rune, not only of travel, learning and prosperity, but of leadership. Laguz brings us to many places both physically and emotionally within ourselves and when we understand this we prosper by it.
This little contemplation of Laguz occurred, btw, while waiting on the nurse at the doctor's office.. I was reading At The Well Of Wyrd and was suddenly hit with a big light-bulb over my head that said, 'write this down now or forget it'.. So I got the receptionist to give me paper and pencil and I wrote it all down. I'm just now getting around to putting it on the computer.. As I go on to the next book in the series. I figured I'd keep all inspired thought in it's proper place and all that.
1/27/07 09:59 pm - hakuzo - Surtrs Dagr?
They say that Saturday is the only day of the week without a name inspired by or without a direct nordic/germanic equivilent. Even if that's so, wouldn't it make more sense to attribute Saturday to Surtr? Isn't he a rough equivilent in some ways to the greek Chronos, and roman Saturn? The name is also similar...
12/26/06 08:27 pm - hakuzo - Odin's Dark Side
I'm sure you've all read about Odin's blood-lust, and tendancy to stir up trouble in the myths. How can Asatruars say that Loki isn't the dark side of Odin? Is anyone aware of a good arguement against the idea that Loki is Odin's shadow? Please share them, I would love to hear them.