Tiw

This is a work in progress, I will return to finish it soon but it has taken far too long already and it is good enough for the moment. Name, Pronunciation, & Meaning: Tiw, pronounced /tiːw/ (IPA), carries a meaning of “god”. Tiw comes to Old English by way of the Proto-Germanic *Tīwaz which comes … Continue reading Tiw

Æled – An Anglo-Saxon Fire God

Name, Pronunciation, & Meaning: Æled, pronounced /ˈæː.led/ (IPA), means fire. But it isn’t a familiar word for us because our modern English word for fire descends from a completely different root. You know that old adage about how the inuit people have so many terms for snow? Well, there are a whole lot of words … Continue reading Æled – An Anglo-Saxon Fire God

Mōna

Name, Pronunciation, & Meaning: Mōna, pronounced /ˈmoː.nɑ/ (IPA), means moon and indeed is the root of our modern-English word moon.[i] The origins of the word moon and in turn Mōna come from the Proto-Germanic word *mēnô, a word rooted in moon and measurement, and further still from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s, itself likely a derivation of *meh₁- … Continue reading Mōna

The Wyrde (The Fates)

There are three Wyrde, three Wyrd Sisters. These take the form of spinners, spinning out the fate of men and measuring them out. If Wyrd is strung together like a great tapestry, each individual life is a thread being woven together to make that tapestry and affect the threads around it. But for all that … Continue reading The Wyrde (The Fates)

Taking Sacred Space

The demarcation of sacred space is an incredibly important part of most ritual aspects of Fyrnsidu. Methods of setting aside that space are greatly varied and some modern methods have less historical veracity. The method I use to demarcate outdoor sacred space is circumambulation with a torch. Circle the wigbed with a lit oak torch. … Continue reading Taking Sacred Space