My First Mead

Lately I have begun to brew mead, it has been something I have wanted to do for the longest of time. But as with most things that are simple, putting them into drive seems to be the hardest, so after researching and asking (with the usual backlash of “people”). I had finally found the simplest way of doing it, if you need a confidence boost, I suggest you find a heathen brewer due to there is no shortage. As it was stated to me the overcomplicated wine brewing is applied to making mead, and the “wine snob” is always present. I will tell you it takes time and penitence’s with some monitoring to boot but after my first batch of young mead I’m quite hooked.

The Basics

I picked up a book titled “Make mead like a Viking” by Jereme Zimmerman in no way am I making fun of this book, but it is geared towards the west with the Nordic term of Viking. See the term below for the meaning of Viking!

Viking – any of the Scandinavian seafaring pirates and traders who raided and settled in many parts of northwestern Europe in the 8th–11th centuries.

So as many of my weekend afternoons intitle I started to read this book it gave a bit of history which is much appreciated. But then the surprise came with his more knowledgeable exploits of herbs and traditional brewing. At this point I am waiting for the wildflowers to begin coming through the ground as the snow recedes. I will be trying my hand at wild fermenting in this aspect as well as gathering.

He also decided to include a basic for his own ritual practice well he brews his mead, one of hos major key items is his stirring stick. In a coming video in March, I have decided to go out to the apple orchard’s and find a long enough limb and make one of my own. (He explains in detail why he uses a stirring stick). All and all I was quite impressed with this little gem and the information given. I do recommend it it you are looking for a basic startup guide instead of the many groups on Facebook.

So recommended basics

Glass jar with lid (Although I’ve seen plastic used to brew it is not good for long-term aging)

An Airlock (recommend finding a brew store you’ll pay more for the shipping)

Raw unfiltered honey (This is the most expensive part because once you taste it and realize what actual honey taste like you won’t get anything else)

Yeast (easily available in brew stores depending on the type results well vary)

Most importantly purified or a clean water source (Budgets can get in the way and acquiring things in time can be the best option but like most when set up it get easier)

Nutrition for the yeast to feed on raisins work well and are cheap.

Such is the basics needed for a batch and how I started my first mead which hasn’t turned out great but not bad either.

Plans for me and the Mrs. eventually well be to start a Meadery in the area eventually I think it would do extremely well here. But Ill have a page dedicated to my exploits very soon to follow.

Valkyries

Artwork by Christian Sloan Hall

A subject I would like to touch on for the longest of times which is one of the Valkyries and their connection to the dead. Many say that these are the passed on female ancestors which from the sounds of it would ensue that all of our female passes on into the hall of Wotan’s. Much like there are only a few and selected breed of warrior that are chosen for Wotan’s/Freya’s halls I believe the same for the Valkyrie.

“Wotan is the Old High German name of the Germanic god Odin. Wotan may also refer to: “Wotan“, an essay on the god by Carl Jung included in Notes of the Seminar Given in 1928–1930.”

The Valkyrie are the embodiment of war the sounds of battle and the clashing of the weapons in the old times. These I presume were Wotan’s personal Valkyrie’s the choosers of the slain for his golden halls. I’d say that not all are chosen to be one of the “choosers of the slain”, just like the holy undead warriors I believe it is earned and often gruesome. I think this would also go for Fólkvangr as well.

“In Norse mythology, Fólkvangr (Old Norse “field of the host”or “people-field” or “army-field”) is a meadow or field ruled over by the goddess Freyja where half of those that die in combat go upon death,”

Meaning as the link provided below with a list of names that many took on an awfully specific role for the lord they served. The Nordic and Germanic peoples more than likely had a names to describe the phenomenon of battle. Such termed as the name Goll meaning Tumult or noise, Battle, describing the noise of battle that is in session.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_valkyrie_names

“Valkyrie, also spelled Walkyrie, Old Norse Valkyrja (“Chooser of the Slain”), in Norse mythology, any of a group of maidens who served the god Odin and were sent by him to the battlefields to choose the slain who were worthy of a place in Valhalla. These foreboders of war rode to the battlefield on horses, wearing helmets and shields; in some accounts, they flew through the air and sea. Some Valkyries had the power to cause the death of the warriors they did not favor.”

“Heroine Valkyries guarded the lives and ships of those dear to them.”

These would be more a kin to your ancestors (female or a guardian termed Fylgja (more commonly known as Fetch). These can take animal form as well but well typically watch over their descendants. Keep in mind this is very much like a common sense and an urge of caution when hasty decisions are made or even intimate danger. Like the humans we are we can easily and often prone to make mistakes. This is the learning curve in which we elevate ourselves into a higher consciousness. But with that being said some mistakes are irreversible and cannot be undone. Our fetch is there to remind us of past experience but ultimately let us learn or be doomed to make the same decisions over if necessary. In a way we call this personal responsibility of our own actions.

“Old Norse literature made references to purely supernatural Valkyries and also to human Valkyries with certain supernatural powers.”

This brings us to the typically visioned Valkyrie as the beautiful European female the ones described by mortals in saga. Well, the ones that embodied the bloody aspects of war grim in features and id imagine the smell of death. The wild hunt is a good example of this with its riders sweeping through the veil.

“Both types of beings were associated with fairness, brightness, and gold, as well as bloodshed.”

The Ghostly spirits of the dead and grim, well some are captured in saga and taken as brides or waiting for mighty heroes. Just as can be seen with angels in the Christian religion so here can we see the usage of the Valkyrie taken from olden times and repurposed. The two are of the same concept simply different times and religion.

“Wild Hunts typically involve a “soul-raving” chase led by a mythological figure escorted by a ghostly or supernatural group of hunters passing in wild pursuit.”

9NV Honor

Merriam webster definition of honor

good name or public esteem REPUTATION a showing of usually merited respect 

RECOGNITION pay honor to our founder.

 PRIVILEGE had the honor of joining the captain for dinner a person of superior standing —

now used especially as a title for a holder of high office or one who’s worth brings respect or fame (note celebrities in todays modern world do not count)

Honor the Third 9NV is this week’s thoughts of this writing, as is many conceptions of honor exist it can be indescribable to try and explain the concept in a overbearing paragraph. What one considered Honor may in fact be dishonorable in another’s term, many examples in religion and politic to this day are exampled. It comes down to the victor and the loser of whatever engagement that had conspired, as well as spilling into personal honor versus honor of your current kin or party.

The various degrees can become a multi-level of layers to peel though and some ending in discuss. People have a tendency of throwing this word around as much as the word brother and at times it can feel sickening. My personal account is I’ve tend to walk away from such discussion around the fire. As in sumble we always advise on what oath or boost you purpose or share due to that it does affect’s everyone. With the third round we typically always thank the land, the host or even another ancestor. Much in the way of oaths the honor gained from upholding your oath is much easier then trying to recount from an oath broken. Courage and Truth stand readily next to Honor as they are the first two in the nine noble virtues. Being truthful with yourself and having the courage to make the changes necessary is and always well be a good first step. This being said this could the will to except criticism in terms of personal growth and upholding moral value.

Below is a brief history provided by Wikileaks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Noble_Virtues

The Nine Noble Virtues, NNV, or 9NV are two sets of moral and situational ethical guidelines within certain sects of Odinism and Ásatrú. One set was codified by former member of Sir Oswald Mosley‘s British Union of Fascists and National Socialists, John Yeowell (a.k.a. Stubba) and John Gibbs-Bailey (a.k.a. Hoskuld) of the Odinic Rite in 1974, and the other set codified by Stephen A. McNallen of the Asatru Folk Assembly in 1983.

However, others believe that the earlier set, the one the Odinic Rite claim they codified, were originally put together and labelled as the Nine Noble Virtues (the “9NV”) by Edred Thorsson during his time with the original AFA. They are supposedly based on virtues found in historical Norse paganism, gleaned from various sources including the Poetic Edda (particularly the Havamal and the Sigrdrífumál), and as evident in the Icelandic Sagas).

The Nine Charges are a different list of more explicitly phrased moral or ethical guidelines codified at about the same time. The Six-Fold Goal is yet another list of virtues, given as “Right, Wisdom, Might, Harvest, Frith and Love” by Stephen Flowers (a.k.a. Edred Thorsson) in 1989.

The Aesirian Code of Nine is also used by some practitioners of Heathenism, consisting of “honor, knowledge, protect, flourish, change, fairness, conflict, balance and control.”

“Nine Noble Virtues”
Courage
Truth
Honor
Fidelity Discipline Hospitality
Self-Reliance Industriousness Perseverance
“Some Odinist Values”
Strength is better than weakness.
Courage is better than cowardice.
Joy is better than guilt.
Honor is better than dishonor.
Freedom is better than slavery.
Kinship is better than alienation.
Realism is better than dogmatism.
Vigor is better than lifelessness.
Ancestry is better than rootlessness

Nine Charges

The Nine Charges were codified by the Odinic Rite in the 1970s.

  1. To maintain candor and fidelity in love and devotion to the tried friend: though he strikes me I will do him no scathe.
  2. Never to make wrongsome oath: for great and grim is the reward for the breaking of plighted troth.
  3. To deal not hardly with the humble and the lowly.
  4. To remember the respect that is due to great age.
  5. To suffer no evil to go unremedied and to fight against the enemies of Faith, Folk and Family: my foes I will fight in the field, nor will I stay to be burnt in my house.
  6. To succor the friendless but to put no faith in the pledged word of a stranger people.
  7. If I hear the fool’s word of a drunken man I will strive not: for many a grief and the very death growth from out such things.
  8. To give kind heed to dead people: straw dead, sea dead or sword dead.
  9. To abide by the enactments of lawful authority and to bear with courage the decrees of the Norn’s.

9NV Truth

Today below this writing I’ll leave information about the history of the nine noble virtues, but well also talk about what they mean to us. It is true that they were set in motion by national socialist. These core values are not a bad thing and never should be taken lightly. Although the folk know a days need to be weeded through. Some have trouble leaving their past ills behind and have no want of change. This in itself brings us to the second for this week which is Truth.

Merriam webster Definition of Truth the body of real things, events, and facts ACTUALITY the state of being the case. Often capitalized a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true.

            Truth for many can be hard to hear let alone comprehended, in todays world the more deception that can be laid the harder it seems to press to find a form of truth. In this is where comfort comes into play that even a small grain is satisfactory. But for thoughts who are not satisfied truth can be seen as some enlightened journey that they spend their entire lives on. In this process do some seldom find what they are looking for, but they replace it with the journey and except the reality at the end of the road. So, in some ways this is the truth they were looking for.

            But as for our folk that truth is the spiritual enlightenment and wading through the streams of nonsense and cryptic rhetoric. Only by doing this and learning what knowledge is and the utilization of it can we find our true selves. People well try and stop your unforeseen forces well try and stop you. Sometimes your forced to take a backseat and let it play out, then one day it hits you and some of the puzzle snaps in place. This is the will of Wryd or more commonly known as the Fate.

                Indeed, truth is a hard thing to comprehend, many thinking that they our enlightened seem to ask the questions of why I am here and are we alone in the universe.  I say why bother with things you have no control over, but the why am I here well we can find that out when we see are web that is weaved.

            Below is a brief history provided by Wikileaks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Noble_Virtues

The Nine Noble Virtues, NNV, or 9NV are two sets of moral and situational ethical guidelines within certain sects of Odinism and Ásatrú. One set was codified by former member of Sir Oswald Mosley‘s British Union of Fascists and National Socialists, John Yeowell (a.k.a. Stubba) and John Gibbs-Bailey (a.k.a. Hoskuld) of the Odinic Rite in 1974, and the other set codified by Stephen A. McNallen of the Asatru Folk Assembly in 1983.

However, others believe that the earlier set, the one the Odinic Rite claim they codified, were originally put together and labelled as the Nine Noble Virtues (the “9NV”) by Edred Thorsson during his time with the original AFA. They are supposedly based on virtues found in historical Norse paganism, gleaned from various sources including the Poetic Edda (particularly the Havamal and the Sigrdrífumál), and as evident in the Icelandic Sagas).

The Nine Charges are a different list of more explicitly phrased moral or ethical guidelines codified at about the same time. The Six-Fold Goal is yet another list of virtues, given as “Right, Wisdom, Might, Harvest, Frith and Love” by Stephen Flowers (a.k.a. Edred Thorsson) in 1989.

The Aesirian Code of Nine is also used by some practitioners of Heathenism, consisting of “honor, knowledge, protect, flourish, change, fairness, conflict, balance and control.”

“Nine Noble Virtues”
Courage
Truth
Honor
Fidelity Discipline Hospitality Self-Reliance Industriousness Perseverance
“Some Odinist Values” Strength is better than weakness. Courage is better than cowardice.
Joy is better than guilt.
Honor is better than dishonor.
Freedom is better than slavery.
Kinship is better than alienation.
Realism is better than dogmatism.
Vigor is better than lifelessness.
Ancestry is better than rootlessness

Nine Charges

The Nine Charges were codified by the Odinic Rite in the 1970s.

  1. To maintain candor and fidelity in love and devotion to the tried friend: though he strikes me I will do him no scathe.
  2. Never to make wrongsome oath: for great and grim is the reward for the breaking of plighted troth.
  3. To deal not hardly with the humble and the lowly.
  4. To remember the respect that is due to great age.
  5. To suffer no evil to go unremedied and to fight against the enemies of Faith, Folk and Family: my foes I will fight in the field, nor will I stay to be burnt in my house.
  6. To succor the friendless but to put no faith in the pledged word of a stranger people.
  7. If I hear the fool’s word of a drunken man I will strive not: for many a grief and the very death growth from out such things.
  8. To give kind heed to dead people: straw dead, sea dead or sword dead.
  9. To abide by the enactments of lawful authority and to bear with courage the decrees of the Norn’s.

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Sacred Artifacts and you

During are Yule blot the last for 2020 as we stood collected reminiscing of the few years gone by. We thought of how we started, and we could laugh, and we look at use know. The objects we have collected, the people that stand with us still and the people that have gone. Ever watchful we have become it’s been a long three and a half years with much trial.

                The items we’ve gathered have know become a sacred alter objects such as the skull upon are altar. It was taken from our first Hof and has to be at least 2 to 4 years old; the bones are yellowed and have become brittle in some spots. The drum that was hollowed out from a downed tree and a home tanned hide that stretched across. This is what makes these attached and sacred the amount of time and effort the stumbling on a tool for ritual.

 The spear a representation of Odin and one of the most common weapons of the ancient world. The drum representing the skald, the God Bragi as music drums to the should of words and the sacred Blotar. The primal essence the smell of the wood smoke and the glass jar that contains a fragment of last year’s hunter’s ritual to be used at the next. These ritual habits have become sacred overtime. What may look like common and everyday items or oddities have become tools of enlightenment. Some stay in procession of particular individual’s others are given a place among the personal Altars. Over time as some may break down, they well be repurposed and possible used in a different manner.

The sacred item must be cared for in a very lustrous way with truly little expense spared, such things may be frail or not even seen by the eyes of outsiders.

9NV Courage

Today below this writing I’ll leave information about the history of the nine noble virtues, but well also talk about what they mean to us. It is true that they were set in motion by national socialist. These core values are not a bad thing and never should be taken lightly. Although the folk know a days need to be weeded through. Some have trouble leaving their past ills behind and have no want of change. This in itself brings us to the first for the week which is courage.

Merriam webster Definition of Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

Don’t kid yourself everyone has that primordial fear of the unknown and what they don’t understand. Fear in the face of an advisory or a feat is the driving force ones mental and moral capacity to show courage. Mastery of such is self-control and in my view is never one hundred percent. Shocking the body into fight or flight responses is taxing and takes its toll afterwards the physical and mental demands can leave you drained. This is courage the kind of courage that speaks volume, the courage of what most consider today is a shade. A derogatory/degenerate element of the current culture to do what was out of the normal bounds in which know has become “Normal”. For the society of today what they considered to be an acted of rebellion has become a standard in which they have made plain and mundane. The only thing at this point they have done is made our courage impregnable and or faith stronger. By doing this the natural cycle well turn again.

But the question is how well we keep our folk strong when the tides turn? after it is said and done.

Below is a brief history provided by Wikileaks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Noble_Virtues

The Nine Noble Virtues, NNV, or 9NV are two sets of moral and situational ethical guidelines within certain sects of Odinism and Ásatrú. One set was codified by former member of Sir Oswald Mosley‘s British Union of Fascists and National Socialists, John Yeowell (a.k.a. Stubba) and John Gibbs-Bailey (a.k.a. Hoskuld) of the Odinic Rite in 1974, and the other set codified by Stephen A. McNallen of the Asatru Folk Assembly in 1983.

However, others believe that the earlier set, the one the Odinic Rite claim they codified, were originally put together and labelled as the Nine Noble Virtues (the “9NV”) by Edred Thorsson during his time with the original AFA. They are supposedly based on virtues found in historical Norse paganism, gleaned from various sources including the Poetic Edda (particularly the Havamal and the Sigrdrífumál), and as evident in the Icelandic Sagas).

The Nine Charges are a different list of more explicitly phrased moral or ethical guidelines codified at about the same time. The Six-Fold Goal is yet another list of virtues, given as “Right, Wisdom, Might, Harvest, Frith and Love” by Stephen Flowers (a.k.a. Edred Thorsson) in 1989.

The Aesirian Code of Nine is also used by some practitioners of Heathenism, consisting of “honor, knowledge, protect, flourish, change, fairness, conflict, balance and control.”

“Nine Noble Virtues” Courage
Truth
Honor
Fidelity
Discipline
Hospitality
Self-Reliance Industriousness Perseverance
“Some Odinist Values”
Strength is better than weakness.
Courage is better than cowardice.
Joy is better than guilt.
Honor is better than dishonor.
Freedom is better than slavery.
Kinship is better than alienation. Realism is better than dogmatism. Vigor is better than lifelessness. Ancestry is better than rootlessness

Nine Charges

The Nine Charges were codified by the Odinic Rite in the 1970s.

  1. To maintain candor and fidelity in love and devotion to the tried friend: though he strikes me I will do him no scathe.
  2. Never to make wrongsome oath: for great and grim is the reward for the breaking of plighted troth.
  3. To deal not hardly with the humble and the lowly.
  4. To remember the respect that is due to great age.
  5. To suffer no evil to go unremedied and to fight against the enemies of Faith, Folk and Family: my foes I will fight in the field, nor will I stay to be burnt in my house.
  6. To succor the friendless but to put no faith in the pledged word of a stranger people.
  7. If I hear the fool’s word of a drunken man I will strive not: for many a grief and the very death growth from out such things.
  8. To give kind heed to dead people: straw dead, sea dead or sword dead.
  9. To abide by the enactments of lawful authority and to bear with courage the decrees of the Norn’s.

One winter old

As of the 18th, of January Midwinter we well be one year old, I had never know what to expect when we decided to start the Wisconsin Rural Folk Society. The hard work and watching the fruits of our labor come to pass has been exhilarating. The traffic on the website brings in the most of our views and has been thus far a great way of distributing content.

Wiruralfolk.org

You see we were born on the principles of education and ceremonial practice, with out of the derogatory nonsense that seems to float of social media and with disinformation. Sure, well post up what we do and few pictures, well be writing articles and trying to use our presences in multiply platforms to make connections. But when it comes right down to it, the personal meeting at moots and the vetting process well be where are true power lies. What I mean by that is any of our European Folk are welcome to come hand out with us, there current is no membership program after being vetted. This is so we know who you are which in most cases seems to be an issue with most today.

FAQ: Is their membership into The Wisconsin Rural Folk Society?

There current is no membership program if a system were ever to come into place it would have to be built from the ground up. We also try and never take dues or any other thing of that nature as it has been stated by our many participants “It’s not about the Money”. Which we entirely agree.

In time we well release more structured planning later in the year, these will detail the structure and our bylaws and how we will operate for the coming future.

Them Dam Tattoo’s

The Ice maiden

In today’s modern era tattoos are so common, it is hard to find an adult without some kind of ink marking. Many refer it to as the mark of the slave, I believe this is a more personal reference in the current time that biblical rule has installed. But it is best not to argue especially when dealing with other members of your own. It is highly suggested that most of our ancestors were never tattooed and the arguments can be made with references to Tacitcus (if I remember correctly). Plus, other findings in the ancient world, the ice maiden is a good example.

This being said I will give my opinions on tattooing and how they may have been applied in the past. It is well known that many other cultures had various methods of tattooing particular the Chinese and Maori. Arguments could also be made in the stone age as many weapons were forged and harden in the fire that would leave marks on the body deep in the skin. Many in the neo culture discredit any tattooing and well straight out tell you that are ancestors were not tattooed. But just like most that think polygamy is a good idea without thinking of today’s consequences or little thought of.

I will use the example of polygamy as I will explain this down below.

Just like higher lords and kings would often take multiple wives and concubines, many stood at the risk of assassination by a political adversary. This ensured that their bloodlines in the political spectrum existed. Such may have been true with skin marking for tribal or possible warrior bands and other forms of divine association. This being said I believe kings had the funding to possible import the trade to be done, well the individuals associated may have actually used a dye to mark their skin. Dye itself was used in clothing and other products that were produced with the labor of peoples. It would make sense they may eventually use this practice to mark their loyalties to nobility or others.

The Picts and Celts were said to have painted themselves this way so I think its safe to say that the dye process was a thing. As for the actual tattooing much has been speculated that the trade routes into the silk road were used by our forebears. Some practices from the east may have been adopted such as the methods of scaring or much like or similar to the Maori. I am also sure that I am missing someone else along the way on the continent that practiced such.

The self-initiate and today’s “shaman’s”

                In today’s word the self-initiate sometimes if not most does more harm then others, then you have the few who turn it into a business. By doing this they lose the respect for the role they wish to play, the self-learning that is highly encouraged takes a backseat. The mind numbing of the following sheep begin with the chanting of the wolves. Our practice today seems to have become something quite similar to the monolithic churches of modern times. These individuals that claim to serve the greater community have incorporated their brand of personal politics and political correctness into their works. Such is the ability of social media to hide your own branding under a mask, but when confronted in person your character and personality is typically the first judgment passed on you. This in itself isn’t a bad thing it well allow you to be gauged by people that you may potentially call friend one day.

                Don’t get me wrong if your circle has chosen you to conduct the services required that is good, but before just casting things out hastily is poor responsibility. Make sure you research what you’re doing to the hilt and if you are still stuck perhaps seek out a mentor. (metaphors ahead) But as said above don’t let that discourage you from trying, conducting Blot takes practice. It when you hit that wall and relies it you don’t stop, no you find a way to climb or in some cases you walk around. But just like walking around it takes longer, and you gain that experience of how to do something better. Sometimes you keep what is learned from the climb but other times its shorter to go up and over. (metaphors ahead)

People are a lot like a white tail deer on their travels Bedding, food, water, and every time the same trails and path of least resistance. So much so can they be predictable in the early seasons of hunting that they get bagged so to speak. Traveling the realms is no different with most people and the actual traveling doesn’t go very much further then a search engine. Which results in the instant gratification of one’s mind in the age of the screen. We have found the hard work of building your skill-set and achieving your goals with your own two hands a lot more satisfying. Even if no one thinks much of what you’re doing the sense that you create after failing multiply times is the reward. Even the God’s have proven to fail time and time again the story of Odin and Frigg raising Angar, Geirrod come to mind. – Heiliger Mann Bär

The Photo in this writing is a place I hold very dear, in 2019 I put my self out in early spring it was due or die and yes, I could chose to return to society at any time but did not until I was forced to due to injury’s