“Why won’t the runes give me a straight answer?” [Ask Me About Odin]
Due to the fact that last night’s oracular seidhr kicked my ass, and that I still have the answers to send out as well as another post I need to make, this week’s installment of “Ask Me About Odin” is going to be shorter than usual. However, it also has an unusual distinction in that this week, rather than “ask me about Odin,” it is “ask Odin.”
It was actually one of last night’s seidhr questions. As sometimes happens when the question is either from one of His own or on a subject matter He is closely concerned with, Odin took my body over to answer the question more directly, and the answer was so shattering that Jolene wondered, as she was taking it down, whether it was something she was even allowed to hear.
At the same time as He was speaking through me, however, Odin also informed me that the answer was to be shared more widely than just with the original querent. “Let them know the price,” He said.
The question was: “I have fallen in love with the Runes so to speak and am trying to learn to work with them at present, I guess what i need is for them to give me a straight answer as trying to read for myself is confusing, what do they (The Gods) want me to do?”
And Odin answered:
“The runes speak in riddles and poetry, not in straight answers. They share their mysteries and they hint and they whisper and they shout, but they do not speak in plain language – not what anyone who has any sense would call plain language, anyhow. To hear them, therefore, you must lose some of your sense. You must let go of your logic, and listen to the spirits of the runes as they speak to you.–as they sing and as they clamour and as they cajole and threaten. They will lead you down many a merry path, winding through landscapes you never dreamt existed, but you must go willingly, though the soles of your feet bleed and you cannot bear to take another step. One does not master the runes – not even I. One is penetrated by them, one is consumed, one is possessed by them. When you have become mad, you will hear them clearly. Sanity is the sacrifice they demand.”