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  • Kenaz Filan
    [from http://kenazfilan.blogspot.com] Our culture has an innate
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2010
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      Our culture has an innate distrust of "one-true-wayisms." We would like to
      believe that one creed is just as good as another and that everyone is
      entitled to believe whatever they like so long as they don't force their
      ideas on anyone else. Postmodernist
      philosophers<http://www.amazon.com/Routledge-Companion-Postmodernism-Companions/dp/0415333598?ie=UTF8&tag=kenfil-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969>have
      suggested that objective truth is merely a tool used by the dominant
      classes to maintain their privileged position. This worldview is challenged
      by Teiwaz, the Tyr-Rune. Teiwaz proclaims not only that objective truth
      exists, but that there are some truths which are worth fighting, dying and
      even killing over. But if it has little patience for relativism, neither is
      it a rune of simplistic moralizing. Like truth, Teiwaz is often hard,
      complex, and even paradoxical.

      Tyr, the God who gives this rune its name, became most famous for his role
      in trapping Fenrir<http://www.amazon.com/Jotunbok-Working-Giants-Northern-Tradition/dp/1847287298?ie=UTF8&tag=kenfil-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969>,
      the great wolf who threatened to devour the Nine
      Worlds<http://www.amazon.com/Pathwalkers-Guide-Nine-Worlds/dp/1430309709?ie=UTF8&tag=kenfil-20&link_code=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969>.
      Before he would consent to being bound by the magical rope, Fenrir demanded
      that one of the Gods place his sword-hand in his mouth as proof that no
      treachery was involved. Tyr agreed to do so: the wolf was tied and, in its
      efforts to escape, bit off Tyr's right hand. In breaking troth with the
      Great Wolf, Tyr preserved the universe from destruction. He proved himself
      willing to sacrifice not only his life but his honor for the greater good.
      When Teiwaz comes up in a reading, it may require this kind of sacrifice
      from the querent - not romantic martyrdom but squalid shame and degradation
      for that which Must Be Done. Teiwaz reminds us that honor is about living
      righteously, not about acclaim from the crowd.

      But though Teiwaz can demand difficult choices, it can also provide
      stability. Teiwaz points toward the facts which underpin our world. Gravity
      sends the earth spinning around the sun, whether or not we choose to accept
      it. 2 + 2 = 4. Those who say it equals 5 are not expressing a different but
      equally valid way of looking at things: they are simply wrong. And like
      mathematics and physics, there is an underlying truth to the ways of
      righteousness. Those ways may be as complicated as calculus or quantum
      mechanics: they may lead us not to the bright new future of Broadway
      musicals but to the terrible conclusions of Greek tragedy. But they are
      still there, and may still be followed by those who choose the right over
      the convenient.

      Needless to say, Teiwaz can be a terribly dangerous rune. To claim the truth
      and take responsibility for protecting it is a mighty obligation. Wielding
      Teiwaz requires tremendous humility and compassion: you must know well the
      difference between righteousness and self-righteousness and you must be
      prepared to mourn for that you must destroy. If you are not worthy to take
      up Teiwaz it will turn on you. It will find all your weaknesses and failings
      and use them against you: in the process it will either teach you a hard
      lesson or it will destroy you.

      When angered, Teiwaz can attack with a fury that would give
      Thurisaz<http://kenazfilan.blogspot.com/2010/04/thurisaz.html>pause.
      It combines that rune's pinpoint rage with the massive irresistible
      power that Isa <http://kenazfilan.blogspot.com/2010/05/isa.html> brings to a
      problem: its strike carries the weight of the inevitable. Those who are
      willing to follow Teiwaz wherever it might lead them can use that might
      toward a final victory. They may not survive the battle, but if their cause
      is worthy they can know that it will ultimately triumph, no matter the cost.



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      kenaz filan,
      p.o. box 3994, new york, ny 10163 | 917 267 7469
      kenazfilan.blogspot.com | www.kenazfilan.com
      author:
      the haitian vodou handbook,
      vodou love magic
      drawing down the spirits (w/raven kaldera)
      vodou money magic
      papaver somniferum: the most dangerous ally (forthcoming)


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