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    ... From: Henry Lauer ~ Hex Magazine [mailto:henry@hexmagazine.com] Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:13 PM To: HeathenNews@yahoogroups.com Subject: Hex
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      From: Henry Lauer ~ Hex Magazine [mailto:henry@...]
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      Subject: Hex Magazine >> Feast of Bread News 2012


      Feast of Bread 2012

      In this Edition:
      Hex Announcements
      Runic Reflections: Fehu
      New Heathen Music: Ein Skopudhr Galdra & Mistsorrow
      Stella Natura: Music Festival 21-23 September, 2012
      The Road to Thule: New Novel by Dave Lee

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      I am very sad to say that Issue #11 Fall/Winter 2012 will be the last
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      Arrowyn Craban Lauer
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      Hex Magazine

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      • Fehu •

      Old English Rune Poem
      Feoh (Money) is a comfort to humans all;
      But each one should deal it out abundantly,
      If he wants before the Lord to chance judgement.

      Old Icelandic Rune Poem
      Fe (Money) is kinsman’s quarrel
      And flood-tide’s token
      And necromancy’s road.

      Old Norse Rune Poem
      Fe (Money) causes kinsmen’s quarrel;
      The wolf is reared in the forest.

      ~ Rune poem translations by Sweyn Plowright

      Money tends to be bound up with intense feeling – particularly anxiety.
      It is essentially a symbol after all, onto which we are free to project
      a vast array of significances. Its spectral touch can thread throughout
      lives, throughout history itself. It is the justification for an
      infinity of injustices, absurdities, and cowardice.

      Is money really so bad as all that? The Old English Rune Poem, after
      all, suggests that it is a comfort for everyone. A comfort yes; but in
      their own ways, hard drugs and manipulative scheming are also comforts,
      tools by which truths are avoided and looming fears deferred.

      “Each one should deal it out abundantly:” if this advice or observation
      was felt necessary by the runic poet we can conclude that this ethos,
      though at one level rather trite, was not always considered or obeyed
      even among the poet’s contemporaries.

      So we might follow in the path suggested by the Old English Rune Poem
      and propose that Fehu’s worth lies in the way that we choose to relate
      to wealth in our lives. So far as money – and by that I really mean any
      kind of relation of exchange – is used as a substitute for other, inner,
      processes, it becomes a danger and the root of gratuitous conflict.

      Consider this: the ultra rich are often just as precious (pardon the
      pun) about money as the ultra poor, grasping at it fearfully, meting it
      out grudgingly. If we wish to use material plenty as a substitute for
      emotional well-being, honest and loving relationships, or ethical
      conduct, then we can never have enough money. Money will never be able
      to completely drown out the innate call back to our most fundamental truths.

      This is a lesson that the upwardly mobile sometimes discover, although
      more often they seem to lose it amid an orgy of shallow consumerism and
      frantic commercial grasping. The emotional toll that poverty often
      extracts cannot be exclusively paid down with material things when
      better times come.

      And sometimes it is the poorest who seem to be the most content, perhaps
      because in poverty the diversions and illusions of money are less
      available, forcing an increase in self-awareness. This is not to say
      that it is in anyway a joy to be poor; as it says in the Old Norse poem

      his heart doth bleed who has to beg
      the meat for his every meal

      Regardless of how much or how little each of us has, money is a
      distraction. It lets us forget that the whole of our experience is
      grounded in projection. By that I mean that everything I experience is
      finite, limited in perspective, fallible. I can only ever perceive a
      narrow slice of reality.

      Fortunately our projections are often accurate enough that we can
      survive and even thrive. But they’re still projections, and if reality
      were to shift without our noticing we might find ourselves in all kinds
      of trouble. Unfortunately, when our projections do not align with
      reality we are very good at improvising workarounds – excuses,
      justifications, nodes of rigid belief, inflexibilities. We tend to be
      less talented at accepting the real circumstances, embracing the
      humility and effort they require.

      As money, Fehu presents an exemplary metaphor for the all-pervasive
      challenge of reflection and action: of withdrawing ourselves from lazy
      acceptance of the status quo, of being sufficiently attuned to the world
      around us that we do not confuse knowing something with simply being
      used to it.

      Insofar as wealth implies exchange and relationships the rune is
      pointing us to consider our place in the causal web of existence. It is
      inviting us to act with a sense of consequence that goes beyond the
      psychic wasteland of disposable culture. It is inviting us to consider
      that relationships, though often invisible, are more real than things
      (and we are ourselves a kind of thing).

      Consequently, Fehu provokes an attitude in which we eschew simple,
      closed off explanations, interpretations, and responses to our
      experiences. It provokes us to be curious, to be open-minded, to look
      for ways to expand our understanding. It castigates us when we decide to
      focus only on the evidence that supports our opinions, when we decide to
      ignore anything that contradicts our cherished beliefs.

      Everyone is enslaved by money – regardless of how much or little they
      have – so long as they do not accept the challenge that Fehu presents.
      Only by surpassing something can we truly come to lay claim to it. Only
      by stripping something of our illusions can we appreciate its truth.

      The Old English Rune Poem emphasizes the importance of generosity. In
      this it anticipates Game Theory, which provides mathematical proofs for
      the principle that co-operation is always more efficient than
      competition. The more we circulate, the more integrated we become in our
      world. The more our lives are sheltered by webs of relationships, the
      less we flee from awareness into the empty universe of disconnected
      things that contemporary commercialism evokes.

      The rune poems mention the place of strife – between family, no less –
      in all of this. So I would like to offer a challenge – to detach
      whatever anxiety, anger, or resentment you might have from the
      circumstances or people that provoke those feelings. And recognize these
      emotions as helpful messages and reminders to you from your unconscious.
      It is waving and shouting and crying “listen to me!” Do so.

      Fehu comes first in all of the rune rows. Its emphasis on the importance
      of relationships, inter-connections, courage, curiosity, and
      epistemological humility certainly makes an excellent point of departure
      in our exploration of the runes that follow.

      Ken Robinson says, “if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never
      come up with anything original.” Fehu is a reminder that the ultimate
      thing you are seeking to “come up with” is nothing more or less than
      your Self. There is no higher reward, so be willing to embrace the

      If you enjoy my runic articles please consider visiting my website at
      http://www.findrune.com and booking a reading!

      ~ Henry Lauer

      * * * * * *

      New Heathen Music from
      Digipak Split CD
      Released by Aurora Australis Records

      Ein Skopudhr Galdra, the solo project of Hex Magazine editor Henry
      Lauer, unfolds a hypnotic journey of living ritual.
      A dream that drifts into shadow, darkness, ecstatic fury.
      Coiling and uncoiling in psychic shadow,
      avant garde, atmospheric, and extreme influences
      pulse through atavisms of mystery and the old god Woden.
      For fans of Dead Can Dance, Hawkwind, and Emperor.

      Mistsorrow perform epic neo-classical passages
      against the hum and grind of melancholic atmosphere.
      Steeped in natural beauty, against a reeling resonance,
      like the sad song of the horn against the mist…
      Echoes of Neptune Towers and Burzum´s Dauði Baldrs
      can be heard in the distance.

      Digipak CD (limited to 500 copies) available from Aurora Australis
      Records at http://www.aurora-australis.com.au/releases/AAR_007.htm

      Also available as a digital download at

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      Stella Natura: The Light of Ancestral Fires
      Three days and three evenings of music located in the
      Sierra Nevada’s Tahoe National Forest Desolation Wilderness:
      September 21-23, 2012

      Stella Natura: The Light of Ancestral Fires will be held at Shinnyboo
      Creek Resort in the high Sierras, in the heart of Tahoe National
      Forest’s Desolation Wilderness. This 160 acres of private property is
      lush with greenery thriving around every bend, with towering pines
      shading the trails and paths that lead you to the south fork Yuba River
      rushing over rock formations into gushing waterfalls and tide pools.

      Tickets and more information at
      Confirmed Artists:
      Aerial Ruin
      Aluk Todolo (FR)
      Arktau Eos (FI)
      Ash Borer
      Blood Axis
      Burial Hex
      Circulation of Light
      Funerary Call (CA)
      Hooded Archer
      Ironwood (AU)
      Lasher Keen
      Lux Interna
      Menace Ruine (CA)
      Mournful Congregation (AU)
      Pyhä Kuolema (FI)
      Sabbath Assembly
      Sangre de Muerdago (ES)
      Servile Sect
      The Sterling Sisters
      Sutekh Hexen
      The Lindbergh Baby
      Tuhkankantajat (FI)
      Will O’ The Wisp

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      The Road to Thule: New Novel by Dave Lee

      The Road to Thule: A techno-magical dystopian novel set in a flooded
      world, with songs.

      “Souls such as ours bear within them the terrible energies of cosmic
      fire and ice, the anvils of the giants. We are of the Allfather’s brood,
      and were forged for something greater, something that reality shatters
      on. You are of that bloodline, Alex, and you will come to know it.”

      Exiled from his pleasant life in the heathen Kingdom of Wessex, Alex
      Tyler embarks on a journey through the flooded British Isles’
      archipelago of tiny nations, to the far North. There, he is swept up
      into the power of Thule, masters its secret magical technology and
      becomes the warlord who will save his people.

      As Wessex and the other nations of the British Isles lurch into outright
      war with monotheist fanatics the Pure Light, the outcome will depend on
      two strange technologies. The problem is, one of them is deadly for any
      but a tiny, genetic elite to use, and the other, only Thule knows about.

      Keywords: English Heathenism, flooded world, magic, weird technology,
      dystopia, pagan culture.

      Warning: Contains sex, violence, singing, and English Heathenism.

      Plunge into the richly-realised English Heathen world of the Kingdom of
      Wessex, its customs, religion, law, aesthetic culture, rituals, and
      technologies that bridge science and magic.

      Enjoy the nuked remnants of the Vatican! See the words to songs that are
      already being recorded by Fire and Ice!

      Read the first five pages (and buy the book) at

      * * * * * *
      By the Hum of Ullr’s Bow: Winter Songs Compilation CD is still available!

      Bands on the compilation CD include:
      • A Minority of One • Allerseelen • Andrew King
      • At the Head of the Woods • Beastianity • Hamramr • Irij
      • Ironwood • Ruhr Hunter • Sangre Cavallum • Sieben
      • Steve von Till • Svarrogh • Waldteufel • Wardruna

      You can read more about the artists here:


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      Until Autumn Equinox, may you and your household be blessed and kept. Hail!
      ~ HEX Magazine

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