*Oþala

Rötterna är stora,
rötterna är starka.
Av blod är bindningar gjort.
Det är framgång min,
det är familj min.
Mitt hemland håller mitt hjärta.
Mitt hemland håller min heder.

*OÞala is the homeland; the root of the tree. Though the journey is long, and the trail winds far, the spirit within our roots brings us home. It is where we have been, and where we have yet to go. *OÞala is ancestry, the family line. It is the inheritance that helps to make us who we are. By blood we are connected, and by blood we may be brought together. But blood’s prosperity is only found in right action. It is not found through hate, nor is it found through bigotry and malice. Blood’s prosperity is found through honor; the honor which ignites the ancestral fire within. “Lo there do I see my father, lo there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers , lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call me, they bid me take my place among them…”

“Homeland is precious to everyone; 
if he can enjoy whatever is right and proper,
by blood’s everlasting prosperity.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

The home is the most basic and sacred element of survival. Whether it be with family and community, or wherever the head may lie, a life without home is lived with hollow roots; a weakened experience, ending in regret. Though one’s home may not be lavish or gilt with gold, they are indeed better off than the one who is lacking. Home is family; home is community. Home is the roots which allow the tree to grow tall and strong. Without them; it will be crippled, and it will fade with time.

“One’s home is best, though a hut it be;
there a man is master and lord.
Though two goats, thine, and a thatched roof,
that is better than begging.”
-Hávamál: 36

Rötterna är stora,
rötterna är starka.
Av blod är bindningar gjort.
Det är framgång min,
det är familj min.
Mitt hemland håller mitt hjärta.
Mitt hemland håller min heder.

———————-

Number: 23/24

Phonetic Value: O

Literal Meaning: Homeland

Associations: Blood, rightfulness, ancestry, prosperity.

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