Sunday, 17 June 2012

The Helmsman



The Helmsman;

Nine days and nights in Odin's tree,
Of questions ask and answers see-
Nine days and nights sing skaldic scribes
Of this and many other lives-



Praise not the day till it is ended
Praise not the sword till battle blended
Praise not the path till it is wended
Praise not the way, but apprehend it!


 

As cattle, fish and fowl do die
Each mortal life is measured-
Yet strange new lands before us lie
We chase with hearts uplifted-

Hear the spirit song of Ulfr Sigurdsson
In Odin's Raven's caw...
With wit and wisdom his longships leaped
Through battles, storms and more...

Yet even Vanir of Vanaheimr
Cannot keep men's fate at bay-
And so it came one grimstone night
And Ulfr fell away...




Launched on his voyage past realms of dead
Past Hel and Holy Mountain
A silver star to guide him on
And Heimdall's horn to found him!

As choirs call and fires roared
The rainbow bridge did open-
Bifrost bit and blazing lit
And Ulfr dreaming - woken


Now Midgrad falls and Nine worlds fall
As Yggdrassil is spinning!
Past Valhalah and Folkvangar
A new world here did win him-

And stepping out with mighty shout
Ulfr Sigurdsson set about him-
Traversing time and inner space
A spiritual transition mounting

Galactic tides neath cosmic skies
The Helmsman now arisen
Northwind has blown beyond self home
And courage follow vision

Beyond the stars in longships far
Above the heavens highness
Across Oceans vast and deep and fast
The voyage is inside us..



Cross  Fjords of Space a Cosmic race
Earth energy is learning
Light years of time within sublime
The spirit song returning...


Original Story c. Celestial Elf. Original music c. Crum of Moonloonies.


Presented by Odin Allfather, 
& Inspired by Robert Calvert's - Lucky Leif & The Longships,  
Hawkwind,
and  Havamal, The Wisdom of the North 
or The Sayings Of The High One 
in the Poetic Edda,
This is the tale of the Death and Life of Ulfr Sigurdsson,
Viking Helmsman and Northman of both Earth and Beyond.

Ulfr has been a worthy Captain of many a Longship in his time,
And brought his crew safely through assorted dangers. 
Longships were called 'Dragon Ships' by their enemies.
The average length of a Longship was 21 metres, 
the longest ever was 70 metres,
and could hold 30 oarsmen...

However and despite the well wishes of the Vanir of Vanaheimr
Loki with a heart of darkness moved beyond matter 
and killed Ulfr.

The Helmsman is given a fine send of on a Funeral ship.
As he goes to the beyond realms 
he finds the Rainbow Bridge within himself. 
Traveling this pathway to the Otherworlds, 
He pauses at the Astral realms
where he meets the goddess Freyja 
who guides him onwards. 
As they travel,
Ulfr notices that his spirit self is transforming further, 
He is becoming a star....


Odin;
In Norse mythology, One of Odin's names was Hangatyr, the god of the hanged, for having hanged nine days and nine nights on the tree Yggdrasil, a sacrifice to himself, in order to gain wisdom and knowledge.


When Odin hung on the World Tree in search of knowledge that is unknowable to the living,  he peered into the depths beyond the dead, into the void of nothingness called Ginnungagap ('beguiling void') that existed before all else in the Norse Universe.
Here he discovered the secret of the Runes, the letter-characters that were used throughout the entire world that was inhabited (or even visited) by the migrating Germanic tribes including Sweden, Iceland, England, and even Constantinople.
He also saw into the future, past the great battle of the End of Times called Ragnarok and beyond this into the new World that would emerge and exist after this, although it would not include himself
nor most of his kin.


Vanir;
In Norse mythology, the Vanir (singular Vanr) are a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom and the ability to see the future.
The Vanir are one of two groups of gods (the other being the Aesir) and are the namesake of the location Vanaheimr ('Home of the Vanir').
After the Aesir–Vanir War, the Vanir became a subgroup of the Aesir. Subsequently, members of the Vanir are sometimes also referred to as members of the Aesir.
The Vanir are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, both written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; and in the poetry of skalds.


Loki;
Loki is the father of Hel, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr
Loki is a shape shifter and in separate incidents he appears in the form of a salmon, mare, seal, a fly, and possibly an elderly woman. Loki'srelations with the gods end with his role in engineering the death of the god Baldr. Loki is eventually bound by the gods and banished.

The Rainbow Bridge;
Bifröst or The Rainbow Bridge is a burning rainbow bridge that reaches between Midgard (the world) and Asgard, the realm of the gods.
In my version however, this Rainbow Bridge is an analogy for a sacred, spiritual pathway to the inner realms beyond life and death...

Freyja;
Freyja is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, gold, war, and death. Freyja rules over her heavenly afterlife field Fólkvangr and there receives half of those that die in battle, whereas the other half go to the god Odin's hall, Valhalla.

About Moonloonies

Crum formed Moonloonies in 1991 out of the remaining ashes of Shockhead. Shockhead combined psychedelic sounds and the the driving beat, distortion and heavy bass of Hawkwind with a dub style and a dread-locked Rasta lead singer.
Crum also co-wrote the 'AGENTS OF CHAOS' with DAVE BROCK
( HAWKWIND Captain )
& played Keyboards on Hawkwind British & European tours.
Two subsequent live albums were recorded
'In your area' and' Live'.
Moonloonies are currently working on their 8th CD.

  

Be your friend’s true friend, 
Return gift for gift.
Blessed Be 


2 comments:

  1. Love the Hawkwind Connection as they are my favourite band.

    I recall the songs Hawkwind in your area, seen them live doing that at The Garage in Glasgow.. too long ago now.

    I recall there being a Ron Tree and a Captain Rizz, as well as Dave Brock etc

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, Hawkwind are indeed an inspirational band and i'm happy to make this collaboration with Crum who has played synth for them. Blessings ~

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