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Phol – Saxon god of male fertility (aspect of Balder).

Platform magic – The magic circle is a feature of more southerly practices which does not appear in the north. Instead there were three method of isolating the magician from the world around him- or herself. One was the ox-hide, which was marked with nine squares and stood or sat upon. A second was the setting out of hurdles, or lengths of wood, to form a skeletal nine square arrangement, with the center square being occupied. The third method was the platform, literally what it says, usually supported by four posts and high enough of the ground for someone to get underneath, which happened in at least one tale in which runes cut on the supports countered the ritual in progress above.

Poetry – Poetry was a powerful weapon in the northern magician’s armory, and the majority of charms and incantations were in verse. Two possible metres can be used for charms.The first, incantation metre, is composed in the following manner. Lines one and three have four stresses, and are divined by a caesura (a pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics) into two half-lines with two stresses in each. The first stressed syllable of the second half-line had to alliterate with either or both of the stresses in the first half-line. Lines two and four were not broken and contained only two or three stressed syllables, not four. Line five would be the same as line four, but with slight verbal variation in the content.The second form was chant metre. This varied from incantation metre only that it did not use a fifth line.

Primestave – Wooden almanac with day, month, lunar and solar rotation and holy days engraved with runic symbols. Also called a “Cog Alamac”.

Primsigning – An agreement to think about becoming a baptized Christian which Norsemen undertook in order to trade with Christian communities. One could delay baptism for quite a while by use of the primsigning.

Proving – Proving refers to both the runes being cut and the person doing the cutting. The concept of magical initiation was as valid for a runemaster as for anyone else, and the knowledge imparted orally and in practical demonstration would only have been communicated to the worthy, who would have to prove their worth. And any single inscription, once cut, would need to be proven before it was known to be of use to the runemaster, enabling it to be added to the corpus of knowledge that individual accumulated. King, Elements of the Runes.

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