I am a witch of Old World European Tradition, heiress to an operative state of Being known by my ancestors as Fornekja. Fornekja is a witchcraft of essential being and eternal soul craft transcending lifetimes. Fornekja, meaning "ancient one," is an authentic Traditional Old World European Witchcraft; a bloodline spiritual inheritance and hamingja where the witch is one who partakes of a stream of continuous consciousness and memory; this continuity of consciousness and memory are communicated to us in Tradition as having "archaic roots in deep time." This operative spiritual inheritance flows through me through the organic ancestral 'River of Blood' eternally linking the generations of my People throughout time.
Fornekja is not a religion, nor necessarily a practice. It is not trance magic. Rather, it is the Sacred Secular, a condition of consciousness which does negate nor consider the mind, the ego-self nor the physical to be enemies of evolution, but embraces them into a complete harmony of Wholeness.
Fornekja develops and evolves consciousness, fuels mastery of the mind, and catalyzes psychosynthesis. It's broader goal is evolution of the Tribe, the Folk.
The Old Icelandic word which describes the traditional witchcraft bequeathed to me through my Old European Ancestral Folksoul, my Ancestors and the Master Witches of my People is Fornekja. Runologist and expert in Old Germanic and Old English languages Edred Thorsson translates the word fornekja as "old one." Here I deconstruct the word to see what other pieces of meaning arise, and if these meanings support Thorsson's translation.
Forn means ancient, the old ways, the ancient ones.
Fórn means an offering, a gift. (Thus, a root of the ancestral tradition of Yuletide gift-giving among kindred.)
Ek is a personal pronoun, I.
Ja means yes, an affirmation, to assent to something, to agree to something.
Ekja means the act of carrying (something) in some type of vehicle (like in a cart, physical body, genetic material or consciousness).
Taken together, we can understand clearly now that fornekja does mean "old one", "an old soul" - and more specifically, fornekja refers to a person with a soul rooted in cosmic antiquity who has assented to carry the "old ways of the ancients ones" within the vehicle of the self, genetic material, body and consciousness - in reciprocal offering - the ancient ones of Living Tradition to the witch, and the witch of Living Tradition to the ancient ones.
Fornekja is an ancient bloodline contract, a heritable covenant, which extends into primordial deep time. The binding power of this bloodline contract may be extended to kindred through intention filled gift-giving, especially during Yuletide.