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|THE WOTONOS DEDICATION|
We present some notes and a short ritual which you can repeat as often as desired. The invocation of the state has produced some good oracular results.
*Maghos. Proto-Indo-European root of ‘magician.’ Scholars derive no such word as ‘magic:’ It seems to arise merely as a description of ‘what magicians do.’ The root appears, for example, in the Persian Magos, one of their ancient priestly caste, and in the Germanic root *magan, to be able. This suggests how the Magi got their name.
The PIE root *wet, means ‘to see, as seers do.’ Evidenced by, for example, the Latin catch-all name for soothsayers, seers and diviners, Ouates, from which ‘Ovates’. Such seers had *woto or *wot, the oracular visionary state. From this comes the Old English wod, 'frenzied.'
'Experiencing the oracular visionary state' we would describe as *wotis.
*Wotonos breaks down into *woto/ the oracular visionary state, /*on/ which indicates ‘master of’ or ‘governor of’, and /*os noun suffix. Hence ‘Governor of the oracular visionary state.’
It reflects exactly the proto-Germanic root *Wodh/an/az, an early form of Wotan, Woden and eventually Odin/Odhinn.
Interestingly, scholars derive also a root *wotono, ‘who incarnates.’ Does this mean one who embodies, invokes the oracular vision?
We know no mythology or iconography for *Wotonos: it remains a purely linguistic reconstruction. Unsurprisingly then, in magical work it has manifested as the oracular visionary state itself and not as a god-form or personality.
The dedication given below in Proto-Indo-European and in English reflects the primary Odin myth of his sacrifice to himself by which he gained the runes. However, according to the story Odin sacrificed himself to the highest expression of godhead in his pantheon and not to an ordinary, or even a magical self. The dedication indicates instead ‘Myself which I know not,’ an open-ended dedication to engagement with Mystery, equating most nearly in the Western tradition to the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel.
SEWEI YOM EG NE GNEHO
SEWEM SEWEI GHEBHO
I AM WOTIS, IN THE VISION
I AM MAGHOS, ONE WHO CAN
I AM (name)
UNTO MYSELF WHICH I KNOW NOT
MYSELF UNTO MYSELF I GIVE
The Oxford Introduction to Proto-Indo-European and the Proto-Indo-European World by Mallory and Adams, esp. p. 327
The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots by Calvert Watkins