Rain, Wind

It’s been a cold, rainy spring here in southwestern Pennsylvania, and though there are lilies blooming in the garden and birds clamoring in the yard, I’m nevertheless wrapped under two blankets, the windows are shut tight and the rain and wind are beating at the glass.

3 AM – I am awake to the downpour, dark rains swelling the land, my bones themselves seeming waterlogged until they are spongy and wrinkled.

4:11 AM – The first bird opens his throat to swallow the dark in rising song slipping in between the rain. The land awakening, dawn remade. – Ali


Rain is probably from Proto Indo European reg, meaning “moist, wet”, related to Latin rigare (whence we get irrigate). In Proto Germanic reg became regna, and in Old English, regn, contracted to rain in Middle English. Spiritually the word indicates motion through initiation towards groundedness and release; it echoes the sentiments of many who feel that a shower is a baptism of the earth.


Wind is from Proto Indo European wento, “blowing”, the ancestor of Latin ventus (“wind”) and Proto Germanic wendas. This became wind in English. Originally it was pronounced to rhyme with kind, rind, and mind, but it switched to rhyme with pinned and sinned, perhaps because of the influence of the adjective windy (which always had a short ‘i’). Nevertheless it is not, as far as anyone knows, related to wind as in twisting, turning.

Spiritually the word imparts a willful agency to the wind, a will that is strong and long-lasting, but narrows and targeted on doorways, openings, decisions.


  • In-depth blog on Norse reconstruction. Nice emphasis on the sanctity of the Earth, which is not often emphasized in Ásatrú.
  • I just started playing with Terragen 2, the newer version of the software I used to create the landscape images on this site. It’s considerably more complex, but also a lot more powerful. Here’s my first image, on flickr: kind of excited… My second landscape landscape looks scraped by glaciers to me. I’m still using only the most basic parts of the program.
  • Enough Already: “I’m not smart enough, good enough, strong enough… and I need to be _ Enough, like, YESTERDAY.”
  • Quotes:
    • Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. – Ambrose Bierce
    • There is something Pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything. – Lord Byron
    • Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head. – Ambrose Bierce
    • A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden. – Southey
    • Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up. – Thoreau

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Moncha says:

    I just found your blog and I really like it.
    I love languages too and the info here is great.
    In The Netherlands we call rain: regen, so that is from the same source you are talking about. This is great.
    I really like the images too.
    Have a wonderful day.


    1. Jeff Lilly says:

      Thanks, Moncha! It’s great to have you drop by. Your blog looks really interesting, too; I look forward to reading it as you go!


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