In the Northern Tradition, the Wyrd is the product of the three Norns who weave this web of fate or destiny which is under the control of Orlog, the omnipotent, omnipresent and eternal law of the universe to which we all are bound. However, I’ve found that shamanically, one can work with the three Norns to bring about outcomes that serve the highest good of all, and particularly during times of eclipses, such as the one we just had.
So how do we talk to the Norns? How do we petition the fates? Well, it makes sense to me to use the language of the Northern Tradition as it comes from those who created the myths about the Norns, the World Tree and the Wyrd, and by that language, I mean using the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark for divination. So on the morning of the eclipse, I threw the runes and was presented with six of them, in three pairs, as shown below.
I won’t say what I asked for, because as I always say, “magic shared is magic halved.” But anyone who knows me can make an educated guess, and also if you are familiar with the runes, it won’t have escaped your notice that there is a strong presence of the Earth Mother, Nerthus, and the god of Sovereignty, Ing, not to mention horses, which are a symbol of Sovereignty.
The bottom row shows Sigel, or the Wheel of the Sun and it represents the tremendous power of the Sun and the clear attainment of goals. Ehwaz is next and it means ‘horse’. It represents a journey that signifies the destiny that the Wyrd of our life has set for us. Ehwaz is ruled by Earth and the fertility goddess Freyja, the sister of Frey who, as Ing, rules Sovereignty.
The middle row shows Lagu, ruled by Nerthus the Earth mother. It represents water and fluidity and is the medium by which passage may be gained but not without risk – as they knew on The Titanic! The second rune in the middle row is Rad, which symbolises riding – both on horseback and by sexual intercourse – and it represents the transference of energies, from one place to another. Rad is also ruled by Nerthus the Earth Mother, and Freya’s brother, Frey, in his Sovereignty aspect of Ing.
The top row shows firstly female deity Beorc, which is governed by Earth and echoes the shape of the breasts of the Earth mother Nerthus. It represents purity and purification and signifies new beginnings on a higher organic level. And finally, there’s the rune for Ing, the ithyphallic (to me) aspect of Frey which governs Sovereignty and who is the consort of the Earth mother, Nerthus.
I told my spirits what I was going to do, and it was as follows. I devised a picture for each row, showing a sort of moving tableau of what I felt each pair meant to me. Then I visualised the picture of the bottom row during the first half hour before the eclipse, the second picture during the eclipse itself, and the third picture in the half hour after the eclipse.
Halfway through that process, I did slip into an actual shamanic journey in which lots of Wyrd stuff happened. I won’t go into the details of that here, though. I wrote this merely to show a way to work with runes shamanically. I hope it helps.
The Bright World of the Gods
A real faery-tale from the mists of Avalon
by Annie Dieu-Le-Veut
This is a real faery story …
The Bright World of the Gods was gifted into my Dreamtime by the spirits of the land that inhabit the other dimensions permeating the Vale of Avalon, in Somerset, England. These spirits are known locally as the Gentle Folk, or the Fae, although you might know them better as faeries. So this is a real faery story from a benevolent Elder race whose role it is to guide the steps of humanity.
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The Bright World of the Gods is a real faery story for curling up with by the fire when the white frost of the Sugar Plum Faery is crackling the grass underfoot. It’s also perfect for dreaming with, on balmier days, under a gnarled old apple tree in an enchanted wood.
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I often go into a shamanic trance to commune in the Otherworlds with the Gentle Folk, and to bring back their gifts, in the form of healing or guidance. I sometimes meet them in what’s known as The Glastonbury Zodiac – a huge 30-mile-round ring of earthworks that mirror the stars above the Somerset Levels, which is overlooked by the sentinel of Glastonbury Tor.
Once, when journeying in this way, to the east of the circle, I came upon the Faery Stone. This is a large, upright standing stone which is inscribed all over with glyphs that have become covered, over the aeons, with green moss. The Faery Stone opened up to reveal a room. I went inside to look around, but it was empty. Then three Gentle men arrived.
I began to try to explain who I was but I was stumbling over my words. Then one of the Gentle men just laughed and said, “Don’t worry, we know who you are.” He showed me a poem, which was inscribed in a book that he was holding in his hand. I looked and there, in the second line of the second verse, was my name.
Ever since then the Gentle folk have inspired the dreams, journeys and visions of this humble wordsmith to help bring alive the magical landscape of Avalon and to pull the s-Word of Sovereignty from the Stone.
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If you want to, you can just enjoy it as a helter-skelter, fairground ride of a romantic magical mystery tour. But for those looking for faery doorways into deeper cosmological teachings, all the keys are here, in the underlayers, and they also come with instructions on how to unlock them.
However, it is strongly advised that you don’t try to get your head around this book. Instead, just jump into it, and let its multi-layered, cosmological tale wrap itself around you. Because, despite the deep richness of its mythological and astrological content, The Bright World of the Gods is not a spiritual teaching for dusty old scholars in ivory towered libraries.
It’s a snapshot in Time of an infinite and ineffable Mystery that is for Lovers and Dreamers and window cleaners. The whole macrocosm of the All That Is can never be understood by the finite mind. But this heroic extra-dimensional adventure through the microcosm, which is its fractal holographic reflection, will help you to better envision the whole beyond the shrouded horizon.
The Bright World of the Gods is a triskele knot of a tale, based on ancient Celtic myths that the Gentle Folk have helped me to unravel and reconstruct into a more shamanic, multi-dimensional Dreamscape. So please do just relax and wander through its enchanted hills and dales, and let it permeate into your own inner landscapes and Dreamtime, so that it can do its magic there and give you insights into your own destiny, and the meaning of your life.