After a completely crazy week and the need to let go and forget it over the weekend, I realized that I could not write the post I had planned, because I did not have the time to finish the book I'm currently reading to review.
However, because the Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld always have wisdom to share, I called on them through the Runes and asked them what knowledge they would like to tell me about your past, present, and future - 'you' representing both you personally and the larger societal you. Yes, a Norn cast for you. Here is how they lined up:
Urd, representing your past, showed Laguz. In this instance, the water Rune represents your past and and you must consider that past as part of your life going forward. Just as water nourishes you, so too does your past, though in a very different sense. Where water provides for your physical existence (by drinking it, using it water food, and for cleanliness among other things), your past provides mental nourishment. Your past experiences have taught you lessons and prepared you for each step forward that you take. Coupled with this are the mysteries held in a deep or stormy sea. They can be scary, but you cannot be afraid to try new things; remembering that all of your life experiences up to this point have helped to prepare you for the next challenge you face, the next choice you make.
Verdandi gave me Fehu, the cattle Rune, which symbolizes your present and equates generally to finances. The Rune poems for Fehu are quite interesting, for while they all clearly call it money, the Old Icelandic and Norwegian poems point out that it causes quarrels among kinsmen, and the Old English poem almost counters that with the suggestion of sharing your good fortune with others - keep things somewhat equitable (perhaps to avoid quarrels and conflict). I think this is indicative of our current society, where the wealth is being concentrated among the few. Now is the time to take the lessons from your past and apply them to your current situation. There are any number of sayings I could call on here to make this point. How about Margaret Mead, who said. "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." This calls the idea of personal responsibility to the fore. Add to that, "It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction" (by Diane Grant), and you have a very powerful opportunity presenting itself.
Skuld offered Raido, the riding Rune. Having just looked at Raido a few weeks ago, it is fresh in my mind. Following on Verdandi giving us Fehu, Skuld showing Raido signifies change - a journey. Essentially, your future should experience a change, it should be different from your present. However, as we know, this is not a done deal with the Norns. This is what should be, but only you can make it so. You will never get where you want to be if you don't consciously undertake
the challenges life presents. You must take the
reins and move or you will be moved in a direction you do not wish to be
carried. I will end with a quote from my Raido post, because it flows perfectly with the wisdom we have received from Urd and Verdandi. In support of her sisters and through Raido, Verdandi says, "Don't just
sit there while life happens to you; don't allow yourself to be a victim
of your circumstances. Take charge of where your life leads you."