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Spiritual Mysteries of the Sun
In the order of the universe, our sun is an ordinary, medium-sized star. Yet its energy and violence almost defies imagination.
It is a dense mass of glowing matter, a million times the volume of earth, and in a constant state of nuclear activity. More energy than mankind has used since the dawn of civilization is radiated by the sun in just a second. Every second, 4 million tons of hydrogen are destroyed in explosions that start in its core, where the temperature is about 25 million degrees. At the core of the sun, matter is so hot that a pinhead of it would give off enough radiation to kill a human being 100 miles away.
In the world of quantum physics, where matter and spirit appear to blend into one transcendental Cosmic Substance, our sun (along with other stars, as well) is the most likely point where the universe of Spirit begins to manifest into the realm of matter.
This is a view long held by ancient philosophers and mystics, and placed into mythical representations which appear to be simple sun worship by the ancient tribes. To the Initiate, however, these myths reveal the real spiritual mysteries within our Sun. Before quantum physics, these mysteries were INTUITIVELY KNOWN BY ANCIENT SEERS and were preserved in Elder lore, including the runes. So, what does Northern lore and tradition have to reveal about the spiritual nature of our Sun?
The Prose Edda
In the Northern myth,"The Deluding of Gylfi," written in the Icelandic Prose Edda* by Snorri Sturluson in the 11th century CE, High One (Odin) explains the creation of Sun and Moon this way:
There was a giant living in Giantland called Norfi. He had a daughter named Night. She was dark and swarthy, like the family to which she belonged. Her first marriage was with a man called Naglfari, their son was called Aud. Next, she was married to Annar, their daughter was called Earth. Last, Delling married her and he was of the family of the gods. Their son was Day, he was bright and beautiful like his father's side. Then All-Father took Night and her son, Day, and gave them two horses and two chariots and put them up in the sky, so that they should ride round the world every twenty-four hours. Night rides first on a horse called Hrimfaxi and every morning he bedews the earth with the foam from his bit. Day's horse is called Skinfaxi and the whole earth and sky are illumined by his mane.
Gangleri asked, How does he guide the course of the sun and moon?
High One replied:
There was a man named Mundilfari who had two children. They were so fair and beautiful that he called one of them Moon and the other a daughter, Sun; he married her to a man named Glen. The gods, however, were angered at his arrogance and took the brother and sister and put them up in the sky. They made Sun drive the horses which drew the chariot of the sun that the gods had made to light the worlds from Muspell. The horses were called Arvak and Alsvid. Under the shoulder blades of the horses, the gods put two bellows to cool them, and in some poems that is called iron-cold. Moon governs the journeying of the moon and decides the time of its waxing and waning.
* from Prose Edda, translated by Jean L. Young, UC Berkley Press, 1964
Some key fundamentals of Northern lore come directly from these passages. One of them is that in Northern tradition, night always precedes day, meaning that the events of the day are gestated in the night prior to the birth of day. Another is that in Northern lore, just as in Japanese tradition, the sun is feminine. She is called Sunna throughout the North and sometimes is listed as a Goddess. The rising sun of Japan, depicted on its national flag, is a representation of the Shinto Goddess Amaterasu. One of the great mysteries regarding the spiritual side of Sun is in its being characterized as feminine, a polarity shift which gives rise to significantly different assumptions regarding cosmology. Moon, as you can see from the above material, is considered masculine.
Day . . .
Another mystery contained in this prose, unfortunately only in rudimentary form, is the reference to Day as a Being separate from Sun and masculine in gender. Day is created from a union between an older giantess (who previously birthed Earth) and a god, with Day taking on the bright characteristic of the gods. This leads us to the differentiation of Cosmic Light from the quasi-material (nuclear/gaseous) orb of the sun yet still within its energy field.
Day is described as the forerunner of the feminine Sun, but still circling the earth every 24 hours in the same pattern as the visually evidenced sun. It appears that this is an indication in Northern lore, that Beings of Cosmic Light inhabit the sphere of the sun in transcendental form, closely integrated with the fiery energy levels that come from nuclear reactions within the sun itself. Is this mythical representation that of the bridge between Spirit (or consciousness) and Matter found within modern quantum theory?
And doesn't this give additional meaning to the Valkyrie Sigdrifa (Brunhilda) crying out Hail Day, Hail the Sons of Day; Hail to Night and her kin upon her being awakened in the ring of fire by the Volsung hero Sigurd from the spell cast by Odin for her having violated his orders? [see Lay of Sigdrifa, Elder Edda] I have often pondered that the "Day" she was referring to was not just daylight as she was awakened, for why then would she invoke the Sons of Day and Night?
It is unfortunate that our Elder Northern Seers did not have the opportunity to process this raw material of myth into scholarly presentations of philosophy like the sacred writings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Eastern traditions. Because of Middle Ages suppression of the Northern tradition, we are left with rudimentary hints in Northern lore regarding what has become a fairly well developed mystery teaching within the mystical brotherhoods, specifically that of the Rosicrucian tradition; namely that Beings of highly vibrating spiritual consciousness do "reside" in the energy envelope of the sun in a state of transcendental co-mingling of matter and consciousness.
Herein lies the true spiritual mystery of the Sun. We provide you many details of these Sun dynamics in our advanced cosmology lessons in the Rune Master program. However, we can give a you a "teaser" by noting that the Beings given the designation as Elohim in the Bible are most likely a reference to the higher consciousnesses that occult philosophy places in the energy envelope of the Sun, and which Northern lore describes in the myth of High One and Gangleri shown above.
So what does this mean to you as a spiritually awake human being living on your home planet Earth? How can you use this knowledge for your spiritual advancement and to help others in their search for accurate knowledge?
First of all, on a physical level, we understand that all food is transformed sunlight and in a spiritual meaning, nutrition is a transformation of coarse particles of sun energy to finer ones. By eating consciously, with gratitude and in balance with nature, we become a part of transformation towards higher levels of Light.
Next, you want to tie Cosmic energies into the matrix of energies being transmitted from the Sun to Earth. Technocrats have the spectrum of light limited to ultraviolet. But mystics know there are many, many more vibratory levels of Light above that. Mental attunement with the Sun, while standing in the sunlight, will nurture you in body, mind and spirit as you consciously integrate Cosmic energies into your being.
This is what I call, Sun-Reverence. The fallacy of Sun "worship" in mass consciousness is that it is done without understanding the spiritual nature of the Sun. Sun-Reverence brings an understanding of the Cosmic role the Sun plays in our lives.
This Solar System
Northern lore focuses on the experience of humans within THIS solar system, leaving the expanse of the universe beyond our sun to some later (eons later) evolvement. Why? Because the Northern Seers intuitively understood that this solar system is a self-contained unit. In a state of illumined consciousness, the Initiate can get closer to the Cosmic Godhead through the portal of our Sun than by traveling physically (or even mentally) to another star with a similar spiritual/material portal. This is one of the great mysteries found within our Northern tradition.
Humans will often use the sun to illustrate the nature of God. For instance, The sun shines on the mighty, the lowly, and the evil equally, to define unconditional Love and blanket forgiveness. We ask, What if the sun discriminated between the worthy and the unworthy? Would that not be like God/ess withholding his/her blessing from those who need? Another fine example of the Godly (Cosmic) presence in the Sun has to do with people who are not at all religious, but who always experience a spiritual peace in the presence of a beautiful sunset. Try telling them that the beautiful colors are only atmospheric reflections through the ozone layer!
Into The Sun
In our Rune Master lessons, we offer a "Into the Sun" meditation which accompanies the lore lore of Sowilo (shown above). Non-student readers can obtain a printed copy of this meditation by sending $1 and a SASE to the address shown on our "Quick Start" page. Please add a note that you are responding to this web page offer.
This meditation is one of the most significant mental exercises you can practice to make real contact with the highest spiritual energies in the Cosmos.
Feel the Sun, my friends, when it returns to the Northern Hemisphere in the spring and summer. It is like a tonic to your soul.
Lo, there do I see my Father
Lo, there do I see my Mother, and my Sisters and my Brothers,
Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning,
Lo, they do call to me, they bid me to take my place among them,
In the Hall of Valhalla,
Where the Brave, they live forever.
Viking Jarl Buliwyf
(in the movie
The 13th Warrior, based on the book by Michael Crichten)
At the end of this month, we will observe a celebration of Samhain (Ancestor's Night, All-Hallows Eve) and enter into the traditional family time of the year, when you and your loved ones will gather together physically, and if not, in treasured memories of past gatherings.
At the same time, we are in the midst of a great surge of interest in the field of genealogy, the tracing of family roots back as far as records can be researched. As a runic practitioner, you should not only be searching paper trails (which may take you back into the 1800s and even the 1700s, if you are lucky) but also be addressing "spiritual" genealogy which will carry you back a thousand years or more in your ancestral stream using the energy of the runes and your Elder Northern tradition.
First off, let's talk about what you can do right here and now to discover more about your family roots.
STEP 1: In the next few weeks, develop a list of those things you want to know about your family tree that you can ask your relatives when you have the occasion over the holidays to talk or write to them. You'll be surprised as to how much you can learn of your family tree by just this exercise.
But, I recommend you do not leave this exercise to chance. Write down your questions, and write down their answers. I also do not recommend tape recordings of conversations as your first choice, unless you plan to transcribe the recordings within a few days. Tape recordings sit around for years on the shelf, and by the time your children will want to access them, Ill bet there won't be a tape machine around (it'll be digital voice recordings or something newer).
I recommend you write down your questions in advance and write down the answers in brief shorthand type notes that you can flesh out later. Prepare a special journal to contain your notes. Write as if you were writing, not to your children or grandchildren who know you already, but to the third generation away.
STEP 2: Draw out a family tree diagram so that the linkages are obvious. I will bet you have a family tree in your baby book that ends with YOU. Now, it's time to give this same gift to your descendents.
STEP 3: Don't hesitate to make contact with your older relations this season. In many cases, whole family histories disappear with the unexpected passing of an elder in your family. If you have a "skeleton in the closet" between you and an elder, now is the time to deflate that energy with a sincere inquiry into their past and what they can remember of the generations before them.
After this effort, if you choose to do so, you can begin to search back beyond your living relatives and their memories of past generations. The Internet is the resource of choice for genealogists-just enter the term "genealogy" in a search engine and you will find hundreds of web pages offering quality services at no charge. You can initiate a search in your own name. You are limited only by your imagination and the time it takes to follow through on each lead.
Spiritual genealogy begins where the physical research leaves off, back beyond the past century or two of family records. Fortunately, you are in a spiritual tradition that not only includes but recognizes exploration of ancestral streams to benefit your present life in Midgard, as well as to reveal the variety of experiences you have stored in your family treasure box.
To be clear, we are NOT talking your personal rebirth or reincarnations within the ancestral stream. While you can expect to have incarnated more than a few times in the broad ancestral stream that you now belong to, we are paying special attention to the OTHER souls that have been weaving in and out of your ancestral stream that have left traces of their energy in your inheritance.
The runes that quicken your consciousness to awareness of your ancestral stream are:
Othala (primarily) as rune of the Kin-Fetch and Disir.
Ehwaz as rune of your Fylgja or Fetch (which contains your personal wyrd/orlog and connects to your Kin-Fetch).
Tiwaz to restore inheritances which are justly yours.
Four questions to quicken your mind in meditation:
1. Where did I get my spiritual "genes" to explain my interest and pursuit of esoteric mysteries and runic tradition, especially if none of my present family exhibit such tendencies? Think deeply on this runesters, for this question will lead you back to the ancestors that practiced the tradition openly. NOTE: you may have to leapfrog back and bypass those ancestors who were (are) dogmatic in their religious beliefs and/or fearful of straying from strong Christian dominance (don't underestimate this element).
2. Who else "owned" my name?
3. What traits have I inherited that are certainly "family?"
4. Are there any "like-minded" ancestors alive today in a distant thread of my family stream that I have yet to meet in this lifetime?
NOTE: Those of you who are of non-European ethnic heritage, consider:
(1) your fascination with symbols and a Yggdrasil-type cosmology from a similar type ancient tradition that has since disappeared from your present ethnic heritage; or
(2) leaping back to a thread of your ancestral stream that was part of or dealt with Northern cultures; as well as
(3) your past incarnations that may have been in Northern realms or overlapped with the Northern tradition.
We provide in-depth coverage of ancestral stream dynamics integral to our tradition in Rune Master lessons, as well as a full chapter in our Rune Mentalist Skills book which is further described on this site.
Good "Northern" Luck
Not Just For the Irish
It's unfortunate that a useful and practical metaphysical truth gets relegated to a once-a-year celebration of folklore particular to only one cultural group. The "Luck of the Irish," is celebrated on St. Patrick's Day, and rightly so. But it's not just to the Irish nor to the Irish Church that "Luck" belongs. It's part of the weave of Northern lore, and the Irish have held on to it the longest, to their everlasting credit.
"Luck" is a uniquely identified energy concept within the Elder Northern tradition, and recognized throughout the Northern lands. Far more than the modern definition of luck to the gambler at the race track, or in the casino (although even in this extreme, the principles apply), Northern "Luck" can be identified, quantified (somewhat), and shaped (somewhat) according to individual will.
It is true, in mainstream consciousness, that luck is "90% preparation meeting 10% inspiration." But to a Northern practitioner, the concept of Luck has much greater potential for practical use.
Just what is "Northern" Luck? In the Northern tradition, Luck is defined as mobile force. The universal energy force that fuels Luck in Northern lore is Ond, or vital breath. It is roughly comparable to chi, prana, orgone, nous, and manitu energies in other traditions.
However, in Northern lore this universal energy is given a uniquely individualized identity. When specifically addressed as the energy within an individual, this energy is called megin. Megin is defined as a personal force distinct from physical power or strength, the possession of which assures success and good fortune. It equates to what we call "charisma," but more than just everyday charm, popularity, or ability to persuade.
Megin is stored in an energy construct within the aura of a human being called the "hamingja." Numerous references are made to the hamingja of Northern heroes and kings in the sagas, but it is not easily defined. Briefly, the hamingja is an integral part of one's personal aura which gives the entire field greater potency and much more flexibility for workings of human will. Think of it as being similar to the air sac of Scottish bagpipes. The hamingja serves to concentrate one's personal megin much as the bag in the Scottish pipes acts to store air for future melodies. Consider the hamingja a reservoir for the storage of your megin energies, which in turn becomes your Luck.
Through study of the Northern mysteries, we know that, (1) the walls of the hamingja can be strengthened using the rune Elhaz, (2) its capacity to hold energy can be increased (using the runes Fehu and Elhaz, and (3) it can be tasked to discharge its energy in a "sending" under the will of an illumined mind (using the rune Fehu). The hamingja is an extremely important tool of the mind for the Northern practitioner to become adept in using.
MANAGING YOUR LUCK
Making a relatively simplistic assumption, we can say that the amount of Luck in your life is the equivalent to the amount of megin concentrated in your hamingja or psychic energy reservoir.
It is common that people experience the best of their Luck in the early years of life. That is when the hamingja is fresh and full of megin that is rightfully yours from past life accumulations and through your share of the energy "treasury" provided by your family ancestral stream. Because of this, early in life things happen naturally and effortlessly and you experience any number of "lucky" synchronicities.
However, as the years go by the level of the energy in your reservoir goes down as you go through life passages, and the skeletons accumulate in your mental closet. If your hamingja is not refilled with fresh megin energies, your Luck goes down also. I am sure every reader will relate to this statement to some degree or another.
If you have health problems, you can be sure that your personal megin will be used to counter bodily diseases and other health emergencies. This is an unintended depletion of your reservoir of megin energies which only serves to lower your relative level of Luck. While all the megin stored in your hamingja is instantly available in the event of an emergency, unfortunately, in most people the level of stored megin is just adequate to meet daily needs. This relatively low level is not sufficient to give you what you had known as "good luck" and is definitely not adequate to protect you from threatening situations which call for an abundant supply of megin to protect you from harm.
The Northern tradition does NOT hold that individuals are limited to a fixed allocation of megin energy in life. HOWEVER, we do know that if an individual doesn't learn how to preserve personal megin and how to refill the hamingja after discharging megin, they certainly will appear to "run out of luck." As a student on the Northern path, you will be pleased to know that there are ways in which you can increase your luck so that you will have an abundance of megin energies at your command for positive applications in life.
INCREASING YOUR LUCK
FIRST, Stop Excess Drainage! Extreme diplays of negative emotion (anger, jealousy, etc.) will cause unnatural drainage of your reservoir of energies. Unbridled exuberance that fills your personal atmosphere with energy supplied from your hamingja will also contribute to loss of energy. You wonder why the Ancient Wise Ones are written or observed as (relatively) sober and nonemotional? This is why.
You should also Check Your Eyes! You will want to monitor how much energy flows out of your eyes in the normal course of the day on meaningless trivia that could be retained in your hamingja. Your eyes are truly the "windows of your soul." If you don't "draw the shades" on your eyes, you will needlessly discharge psychic energy from your reservoir of storage. You will also want to remove yourself from the vicinity of the energy "sappers" as defined in our lessons.
SECOND, Add to Your Storehouse of Energy. Meditate on the several runes that are known to build up your hamingja and its reserve of energy. The rune Fehu, a fiery energy rune, is known to increase the production of megin into your hamingja. It draws down the energy of the sun, the moon and the stars into your personal sphere. The rune Uruz will draw upon the powerful telluric rune streams within the Earth to be stored in your reservoir of psychic energy. The rune Elhaz,the Guardian rune, will act to strengthen the walls of your hamingja, giving it a greater capacity to hold new energies.
You should do deep breathing exercises that we include in our lesson instruction to gather more of the mystical Ond into your hamingja. Get in the habit of regular physical exercise and proper eating habits to maintain good health and vitality. You do not want to spend precious megin in restoring yourself to health after unnecessary disease or sickness.
THIRD: Constantly Visualize Build-Up of Energy. As you mentally redirect the energies generated by your rune meditations into your hamingja, (1) see the area of concentration expanding to accommodate this new influx as a water bag expands as it fills with liquid, (2) see the extremes of your auric bubble becoming more defined with increased density at the edges so you can make it impermeable to any leakage or intrusions from outside at will, and (3) visualize a release valve within your auric field so you can "send" some of this energy to loved ones or for other workings.
Because of its capacity for discharge into magical workings and its ability to be refilled at will, albeit with a certain amount of concentrated mental work, you see that the hamingja is a very valuable mental tool for solving the problems of life, most of which are originally caused by a lack of megin energy to begin with.
SENDING YOUR LUCK
This article is neither the time nor the place to go into the operative techniques of sending your Luck to others or onto situations you need to control as did the great Kings, Drightons, and Seers as noted in the Heimskringla (Chronicle of the Kings) when situations deem it necessary. That is left for our Rune Master lessons.
We will take a moment to qualify the matter of Luck regarding gambling and the like. Yes, the storehouse of megin in your hamingja can theoretically improve your luck at gambling or even at the lottery. But remember, at the same time you are applying your megin to the gaming table, there are others probably more skillful and trained than you in the art of gambling, who are also applying THEIR megin to the lay of the cards or dice or even the lottery.
Whoever is the most skillful, of course, will have the most influence. But, remember, even the professionals have to live by the whims of Luck. So, unless you are a skilled gamer, it's best to practice your Luck on getting a better job, finding a mate, increasing your business prosperity and the like. At these tasks, you will have great success because you are applying your conscious use of Northern Luck in situations where you are personally involved.
THE MYSTERY OF "LUCK"
With all this being said, there is still a great mystery to Luck. We used the term "somewhat" earlier in this article, and we meant it.
While the preceding text appears like a 1-2-3 step technical model on how to manage your Luck, be aware of this: how the Breath of Life, Ond, and the magic of megin or charisma work within your aura is more of an esoteric art than a science.
Still, there are others in the mainstream who believe in the concept of "Grace" to intercede in their lives (a worthy, but ill-defined abstraction). In the Northern Path, we have brought Luck to some kind of definition and identity, along with its influencing constructs in your auric energy field, so that you, the practitioner under the influence of Illumined Imagination, can have tools with which to exercise your skills.
When we at the Denali Institute wish you Good "Northern" Luck, we mean something more than just good wishes. We mean something tangible that can be felt with your extra-sensory perceptions.
We can only touch on some of the principles of Northern Luck in this journal article. Much more is contained in the expansive lore of the rune Fehu found in our lesson material as well as a full discussion in Rune Master course quarter #3 on Abundant Living.
Are You Enriched or Robbed?
If a mugger took $ 500 from your wallet
and gave you $ 100 back,
would you feel ENRICHED by his generosity,
or ROBBED of your $400?
Unfortunately, that is exactly the situation most seekers find themselves in when searching for answers from popular spiritual sources.
So much has been forgotten about the true nature of the Life Force, or has been covered over by centuries of dogma, or has been out-and-out changed by power-seeking revisionists, that most of humanity feels "enriched" by the little knowledge being given them by mainstream religion, and even, most New Age sources of wisdom.
In Denali lessons on cosmology, we learn that Life mysteries are meant to be understood by the intuitive and illumined reasoning powers of the human mind. They are NOT meant to be perpetually shrouded in the foggy mists of blind faith and abstractions. The ancient Wise Ones wrote their teachings accordingly, but so much has been lost between then and now. Where did we go wrong?
New students are encouraged to review our foundation documents, such as the Understanding Northern Spiritual Mysteries manuscript and our Quick Study lesson: Runes and Your Destiny, to refresh your mind about the value of the original knowledge contained in the Northern tradition. This will allow us to present NEW information about how modern seekers have been shortchanged, without having to go over the foundation points of Northern lore in this short article.
This is a brief introduction into the teaching points contained in this essay (available as Insight Article #292) and Denali lessons on Northern lore and Yggdrasil cosmology. The singular question to be answered is . . . how do you feel, Enriched or Robbed by cultural trances?
The Understanding manuscript provides
a foundation of knowledge regarding Northern spiritual mysteries. It is offered as part of
the Rune Master instruction program or separately to the general public. The following
extracts will give you an idea of the range and scope of this paper and our
A Surrounding Medium
Like the fish that has no name for water,
those of us who live in modern western culture are surrounded by the heritage of ancient
Northern custom and tradition. It sustains us with a richness and abundance that is unique
in the history of civilization. Just as the fish does not conceive water as an object
outside itself, we neglect to see how much our daily lives are influenced by the
Northern tradition. This is a great mistake, because it leads us to search for esoteric
truths in strange mystical doctrines, attempting to configure our mental selves to
unnatural (to us living in western culture) methods of thinking. All the while, we have
the philosophic substance of Life within our very own cultural heritage. Signs of the
great Northern tradition surround us daily, for instance...
(This paragraph is followed by eight
distinct signs of the Northern tradition in our cultural heritage. The signs include the
foundation points of democracy and our system of law; the overriding drive for equality of
sexes which is more Northern than Middle Eastern tradition; the names of the days of the
week; the festival of Yule; our natural system of measure, etc.)
In Northern lore, Ørlög is the root
concept of the Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect. In Old Norse it literally means
primal layers, and is loosely translated as fate. Ørlög
parallels the Eastern concept of karma, a relatively fixed outworking of cause and effect.
However, within ørlög we find the
Northern concept of wyrd, which is the process by which past actions are
woven to influence your present and future experiences. In the North, the concept of wyrd
provides a flexibility not identified in the karma of Eastern tradition. Wyrd
is the means by which ørlög, or the cosmic law of cause and effect, can be
Because Northern esoteric disciplines hold
that the will of the individual is ever in play to influence events, wyrd can be
bent to the will of the illumined mind. In Northern lore, the web of wyrd is never
looked upon as fatalistic or unchangeable. Rather, past deeds build up weight in the
cosmic fabric by which the lay of future events can be anticipated. If these
events are deemed undesirable, the lay can be redirected (but not negated)
by the active mind and independent will of the individual.
Several runes work to
bend unfavorable wyrd, specifically the rune Nauthiz (#10) when
activated correctly. The energies of Nauthiz help define the existing web of wyrd and
act as a counter force to negative ørlög, much as a karate expert uses the force of
an opponent to render an attack harmless.
In Northern myth the three Norns are depicted as weaving
the web of wyrd for both humankind and the gods alike, for no energy field within the
realm of Midgard (Earth) is exempt from the Cosmic Law of cause and effect. The Norns
are also known as the three Weird Sisters in Shakespeare and the three
Fates of Greco-Roman lore.
(The above paragraph
outlines one of eight identifying characteristics of the
Northern tradition explained in the "Understanding" paper.)
Those who think the Northern mystery
teachings stop at the pantheon (Odin, Thor, Tyr, Freyr, Freyja, etc.) fall woefully
short of an accurate perception of the Northern creation story. The lineage of androgynous, pre-conscious Beings (Ymir, Audhumla, Buri) demonstrates a little known
rudimentary truth found within the Northern mysteries.
By placing the androgyne several levels of
consciousness above the pantheon of gods and goddesses, the Northern ancients
revealed their knowledge of Ultimate Intelligence (Cosmic Mind, Creative Life Force) as a
state of consciousness beyond that of the gods and goddesses. In fact, myths of the
mighty gods and goddesses emphasize that they were human in their appetites, while
superhuman in their feats.
The energy that they used for their
activities comes from the Source of all energy in the universe, Cosmic Mind. This cosmic
energy was called Ond in the North. It is also known as Nous, Chi, Prana, Manitu,
etc. in other traditions. In Northern myth, the Aesir Goddess Frigga (wife of Odin) is
imaged as spinning the (cosmic) Substance that eventually becomes the threads the Norns
weave together to determine the ørlög and wyrd of humankind. This role places Frigga
equivalent to the Cosmic Feminine in other metaphysical traditions. Denali Institute
programs explore the mysterious dimensions of Cosmic Mind beyond the level of the ancient
pantheon as a part of our triune approach to the Northern mysteries.
(The above paragraph
outlines one of four critical points in differentiating the
Northern tradition as contained in the "Understanding" paper.)
Archetypes and Other Psychological
The most accepted modern psychological
structure that comes closest to the ancient Teutonic view of the Life mysteries is that
developed by the Swiss psychiatrist, C.G. Jung. No 20th Century thinker has contributed
more to the understanding of symbols and symbol-making than Dr. Carl Jung. Jungian
psychology postulates that remnants of the primordial dimensions of Being penetrate our
rational consciousness in the form of symbols. There are symbols having personal
resonance and symbols with universal resonance, which Jung calls archetypes.
Although Jung popularized the term
archetype, he didn't coin the word. It first appears in Plato as he described the ideas
or forms of natural objects present in the divine mind prior to creation. Jung
suggests that if you could follow the archetype all the way back to its inception, you'd
pass over the chasm between mind and matter. Archetypes are housed in the collective
unconscious, a term invented by Jung to refer to an ancient symbol making mechanism. While
the personal unconscious is individual, the collective unconscious is universal. Jungian
theory along with quantum physics and holographic theory (covered later) gives us a rational
foothold to understand how archetypal symbols, such as runes and the pantheon of gods and
goddesses, can influence the manifest world through the agency of an illuminated human
OTHER TOPICS covered in the "Understanding" paper include
The Northern Creation Story
Dynamics of the Northern Cosmic World Tree, Yggdrasil
The Pantheon of the North
The Mystical Landscape: Earth's Elementals and the Co-destiny of Earth and Humanity
The Northern Tradition in World History including its Suppression and Modern Revival
The Runes: Origins of the Runes, Quantum Physics and the Hologram, Science and Philosophy Come Together
Mind States for Mystical Practices: Changing Brain Wave Patterns
A - The 24-Rune Elder Futhark - Rune Shapes & their Ancient and Transpersonal Meanings B - Bibliography & Recommended Reading
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