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The Birch

Tree of Earth Mother

Spring is a fitting time to think upon the magic of the birch tree. The birch is a symbol of seasonal rebirth. The Northern landscape is dominated by great forests of white birch. As the sun begins to warm the land, birch trees mark the transition of winter to spring with a sudden greening of their delicate branches. It happens in a day or two--where once there was a distant view there now is a canopy of light green leaves. To the ancient (and modern) people in the Northern latitudes, the awakening of the birch tree was tied to the awakening of another growing season and the fertility in all forms of life from crops to animals to people. The custom of "birching" or decorating with birch boughs to celebrate the renewal of life is still practiced in many parts of Scandinavia.

Lone and tall, with silver stem,
A birch tree stands apart;
The passionate wind of springtime
Stirs in its leafy heart.

I lean against the birch tree
My arms around it twine;
It pulses and leaps and quivers
Like a human heart in mine.

One moment I stand, then sudden
Let loose my arms that cling:
O God! The lonely hillside,
The passionate winds of spring!

Amy Levy (1861-1879)

THE WORLD OVER

It is not surprising that the birch tree has an honorable, if not exalted place, in nearly every Elder tradition around the world.

Throughout North America, Native people who dwelled in forest climes had deep reverence and many uses for the birch tree. Birch trees grow in thick stands or groves and seem to be joined at the roots. Thus, they symbolize people who enjoy to be joined with others and people who are devoted to each other and who make for good allies.

When taking a birch for human use, such as a canoe, the Elders and the shaman went into the grove and talked to the tree(s) asking their permission to be taken for good use of the tribe. The ease with which the tree fell and the ease of peeling the bark signaled the tree having granted permission. In the virgin forests of the East and Midwest, the old-growth birch were so big that two men could not touch hands around the trunk.

The Finnish Kalevala, the foundation text of Finnish Elder tradition (similar to the Northern Havamal as a source document), contains numerous references to birch as a sacred tree. In the beginnings of the Finish creation story (Runo II, Kalevala), the birch is left upstanding in the firmament . . .

Said the eagle, bird of air:
Excellently you have managed
To have left this birch tree growing,
Left this graceful tree upstanding . . .

Spoke the good old Vainamoinen
'Weep no longer, sacred birch tree,
Mourn no more, my friend and brother,
Thou shalt have a better fortune;
Make thee laugh and sing with gladness.'

THE VARIETY OF BIRCH

Think of the many birch sub-species on this Earth. There is paper birch, white birch, yellow birch, silver birch, black birch, dwarf birch, river birch, gray birch, blue birch, water birch, and downy birch. Circumpolar Natives considered the alder as a birch, and botanists classify alder in the birch family but a different genus from true birches. There are 35 sub-species of alder, and if you are a hiker, you know how prevalent alder is in the wildwood!

No matter where you go in the world, the birch is looked upon as a gentle tree with clean lines and stylish grace. Birch displays a beauty that sustains and supports those around it. Those who have a close affinity to the birch are said to be intelligent and devoted to the causes they believe in. They want those around them to feel comfortable. Like the birch which grows new shoots from the roots, they look to encourage growth in others.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

I've been around trees all my life, starting out in the late 1950s as a forester in Maine and then later in California, Oregon, and during my 50+ years in Alaska. I have admiration and awe for the great redwoods, have worked with the giant Ponderosa and Sugar pine of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and as I wrote in several Denali essays, I have great veneration for the tall fir, cedar and spruce of the Pacific NW and the Olympic rain forest. The tall trees place you in a state of reverence as if in a cathedral of green. Then there is the oak, plentiful around the world and sacred to both us and a kindred tradition, the Druids. It brings to mind pastoral scenes of vast pastures of farm and field. The ash, of course, is our Great World Tree Yggdrasil.

But the birch . . . ah well, the birch is like the Great Mother--all quiet but persistent, bending with the winds of life, graceful and accepting, wise beyond appearances . . .

Until I began my rune studies and learned the lore of Berkano, I did not realize how prominent the birch was in my life. My home of over 50 years is on a rural lane called Birchwood, centered in a wooded landscape filled with . . . you guessed it, white birch. All the cabinets in our home are . . . you guessed it, birch. The year we arrived here, I planted seed of a Blue Spruce, a Ponderosa Pine, and a White Fir, but they have been a side show to a dozen birch trees in the front of our landscape that have grown from a thin trunks 5" around to 45" around. They are getting so old the bark has split vertically to keep up with their growth. Years ago, our children would tie a summer hammock between two of the old birch. The marks of the rope remained on the tree and the laughter of our girls still rings in my mind. In other sections of the property, the birch are tightly spaced, standing shoulder to shoulder in a canopy of green that darkens the ground below. The kids had their fort deep within the safety of those trees, far from the house, and only time has darkened the ground. Our small pets are buried somewhere within that fort, too.

TALK TO MOTHER

When you need to talk to your Mother (in the archetypal sense), be she still alive or passed on, be you close or estranged from her in the physical world, you need only go so far as the nearest clump, stand, or grove of birch and Berchta will talk to you as a mother to her offspring.

What does she counsel? Words of wisdom that will assuage your hurts with the world and the chaos it sometimes brings. She will counsel, as all mothers do, patience, forbearance, tolerance, forgiveness, and especially Love as the highest purpose of human existence. She will enable within you feelings of protection, enclosure, and purification as you sit at the base of the largest tree in the grove. As her clean white bark is easily seen and makes a clear marker in a thickly grown forest, she will point the way to a clear purpose and a fresh start in life.

Other people remotely sense this connection whenever they look at the birch, because it is natural for humans to do so. But you, my friend and fellow runester, have the help of the rune Berkano to bring this connection to alert and illuminated consciousness. The magic (deva, dryad, genii, spirit) of the birch tree will come to life in your mind as you invoke the rune of the Great Earth Mother while meditating near a birch tree. If you have no living tree near you, obtain a piece of birch wood that feels pleasant to the touch or even a piece of birch bark.

Do this during this spring and you will not be disappointed.


SPIRITUAL GENEALOGY

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.

PHYSICAL GENEALOGY

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.

GENEALOGICAL SEARCHES

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

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

FEHU ELHAZ

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.

NOTE

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?

REVIEW

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?


Understanding Northern Spiritual Mysteries

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 instruction. 

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.)

Characteristics

NORTHERN "FATE"

In Northern lore, rlg 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’. rlg parallels the Eastern concept of karma, a relatively fixed outworking of cause and effect.

However, within rlg 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 rlg, or the cosmic law of cause and effect, can be ‘bent’.

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 rlg, 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.)

 Critical Points

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 rlg 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 Constructs

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 mind.

OTHER TOPICS covered in the "Understanding" paper include…

Northern Cosmology

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

APPENDIXES

A
- The 24-Rune Elder Futhark - Rune Shapes & their Ancient and Transpersonal Meanings
B - Bibliography & Recommended Reading


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