Since 2013

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The Norns came to me in 2013. The Runes came to me in 2013. Other Goddesses of the Nitty Gritty came to me in 2013 and from that point on I became able to live a self-examined life with their guidance. Something within me demanded I strive to be better than I was. Something within me wanted a life of integrity and honor. Up to this point I had felt so broken by the sin teachings of the Christianity that I had been raised in, and I needed to let go of that conditioning so that the GNG could raise me up and help me find my way out of brokenness into a life naturally filled with contentment and joy. I know some people enjoy that experience with Jesus, but I had been too broken, too put down by the concept of sin to ever find wholeness – holiness – in that direction.

The Norns and Hela guided me to realize that it was a gift being a woman, not a sin. They reminded me of the strong women in my ancestral lineage – I am half Swede from the mother who bore me and gave me up for adoption. (I have no clue as to my father’s side, except he was a wandering dick, I mean “sperm donor”). They reminded me that being a “magical” type of person was respected among those same ancestors, at least until Christianity disrupted the process with its wars against heretics and witches.

The Norns sent me a series of Visions that guided my inner life and brought me to a greater sense of reverence for my own life and this beautiful planet we live on. In the first Vision, Earth took me into herself and gave birth to all things. In the second Vision the Norns sent me down a thread they were spinning to Mengloth’s Healing Mountain where I was given the clues to ponder to work out my path of emotional healing. In the third Vision Hela shared with me her experience of Initiation at Hvergelmer where the Norns held her life thread. This Initiation was needful to her in fulfilling her role as Death Goddess in Helheim. I have been writing these experiences down. I am birthing a book. It is an exciting and demanding process, entailing that I be absolutely sincere with myself all the time and especially with the GNG who are my guiding light.

I call these Goddesses the GNG, or Goddesses of the Nitty Gritty for short, because they demand that I face the truth of myself always. That I admit when I am wrong, that my relationship with personal power is also a relationship with truth. That there are times when I must speak out whether it is comfortable or not, whether I will be liked or not. I owe them. I love them. I honor them. I work primarily with Hela, Urd, Verdhandi, and sometimes Skuld. I work with Loki and sometimes with Odin. Heimdall linked Yggdrasil with my body in the early days of my apprenticeship to these Goddesses, and I work also with the Tree. Their gifts to me provided me with a life purpose. I now always and in everything feel supported, uplifted, held and loved.

Their message to me that is to be shared is that all of us have a life that is purposeful, a soul to grow in reverence and joy in this Earth walk, gifts that define us, give us meaning, and the sharing of which enrich everybody.

May you have a blessed day today.

Published by susanofthenorth

Susan Hintz Epstein is an author, Rune diviner, healer, non-academic scholar, and former Methodist Lay Speaker who was called by the Runes in 2013. The time since then has been a serpentine shedding of one skin for another, as Susan's spiritual practice with the Runes and the World Tree, Yggdrasil, deepened. Susan keeps company with the Norns and other like-minded women.

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