Apocalypse, Ragnarok, and Ego-Death

I want to pose the question today: What if the Christian Apocalypse or the Northern Ragnarok is not an outworld reality, but an inner world reality? There are certainly enough clues given in both the Revelation of St. John and in the Icelandic lore for these Mythos to consider the question.

In the Revelations, there are seven candlesticks and seven seals. These have been decoded and written about extensively by modern day businessman, Reiki master, and Christian Mystic John Naughton, writing as Phoenix. You can locate his work here. These candlesticks and seven seals are synonymous with the seven chakras. Further writings associating the seven chakras with the Christian sacraments and Jewish Tree of Life, the Kabbalah, are written of by Caroline Myss in her seminal work Anatomy of the Spirit.

I had been trying to understand the relationship between the chakras and the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil since the Runes called to me in 2013. Last year the answer came. I explained in yesterday’s blog, here, if you read down, how the three Creator God brothers of the Northern Mythos linked the Worlds of the Tree to the Throat, Heart, and Solar Plexus chakras, and how it is the special role of Loki/Lođur/Ve to trick us into honoring our own truth versus the lies/mistaken beliefs and conditioning at the level of the Solar Plexus that keep us firmly in our own self-deception. Loki’s special role is in lighting the fires of transformation from the Solar Plexus toward awakening the Heart chakra, overseen by Hœnir/Vili, into the Creative principle of the Living Breath given by Odin. This trifold functioning of a human being – the life of the spirit within the flesh of the body living in the world – links humanity and these three Creator God brothers to Midgard at the center of Yggdrasil. From here human awareness, attention, and intention reach out to interact and relate with the eight worlds around us: Helheim, Svartalfheim, Niflheim, Muspelheim, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Ljosalfheim, and Asgard, as well as the Æsir, Vanir, and Jotun who may act as Guides for our becoming.

Not so much in the Lore comes down to us about the character of Hœnir, but two facts stick out in my mind. Hœnir is named after the Ragnarok as the one who survives to become the Rune Master for that age as Odin is premier Rune Master of the preceding age. Hœnir is also a Being of the marshlands from which all life was supposed to have arisen by the wise and learned folk of the time this Mythos arose. Baldur, the Beautiful and the Bold, also returns, and there is a new Golden Age. To my way of thinking, these teachings point toward the Mythos of the Ragnarok being an INNER JOURNEY that those of us who choose the Runes as a life path undertake. The golden age comes within after we have overcome the demons/giants inherent in wrongfully held, but perhaps cherished ideas, of the ego. This is like the darkness of death has overcome Baldur’s beauty until the world overcomes its darkness. As Noaidi shaman Ailo Gaup has written of in his book The Shaman Zone, we face many ego-deaths throughout our life as we strive within to maintain the balance of our inner dance with soul and spirit. As we free our souls by overcoming our own shadows, parts of the ego die off and we are able to carry more clarity, more light within ourselves. Hela herself reminds me often that humans experience many “small deaths” before the great one comes for us. These are the ego-deaths that Ailo Gaup is talking about.

One of the great blessings in honoring the polytheism of the Northern pantheon is the live interaction in relationship with Beings among the Æsir, Jotun, and Vanir Gods that guide us. As we are such unique individuals, so too are the Gods, and there is always Someone who has the capacities we need to call upon for our own growth of being.

Until tomorrow. To be continued…

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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