Odin, Hoenir, and Lodhur

For a while now I have been striving to stay open to receiving guidance for my life from the divine. Intuition deepens. It is like listening, only with all the senses. It is like when we understand a thing, we say, “I see!” It is about the quiet knowings that clairvoyance makes possible. Language is not always adequate for expressing the fine nuances of feeling. Language does not always hold words for concepts that make their way toward consciousness from the deep inner wells of being. And I think this is why “religions” started with Mythology, because a myth or a story can be felt with the heart in its truth, even when the intellect with its belief in logic, gets confused into taking such stories literally.

I had a dream one night. In this dream, I was on an airplane flight with Odin, Hoenir, and Lodhur, the three God brothers of the Norse Creation Mythos who finished building the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil, the Norse Tree of Life, before they gave two trees the gifts of human life. The three Gods sat side by side across the aisle from me, staring at me. There was nobody else on the flight. Just Them and me. They have become Guides for building my inner Yggdrasil. Getting to know Them, revering Them, and honoring their Guidance is life transforming.

By chance, I was taking Gurdjieff training from Ann Kelly when she drew a figure on the black board that consisted of three intersecting triangles. She said this figure was another form of the Enneagram. That was in 1988. In 2013, when the Norns came into my clairvoyant practice, I began researching everything I could find on what They told me, to verify -or not- what they taught. One of the figures I came upon was the Valknut, the exact drawing Ann Kelly had made on that chalkboard so many years before. If the Valknut was another form of the Enneagram, how did the Vikings come across it? Through some research online I was able to find that the Eastward migrating Vikings and the Sarmoung Brotherhood, the teachers of Gurdjieff, were in the same neighborhood in the 7th century. This was the same era when the Valknut first appeared in Gotland, Sweden. Circumstance? Or not?

When one lives with clairvoyance, circumstances more often than not are synchronicity. I think I am on to something with this, and I have written of it in the last chapter of my book Rune Play, available here. I will be deepening this research into a complete book of its own. But meanwhile, I am thinking often on the three God brothers of the Norse Mythology. Going back to the Creation Mythos, Odin, Hoenir, and Lodhur found two trees, which they gave the gifts of human life. Odin gave the gift of Breath, Hoenir gave the gift of Will, and Lodhur gave the gift of “Blooming Hue.” With these gifts the human beings Aske (Ash) and Embla (Elm) began their life on Midgard.

These gifts of the God brothers correspond to three “centers” – the intellect, the emotions, and the physical body. In shamanic terms, these are spirit, soul, and body. “Spirit” comes from the Latin word for “Breath.” Like the winds that encircle the Earth, our intelligence is full of ideas for what we want to do with our life and how to do it. The soul anchors our spirit to life within the body, “electrifying” us into movement in pursuit of what we need or want. Our emotions are a connection between the waking consciousness and the deeper feelings of the Subconscious that link us to the awareness of Earth. Like water emotions flow easily downhill around obstacles and obstructions showing us ways to accomplish our pursuits. The body itself is our personal “Earth.” What animates it is a sort of serpentine, creative energy that motivates and drives us and serves in the continuation of the species.

There is really a lot to think about in conjunction with the three God brothers and our situation as human beings. Odin, Wind God, is the Creative and Inspired Mind. Hoenir, who gifted Will, represents the Heart of an idea. Lodhur, who gifted “Blooming Hue,” the blood, circulation, and sensuality, weighs the conceptual pleasure or pain of a thing, granting consideration of which ideas we want to breathe life into.

I believe that the Norse Mythology were teaching tales left by our Ancestors to guide our life by. One can develop deep, meaningful relationships with the Gods, who are willing to meet us in our personal space when we are willing to develop ourselves and our fuller potential. It reduces to the moment of inner silence, when one becomes receptive to the messages of the soul in conjunction with the spirit. It comes down to the time of listening and seeing, knowing, being, and understanding.

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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