JANUARY - CELEBRATING NEW YEAR
It is told in Norse legend that Yggdrasil, the World Tree, was fed by the Well of Urd, Wyrd or Fate, in whose waters each morning the three Norns, the sisters of Fate, gazed to give guidance to the deities. This well contained the cosmic knowledge from when the world began and the potential for the future. The three Sisters wove a web both of the fate of the world and the fate of individual beings.
The first Norn, Urdhr, the oldest of the sisters, looked always backwards and talked of the past which in Viking tradition influenced not only a person’s own present and future but that of his or her descendants both genetically and in the values and property/lifestyle transmitted from the ancestors.
The second Norn, Verdhandi, a young vibrant woman, looked straight ahead and talked of present deeds which strongly influenced the future.
Skuld, the third Norn, who tore up the web as the other two created it, was closely veiled and her head was turned in the opposite direction from Urdhr. She held a scroll which had not been unrolled, of what would pass, given the intricate connection with past and present interactions and most crucially the decisions of the individual about the opportunities and obstacles fate threw up.
Therefore even given the wider trends, the limitations of our present circumstances and the sometimes seemingly inexplicable actions of others, we still can make step by step and sometimes with the odd leap into the dark, our future more as we want it to be.
New Year wishes
Whether you are celebrating with family and friends at New Year or alone as I have the last few years and enjoyed it thoroughly, try the following ritual as close to midnight as possible.
If you go away or to a big party you can do this any time in the first days of the year.
You can also share the ritual with family and friends if present.
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You may not want to forgive people who have really hurt you, nor should you, but you can release your own negativity towards them that is holding you back as a blessing.
Good luck and love customs for the New Year
On January 1 you can follow one or two of the age old customs to ensure you have the right opportunities to make the future you want.
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