Wyrd

Wyrd is a Norse Pagan concept that is closely related to “fate”. However, one’s Wyrd is not fatalistic, meaning it can be changed.

Let me tell you of three wise women. Urðr, Verðandi, and Skuld. These wise women are giants and they are the caretakers of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. They tend a well, Urðarbrunnr, under one of the tree’s large enormous roots. There the women patch mud and other materials to the tree to tend to its growth and health. These women are collectively called the Norns.

Each female giantess represents a sense of how Norse Pagans view time and view “fate”.

Urðr is the Norn that represents what was and what is up to the present moment. So all of your past actions, decisions, indecisions, and so on that have led to the present moment is Urdth’s lessons for us.

Verðandi is the Norn that represents the present moment, what is becoming right now. What actions, inactions, decisions are you are making right now is what Verdandi shows us.

Lastly, Skuld is the Norn giantess who represents what will become if you continue down the path of actions you are on. So all of your actions in the present moment make the path that leads to what Skuld represents.

You could say that they are represented as the past, present, and future. But that would be a disservice to the truth.

It’s about becoming. We are all in a state of becoming. The actions we have taken in the past and up to now were made up by our ancestors, our parents, and ultimately we shaped them in the end. All of those actions led us to where we are now, the Present moment. We live in the Present moment. All of our day to day decisions about our jobs, what we’ll make for dinner, what we need to buy from the grocery store, and so on live in the Present moment. It is actions or inactions we take or do not take that form what will become. If we continue to work at menial jobs and don’t chose to take a different job or go back to school to get a better job, we’ll continue to live in the moment with that menial job. If we chose to act and go for a different job, then our path changes.

Our Wyrd is tied to these actions (sometimes called Örlög). All of our actions, or Örlög, fill the well the Norns tend to at the base of Yggdrasil. What pours forth from that well is our Wyrd. And our Wyrd can be changed simply by changing our actions.

We all live in the Present Moment. What was past is in the past. But our future is always experienced as the present moment, as the Now. We don’t experience the future as the future. It is what is happening to us now in that moment of time. So we can shape our “future” right here in the Present Moment.

We can change our outlook on life. We can change our actions. We can change what we will become. It is in our hand and no one else’s. We can also not choose to change or choose actions that are less constructive and we will become what we become because of inaction or making the wrong decisions. But that does not lock us in to any one “fate”. We always have the choice, the actions, to change the path we are on.

So you can see a little bit of the reasoning why I chose to call my blog, Life*Knits*Wyrd. We truly weave together the threads of actions into a fabric that is our universe. Just as a knitter creates a scarf, we create our Wyrd with the yarn of what we think, say, and do, or in other words, our actions.

So what kind of world do you want to create for yourself and your loved ones?

It’s in your hands and always will be…

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