There is a part of me that wonders at incorporating the topic of the Norns and women into my 365 days of prayer that I started when my son undertook the Marine experience. They fit, because I am a woman, and a Mom, and I work with the Norns and my own Orlog and Wyrd in order to become the kind of person I want to be. Sometimes my reasoning is more of an emotional nature, but it is to women I speak.
Women are the bearers of life. We have given sons and daughters to life in order for life to carry on. In ancient times, the women of the Germanic and Scandinavian times were respected also as the bearers of the divine and of magic. There were practices that kept the tribe healthy. One could bless, or one could curse, depending on the demands of life and the times.
Then women fell under the power of the patriarch. The lies told against women – that women brought sin to the world, that women could not be trusted, that all women were wily – became lies women gradually learned to believe about her self. The church was particularly poisonous about this, and that culminated in the so-called witch burnings and the murder of women who even as healers were accused of being under the power of the devil. So-called witch finders developed tricks for making it appear as if the accused women were indeed under such a power.
I am not suggesting that the matriarchy is any more balanced a way of life than the patriarchy. Rather I think it is in both sexes working together, cooperating together, consulting each other in their respective strengths that the best path for humanity lies. Take the example of marriage – either it works or it doesn’t, but the best marriages are wherein each partner holds equal power with the other, respects each other, and trusts their partner to uphold his or her part of their marriage.
Well, I’ve said a lot. It’s not a well developed essay, but it is a humbly expressed opinion.
Creator, taking this essay into my own life, thank you for a marriage that works, thank you for balance, thank you for the opportunity to learn of Orlog and Wyrd. Thank you.