Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Daily Draw, Jan. 28: Wyrd Wednesday

Normally, when we call something "weird", we're saying it is peculiar--'ooky-spooky' is something of a definitive derivative, iykwim; we don't usually use the word "weird" as a compliment. BUT--there is a reason why, perhaps, we might like to think that once in a while. That word is actually from the Anglo-Saxon word "wyrd", which is the word for Fate or Destiny, referring both to the Being, an Old Norse Goddess, and to the series of events. And to "dree one's wyrd" is to simply discern, or know, one's fate, and decide what one will do to either embrace it or counter it. So--Woden's Day it is, my friends, the Old Norse God of inspiration, poesy, and ecstasy, all states which serve one well in interacting with Fate. And how shall we, today, Dree our Wyrd? Let's find out.

Three cards drawn today, in order--What does Fate have in store for me, what shall I do about it, and what may I learn from it with the assistance of poetic inspiration?

Well, we've seen this one before, haven't we? Here we have a figure standing balanced on the bridge of a boat which is cresting the raging waves; in the rear is a waxing moon and the terrifying spectre of a huge shadowy Beast. The astrological sign of Cancer, the crab in hir shell, as well as the Norse rune Haigl, "destruction", and the I Ching hexagram "cheth", which means "fence," all speak of a powerful danger behind the figure, one which is threatening to "overcome from behind" unless a fence is put up and a shell erected around the intended prey. But the water on which the craft is floating, as well as the Moon, symbolize our instinctive and innate responses to threats of danger.  The ‘beast’ behind the craft on the waves represents whatever it is that ‘hunts’ – or ‘haunts’, perhaps? – us, the thing we fear, the thing that makes us move forward for fear of what might happen if we don’t.  This version of the card implies that if we allow the power of the waves to carry us though the challenges facing us, and by so doing, allowing ourselves to open up to new possibilities, then our own instincts, our innate wisdom and understanding, and our ability to look within ourselves for resources will ultimately save us.