Myths

Straight from Myth

In North mythology, Ginnungagap is the great gap that opened spilling out two worlds: the world of ice (Niflheim) and the world of Fire (Muspellsheim). The fires of Muspellsheim melted the ice of Niflheim and the water that came from that divide formed into the oceans of Midgard. There’s much more to this that involves the body of a giant and a cow…more on this later.

From Wikipedia…

In the northern part of Ginnungagap lay the intense cold of Niflheim, and to the southern part lay the equally intense heat of Muspelheim. The cosmogonic process began when the effulgence of the two met in the middle of Ginnungagap.

Fire and Ice

Upon seeing pictures of Eyjafjallajokull (The Icelandic Volcano) it is no wonder the ancient Norsemen believed such things as Ginnungagap

Some predict this incident was believed to be Iceland and can you blame them? The pictures posted are of “Eyjafjallajokull,” the volcano in Iceland that erupted within the last few years.


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North Mythology

Celtic Mythology

 

In the beginning…

In the beginning, when the earth was made, pure energy flowed from the Gap. This energy was called Seidr (pronounced “say-th” or “seeth”). The Seidr is a life source that flowed like a river into all things that took form: water air, earth. As all living things took shape, the Seidr fused itself into plants and animals until each living thing formed around the Seidr making the Seidr its core.

At first the Seidr was so natural that no one knew of its presence. They didn’t know to question it. Stripped from a living being, that being would die as the Seidr was the core to all life. The very energy that produced life.

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Eyjafjallajokull eruption

As the world took form…

During that time that the worlds began and the Seidr first fused itself to all things, there were two clans: the Aesir and the Vanir who lived for a time in peace. They resided in the gardens that grew in the deserts. One day, the Aesir found the Seidr and knew the potential of its power. They horded it and kept it for themselves as they studied it and learned of its use. Hungry with greed, the Aesir secreted the Seidr from the Vanir for fear that the Vanir would grow in power and attempt to keep the Seidr for themselves. And so it was in secret that the Aesir developed a race known as the Drui who could hone and master the Seidr.

There was one, an Aesir, who learned of the Aesir’s plan to enslave the Vanir with with the Seidr and she told the Vanir of the Seidr and taught it to the Vanir. The Aesir learned of this betrayal and the first war of time broke out. The Vanir were triumphant and the Aesir were driven underground. Rumors formed that the Aesir had died and the Seidr was soon forgotten by man.

Seidr in three parts…

Gap

Eyjafjallajokull and the Northern Lights… It is so easy to understand why the Norse believed in the gods they did.