The Personal Connection
My father came from Norway, and the influence of the language, culture, and foods was an integral part of my childhood. I went to Norway to visit my sister and see a site I had previously spirit traveled to when I wrote my book Spirit Traveler. Stoplesteinane is an ancient stone circle located on a steep hillside and marked by 16 stones. Called there by the energies contained within I sat in the center. I am a mystic, healer, and spirit traveler. I see all levels of the unseen world--from angels to demi-gods, and my encounters with the Norse gods have given me a lifetime of experiences. As I melted into the energies of the circle, the demi-gods appeared tall, strong, and with piercing blue eyes. Odin, Thor, Freyja, and Loki brought messages and urged that I deliver the true meaning of the myths and legends of Asgard through my art and my intuitive abilities.
How to Use the Cards
The cards carry messages from the nine realms, the sacred water, dwarves, elves, giants, gods, and the runes. They have information for the user and touch on love, fear, purpose, power, medicine, energy that help to unfold the mysteries of the nine realms. When we look to the past, we can learn what our patterns have been and how we repeat them, not only as individuals but also as a collective. This knowledge is authoritative in identifying our attachments, emotional wounds, and karma. The present moment is where we can redefine ourselves, become aware of our feelings and learn how to manage them. The future is in a liquid state. When we focus thoughts and energy on what we want to create the future begins to align with the vibration. Karma is a significant factor in how the future unfolds. If our desires are too future-focused, we can get caught not being present.
The three-card spread below represents the past, present, and future. It will help you understand what you may need to work on, your current emotional and spiritual status and what the future potentially holds.
For example, the first card drawn is Odin placed in the position of the past. Odin is the most powerful of the Norse Gods. He is the ruler of Asgard and husband to Frigg. Odin understands the nine realms and the true nature of humankind whose earthbound experience is measured through the duality of good and evil, right and wrong and keeps us from finding our true inner peace. Odin wanders betwixt and between the nine realms. He believes in the truth inherent in each person’s soul. This card is about picking a side and Odin’s belief that it is best to be centered, standing in the middle and choosing observation over judgment. Go within and find your center. Release your attachments to either side. Meditate. You will discover the journey you long for is within.
If drawn in reverse the card indicates that you have taken a side and perhaps rooted yourself in something you no longer believe. Take time to examine your thinking and ask yourself why you are so attached to this particular point of view. The universe is made up of infinite possibilities. Through meditation release your attachments into the Earth and feel what it is like to be free.
The present card is next. In this example, the card is Freyja who is the only female named for the Vanir: a group of demi-gods that represent fertility and once rivaled the Aesir, a dominant group of gods that included Odin and Thor. Freyja is desired by the giants. She embodies love and fertility. She is a powerful shaman who knows and practices the magic Seid, which gives her the ability to determine the fate of men and women and to arrange death and even cause ill health. In drawing this card, you are invoking a powerful goddess known throughout the nine realms for her sexual prowess. Pulling this card puts you on notice that your sexual energy needs to be grounded and not misused. The greatest magic is our ability to embody divine love. Do not mistake your power as that of a demi-god. You are responsible for your karma and soul’s journey. Freyja teaches that love is the most potent magic throughout the realms.
When you draw Freya in reverse, it suggests you are misusing your power and manipulating others. You must take care to set your course on integrity and truth and make sure you do not act recklessly or irresponsibly in your desire for things outside of yourself such as power, money or love. Freyja drawn in reverse comes with a warning to switch your focus to the highest vibration of love and transcend your Earth-bound experience.
The third card drawn in this spread represents the future, and in this example, it is the rune Jera. This rune is about the fruition of your labor. You have planted your seeds and cared for your field, and now you have a plentiful harvest. The only way this happens is with focus and diligence. Jera is natural law. It is the fruition of your hard work. Freyja is related to this rune as she represents fertility and harvest. This rune is about being in alignment with Creator and the Earth. When we are present, we witness the cyclical nature of the universe and experience natural law. There is no reverse to this rune, only the mindfulness to not be impatient. Your process is your harvest.
This three-card spread represents the relationship between past actions and your possible future self and where there is work to be done. Look for further messages within the artwork; note how Odin is rooted to the tree of knowledge, Yggdrasill; that cats pull Freya's chariot; and that the rune, Jera, displays sturdy stalks of corn and a fruitful harvest. Only you can interpret the messages these cards hold.