Goddess Urd  

Posted by Stella Clark

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"URD" IS THE NAME OF THE ELDEST, AND PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT, OF THE NORNS...THREE SISTERS WHO WERE THE NORSE GODDESSES OF FATE. HER NAME IS DERIVED FROM THE GERMAN, "UR", WHICH MEANS PAST, PRIMORDIAL, OR VIRGIN. THE SISTERS REPRESENTED TIME, SO "URD", THE "NORN" OF THE PAST WAS DEPICTED AS AN ANCIENT CRONE WITH WHITE HAIR WHO WAS CONSTANTLY LOOKING BACKWARDS....TOWARDS THE PAST. SHE PERSONIFIES ALL THINGS THAT HAVE GONE ON BEFORE, IN THE PAST, WHICH HAS CAUSED BOTH THE PRESENT AND WILL CAUSE THE FUTURE. SHE WAS THE GUARDIAN OF THE SACRED "FOUNTAIN OF TIME" WHO SPINS UPON HER WHEEL THE THREAD OF FATE GENERATED BY US IN THE PAST. "URD" WAS CONSIDERED AS BENEVOLENT.

BENEATH ONE OF THE ROOTS OF THE "YGGDRASILL" LIES THE "WELL OF URD." THIS IS THE SPRING OF DESTINY AND THE HOME OF THE "NORNS". THIS IS WHERE THE "AESIR "GATHER TO HOLD THEIR COUNCILS AND TO GAIN THE INSIGHT OF THE "NORNS". ODIN" HIMSELF FREQUENTLY RODE DOWN TO THE SACRED FOUNTAIN TO SEEK HER AID, FOR THEY GENERALLY ANSWERED ALL HIS QUESTIONS, MAINTAINING SILENCE ONLY ABOUT HIS OWN FATE AND THAT OF HIS FELLOW GODS.

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"FAR" IN THE DEPTHS OF AGES GONE I DWELL"AROUND ME FORMS OF EARLIEST SPLENDOUR RISE ; TEMPLE AND HEAVEN-LIKE DOME, WITH GRACEFUL SWELL,"BLEND, IN THEIR BRIGHTNESS, WITH THE ORIENT SKIES. ON PYRAMID AND COLUMN, GLORIOUS, SHINE HIGH MYTHS OF HEROES, CARVED IN MYSTIC LINE ;"MYSTERIOUS LIGHT, O'ER ALL, FROM HEAVEN, IS THROWN : AND SONGS OF GLORY FILL THE VOCAL AIR, ALOFT THE DEEDS OF FAME SUBLIMELY BEAR;"DEEP AS THE THUNDER, BUT HOW SWEET, THEIR TONE!"

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