THE NORSE CREATION MYTH - UP TO DATE
By comparing the old mythological explanation
to modern Astronomy and Cosmology, it seems for me probable to show a common
knowledge, which, for the first part, is experienced by physically and
spiritually senses and for the other part is knowledge based on modern
instrumental Astronomical and Cosmological measurements.
If such a comparison is successful, a great
implication must be: The human spirit is able to gain Cosmological knowledge
about the Earth, the Solar system and the Galaxy without the use of any
instruments. And it is my claim that there is a big different between
getting Cosmological knowledge spiritually and instrumentally. Instrumental
measurements and knowledge tends to bond to the Linear World picture and the
spiritual knowledge to the Circular World picture. And, although the modern
scientists of course can be very ecstatic and emotional when new knowledge
is gained, the spiritual way of experiencing the Cosmos creates a great
respect for the creative forces, which gained intuitively, gives the basic
understanding how to live concordantly with the creative forces on the
Earth and outside the Earth.
The 3-fold common knowledge in 1
The (Accumulated) Norse mythological family.
LAYERS UPON LAYERS OF STORY TELLING
When you are dealing with the Norse
mythology, you must have in mind that, except from the Creation Myth itself,
there is many layers of telling added throughout the time. Gods and
Goddesses have been described from one time to another, and maybe the Gods
and Goddesses from other cultures have been added with the increasing
movements of populations. In order to distinguish and categorize the Gods
and Goddesses, one must concentrate on their specific and common attributes.
In this matter, the Comparative Mythology and Religion is of great
importance to study.
And it is astoundingly firstly how identical
the Story of Creation is told all over the World and secondly how identical
the Gods and Goddesses are described also all over the World. Globally the
stories are very similar! And only local conditions use some different
animals - and anthropomorphic beings - to describe the meaning of the
different myths. Of course there is this common knowledge! We all live on
the same planet under the same sky under the same cosmological conditions!
THE ATTEMPT OF A MODERN INTERPRETATION OF
THE NORSE CREATION MYTH STARTS HERE:
(The Mythological Story
itself in blueprint - comments and explanations in ordinary print)
The Story of Creation in the
Norse Mythology begins in the great emptiness, called Ginnungagap.
This opening of the story can immediately be
compared to the modern theory of Big Bang: "Before there was something, there
was nothing"! Or: "Out of nothing emerged everything".
Both explanations should of course not been
taking literally - and, in my opinion, both telling should be understood as
a "technique" to explain the basics of how creative forces merges the
material and later on expands in cosmos in a rhythmic and cyclic movement.
THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF CREATION
1 is the number for Everything. 2
for Light and Matter, for Warmth and Cold and for expansion and contraction.
3 is for the combined worlds of the Earth, the Solar System and our Galaxy. 4 is for
Air, Fire, Water and Soil. 8 is for the interaction of the 4 elements. By
this description one can easily imagine even modern atomic principles which
is used in many moderns scientific branches. And just think about how the
weather changes and interacts throughout the seasons.
THE STORY OF CREATION
We set the number in (1 = Everything) and
begin the Norse Story of Creation with the 2 basic qualities:
In the warm Muspelheim in the
South, sparkles and glowing embers from Fire are flying out and spreads
towards the northern part in Ginnungagap, Niflheim, where darkness and
coldness has deep-frozen all matter.
Now: In order to describe the originally
creative and characteristically powers, one can only describe the movement
and progression of these powers in familiar terms. And the familiar terms
comes from the seasonal changes of the Year. And when using the seasonal
changing's as a story telling technique, our ancestors also have described
that "everything above is like below". That is: The same forces and laws
works both in Macro Cosmos and Micro Cosmos.
- The fire, light and warmth from Muspelheim
meets the frozen matter from Niflheim in "the middle of Ginnungagap =
"the centre where Creation in our Galaxy" began.
frozen matter gets warmer and moist shrouds everything. Using the terms of
modern Astrophysics, the "cold+moist" and the "hot+dry" directly can be
interpreted as Hydrogen and Helium. When two hydrogen atoms collides,
Helium is created releasing light (let there be light) and warmth and
thereby accelerate the matter of the Creation.
In the course of this events, the Story
concerns the very basics of Creation: When cold and warm matter meets and
sets of a beginning of movement.
Out from the middle of
Ginnungagap grows the cow Audhumbla, the first symbol of Creation. From
Audhumbla´s udder floats rivers of milk.
Why "rivers of milk"? Because the color of
the Milky Way is white. And that´s why a Cow is such a great symbol of
Creation - of course together with many other symbols.
A Rock Carving from Norway and Turkey, both
marking the centre of the Milky Way.
An Egyptian female, The Great Mother,
radiating matter from the Womb compared to a Star Atlas with the southern
contours of the Milky Way and the centre of the Milky Way marked with an
From the centre in "Audhumbla´s womb floats
the rivers out and gives nourishment to the Giant Ymer, the second symbol of
On both sides of the Egyptian picture in the
middle, the northern and the southern contours of our Milky Way. The
Egyptian female picture are covered with Stars which clearly tells us that
she have something to do with the Night Sky, and her name is Nut, queen of
the Night and she is the Mother Goddess. If the left Star Atlas picture is
placed under the right Atlas picture, we have the very same motif and
meaning as on the Egyptian mythological picture.
Ymer drank of the 4 rivers of
Milk and, while sleeping, 2 human beings, one woman and one man, grow out of
his arm pits. And out from the giant Ymer, the whole Sky and World was
From the Danish Wessel of the Gundestrup
Cauldron: The giant Ymer holding the first 2 humans, who are symbolized
above in the Star Atlas pictures and on the Egyptian picture.
From Muspelheim in the south
came more sparks of light which created the Stars, the Sun and the Moon.
This indicates very strongly that our Solar System is created in the
Centre of our Galaxy.
THE 3 WORLD DIMENSIONS
The number 3 symbolizes the 3 dimensions in
the Norse Mythology, namely Midgaard where humans live, Asgaard above with
Star Constellation fantasy pictures of both human- and animal like beings.
The third dimension, Udgaard, belongs to all giant beings directly connected
to the fantasy pictures of the Milky way contours on the northern and the
southern hemisphere. Every of these 3 dimensions or Worlds was mythological
divides up in 3 subdivisions which gives the holy number of 9 Worlds in
which for instants Odin and Balder traveled in order to gain knowledge
from all dimensions.
The schematic drawing in the middle show the
3 dimensions or 3 Rings of worlds. Number 1 is your location on Earth, 2 is
the Earth itself, 3 is the Star Heaven and 4 with its grey/white vaulting
band on the night Sky. The Rock Carving pictures are from Ireland and
This Rock Art Carving was found
2009.10.10 at the location of "Anebjerg" on the Northern part of the
Baltic Island of Bornholm, Denmark, very close to my location.
In the Rings, dots are engraved as
symbols of the Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars encircling the Day- and
Night Sky on the 3 dimensions or Worlds in the Norse Mythology. Such Cup
Marks carved in the rings, are not that common. The figures in the image
are symbolizing the revolving contours of the Milky Way. (Location
explanation: "Anebjerg = "Ane" = Danish for
"Ancient/forefathers/foremothers" and "bjerg" = Danish for mountain, the
mythological archetype of the Primeval Mound, "the place where the Human
live and rise from", the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.
THE WORLD TREE AND ITS CREATIONAL
In the middle of the World
stands a tall ash tree, called Yggdrasil. Its crown reach up in Heaven and
its roots stands in the Underworld. (Originally, the Tree of Life meant the
the Galaxy Tree in the centre of our Galaxy, but the Tree of Life is
also symbolized as the cooperative forces between the Sun and the Earth
as told below:)
There have been many attempts to describe how
our Nordic ancestors have imagined their perception of the World.
A Rock Art carving from Sweden
shoving 2 Trees and the whole "Noah Arch" or the Norse Mythology great
Ship "Skibladnir" sailing on the Heavenly Oceans. (http://www.native-science.net/Ship.Mythical.htm)
The Story of the World Tree is about how the
creative forces works throughout the seasonal changes on the Earth. The
giant tree Yggdrasil is standing in the middle of the Earth with its stem
going TROUGH the Earth axis and its crown and roots spreading out in the
Earth atmosphere! All the mythological animal figures mentioned in
connection with the Ash Yggdrasil, are Star Constellations or Milky Way
figures. Except from one special animal, namely the squirrel "Ratatosk"
The story of the World Tree is specifically
dealing with the powers that works inside and outside the Earth throughout
the seasons. It's first and foremost about how the geomagnetic forces inside
and outside the Earth is working and how this force is creating all
vegetable life on Earth. And it's about the Sun influences on the Earth
magnetic fields both in a day and while the Earth is orbiting the Sun.
In the seasonal changes, the creative
geomagnetic power increase and decrease because of the Sun radiation
influence on the Earth magnetic fields daily and annually when the Earth
axis leans away and towards the Sun throughout the season - and this
qualitative changes goes both ways, "up and down" and of course it creates
opposite seasonal phenomenon's on the northern and the southern hemisphere
at the same time. And the geomagnetic forces creates both the vegetable tops
and the roots trough the Earth daily and seasonal movement.
In the Spring time you can observe the soil
damping. It's not only because of the Sun warming up the soil. Long before
the Sun have a warming power the warmth of the geomagnetic force have slowly
warmed up the soil deep within the ground. And if you cut a scratch or score
in a tree stem some time before spring, you can observe how early the sap
runs some time before the Sun have any greater warmth effect. This indicates
an increasing geomagnetic pressure from within the Earth up trough all
vegetable matters. A geomagnetic pressure that increase and decrease in the
seasons. Up and down - up and down. Just as the squirrel "Ratatosk" in the
Ratatosk is a squirrel
running up and down on the Ash Yggdrasil world tree. Ratatosk can freely
move between the worlds of ice in Niflheim and the world of fire in
Muspelheim. Ratatosk brings the words from the Eagle in the top of Yggdrasil
to the snake Nidhug below in the roots of Yggdrasil. Ratatosk talks with
everybody in the 3 worlds or dimensions. Ratatosk brings news between all in
the 3 worlds or dimensions. And there is a constantly fight between the
Eagle in the crown of Yggdrasil and the Snake in the roots of Yggdrasil.
The squirrel Ratatosk is the specific symbol
of the changing Geomagnetic Force itself. The story of Ratatosk is a
fantastic precise construction of describing the creative process throughout
the seasonal changes in the increasing and decreasing Geomagnetic creative
force and as specific description of all vegetable growth.
RAGNAROK - IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD
In a world described in circles, it's NOT
very likely that our Norse ancestors have a perception of a total end of the
World! The story of Ragnarok is just a simple story of everything in life.
Of Star Constellation figures are moving throughout the day and seasons. How
everything grows and vanish. Of birth and dead - all the cyclic phenomenon's
we humans can experience in a lifetime as well in bigger cyclic periods
beyond our life.
- With this description I provisionally
conclude the story of the Creation in the Norse Mythology - I hope you now
are open for this modern attempt of interpretation of the old story! For my
own part, I'm sure one can find similar connections and explanations between
old and modern facts in every cultural Story of Creation all over the World.
It's just a matter of looking at the old
stories and symbols in a new way and connect these to moderns scientific
fact from Astronomy and Cosmology.
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