It's the 2nd of February which makes it st Bridget's day in the Celtic tradition, the beginning of spring and with it the promise of warmer days and fresh new life. According to tradition, if the weather is good on this day, the ensuing weather is likely to suck for a while... well today has been very mixed, but quite sunny, and according to forecasts, the temperature is going to plummet. Great. Regardless...
Happy Imbolc to one and all. May we all be fed, watered and kept toe curlingly warm.
So, I thought it fitting to share an old silk painting of mine in homage.
Once upon a time, long before Marvel and Disney got married...
A glowing Rune of complexity emanating from the timeless Ash tree, the Great Yggdrasil, the Axis Mundi connecting the nine realms
The first level
Asgard, world of the Aesir
Vanaheim, land of the Vanir
Alfheim, land of the light elves.
The second level
Midgard, Land of humans (middle world/garden)
Nidavellir, Land of the dwarfs
Jotunheim, Land of the giants (Jotuns)
Svartalfheim, Land of the dark elves.
The third level
Hel, Realm of the dead
Niflheim, World of the dead.
The complex runes glowing here start with the
Hagal, (Armanen system) the mother of all runes, A multi layered, ancient and profound rune. The Origin. Harmony. It symbolizes or stimulates the birth of consciousness within. Though also known as Hail and in the Anglo-Saxon system, the Serpent, in some respects, I'd say it still represents the same thing - the storm of creation and the endless cycle of death and rebirth. Our heritage encoded in our DNA.
Here seen as a subtle double helix rising up the tree.
Added to the complexity beyond Hagal can be found many other embedded runes,
Sowelu, Dagaz, Gebo, Eihwaz, Ansuz, Algiz, Wunjo, Raid.
Wrapped at the base of the tree is Jormungand, the mighty Midgard serpent encompassing the oceans surrounding middle earth, that is, until Ragnarok when He and Thor destroy each other. Here I have him eating his tail, in the same vein as the alchemical symbol, Ouroboros, representing the infinite and regenesis.
(Yet another curious potential reference to a great cosmic cataclysm and the resulting ophiolatry? Please do check out my articles on Buddhistdoor for some of my thoughts)