Norse • Expression
Kari is an ancient, icy breathed, shape-shifting wind giant from mythical Asgard in Northern Scandinavia. He is believed to have created everything through his word, with the exception of planet Earth.
The Aesir (“ICE-ear”) were major Germanic deities who governed the forces of nature. Kari’s interest in mankind is to govern self-expression.
He is the overseer of sound who teaches people how to sing and move energy.
Cooperating with Kari will teach you how, to “go with the flow,” and adapt to ever-changing conditions. Appearing youthful in the spring, Kari ages as the season’s progress, becoming a bearded old man by winter. His personification of the aging process is a reminder to exercise caution when choosing your words. Just as young children will sometimes blurt out immature interpretations of what they experience at home, and embarrass their parents, over time they acquire wisdom, and learn to practice restraint. Kari cautions us to resist making snap judgments or jumping to conclusions.
The Aesir believe that each element of nature has it’s own in-dwelling spirit, and when left unchecked, these patterns can become harmful. In the same way we assume authority over our inner child, the ancient Aesir empowered the giants to exert authority over nature, thereby ensuring harmony in world of man.
How you manage change depends on your ability to accept present conditions. Eventually you will be able to manage challenges easily like the shapeless winds passing through narrow channels. By contrast, if you resist change, your options will become limited, trapped like the giants who were unable to pass the firey bifrost (Rainbow Bridge) to reach the Milgard, the upper world of awakening. By surrendering to the energy of change, you‘ll find yourself in a safe, warm, and happy place, even if a frosty north wind momentarily ices your dreams.
The wind makes music when it rustles through the leaves of a tree or strikes a wind chime. Our breath also makes music when it passes through the reed of a clarinet or across the openings of a flute. This kind of friction relates to the energy of Kari.
If you find yourself in the midst of a significant change, ask yourself, “What is my desired outcome?” and, “How can I best use this change to navigate successfully through life?” Learning to accept change brings wisdom.
New ideas and dreams are formed in the East. In Norse Mythology, Kari is the oldest son of Fornjót, the frost giant. His name literally means gust of wind; he is the father of snow, frost, blizzards, and storms. As the storms and blizzards of your life recede with the spring thaw, new ideas will start to form. When Kari arrives as a cool breeze, he may manifest as a young man, a true ally, energized and ready to help you meet any challenges you may encounter. He gives a voice to your ideas, feelings, and desires that will lead to forward movement and positive changes.Click To Tweet
The arrival of Kari as a relentless, contrary east wind is a signal that you should examine long-held beliefs. Since memories are stored in the East, it is time to take note of the dragons in your life; those archaic beliefs that have become extinct. Keep in mind that your brain has the capacity to generate innovative ideas. Acknowledge old, worn out thoughts and memories, and then cast them into the wind.
Kari ages with the growing cycle. Summer is a time of naivety and surprises; expect rapid and unexpected changes in your life. Love may arrive on an invisible wind. It is important to express your needs because without emotional balance you will feel battered and bruised.
When Kari’s wind leaves your shelter-less, it is easy to fall prey to the two-headed monster of fear and doubt. Words can sting like frost on your face when you regress into childlike behavior. This is a good time to take daily walks in nature and seek wise counsel. Take a deep breath, pause and reflect, before giving wind to emotionally charged ideas. Be mindful of the words you utter, because like frost on a window, they can leave scars.
Kari arrives as a song on the breath of the wind; a gentleman dancing with the leaves as they fall from the trees. He encourages you to sing along and keep your energy flowing lest darkness engulf your life. Breathe deeply and celebrate before proceeding. Changes of season can be stressful on the body. Pay close attention to your lungs; breathe slowly and deeply.
How are you coping with physical challenges such as aging, illness or injury? Listen to Kari and you’ll know what part of your body requires immediate attention. Do you find yourself fueling your body with junk food in attempt to deal with stress and appease your anxieties? In this quadrant, the presence of Kari reminds you that your body is a sacred temple that requires attention and respect.
Whenever soul has a great need for expression, Kari blows in from the north and offers his wisdom. Your dreams may need to be put on hold until the frost on the window fades. Wait patiently with Kari in his cave at Niflheim until the blizzards have subsided.
If you find yourself in the midst of bitter confusion, ask yourself, “What is my desired outcome?” and, “How can I best use this change to successfully navigate through life?” Learning to accept the unseen will make you wiser. Everything in nature is perfectly timed. Whenever you need guidance, sing your songs of pain and joy with passion, and know that the wisdom of Kari is always yours for the asking.