Njord-ime to reconstruct old ideas, and venture forth into newNjord • Norse • Prosperity

Imagine a time when giants, dwarfs, wizards, dragons, elves and trolls interacted with Gods, aristocrats, warriors and peasants. The traditions of the fiery Vikings have been immortalized in poems where wars were waged, and battles fought, using sword and magic. Poets were myth keepers; their stanzas held the records of creation, art, adventure, expansion, community, war, and magic. Favoring their pagan traditions over Christianity, the Scandinavian Vikings (Danes, Norwegians and Swedes) spread their beliefs throughout Europe from 780 to 1070 A.D.

Njord was a Vanir God who calmed seas and fires, and ruled over the summer winds. According to the poet Snorri, in the Prose Edda, Njord had vast wealth, distributing land and treasures as he pleased. Today. Scandinavians still strive to be “as rich as Njord”, and he is often offered the second toast for peace and plenty.[1]

The Norsemen were innovative ship builders, pirates, merchants and skilled navigators. They traveled by sea, expanding their trade routes east to the Black Sea, west to Iceland, and south into Scotland, Wales, France and England. Archaeologists have unearthed burial sites proving that their clinker-built ships reached Newfoundland five centuries before the arrival of Columbus. However, not all Norseman were pirates who conquered the land and seas; many lived peaceful, physically demanding lives as fishermen, hunters, and farmers.

Njord loved the hustle bustle of life near the sea.

When Njord’s light breeze blows into your life, your waters become energized and invigorated, signifying that it is time for extraordinary growth in your life.Click To Tweet

East

Arriving from the East, Njord offers a bountiful breeze of fresh, innovative energy. In order to expand trade throughout Europe, the Vikings built artistic, innovative wooden ships that resembled royal yachts. These marine vessels were great technological advancements during the dark ages; they were fast, shallow, and could also be used as rowboats whenever the seas were calm, without wind. Now is the time to reconstruct old ideas, and venture forth into new, prosperous trade routes. Like a Viking ship, your ideas need to rise above, and beyond the status quo. Enlist new solutions in preparation for those times in the future when the wind will cease to blow.

If Njord blows in as a strong headwind, grab your oars and start paddling with gusto! This is not the time to give up on new ideas; perseverance and hard work are required if you truly want to succeed.

South

When Njord makes his appearance in the South, you’ll become aware of the polar opposites residing within you. In Scandinavian mythology, Njord was offered in marriage to the Ice Giant, Skadi, as restitution for the slaying of her father. While Njord cherished the hustle bustle of the fertile seaport, Skadi preferred the dead stillness of the dark northern landscape. Concessions were made, and to appease everyone, they spent equal time at each place. This is a reminder that two opposing emotions, such as the warmth of summer and the cold of winter, can exist simultaneously. A compromise is needed in order to reestablish a balance between your emotional wealth and overall well-being.

If the sea turns choppy, and your boat is rocking and ready to capsize, Njord is telling you that you are neglecting your personal needs and desires by focusing your energy on others.Click To Tweet Eventually, Njord and Skadi realized that their differences were too great and eventually separated. In order to refill your emotional cauldron, you may need to cut emotional ties with certain people, places or things.

Njord_seaWest

When Njord appears as playful west wind, universal secrets of prosperity are looming on the horizon, and will soon be revealed. This widely venerated Norse God was shrouded in mystery. Even the birth of his prominent offspring remains sacred. Some historians suggest Njord was a hermaphrodite, and that the Gods, Freyja and Freyr, were born of an Immaculate Conception, while others suggest they were the result of Njord’s incestuous behavior with his sister, the earth Goddess, Nerthus. The time has arrived to cast away memories and ghosts of the past. Infuse your life with a new magic and discover where prosperity reigns. Call upon Freyja to teach you the magic of wealth.

When Njord smacks your ship as a crosswind, you are reminded to use discretion and express yourself with kindness so that others don’t get hurt. Not all secrets need to be shared. Be mindful of gossip that keeps you connected to negative forces that prevent you from moving forward. Prosperity comes from hard work, not from the labors of others.

North

Magic or Brute Force: which one is the better way to attain prosperity in your life? According to legend, a war occurred between the combative Aesir, and the magical Vanir. This conflict lasted more than a century, as neither was able to claim victory. Eventually a truce was made, and peace was restored onto the scarred lands. To seal the pact, both Gods chewed cherries and spit them into a cauldron. This action gave birth to the clever God Kvasir, who shared his wisdom as he wandered back and forth between the two regions. As part of the settlement, certain Gods were traded as hostages. Njord of Vanir, and his children Freya and Freyr, were sent to live as priests in Asgard, located east of the river Vana (Don River, which separated Asia from Europe. The appearance of Njord as a North Wind indicates that a conflict exists in a particular area of your life. Now is the time to end this conflict by striking a truce and calming the waters. Graciously offer peace to a problematic situation in your life, so that an era of joy, bounty and prosperity can begin.

If Njord shipwrecks your plans, look around to see where your actions are out of alignment with the good of the community. Ask Njord for protection as you plant your sacred seeds of prosperity and replenish your fields.

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[1] [1] The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia, Sir William Alexander Craigie, Archibald Constable and Co LTD, London 1906 p.

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