Friday, January 09, 2009

Mysteries of Wyrd and Orlog

Could "orlog" simply mean "original nature"?

Could "wyrd" simply mean the wild unfolding, development, and history of one's original nature in engagement and encounter with the world of experience?

Could "worth" simply mean fulfilling the promise of one's wyrd so that it is completed in a worthwhile fashion?

And could "skuld" simply be the promise inherent in the potential picked up by the orlog or original nature in its encounter with history/experience or wyrd? As the orlog gets wyrded, it picks up either new powers and luck, or experiences deficits and debts (or both). Skuld therefore means "keep your promises" (especially the promise of your being)!

"Wyrd" on the other hand means how you work out your original nature through time and experience, and how the world of experience modifies, develops, augments, or diminishes that original nature.

To some extent, nature is to nurture as orlog is to wyrd. These concepts are simple, even as they are complex and elusive. The simpler, the better, the closer we are.

Orlog means there is an inwardness to a phenomenon, an internal driving force, a wildness, a soulfulness. Think of the power that parents have to shape their children's lives, and yet, they are still shaping something with an inwardness and organic directedness and will. Good parents do not treat their children as if they were a tabula rasa to be controlled and determined, but work with the child's will to shape it in a good direction, always understanding they are working with a wild/willed being who has his or her own laws. So do the Gods shape the world, like parents, not violating the willfulness of the world, but shaping its orlog in a good way.


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