Today I am concentrating on our Mother, Earth.
In Old Norse, she is Erda (also known as Jörd, Fjörgyn, Hlódyn).
The ancient greeks knew her as Rhea or Gaea (Gaia).
Asteroid Gaea 1184
Asteroid Erda 894
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I have written loads of Gaia posts click here for more.
I am a dirt-loving Earthgirl through and through – anxious for warmth so I can dig it.
Erda is the norse goddess of the Earth.
She is often associated with the Three Norns, the spinners of fate who guard the Well of Urd aka Weird’s well (well of destiny) at the base of Yggdrasil, the great ash World Tree of Life. The well is a holy place where the Aesir (Asgardian Gods) often gathered.
Growing from the well, Yggdrasil stands at the center of the cosmos and holds the Nine Worlds – humans, gods, and all other beings live in its branches and roots. The goddess Erda waters it from the well of her wisdom. We live on Midgard (fourth world), aka Middle Earth. We are linked with Asgard (first world, home of the Aesir) by The Rainbow Bridge aka Bifrost.
Yggdrasil dwells within the heart of everything – micro and macroworlds.
Erda is the Great Mother, the single living organism supporting all beings on our planet. She breathes life, has heart, soul, grows and changes like humans – only at a much slower vibration.
The name Earth originates from the 8th century anglo-Saxon word: erda which means ground or soil. Earth is the only planet whose name in English is not derived from greco-roman mythology. Cool, yeah ?
Erda, a seer knowing origins and outcomes, often helped Wodon (Odin) who would seek her advice regarding the future. She is the bender of fate to those she favors, she is a primordial teacher, a living being. Erda’s ties to fate and divination* led many to use the Earth herself for omens and signs, portents of the future – animals, birds, clouds, the oceans and more.
See Divination in drop-down menu above for loads of augury.*
Not surprisingly, my Gaea is at 29 Leo conjunct Venus/Jupes in 8; my Erda in Scorp exact quincunx Sag Mars at the backdoor – I have definitely experienced my share of weird earth energies. For starters here. Travelling around on the Earth has taught me so much – at each location my experience has been transformative in accordance with the earth energies present in the rock below me.
Asteroids Erda and Gaea obviously represent your connection with the Earth.
They indicate in which ways you are practical, skilled, also slowed.
They show how and where you ground yourself.
In synastry, they show how and where others ground you.
Three Norns; or spinners of fate derives from to whisper, or whisperer. Old Norse for a practitioner of magic is norn (lower case n). They can be found spinning and weaving webs of fate and carving runes into the trunk of Yggdrasil – in these ways they preside over life, death, destiny, the fate of all beings, Divine and Mortal.
The Norns were often depicted in three stages of womanhood. Verdani as a young maiden, Skuld as mother, and Urda as a crone.
Past: Urd – what was
Presence: Verdandi – that which comes into being
Future: Skuld – what shall be
This Norse study led me to contemplate what is the difference between fate & destiny ?
Fate is divinely preordained, fixed.
Destiny, we have the power to shape.
(Love the one word answer to the ? given on the web: faith.)
Asteroid Destinn 6583
I mentioned study, one of the pages I found had some really great info re: fate, destiny & time from someone far more learned in Norse mythology.
I share it here, with a link.
In contrast to the Greek concept of fate, in ancient Germanic beliefs, all beings who are subject to destiny have some degree of agency in shaping their own destiny and the destinies of others – this is the dew that falls back into the well from the branches of the tree, accordingly reshaping the past and its influence upon the present. All beings do this passively; those who practice magick do it actively. There is no absolutely free will, just as there is no absolutely unalterable fate; instead, life is lived somewhere between these two extremes. source
Loving that viewpoint !
Norn time is as follows, which I also find fascinating…
Here, time is cyclical rather than linear.
The present returns to the past, where it retroactively changes the past.
The new past, in turn, is reabsorbed into a new present, whose originality is an outgrowth of the give-and-take between the waters of the well and the waters of the tree. (source link above)
Asteroid Destinn is just what it sounds like – Destiny.
Destinn attracts grand meetings on par with what it contacts in your natal.
eg. Destinn conjunct Mars: fated men, actions, aggression, power, competition
In synastry it indicates someone is your catalyst via that contact planet
eg. Mars conj Destinn synastry – someone changes your actions/plans/direction
Composite Destinn indicates coupled power to change the world at large
Yet another Home Run for astrology !
Destinn is at 8 Cancer in exact trine to my natal Erda.
Currently Erda is at 24 Taurus opposite Saturn at 23 Scorpio.
Gaea is at 25 Aries applying to South Node (my natal NNode).
Brilliantly accentuates the incoming Cardinal Cross energies !
It is (far past) time we take care of our Mother Earth.
edit: Mercury in Pisces opp my Virgo stellium is driving me nuts – complete phrases vanish from my posts repeatedly as of late. Apologies to email followers, & there is news coming re: emails soon.
Getting down and getting dirty…you betcha! After the worst drought here in many years, we have finally been getting deluged with fab rain. Full dams, green everywhere, blissed out wallabies. Up the back paddock, I have a small gorgeous round waterhole where water comes through the earth, is purified, collects in this round hole and flows through other water holes, 2 gullies meet up. I have a waterfall head of a swimming hole, with round kingfisher holes in mud bank, [currently not tenanted], some wlid rain forest along banks and huge green mossy fallen trunks. The other day I noticed massive trees in wild part that are beautiful.I don’t know what they are. I’m back in again later, celebrating Sulis, Erda and beloved Gaia on this new moon day. The other day I was in and attracted the whip bird, some fab migratory thrush and little birds checking me out up close.
Wonderful you have rain ! Doors open all day here, love the birds calling, waiting for my fave the red winged blackbird.
Working + waiting for last episode of this seasons TWD, very celebratory here too – soOo glad spring is here. This winter was a bugger and a half ! x
Yay! here’s to Aries new Moon melting away that mofo Winter. To warm Spring Days and Red! winged blackbird Sounds gorgeous!
Flirty orange tabby boy with lion tail brought the spring to me and my kitties then casually sauntered off…I will post pic, he’s gorgeous !
Mine have figured out toys, mellowed. It was my own fault I got clobbered by my neurotic girl, I- came at her from behind – Neptune strikes me idiot again, healed now. You can look forward to lots of critter pics now that spring is here ! lol x
I found you in the comments section on Symbolreader on her post about sight. Wish you had an about page, who are you 🙂
anyway, I am addicted to your eye candy and funhouses. I am also disseminating moon( in Gemini) I use kaleidoscopes as metaphor on my about page. I am now following you as I am addicted to the sweet eye candy lol!
looking forward to major exploration of this ingenious site.
Thank you + welcome !
I did have an about page, it will appear again one day. I had a Neptune fit and it disappeared. It happens, Neptune is a big hitter in my natal.
I’m a Capricorn rising with 9th house Sun/Uranus/Pluto Virgo, Toro Moon who loves art, music, film, s/heroes, earth + eyecandy ! haaa.
I look forward to hearing more about you also, lindalitebeing
I loved your entry re: retrogrades here and am going to take you up on it after TWD. First things first ! ha
ok. pfft. I have to be the Queen of Patience, wait for TWD, so spinning answer below…
I also have a 9th house stellium including the Sun. thanks for the props on the Retro Challenge. It was a lot of fun. The official challenge is over but feel free to take it on and share with us ( What is TWD?)
Another teacher, huh ? I shared my Retrograde vinyl pulls below for Saturn Rx (older brother) over my natal Neptune (music) in lieu of going full post. My questions are sooper seekrit HA ! but the first one (Canned Heat) was definitely spot on for astro energies, yeah ?
TWD ? The Walking Dead !
Vinyl Divination for Saturn Rx on natal Neptuner 11
Double answer, micro & MACRO
Argh ! still waiting.
Good answer. Yeah
Yes I am a teacher too and major Neptunian. ought to link up with Pharell and the Neptunes lol
thanks for the follow dear and happy trails 🙂
…until we meet again !