In the roots of old Albion

Will you search through the lonely earth with me?

What is Wyrd?

In this context I’m drawing on the interpretation that the psychologist Dr Brian Bates pursued in his 1983 novel ‘The Way of Wyrd’. This account of an Anglo-Saxon sorcerer was a work of fiction, yet it draws upon decades of research into shamanic customs, Anglo-Saxon myths and folklore. Wyrd itself is described as equating to ideas of fate and personal destiny, in the novel a christian scribe is sent into the pagan heartland of England where he ‘is instructed in the magical lore of plants, runes, fate and life force until finally he journeys to the spirit world on a quest to encounter the true nature of his own soul.

way of wyrd coverThe animist pagan tradition appeals to me as a way of comprehending the connectivity of the natural world around us. Bates describes Wyrd as an invisible web that connects everything through time and space, a gigantic complicated system of cause and effect. As we slowly get to grips with the way the human race has derailed nature the truth dawns that everything really is connected, and all of our actions have consequences. Traditions all around the world know this truth, from the songlines of Australia to Siberian shaman. I’m just tapping into the one that happens to be on my doorstep.

I firmly believe that we are not only connected in the here and now, but we also draw deep on a well of consciousness, wisdom and energy down through the ages. So these are musings on history, archeology, myths, folklore and spirituality. An important point I need to make is that I hold anyone who uses these systems to be significators of any kind of racial superiority in complete contempt.

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