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Creatures of Myth and Fate - Fenrir and Aquila



 

All creatures of Earth in myth and fable are symbolic of the forces alive and flourishing within the ever flowing and glowing stream of fate and destiny. These magnificent forms from Mother Nature symbolize aspects of our divinity, inherent deep within the psyche of the individual and collective facets of humanity.

The resplendent forms of Fenrir and Aquila came in a dream, their personalities casting a bright and glistening shadow, laying the flavourful fashions of the personal road that is travelled, highlighting the Soul in Nature’s beauty, helping to understand the place and road of Fate.

Their radiant forms appeared inside the pyramid, representing the inner worlds. To learn and understand about them is to gain personal understanding as there is no separation between ourselves and Nature.
 

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The intuitive and ferocious wolf Fenrir


Loki, the God of trickery and mischief married the giantess Angrboða (anguish) secretly at Jötunheim, who bore him three awe-inspiring children; Fenrir, Hel and Jörmungandr. The existence of the three was kept secret for as long as possible, however the creatures grew so large that they could no longer remain confined in the secret cave which was their dwelling and sanctuary.

Odin became aware of them and feared them lest they should invade Asgard and destroy the Gods, so he journeyed to Jötunheim, flung Hel into the depths of Niflheim, instructing that she could rule over the nine worlds of the netherworld. Jörmungandr was cast into the sea, where he grew to such large proportions that he encircled the Earth and caught his own tail.



 

Fenrir was taken back to Asgard where Odin hoped he could tame the wolf and make him gentle and amicable, however none of the Gods wanted the pleasure of going near the beast as he was gigantic in size, with large, sharp salivating fangs. None dare go near him except for Tyr, the God of war.

Seeing that Fenrir was daily increasing in strength, size and fierceness, the Gods deliberated on how they may deal with this tricky situation. They did not want to slay him as that would shatter the peace accord with the Giants, so they decided to bind the magnificent creature.

Keeping this purpose in mind, they obtained a strong chain named Laeding to bind around the wolf. Fenrir agreed and once the chain was in place, he waited until the Gods moved away and then with a mighty effort, burst the chain into a thousand pieces. The Gods concealed their disappointment by praising Fenrir of his mighty strength. They next produced a much stronger fetter named Droma which was also placed around the neck of Fenrir, however this bond was also burst by the powerful wolverine.



 


'Twice did the Aesir strive to bind,
Twice did they fetters powerless find;
Iron or brass of no avail,
Naught, save through magic, could prevail.
'

Valhalla (J.C. Jones)
 

 

The Gods knowing that no ordinary cord could secure Fenrir, bade Frey’s servant, Skírnir to journey into Svartálfaheim and find a cord which could hold the gigantic wolf. Skírnir made the perilous journey into the Underdark, a place of wonder and dangerous beauty.



 

The Dark elves, hunters and magicians of the foreboding Underdark using magical arts, manufactured a slender cord called Gleipnir which was made from six ingredients; the sound of a cat’s footsteps, a woman’s beard, the roots of a mountain, the sinews of the bear, the voice of fishes and the spittle of birds. They handed it to Skírnir and promised that it could not be broken and the more it was strained the stronger it became.

 


'Gleipnir, at last,
By Dark Elves cast,
In Svartálfaheim,
with strong spells wrought,
To Odin was by Skírnir brought:
As soft as silk, as light as air,
Yet still of magic power most rare.
'

Valhalla (J.C. Jones)
 



 

Skírnir journeyed back to Asgard and presented the cord to the Gods who immediately asked Fenrir to accompany them to the island of Lyngvi, in the middle of Lake Amsvartnir, so they could marvel at his strength yet again.

Fenrir however was no ordinary wolf and had the sense of foresight and intuition. He sensed the magic of the cord and asked if one of the Gods as a sign of good faith could place his hand inside his jaws and made the Gods promise that no magical arts be used against him.

All except Tyr drew back in dismay, who came forth and placed his hand in Fenrir’s mouth. When Gleipnir was fastened around the wolf’s neck, Fenrir realised that he was caught fast and bit of Tyr’s hand in anger and frustration.

 

 

Tyr was forced to use his maimed right arm as his shield and wield his sword with his left. As the God of War had tremendous dexterity and endurance, he had no problems dispatching his enemies as before.

The Gods drew the end of the fetter Gelgia through the rock Gioll and fastened it to the boulder Thviti which was sunk deep into the ground. To silence Fenrir, a sword was placed between his jaws, which made the proud beast bleed. The valiant blood formed a stream which created the great river, Von.

At Ragnarök it is foretold that Odin will be hunted and slain by Fenrir, the beast and teacher within.

 


 

The magnificent flow and elegance of Aquila


Aquila, the magnificent eagle from Greek myth is also known as the Thunderbird, who retrieves the thunderbolts of Zeus after they are thrown by the Olympian Father of Gods.

The radiant flying form is honoured in the heavens above in the splendour of the constellation Aquila. The eagle has always symbolized the flight of intellect and intuition, streaking across the plains of the inner realms, lighting the fires of passion and desire, the joyous moments of reason and insight.



 

Aquila was asked by Zeus to punish Prometheus after he had stolen fire from the Gods and given this flaming gift to humankind. Zeus knew that there was the terrible danger of humanity destroying themselves using the magical flames.

Zeus had Prometheus bound to a rock in the depths of the Caucasus mountains and had Aquila come each day to eat out the Titan’s liver. The next day the liver would grow back and the pecking would begin anew. This serves as a warning to humanity to treat the sacred fire with divinity and grace.

 

 

Zeus also had Aquila bring Ganymede, the son of King Tros of Troy to Mount Olympus, to serve as the cup bearer to the Olympian Gods. The cup bearer is the representation of Aquarius, the water carrier and therefore the constellation Aquila is closely related to the heavenly starlit form of night.



 

When Hercules saves Prometheus, Aquila was defeated by an arrow poisoned with the blood of the hydra, which Hercules had slain in his previous labour assigned to him. For his fondness and faithful gratitude to his beloved eagle, Zeus placed his divine memory into the starlit tapestry of cosmic harmony.



 

The enlightening stories of both Fenrir and Aquila teach us that through adversity comes great wisdom. It is the challenges we accept and conquer which make us who we are and add strength to our Great Being. The Journey of the Beholder becomes more rich when there is a true path set before the flow of the rhythm. Grasp it tight and hold on for the ride!
 

 

 

 

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