The title of this blog is a little bit misleading. Yes, we are going to talk about cosmology and it comes from the Norse tradition, but it permeates most Northern European traditions, including those of modern day Germany and the U. K.
One more warning . . . Norse cosmology is more complex than that which we have looked at in previous blogs so I already know that we are going to have to take this in pieces. First of all, take a look at the diagram to the right which summarizes the cosmology that we are going to address.
Notice first, that there is a world tree, and that the tree, Yggdrasil, penetrates all the levels or worlds. It is located in the upper world, but its roots travel throughout.
For today let's just focus on the three main divisions, an upper world, a middle world, and a lower world, just as we saw in core shamanism. However, this time there are nine home-worlds or places of abode (Heimer). The upper world consists of four places of abode, the middle world consists of two, and the lower world consists of three (4 + 2 + 3 = 9). Don't think of these nine Heimer as physical locations in our dimension. They are not. We are on Midgard (home-world 5 in the diagram above). Rather, think of them as locations in other dimensions.
This is actually pretty exciting because it gives us a lot more places to visit on our shamanic journeys, and more entities from which we can learn.
The semester is over, I have graded my exams and turned grades in so I won't take so long to continue with this series. In the next blog we were start with the places of abode in the upper world.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft, eclectic shamanism and Ayurveda.