This week’s reading comes from the Yggdrasil Norse Divination Card set by Haukur Halldórsson and G. Hauksdóttir. This is a unique 81-card deck depicting the Norse pantheon as described in ancient transcriptions of myths called the Poetic/Prose Edda. The meanings of the cards have been interpreted from the guidebook sold with the deck titled Bifrost: A Guide to the Yggdrasil.
Aquarius (Jan. 20—Feb. 18) drew Frosti, the personification of impermanence. Drawing him indicates a need to live in the moment– focus a little less on the big picture and more on what is happening now. The Bifrost said, “Frosti represents the moment; like music he only exists in the moment we listen to it, and like the frost in the window, only existing until you breathe on it.”
Pisces (Feb. 19—March 20) drew Skrimir, the giant master of illusion and archenemy of the gods. According to the guidebook, Skrimir is also known as “Loki of the outer worlds,” and he represents deception and lies around you. Be alert and conscious of the people around you this week.
Aries (March 21—April 19) pulled Bragi, the God of poetry, fiction and language. Drawing Bragi means that it is time to admit to yourself what you truly want and use the power of language to manifest it into being. “Bragi’s presence indicates that the power of words and phrasing will work in the seeker’s favor,” the guidebook said.
Taurus (April 20—May 20) drew Gersemi & Hnoss, sisters representing the want to achieve some kind of beauty; their names translate to mean “treasure” and “price”. Something in the upcoming week will move you towards your goal, be it personal or financial. Halldórsson and Hauksdóttir wrote,“The sisters signify an unseen wind in the seeker’s sail that will help or push them along on their quest.”
Gemini (May 21—June 20) drew Muspell, lord of misfits. The guidebook stated that “Muspell stands for the catastrophic,”indicating that this is not a good card to draw. He could indicate that someone in your life wishes you harm, or act as a foreshadow to events that will sabotage your plans or goals.
Cancer (June 21—July 22) pulled Nanna, the embodiment of loyalty and persistence. You will become aware of the love and loyalty of someone you are close to, whether a lover or secret admirer. Know that their love for you is endless. The Bifrost said “Nanna can be called on for steadfastness, calmness and loyalty as well as reconciliation and renewal in a relationship or marriage.”
Leo (July 23—Aug. 22) drew Hel, ruler of the underworld and fear. Something this week will cause you to freeze with insecurity and be held in the clutches of your most intimate personal fears. Hel’s card indicates that you are stronger than your fears and to not be so harsh on yourself. The guidebook said, “She represents the paralyzing and unreasonable inner judge we use to pass judgement on our actions and ourselves.”
Libra (Sept. 23—Oct. 22) drew Aegir, the God of the ocean. Aegir represents abundance and hospitality, indicating a warm social life (be careful of the pandemic, of course) and a time of plenty in your future that has been built with your personal strength and efforts. Halldórsson and Hauksdóttir wrote, “This card is associated with the currents of the ocean and its strength and vastness; those are the elements of Aegir.”
Scorpio (Oct. 23—Nov. 21) pulled Gandalf, a Dwarven sorcerer and academic (not to be confused with the Lord of the Rings wizard). The Bifrost explained that “his presence in the spread stands for a mentor, teacher, and educator that furthers the seeker in his journey of life.” You are being encouraged to ask questions this week. Be inquisitive and thirst for knowledge.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22—Dec. 21) drew Thor, the God of storms, lightning and thunder. You will find yourself in the role of the protector this week, whether the situation is severe or mild. However, be careful that being in this position does not make you cocky, as arrogance could be your downfall. According to the Bifrost, Thor is “ready to take on any challenge by any means necessary and has confidence in abundance, which actually often gets him in trouble.”
Capricorn (Dec. 22—Jan. 19) drew Surt, a primordial fire giant. The guidebook stated that “His presence stands for wrath and disharmony” and he is an indicator of some kind of danger to you. Something is about to happen that will upset the harmony in your life, big or small, and it will be up to you to figure out how to navigate this curveball.