The Norns, Spiritual Mystery and Me, Part 2 by Janet Maika’i Rudolph

Part 1 was posted yesterday. You can read it here. The Norns were explaining the mess they had made when they got drunk at a Valhalla party.

The Norns looked at me with sadness. “We knocked over one of our looms/templates/arrangements” 

Their tone changed, they looked at each other and I thought I could see emotion churning. They were arguing and then they stopped. They turned toward me and looked sheepish, that is if divinities can look sheepish. “It was a disaster/calamity/debacle.”

“Tell me then,” I was growing impatient.

Verdandi: “Well you see the loom we knocked over was . . .”

“What?” I almost shouted at them.

Urd: “It was the loom holding the pattern from Salim/Jerusalem.”

I was confused, “What does that mean?”

Skuld: “It means that the pattern from Jerusalem escaped out into the world.”

Verdandi: “Into a different time and place entirely.”

Urd: “It was a mess. It was a distinctive energy and that the people didn’t know how to deal with.”

They all spoke: “We tried to clean it up, but we must have left some threads/waves/undulations behind. The people/populace/society picked up on them and grew scared/fearful/panicked.”

I had goosebumps as I was growing suspicious: “So just where did this loom pattern end up?”

Skuld: “It was a Native American Indian land from a tribe called the Naumkeag.”

Me: “And when did this happen? My time.”

Verdandi: “Oh around the late 1600s.”

Urd: “New people came at that time, and that energy must have seeped into their bones. They built a small town and called it Salem.”

Skuld: “They felt the vibrations and didn’t respond well.”

I was still stuck on Salem in the 1600s: “As in Massachusetts where they had the witch trials? . . . you’re telling me that Jerusalem, which was originally named Salem . . .that its energy escaped and landed in Salem, Massachusetts thousands of years later?”

Urd: “There was such strong divine female energy that was part of its loom pattern.”

Verdandi: “It was a different culture. Very stiff.”

Skuld: “They were rattled, it made them itch with discomfort, they began reacting in strange ways.”

Urd shrugged: “And as people always do when they are scared. They looked around to blame somebody. . . “

Me still stuck on Salem in the 1600s: “So the witch trials, that was your doing?”

Verdandi huffed: “Well, the pattern came from our work. But truly, it’s not fair to blame us.”

Skuld snorted: “People will do what they do. We can’t control that.”

Urd chimed in: “If it makes you feel better, we have never partied like that again. In fact, when even a little partying is going on one of us remains sober as the designated Norn to make sure nothing goes awry again.” 

Verdandi sniffed: “And besides, we’ve worked very hard to clean up the mess.”

          Skuld scoffed: “In fact the last person who was convicted of witchcraft, Elizabeth Johnson, Jr. was recently exonerated.”

          Me: “Recently . . .  wait when was she found guilty?”

          Skuld: “In your year, 1693.”

Me: “And just when was she cleared?”

          Skuld: “In your year, 2022.”

Me: “That’s . ..”  I did some quick math. “329 years.”

Urd flicked her hand: “A blink of an eye.”

Verdandi raised her chin: “A flick of a newt’s tail.”

Skuld swept her hair: “A glint of a sun beam.”

Me, I was horrified: “Not for us here on Earth. That’s a very long time.”

Urd: “Did we mention what a horrible mess it was?”

Verdandi: “And how we cleaned it up?”

Me exasperated: “Yes but it took over 300 years.”

They were all smiling and looking quite proud of themselves as they faded into the mists.

*   *   *

          Notes: I wrote this tale in a tongue in cheek manner but the details are all true. Whether the Norns had something to do with it all, probably not. But if anyone has a better explanation, I am all ears. This whole story does confirm to me that mystery remains alive and well in our world.

Elizabeth Johnson, Jr. was sentenced to death in 1693. A reprieve saved her from the death penalty. On July 28, 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget bill that included the amendment for her exoneration.

It is an odd happenstance that Jerusalem, a focal point of the world’s three western patriarchal religions, was originally named Salem and was dedicated to a Goddess, Venus in her aspect as the Evening star. And then thousands of years later half-way around the world in another town called Salem, the witch trials took hold with such ferocity. Is there a connection between the ancient Goddess religions and more modern-day witchcraft or other forms of female centered power? Many would say yes.

Venus, Quezalcóatl and Sachar/Salim are all, in their substance, the same energies, the same gatekeepers of the thresholds. They grew into their own distinctive cultures but maintained their foundational connection.

Genesis 14:18 has the oldest extant reference to Salem.

And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine:

and he was the priest of the most high God. [1]

Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas as well as other authors have written about the founding of Jerusalem. Knight and Lomas date the original city of Salem to about 3000 BCE based on tablets found in modern day Syria where it was called Urushalim.[2] Uru meaning “founded by” is added to the name of the Canaanite god Salim. Knight and Lomas conclude, “So the very name of Jerusalem effectively means the place dedicated to Venus in its evening setting.”[3]

[1] According to the Dictionary of Deities and Demons of the Bible, King Melchizedek was a priest of El Elyon, – the most high also known as El, the father of Šĥr (Shachar) and Šlm (Salim).; 756.

[2] The original city of Ugarit may date to 3000 BCE but the texts themselves date to about 1400 BCE.

[3] Knight and Lomas; The Book of Hiram 84.

BIO: Janet Maika’i Rudolph. “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE QUEST.” I have walked the spirit path for over 25 years traveling to sacred sites around the world including Israel to do an Ulpan (Hebrew language studies while working on a Kibbutz), Eleusis and Delphi in Greece, Avebury and Glastonbury in England, Brodgar in Scotland, Machu Picchu in Peru, Teotihuacan in Mexico, and Giza in Egypt. Within these travels, I have participated in numerous shamanic rites and rituals, attended a mystery school based on the ancient Greek model, and studied with shamans around the world. I am twice initiated. The first as a shaman practitioner of a pathway known as Divine Humanity. The second ordination in 2016 was as an Alaka’i (a Hawaiian spiritual guide with Aloha International). I have written three books: When Moses Was a ShamanWhen Eve Was a Goddess, (now available in Spanish, Cuando Eva era una Diosa), and One Gods

Categories: Bible, Feminism, Feminism and Religion, Feminist Sparks, Foremothers, General, Herstory, meditations, mystery, Popular Culture, Women's Spirituality

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7 replies

  1. Janet you nailed it – PATTERNS are beyond space time as we ordinarily experience it – patterns and proteins I always say make up the realities of living beings…. incredible work you ave done here and so creative – just LOVE this story.

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  2. You bring up so many fascinating areas of inquiry. Since you had mentioned energy in your previous post, I think one thread to follow is the importance of social energy (my own phrase that I just made up meaning how people in groups induce each other to behaviors they might not ordinarily do, bad or good) in the witchcraft persecutions across New England and the colonies at that time. What if the judges and ministers had treated the young women who started the accusations as having mental or emotional issues instead of believing they were bewitched? That might have snuffed out the social energy of the Salem persecution before it started. Something similar happened in a town near where I live before the Salem witch persecution – a young woman said that she herself was a witch but the local minister who was called in declared that she was instead just emotionally unwell (in 17th century language) and that was the end of that in that small town. And I think both you and Sara are correct – we really need to look at patterns that happen across thousands of years, especially given that women are still being persecuted as witches in some parts of the world.

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    • Great points Carolyn. That’s what I love about this work, so many interpretations, so many roads to explore. And all of them glean bits of knowledge and understanding. Interesting about the other town that didn’t go on to become a source of witch trials – but then again it wasn’t named Salem – LOL.

      And oh boy, these patterns just don’t seem to stop! I see a straight line from witch trails to the anti-choice movement. In fact Alito quotes Sir Thomas Hale, a 17th century witch hunter to find precent for his ugly Supreme Court decision.


  3. Absolutely fascinating. The connections speak on a deeply intuitive level. You have a way of interweaving the linear and wholistic mind. Thank you!



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