Books, mythology, Philosophy

Soul Worlds…

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 If context is all important for understanding,

then we probably also need a context for

the stories as a whole…

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The landscape of mythology is always psychological.

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We shall initially confine ourselves to the major players…

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The Vanir are described as ‘Fertility Gods’,

which makes them aspects of the Libido.

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The Aesir are described as ‘Warrior Gods’,

which makes them the positive aspects of the Ego.

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The Giants, or Jottund, which means ‘eaters’,

would then, quite naturally,

be the negative aspects of the Ego.

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We note that Odin, who is one the Aesir, has no problem

at all in passing himself off as a Giant.

Thor too, in one of the myths, does likewise,

albeit with rather less success.

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Dwarves are traditionally linked with emotions.

Everybody knows this.

Think Snow White!

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So, for Fjalar and Galar read ‘envy’ and ‘admiration’.

We are actually given this much in the story.

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The Aesir and Vanir have warred but now live

peacefully together in the walled domain of Asgard.

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Our surrogate psyche has reached a tentative maturity.

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