Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Bar, beork, biork, birth, song[bar=song], bier, etc.
A thirteenth I name, I sprinkle the son
of a noble in the first bath[pre-Christian baptism]
when he goes into battle, he cannot fall,
no sword may strike him to the ground.
In the bar-rune the spiritual life in the All, the eternal life in which human life between birth and death means but one day, stands in contrast to this day-in-the-life in human form, which goes from bar[birth] through bar[life as a song] to bar[bier, death], and which is sanctified and charmed by the "water of life" in the baptism. This[day-in-the-] life is bounded by birth and death, and even if destiny has not at once appointed a sword-death for the bairn-he is still exposed to this and many another danger. For in spite of the determination and dispensation of destiny, dark chance rules, based in the free will of men, and it is against such a maleficent decree of chance that the sacred blessing is supposed to work. The Germanic people did not recognise any "blind fate". They did believe in a predestination in the greatest sense, but they intuitively saw that many restrictions[chance accidents!] stand in the way of the completion and fulfillment of predestination in order to fulfill and steel personal power. Without these accidents, for example, every pine tree would have to be strictly symetrical in all its parts; one would have to be the same as the next, while in fact no two can be found that are exactly alike, and so too it would have to be in human life; all without difference, uniform and equal. For this reason the newborn should be consecrated with the "water of life" against impending accidents. Therefore: "Thy life stands in the hand of God; trust it in you."