Sprëhhan 8

Paths of might yield to the man who stares beyond his own reflected gaze1. The inner reckoning2 – leaping beyond the known-reflected surface – beckons. The paths open not by act, but by decision. Who has decided he cannot live but in might, that is so. Feasts and droughts arise for who holds abundance. Who holds someone, sorrows at her loss. Who holds what should, shall ever regret what is. Much a man can hold, but this I know: None may hold the Seiðr. Who holds not – nor expects – he lives in might. Who holds not, nor clutches, nor seizes, is much given, but little estate will build. Who holds little can be little riven by grief. Who holds not, but accepts and looks forward with good anticipation, gathers pleasantry and is beyond sorrow.

My Interpretations

The mind is a powerful thing. We look within for clarity and kenning. What you decide to do becomes reality. Don’t confuse what you want with what you have. If you tighten your grip, things may slip through your fingers. A gentler touch is required.

Notes on Sprëhhan 8

  1. Wright notes that mirror-gazing is an ancient tradition used in both divination and meditation.
  2. Denotes looking within or the “greater mind” – “mannit mikið” and “vit” – “consciousness, sense, mindfulness.” Wright cites Hávamál 6: “Of wisdom shall no man boast to have, rather be heedful of mind. So that wise and silent you come to the homestead, for seldom then will you have to defend your lip. Therefore be resolute and forever grasp the friendship of your greater mind.”