Wyrd—the etymological root of the word weird—is an ancient concept of animist, pagan Northern European origin that refers to fate, destiny, nature, magic, soul and becoming. It may be hard to believe just how all of these phenomena may weave together into one concept and phenomenon, but they do. This is the power, beauty and magic of wyrd.
Wyrd—like the Chinese Tao—is a process with a purpose, playing out within every domain: mind-body-relationship environment-soul-spirit. Generally speaking, this process is one of revelation, healing-transformation and becoming. It is a mysterious process, one that is guided by the equally mysterious Fates.
Though wyrd is ultimately a mystery, there are many aspect of wyrd that can be directly experienced and known. Wyrd can be crafted. Fate, destiny, nature, soul, magic and becoming—as manifest within the domains of mind-body-relationship-environment-soul-spirit—can be crafted. The implications of this multi-faceted process are profound, as the intentional and experiential witnessing and crafting of wyrd is inherently revealing, healing and transformative for all domains.
There are different facets, so to speak, to this process of wyrdcraft. My book, Wyrdcraft: Healing Self and Nature Through the Mysteries of the Fates (out Jan 8, 2023 through Llewellyn Publications) walks the reader through them.
Every person’s wyrd—every person's mind-body-relationship-environment-soul-spirit fate, destiny, nature, soul, etc.—is unique, therefore, every person’s crafting will also be unique. I wonder what your wyrdcraft might look like? We could explore this together. If you're interested in attuning to and exploring your wyrd and communing with the Fates, say hello. Let's inquire into your wyrd—intellectually, phenomenologically, psychologically, relationally, ecologically, spiritually and magically. Let's see where your path into revelation, healing-transformation and becoming goes. What is your fate, your destiny? What is the nature of your soul? What is your purpose? And how will your healing-transformation, in turn, affect the fate, destiny and nature of your and our communities, ecosystems and world?
*(photo by John Cobb)