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Nauðr

nauthiz

Här ligger jag i smärta.
Här ligger jag i sorg.
Nöd håller mig ner i mörker.
Här står jag upp från marken.
Här står jag upp from mörkret.
Nöd uppväcker nattens eld.
Nöd upprätthåller nattens eld.

Need is found in the roughest of spots. Where luxury has died and gone away, there is only cold and hunger. This is where true fear lives, in the fear for one’s life. Cold and dark, the elements close in like wolves upon the prey.

“Need is bondmaid’s grief,
rough conditions,
a toilsome state.”
-Icelandic rune poem

It is in this dire state where one finds what it is that they truly need. Comfort and fancy, pleasure and excess; these can wait. The starving and the cold have other goals to achieve. The dead cannot enjoy the comforts of luxury, and without the needs in place, the wants are worthless.

“Need gives scant choice;
the naked freeze in frost.”
-Danish rune poem

Here the fire is ignited: the fire of the will. This is the need-fire, which guides the soul to persevere. From the brink of death a gasp ruptures the silence of winter’s frost, and the broken self rises in defiant struggle for life. Need is what brings one’s true will to live, to succeed. It is when we have nothing, that we can achieve anything.

“Need is hurtful to hearts of children,
but often serves as help and healing,
if attended to in time.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

Här ligger jag i smärta.
Här ligger jag i sorg.
Nöd håller mig ner i mörker.
Här står jag upp från marken.
Här står jag upp from mörkret.
Nöd uppväcker nattens eld.
Nöd upprätthåller nattens eld.

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Number: 8

Phonetic Value: N

Literal Meaning: Need

Associations: Rough conditions, necessity, inspiration