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Time / Wurt / Urlag
(part 3)

By: Hjuka Harugari

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.the next level or aspect of the Well is Mīmesbrunno. This aspect is named for the Giant who wards/has charge over it, Mīmi {An, Mimir}. And now that we've come to the mention of brunno, perhaps it would be a benefit to point out the significance of just what this is/means in the scheme of things. typically, when we think of a well, we often are left with that mental image of some standing water of some source, some rather inactive or static 'thing'. in all reality, the collective whole of the Well of Wurt isn't at all some source of standing water or idle pond from which the Wurtā simply draw their water. it is instead an active spring or water source, more like a natural fountain than a standing reserve. the true significance to the distinction is yet another manifestation of *incessant* action, constant motion: that very 'thing' which IS true Being. which, goes along those lines of 'We are Our Deeds' (to quote Eric Wodening) and the thought that we're not Irminen/Heathen because we BELIEVE we are, but that we are Irminen/Heathen because we ACT it. not only are we practicing what we preach (so-to-speak) but 'are' and 'have Being' because of the incessant momentum of action and deed.but before I totally digress into another whole conversation: Mīmi's Well, Mīmesbrunno (or, if you prefer something more 'modern', Mimesbrunnen) is the Well of Memory that contains the 'All-consciousness' of everything that is or was. Within this level/aspect is kept ur-essence, and the repository of all primeval wisdom and knowing. It is in this level of the Well that the layers which influence what will take shape in Being are ultimately laid or placed. These layers, which shape the patterns determined by previous placements (and also influence or determine the next pattern or the formation of forthcoming, additional layers) are the essence of urlag.


The term Urlag, is a compound of ur- (indicating something primordial, 'original', or first) and lag (law or literally, layer, from OHG leggan: to lie, lay down),  and indicates a primordial layer, or the first or most significant thing laid down. In the Well of Wurt, these are the most impacting or influential of actions, deeds that bear some sort of profound effect upon the course of lives and Being. Needless to say, once something has been placed within Mīmesbrunno, once a layer of action has been set, or committed to cosmic memory, it cannot be undone or changed, and becomes part of the ever-expanding and growing consciousness of Being within the ever-deepening well of All-memory. those able to read these patterns can rightfully pick out how these layers will manifest (in the movement of Wurt), and so gain an ability in 'writing around' their affects (as Gundarsson once put it) or, committing to the Well further layers of action and deed that would lend some 'better' or more desirable influences/outcome in Wurt's movement.



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