ONA (The Black Order) - Book of Wyrd

ONA (The Black Order) - Book of Wyrd

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Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny. Their concept of fate, wyrd, was stronger than that of the Classical Pagans as there was no resisting it. The word is ancestral to Modern English weird, which retains its original meaning only dialectically.

The cognate term in Old Norse is urdr, with a similar meaning, but also personalized as one of the Norns, Urdr (anglicized as Urd) and appearing in the name of the holy well Urdarbrunnr in Norse mythology.

Wyrd is a feminine noun, and its Norse cognate urdr, besides meaning "fate", is the name of one of the Norns urdr is literally "that which has come to pass", verdandi is "what is in the process of happening" (the present participle of the verb cognate to weordan) and skuld "debt, guilt" (from a Germanic root *skul- "to owe", also found in English shall). It is interesting to note the feminine aspect of wyrd, as fatalism was often personified as a goddess. "Wyrd has been interpreted as a pre-Christian Germanic concept or goddess of fate by some scholars. Other scholars deny a pagan signification of wyrd in Old English literature, but assume that wyrd was a pagan deity in the pre-Christian period."