Today I am going to talk about chains. I am also going to give the Dictionary.com meaning of the word as well. I am going to talk about how chains is one of the things that defines Fenris as well as what t hey mean to us as well.
1. a series of objects connected one after the other, usually in the form of a series of metal rings passing through one another, used either for various purposes requiring a flexible tie with high tensile strength, as for hauling, supporting, or confining, or in various ornamental and decorative forms.
2. Often, chains. something that binds or restrains; bond: the chain of timidity; the chains of loyalty.
a. shackles or fetters: to place a prisoner in chains.
b. bondage; servitude: to live one’s life in chains.
c. Nautical . (in a sailing vessel) the area outboard at the foot of the shrouds of a mast: the customary position of the leadsman in taking soundings.
4. a series of things connected or following in succession: a chain of events.
5. a range of mountains.
I would say that the meaning of chain that the numbers 2, 3a, 3b, and 4 are what I am covering today. I want to use ‘we’ I think Fenris is looking over my shoulder again. So If I slip and use ‘we’ that would be why.
Chains on the great Fenriswolf. These chains have a huge impact on life. For even as He is chained so are we. We can see his chains or can we? I know we cannot see our own chains what is keeping us from moving forward. Fenris was chained for Odin’s great fear. In essence Odin created the monster he feared. Could that have been changed or has it been in this new cycle? Odin chained Fenris because he feared what the wolf would become. In essence Odin created his monster and his problem by starting the chain of events (number 4 in our meaning of chain) that lead to the Norse end times. I tend to disagree with this story for it to me smacks of Christian invention. Odin who cannot take the long view took advice from some one who supposedly can. This is where take more than one spiritual adviser comes in. Do not bother too many but always talk to more then one. I think up to three would be a good number, if they all tell you about the same thing, I would think you are screwed in a good/bad way. He only seeked out one for advice. Odin is the author of this and it not he that gets the blame it is the monsters he created that do. Which is something to think about: Odin created the mess but he gets none of the blame for the mess.
Fenris is chained. His chains prevent him from going anywhere. They weight him down. He strains against them. Sometimes he fights them. Other times they lay against his fur and he is still waiting. He also goes from darkest rage to deep darkest despair and depression. We wear the same kind of chains. Our chains are put on us not only by the world we live in (like Fenris) but also by ourselves. We wear these chains not realizing the only one who can free us is ourselves, though sometimes we need help. (I have a thought that someone freed Fenris from his chains who that is is a mystery and mayhap a story for Fenris for this month.)
When our chains break we can either allow rage to cleanse our wounding or allow despair to make the wounds deeper. Either way we should seek out help. Fenris did not. He seeked out revenge against those that chained him. To him his revenge was him seeking out help. He wanted to take out the one who had caused him the greatest of pain. He hunted Odin his grandfather and on the fields of battle ate his Grandfather whole. He died by his Uncle Vidar’s hands.
We know that the gods do not really die even as they die. They come back. They are reborn and hopefully they do not repeat the cycle that was laid out before them. For if they repeat the cycle so will we.
Remember if you are having problems with your chains, talk to a licensed therapist. They can help you break your chains in a way that will not drive you mad with pain and freedom. Fenris wants that for all that deal with chains seek help and take that help to heal.