The Prophecy Of Destiny
As the two stood toe to toe, and looked menacingly at each other, Odin had to admit to himself that she was right. He could force her to answer any, and all of his questions, but if she did not tell him the truth then his journey would be for not. Odin placed his walking stick back on the ground, and tried a different tactic. " And what is it that you want in return for your prophecy ? " he asked in a much gentler tone. The witch answered immediately : " Respect ! Respect is all that I ask from the Great Odin ! " she replied with a grin. The Aesir God thought for a moment and then spoke : " If respect is all that is required, then to seal our bargain, I gladly acquiesce to your demands.
As Odin walked over to a small boulder by the side of the grave mound and sat down, he noticed that the Sibyl seemed different than the one that he spoke to many years ago when his son Balder began to have bad dreams. She was much uglier, and was more outspoken than the previous Sibyl. This witch also had a better grip of her abilities, and was not intimidated by anything. Not even the threats of a God ! Odin was also surprised that the Sibyl was able to discern his identity so easily. He studied her face carefully as she sat on a tree stump across from him, but he could not read from her expressions what she was thinking, or how she might react to his questions. Odin was always very good at understanding the dead, but this witch woman was a complete and utter mystery to the All- Father.
For a long awkward moment the God and the dead witch sat staring at one another. When the silence became too much for either to bear any longer the witch spoke up first : " For someone who rode as far as you have to ask me questions, you are surprisingly quiet God of Asgard ! " Odin nodded before speaking. " Many years ago I was walking with my brothers along a lonely stretch of shoreline. There we found two trees without form or purpose. We breathed life into them, and gave them human form, and the ability to think and learn. Now, many centuries later, the descendants of these first two humans, my children, are abandoning me for a new God, and a new religion. " Odin told her . " My question to you great Seer is will my children forget the Old Gods ? " he asked.
The Sibyl studied Odin's face . A moment ago The King of Asgard was full of anger and ready for a fight, but now he looked old and tired. The witch put away her anger as well, and answered him in a kinder tone. " If current events continue as they are, the descendants of Ask and Embla will abandon the Gods of Asgard and Vanaheim. They will no longer offer sacrifice and libations on sacred altars, and will stop building temples in your honor. " she told him. Odin stroked his beard, and nodded. " Is there nothing that can be done to stop this ? " he asked. The Sibyl closed her eyes, and remained silent for a moment, as though she were searching for something inside her own mind. Then suddenly she opened her eyes ! " I see a long road with many forks emanating from the main path, all leading to different final destinations. Depending on which path is followed there are several different possible outcomes . The future I see is fluid in structure, and can flow in different directions than it was originally weaved. The final outcome for this future history has not yet been written. " she told Odin.
Odin stood up and paced back and forth by the side of the mound . " Then how do I make my people follow the right path ? I gave them free will ! How do I point them in the right direction without interfering with their free will ? " he asked. The Sibyl left the stump she sat on, and walked over to Odin. As she stood before the God of Asgard she looked deeply into his eyes, as though she were looking into his very being. Then she stepped back and smiled. " It is clear to me now ! The Great Odin has not come to me for a prophecy. He has come here to learn how to change future itself ! " she said with a huge grin. Odin put his head down, and took a deep breath. " I want only what is best for my children. " he told her. " Are you telling me there is no way to change this outcome ? " Odin asked. The Sibyl smiled, a witch's smile. " There is always a slight chance that the future can be altered. " she replied. Odin looked at the witch with hopeful eyes as he asked : " And in what form does this slight chance take ? " The Sibyl laughed ! " It comes in the form of a child, All - Father ! " she told him. " A child !? " Odin questioned. The Sibyl looked off in the distance as though she could see of what she spoke of : " Occasionally the course of history is balanced on the shoulders of just one individual. In this case, one child holds the key to unlock the door that will unravel the very fabric of time that was weaved by the Norns themselves. Odin studied her face carefully and knew that there was something more. " But .... ? " he asked cautiously. The Sibyl shook her head before answering : " This child is slated to never be born .
For a moment, one short moment, Odin' s hopes were raised, but the Sibyl' s last words seemed to rip away the last chance that Odin had to retain the faith of his Midgardian children. " You said that the history of my children has not yet been weaved, and yet you now tell me that the one child who could change the course of history will never be born ! Then what chance is there to change the future ? " All- Father asked. The Sibyl smiled at Odin. " I did not say that this child will never be born . I merely said that the child is not supposed to be born. It would take many circumstances to fall into alignment for this child to be brought into this world...... but nothing in the nine worlds is impossible. At least not when the Gods are involved ! " she told him with a sly grin. Odin could see in the Sibyl's eyes that there was still a glimmer of hope to change what might be. The All - Father took a step forward towards the witch, and grabbed her by the shoulders. " You must tell me everything you know ! " he told her. The Sibyl looked down at Odin's hands which gripped her tightly, and then looked All- Father in the eye. Odin relaxed his grip, and said slowly : " Please ! " The Sibyl smiled and pointed to the rock. " Then you should sit, for there is much to tell ! " she told him. As the witch began to speak Odin hung on her every word.
The Sibyl looked up into the sky, and became transfixed on the clouds as they slowly passed. " What do you see ? " Odin asked impatiently. The Sibyl looked down at Odin, and then looked back up at the clouds again before speaking : " In the clouds I see the future, but the images are not clear. I think this is because the future has not yet been set. It is hard to tell which of the paths is the one to be written. " she told Odin. Odin slammed his walking stick into the ground, and demanded : " Please tell me what it is that you do see ! " The Sibyl looked down at Odin and smiled. Then she looked up at the clouds with a new determination. " I can see war ! Two kingdoms, long filled with hatred and resentment, fighting each other year after year, weakening themselves over time. I see another enemy watching closely ready to pounce on these two kingdoms. " she told him. Odin placed his hand on her shoulder. " But what of the child ? " he asked. The Sibyl gave Odin a sharp stare. " I am coming to that Asgardian ! " she said in an annoyed tone. The Sibyl stared him down before beginning again. One warring kingdom will have a daughter, and the other a son. One will come from the north, and the other from the south." she answered. " Yes, Yes , Yes ! But from which kingdoms ! You are being much too vague witch ! " Odin shouted. The Sibyl ignored the Aesir God's rudeness and continued : " They are hard to see through the fog of distance and time, especially when they are on a future timeline that has not yet been fully weaved. I do not know who they are, or which kingdoms they come from. I do know, however, that despite the fact they are not yet born, they are the possible parents of this child of destiny. " she told him. Odin took a deep breath. " And if they are the parents of this " child of destiny " how will they meet if their respective kingdoms hate each other ? " he asked. The Sibyl laughed as she watched a large puffy cloud pass. " Ironically, they will be introduced by the king of the lands who wishes to conquer them both ! " she replied. " Tell me more ! " Odin commanded. The Sibyl suddenly began to move her head back and forth as she looked up at the clouds. It was as if she were searching for something ! Odin became very concerned ! " What is it ! What is wrong ? " he asked frantically. The Sibyl looked down at Odin with a blank stare. " I think that we have already begun to change what will be. The clouds no longer hold images of the future, but are blank, almost as though they have been erased, and are awaiting someone to draw the future upon them ! " Then she looked at Odin and smiled. " I think Great Odin, that they are waiting for you ! " she told him.
Odin walked over to the Sibyl and uncharacteristically kissed her hand, which startled the witch. " If there is no more to tell then I must be going. " he told her. As Odin mounted Sleipnir he looked back at the Sibyl. " Thank you great seer of the future ! Your words have been most helpful. " he said as he turned his mount to leave. The Sibyl rubbed her hand where the All- Father had kissed it, and then waved at Odin as he trotted away. " Ride fast Great Odin ! For you never know what might be on the prowl ! " she yelled after him.
- End Chapter 3
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.
Next : Chapter 4 : Back To Asgard !