By Murray Hill
The series “Vikings” is replete with archetypal characters, both male and female. The central and most powerful woman character is Lagertha. She sits beside and easily equals the most powerful male character Ragnar. For a time they are married, a marriage cut short by Ragnar’s shortcomings. It is these shortcomings that lead him into a spiralling and self destructive journey into his dark side, his shadow.
Lagertha’s trajectory, on the other hand, is an inspiring journey into her nobility and her sacredness. In a powerful way Lagertha and Ragnar swap poles - she masters the external world of human exploits in the physical realm, while he masters the internal and unseen world of the soul in the religious realm (the Hierophant card of the Tarot). In this way we witness a powerful woman mastering the masculine within, while a powerful man masters the feminine within. Her journey lies in the outside world, while his journey lies within the internal world. She is active, he is ultimately, passive.
Astrologically, we see Mars succumb to Pluto in Ragnar’s journey through the underworld, while Lagertha’s Venus masters and integrates Mars the warrior.
While Ragnar’s boundaries weaken and fail in a finely nuanced slow motion existential dissolution, Lagertha defines and defends her sacred and divine boundaries to the hilt. She defends herself and others, and that which is precious to her - her family, her clan and her divine feminine power. She spills blood to protect blood, the bloodline, and ancestral memory. She becomes The Queen, having mastered herself and the world around her. Her anger is righteous anger in that she uses it to defend the sacred and divine boundaries of herself and her people. All attempts to break down her boundaries are met with the power of the spiritual warrior. She is equally fire and ice - a fully integrated being, who can consciously choose the fierce heat of battle, or the cold, hard and deliberate stratagems of political power.
The underlying archetypal theme that weaves the entire “Vikings” narrative together into a coherent whole, is the sacred boundary of the divine. We live in a time where boundaries on all levels are under sustained attack - individually, collectively and globally. Globalism is really just a canard, a false flag under which each and every existing boundary is destroyed, thus opening up the entire planet and everything upon it, to extractive exploitation, perversion and destruction.
The Vikings represent an archetypal expression of powerful, independent and free Human Beings. They are fully self-actualised and are able to defend themselves and what they value - they are not to be messed with. They must be treated with respect and be carefully negotiated with. Their territory - physical, cultural, and spiritual, is entirely theirs, and is fully embraced as such. If you step over their boundaries without permission, you had better be ready for the consequences. This is something that we have lost in our so-called modernity.
We have been domesticated to the point that when the wolves enter our fenced enclosure, we wait frozen in apprehension while our owner’s come to our rescue. What we are just now realising is that our owners are the wolves - that which predates upon us. We wait politely and passively in our safe space. We have been disarmed, defanged and drugged into a lazy torpor that makes us easy pickings.
Viking Paganism (from “the Pagani - those who live with the land”) on the other hand, speaks of a time when the natural world was respected with awe and at times a little fear. It also speaks of a time when Human Beings were not labouring under the insidious and parasitic control of the church’s priest classes, or the money changers. At this point it must be noted that Ragnar”s journey into “religiosity” is predicated upon the 6th century christian mysticism of the Hebrides of the British Isles, which evolved in splendid isolation from the catholic church. This mysticism speaks of a direct and personal experience of the divine - something which is anathema to the church.
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