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Novel Gnosis part 33: Time

Continuing my series about insights I've gained via novel gnosis, that is, religious revelations I've gained via writing fiction, today I'm talking about the nature of time. I'm going to talk about both the Fireverse, the universe of Some Say Fire, the unpublished novel about Norse mythology I've based most of this series of blog posts on, but also about the Time Yarns Universe, my science fiction shared world.

Loki tells the stories of heathen mythology to P as if they happened in a particular chronological order, but in order to make that work there are several points in the story when something happens, such as Thor getting his belt and gloves, “and then it had always been that way.” The gods have the ability to change the past. The Rainbow Bridge can deposit them in any part of Midgard’s history they wish to visit, but more than that, Loki tells P that those whose home is Asgard can move through time as easily as P can walk from one room into another room. They can also return to the time they left just like going back into a room they just left. The gods are not actually time traveling when they do that like a human would be if a human moved around in time like that, because the gods are native to a dimension in which time does not flow just one way. That is, our human concept of time travel doesn’t really match up with how that actually works for them.

Outside the Fireverse, in another of my fictional universes, the Time Yarns Universe, there is no way for a human to build a time machine, and every time someone tries they end up accidentally creating a timelessness machine instead. But humans can learn to time travel, in their dreams.  Some peoples’ past life memories are actually memories of time travel via the mind. Other peoples’ lucid dreaming or astral traveling are actually time travel. The time travel talent is an inborn nanotech from the future planted in the past by time travelers. There is a terrible future, which is not a death and rebirth like Ragnarok, that some time travelers are trying to prevent.

If you'd like to check out the Time Yarns Universe:

Image: Time by Gerd Altman, creative commons via Pixabay

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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