Keywords for Mani are, time, mindfulness, mastery, purpose
Mani was drawn today from the Viking Oracle, Wisdom of the Ancient Norse by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton. It is the 31st card of the Viking deck.
In numerology, the number 31 becomes 4 and vibrates with the energy of; organisation, service, patience, devotion, application, pragmatism, patriotism, dignity, trust, worthiness, endurance, loyalty, mastery, solid foundations, conservatism, determination, production and hard work. Number 4 also relates to high morals, traditional values, honesty and integrity, inner-wisdom, security, self-control, loyalty, conscientiousness, reality, realistic values, stability.
When you see Mani, it means to be mindful of how you spend your time. Mindfulness can be very useful here because often we are not conscious of how much time we waste.
The modern waster of time these days is technology when not monitored. Social media, television, video games to name a few. Binge-watching the latest Netflix/Amazon series, watching several episodes back to back. Escapism at it’s best.
Just remember you cannot turn back time. What regrets do you envisage when it is too late? Use your time wisely and you will feel much more fulfilled.
Message from the book
Time is precious. Be grateful for each passing minute. Using time well is a virtue. Be mindful of how you use your time – which may mean doing very little if that is of benefit.
Within a circle,
The whirling wheel.
By nine times three,
I measure my life,
I gather my magic,
I shine my light,
Waiting for Fenrir
To open his jaws.
“Mani” is both one name for the moon as well as the name of a god within the Norse cosmos closely connected with the moon. In the Poetic Edda, it was told that Mani was the brother of the goddess Sol (the sun) and was fathered by Mundilferi (time). It is unusual in any mythos for the moon to have a masculine association. With Mani, we may have the origins of the man in the moon. Both Sol and Mani were seen to circle the earth each day in a chariot.
‘Mundilferi is he who begat the moon,
And fathered the flaming sun;
The round of heaven each day, they run,
To tell the time for men.’
The Vikings told time by the moon, not the sun. The twenty-eight-day moon cycle was a reliable timekeeper. Also, being seafarers, they were aware of the connection between the cycles of the moon and the tides – especially around peak tides of the full moon. Incredibly competent navigators, they relied on the position of the moon, as well as the planets and stars to guide them on their voyages.
In the Eddic poem ‘Grimnismal’, when Thor asked the dwarf Alviss about the names for the moon on the other worlds, Alviss said Mani is called the ‘moon’ by mankind; ‘the whirling wheel’ within Hel; ‘fiery one’ by the gods, ‘the hastener’ by the giants; ‘the shiner’ by the dwarves; and ‘the counter of years’ by the elves. Mani, as a creation of the Aesir (gods), was consumed by the wolf Fenrir at Ragnarok (the end of the world cycle).
Within the Norse tradition, Mani is a keeper of time and cycles. When we receive this card, we are reminded that time waits for no one and that time is precious. To the Vikings, whose life expectancy was so much shorter than ours, to waste time was to waste life.
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