Recently, I have been going back over some older Sinister MSs, partly for the sake of nostalgia and partly to brush up, and I encountered the sections in which modern scientific developments, including quantum theory, were bitterly decried and flat out rejected as nonsense. While I believe there is some merit to such criticism, especially in the modern “scientific” travesty of moulding data to suit a narrative – often for financial gain – and that such blasphemy is a particularly modern sort of “Satanic” approach, I do ultimately think that dismissing an entire field which has yielded results in recent years is gravely mistaken. Indeed, I’ve found a certain congruence between Sinister concepts and the very same sciences which are so viciously attacked.
The concept of “Wyrd” as referenced frequently throughout Sinister MSs, often assumed to mean a singular “destiny” or “fate” in a linear sense. However, for those who’ve spent time immersed in the root culture from which “Wyrd” originates, it is abundantly clear that the concept is anything but linear, following instead a twisting, weaving mire of possibilities and likely outcomes. This is expressed within the Web of Wyrd, or Skuld’s Net, which is depicted as a series of nine lines, three of which are vertical, three slant leftward, and three slant rightward. The three vertical lines are Urd “what has come to pass” Verdandi “what is coming to pass” and Skuld “what should come to pass”, and the six diagonal lines are the myriad threads binding these.
Urd quite obviously represents what has occurred, the past, that which has been irrevocably woven. It is solid and earthen, the roots of Yggdrasil.
Verdandi is the present, a constant flux between what has been presenced and what has yet to be presenced. Contrary to popular opinion, this model of “now” implies that the “present” is an imperceptible and ever-moving point, and can only be observed in its past state. It is neither solid nor fluid, the point of weaving potentiality into actuality – a nexion.
Skuld is the future, or rather, many futures, depending on what is woven in Verdandi. Whereas its opposite is hard and earthy, Skuld is formless liquid, viscous threads of acausality which are solidified at the point of observation – Verdandi. Skuld, for all intents and purposes, is Acausal space, as only Urd requires linear precedence in order to exist, but Skuld simply is – a black, formless sea with no centre.
The interaction between these is not unlike that of certain quantum mechanics, most notably those used by the most cutting edge of experimental computers, which employ quantum theory to process, near instantly, every possible outcome of a given task. Unlike a binary system, which is either/or, a quantum system is all possible forms until observed and solidified. The parallels to Skuld’s net are obvious, and I would go so far as to say that such advances, as vexing as they have been to Sinister forebears, are an inevitability, and one would do well to heed the lessons of the Greek and Islamic astronomers.
It is also worth bearing in mind that we, as a species, are as two-dimensional entities trying to comprehend a three-dimensional space. To us, the Z axis is simply unfathomable and beyond our limited means of expression, and we cannot effectively grasp that our two-dimensional space is but the surface of a sphere. Quantum theory, and other such models, are not the objective “truth” but merely a means of depicting the subtle mechanisms of the cosmos in such a way as to be effectively utilised, and of seeing that otherwise unknowable Z axis.