Huginn and Muninn, Mind and Spirit

“O’er Mithgarth Huginn and Muninn both
Each day set forth to fly;
For Huginn I fear lest he come not home,
But for Muninn my care is more.”

—Grímnismál, The Poetic Edda

For what is practicality without ambition,
Thoughts without dreams?

Odin, Allfather, has two ravens,
Perched atop each shoulder.
Each morn they soar,
To Midgard, to Earth,
To see what is to see.

The trance, it is said,
Of thought is Huginn.
Of memories and desires is Muninn.
The two ravens, perched,
Atop each shoulder.

To lose one, is slaughter to both.
Man can survive, but not live, with one alone.

Odin cares for both, but for Muninn,
The drive and dreams,
His worry best is placed.
Without dreams, what have we?
What are we?

We, Midgardians, have two ravens,
Perched atop each shoulder.
Each morn they soar,
Around Midgard, around Earth,
To see what is to see.

Keep a wary eye on both.
Surpass your survival, and instead choose to Live.


In Norse mythology, Odin is the god of wisdom, poetry, war, death, divination, and mag ic