The Legend of Merlin Speaks of a Second Sight

Young Merlin in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s “Prophetiae Merlini”

Maybe some people, gifted or cursed, can glimpse the story of the universe going in reverse. Legends tell of a second sight. Merlin was a wizard in Arthurian legend. In The Once and Future King by T.H. White, it is written that Merlin was born backwards in time:

Now ordinary people are born forwards in Time, if you understand what I mean, and nearly everything in the world goes forward too. This makes it quite easy for the ordinary people to live, just as it would be easy to join those five dots into a W if you were allowed to look at them forwards, instead of backwards and inside out. But I unfortunately was born at the wrong end of time, and I have to live backwards from in front, while surrounded by a lot of people living forwards from behind. Some people call it having a second sight.

As Merlin looked backwards to connect the dots, so too in Norse mythology the Norns and Freya of the Vanir.

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