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I know that I hung On the wind-blasted tree All of nights nine, Pierced by my spear And given to Odin, Myself sacrificed to myself On that pole Of which none know Where its roots run. No aid I received, Not even a sip from the horn. Peering down, I took up the runes – Screaming I grasped them – Then I fell back from there.
Before I continue, it’s important to note just what the world tree represents. Cultures all around the world have a symbolic tree. The tree is generally said to support the heavens. Among shamans, the tree can be climbed to ascend there. To the ancient Norse, Yggdrasil is a symbol of the realms of existence — nine to be exact — the roots in the lower realms, the crown in the upper realms, and the trunk where life as we know it exists. To go after the knowledge flowing through the tree is quite the quest.
So to do this, the god prepared himself for this ordeal by fasting and thirsting for nine days. Odin often speared himself or starved himself, for no sacrifice is too great for knowledge. He even plucked out his own eye in exchange for water that held the wisdom of the ages. On this occasion he hung himself and, according to the edda written above, made a sacrifice of himself to himself.
In this agonizing hanging, Odin grew mindless and thirsty. It was made worse by the fact the Well of Urd lay below the tree — the same well he eventually gave up his eye to drink from. In his debilitated state, Odin began to see repeating symbols where twigs crossed in the branches. Before long their meanings became clear. He had found the runes.
That’s the story. Mythology aside, the runes are very similar to old italic alphabets found throughout the Mediterranean such as Greek, Etruscan, and Roman. Like other peoples, the Norse didn’t stay put. They were as shifting as the knowledge they gleaned from their travels. Able seamen, the Norse went everywhere. They were also big on destiny. They believed the runes were an extremely potent means of redirecting one’s charted course.
Each rune has esoteric meanings and properties associated with it. And being an alphabet, runes also have phonetic values. For divination, each represents the forces of nature and the mind. With slight variations, the oldest form of the runic alphabet is the Elder Futhark that was used by the Germanic tribes of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Northern Germany. The name futhark is derived from the first 6 letters in the runic sequence: F, U, Th, A, R and K. Just like we refer to our alphabet as the ABC’s.
Just for fun: Write your name in runes.
Tomorrow ~ more symbols
Here’s one for today:
Rhodologist (noun 1911-1924)
one who studies and classifies roses
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