Archive | August 2011

The Ordeal of Odin

It is said that Odin hung for Yggdrasil (the World Tree) for nine days and nights in his quest for the Runes. As a Rune reader, I choose to acknowledge this period between Auguest 17th and the 25th, as it is held my many Heathen traditions. I make this period in a variety of ways;  a daily ritual, reading of the Edda’s, and a fast (if possible). In intresting way to observe one day is in silence (or as much silence as possible). This is an opportune time to create a new set of Runes. For today, I’d like to share the tale of Odin’s ordeal:

The Web of Wyrd

137.
I trow I hung on that windy Tree
nine whole days and nights,
stabbed with a spear, offered to Odin,
myself to mine own self given,
high on that Tree of which none hath heard
from what roots it rises to heaven.

138.
None refreshed me ever with food or drink,
I peered right down in the deep;
crying aloud I lifted the Runes
then back I fell from thence.

140.
Ere long I bare fruit, and throve full well,
I grew and waxed in wisdom;
word following word, I found me words,
deed following deed, I wrought deeds.

141.
Hidden Runes shalt thou seek and interpreted signs,
many symbols of might and power,
by the great Singer painted, by the high Powers fashioned,
graved by the Utterer of gods.

143.
Dost know how to write, dost know how to read,
dost know how to paint, dost know how to prove,
dost know how to ask, dost know how to offer,
dost know how to send, dost know how to spend?

144.
……..
Thus Odin graved ere the world began;
Then he rose from the deep, and came again.

Translated by Olive Bray
Edited by D. L. Ashliman

Back, I think…

I know I’ve been out a while, but here I am. Where to begin?

Let’s talk about tattoos. I received mine two weeks ago (finally).

My new ink

This tattoo consists of the runes Tiwaz and Berkana. Tiwaz is the rune of Tyr, god of heroes and self-sacrifice. It’s the rune of the warrior spirit: honor, courage, righteousness, integrity, and tempering pride with humility. Berkana is the rune of the birch tree and represents growth and renewal. Birch trees were one of the first to grow after the ice age, so Berkana also represents the ability to survive hard times and thrive after.

I’ve always had a deep connection to these two runes and now I literally carry them with me every day.

The process wasn’t too painful, just a few spots near the top. I spent the two hours contemplating and connecting. This was my ordeal, as Odin’s was hanging from the World Tree (more on this later).

This is the first, but certainly not the last tattoo that will grace this skin. There are many more already planned, and we’ll talk about them when they come.

Blessings!