Odin and the World Tree

Yggdrasil, the World Tree, forms the vertical axial centre of the universe, with the Nine Worlds of existence situated around its trunk.  Asgard, realm of the gods, at the top.  Niflheim, realm of the underworld Hel, under its roots.  And of course Midgard, land of Man, in the middle, separated from the Jotunheim by a great ocean.

Yggdrasil translates as “terrible steed” or “steed of the terrible one”.  This refers to the god Odin, and the nine nights he spent sacrificed upon the tree, hung from its branches – said to be “riding the gallows”.  Now, the thing is… he’s a god.  He sacrificed himself to himself, from physical being to divine deity, wounded by spear and hanging for nine nights.  All so that he could gain understanding of the ancient Runes.

Meanwhile, I’m out of milk.  And the corner store is like seven hundred metres away.  I mean, really.

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Published in: on June 21, 2008 at 12:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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