Eihwaz and perthro. (Long post, but maybe my favorite) "I feel as though I have lived many lives, experienced the heights and depths of each and like the waves of the ocean, never known rest. Throughout the years, I have looked always for the unusual, for the wonderful, for the mysteries at the heart of life." - Leni Riefenstahl. Nestled deep within Yddgrasil's roots lies the well of Mimir (Mímisbrunnr). It holds the wisdom of the world, and anyone who wants to drink from the well must sacrifice a part of themselves. @runicwisdomdaily and @xozii have discussed how perthro may mean apple. In the heart of Eden, there was the tree of knowledge. When Eve ate the fruit, she sacrificed paradise and was condemned to painful and dangerous childbirth (perthro also represents the mysteries of the womb). Trees, sacrifice, knowledge. In order to know your deepest self, you sacrifice a part of your old self. The knowledge may not rest easily within you, it may make you push against the world and force you to explore even greater heights and depths within and without. After all, Odin has been called the Wanderer. Adam and Eve were forced to wander when they were cast from Eden. A part of you will die (perhaps your innocence) in order for you to see yourself and the world with open eyes. Are you willing? Are you ready?