I wrote this post 1 year ago, and it is still powerfully relevant to me today. I thought I'd share, again... I had another long night of sleep, with lots of dreams, last night.
But I'd forgotten most of them. The only part of my dreams that I can remember right now is that the phrase "Self-Sacrifice" kept coming up.
I immediately connected those words with the 12th Major Arcana card: The Hanged Man.
So I found it very interesting when I realized that today is 12/12!
The Hanged Man can be connected to the story in Norse mythology of Odin.
Odin was a seeker of wisdom, and willingly hung from the world tree (called Yggdrasil) for 9 days (the number of the Sage) without food or drink, with a spear in his side, and even lost one of his eyes.
He did all of this to prove himself worthy of learning the secrets of the runes... "Odin hung himself from a branch of Yggdrasil, pierced himself with his spear, and peered downward into the shadowy waters below. He forbade any of the other gods to grant him the slightest aid, not even a sip of water. And he stared downward, and stared downward, and called to the runes.
He survived in this state, teetering on the precipice that separates the living from the dead, for no less than nine days and nights. At the end of the ninth night, he at last perceived shapes in the depths: the runes! They had accepted his sacrifice and shown themselves to him, revealing to him not only their forms, but also the secrets that lie within them. Having fixed this knowledge in his formidable memory, Odin ended his ordeal with a scream of exultation.." So this story is one of initiation, suspension (as a process of initiation), and sacrifice (for a greater good and greater purpose). Even the loss of his eye symbolises his exchange of one level of sight for a higher perspective.
Happy 12/12 aka "Hanged Man" day!
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