Meaning of Wednesday, Odin, The Hanged Man

Happy Wednesday, named after the Anglo-Saxon/Norse God Woden or Odin originating from the Hebrew tribe of Dan and the root word Adonai. Woden is the highest God like Zeus, or Yahweh, and a God of poetry, death and the Wild Hunt. Odin is represented as a grave-looking elderly man with a long beard, carrying in his hand a spear accompanied by two dogs and two ravens. He was the father of poetry, and the inventor of Runic writing.

Wednesday is also named after the planet MERCURY, Mercredi in French. The connection is through the  language/ruins/intuitive symbolism connection. For intellect or for true connection to work one must suspend one’s ego and point of view to receive true wisdom. .

He also appears in the Tarot as Arcana #12 The Hanged Man, a card of emotional initiation and baptism of surrendering the ego to a Higher Power.  Odin was hung upside down on the World Tree or Ygdrassil, suspending his ego and logic and this is how he received the inspiration for the magical language symbols the Ruins were born. The Hanged Man is also related to the scapegoat and the martyr.  Alcoholics Anonymous relates to the Hanged Man in giving it up to God in their 12 steps. 

Odin is the HANGED MAN Arcana #12 in the TAROT 

the hanged man Tarot Tara Greene

Another version of the Hanged Man

Napoleon Brousseau Hanged Candy Man 2012
        The HANGED MAN TAROT #12      by Napoleon Brousseau   oil on                      canvas  2012 

Invocation to Odin:

Odin, Woden,
With one eye turned outward
To the world of form and living breath
The other eye turned inward
To the dreaming trance of the dwale, The shamanic death
Oh Dale I enwrap myself in your nightside cloak of deepest blue
(he spears himself in the side)
Hnikkar, Hakelberg, guide us through
The long dark night
As upon den Geisterwegen und den Wegen des Todes we tread
Irlik Kahn oh mighty lord of the dead, guide us through…
Gwyn ap Nudd, Faery King
Take us beneath the barrow mound
By cloven hoof and raven’s wing

I believe I found this invocation at Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule’s site  

WEdnesday, Odin, Woden, Tarot Tara Greene

Please Share widely

All writing is copyright of Tara Greene unless otherwise indicated.

More art from Napoleon Brousseau at http://www.napob.com 

Get a reading from Tara http://www.taratarot.com

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s