EIHWAZ:and my Hamingja.
"Since then I goI follow the pathwaysthe pathways and roadsbeyond the sea and even farther,beyond the sea and beyond the beyond;And whenever I approach the wicked,the Men with black hearts,whenever I approach the envious,the Men with black heartsbefore me moves the Breath of the Ancestors."
(By: Birago Dio
Eihwaz signifies Yggdrasil, the "world tree" on which it is said Odin sacrificed
. This event manifests itself on the mental plane as a symbolic death of the
. Unlike the Christian rebirth, this is not a surrender of the self to the power of a god. Itis not the abdication of responsibility of one's past or present actions, or lack thereof. It is anintense, honest evaluation of who you have become, and an absolute commitment to the death of any part of your person you find lacking in honor, integrity and dignity. Lacking in any of thesefundamental qualities is a cancer that rots the soul and undermines the value of life. The measureon which this sacrifice is made can't be found in a book, it must be sought out within the heart of the seeker. This is not a sacrifice in the religious sense, it is a sacrifice of the
.Inspiration can be drawn from the old vanguard of both gods and men, but in the end you mustdo it for yourself, no one can do it for you. What Odin reveals to us in this myth of the mighty isthat the gods are guides to a deep naturally flowing well at the root of our own inner being. Wesee that it was in this state of self searching that Odin discovered the runes and it is in this samestate that he calls us to discover them with him.Eihwaz is the rune that describes this journey. It carries in itself the death and transformationfrom one state into another. This is the rune of facing oneself; the symbolic descent into theunconscious realm. The heroic life is found in living an authentic, individual manifestation. Thedeath of the old is also the birth of the new and yes, it can be a frightening place, this steppinginto undiscovered country, but this is a vast continent of the potential-self and is rich in historicalresources. We see a correlation in the iconography of the story of Odin's ordeal on Yggdrasilwith The Hanged Man of the Tarot. Like Odin, The Hanged Man is hung upside down; this ishow it always is at these times of change in our lives. Our worlds feel as if they have been turnedupside down as we hang in the the balance, suspended between the new and the old, what hasgone before and what is yet to come.In the image of The Hanged Man, we see some coinage scattered on the ground. This is amedium of exchange; coins are capital and like all capital it represents the power to achieve anend. These coins are not there by chance, they have been earned. This is the price that has been paid.This is the sweat, blood and tears of hard labor, the work that goes into theeveryday struggles of life. In the case of Odin we see that the coins are the runes and they, too,are a medium of exchange. The blood of every battle, of every victory, of every defeat. The