Books, Philosophy, Stuart France

Wide Wanderer…

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If confirmation were needed that the Norse God,

Odin, is an ‘anthropomorph of the beyond’,

we need only consider his animal familiars.

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His ravens ‘memory’ and ‘mind’ fly abroad

relaying to him all that happens,

while his lower self, the wolves, ‘ravenous’ and ‘greed’,

gorge themselves in the sensory world.

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His acquisition of wisdom is interesting

from a psychological perspective.

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He hangs nine nights on the ‘world tree’

sacrificing, ‘himself to himself’,

before exchanging one of his eyes for wisdom.

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For the modern psychologist the nine nights

would correspond to the nine fractures in personality.

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Perhaps Odin’s adherents, in Old Times,

underwent some form of initiaton,

in imitation of their God,

which granted them, too,

access to the wisdom beyond?

 

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