The Fool’s Journey
Now the Fool has come upon a tree, intent on finding his spirituality. He sits down at the base of the tree, and days pass, people and animals move past him, the sun, moon, and stars cross the sky above him for nine days. He takes no food in this time. On that ninth day, with no forethought or logic to what he is doing, he climbs up the tree and hangs himself upside down.
His entire perspective of the world has changed, all that he knows he is is surrendered in the moment. This new perspective has allowed him to perceive his current state of hanging between the worlds of earth and spirit. He knows he will not be able to stay in this state forever, but he enjoys this moment of weightlessness.
When he finally allows himself to return to the earthly world, things will be changed for him. He will have to act on his knowledge and wisdom.
Now is a time for rest, but only from action. We suspend ourselves upside down, and therefore apart from the world around us so that we can go inward to the infinite universe within each of us. Meditation, sacrifice, trials, prophecy, and selflessness; these are what we are facing right now in order for us to gain the knowledge, insight, and enlightenment that is needed at this time.
Just as Odin sacrificed Himself on the tree for the runes, great magical knowledge and ability, we must set ourselves apart and seek out the solutions to our problems, the price the sacrifice pays for.