Sunday, 27 December 2015

12 Days of Yule - Day 9 Sacred to Odin and Fathers

December 28 is the ninth night of Yule and is sacred to Odin and fathers. Odin is the god of war and death, but also of magic, learning and wisdom. He is often depicted with one eye, dressed in a cloak and a floppy hat and often with a staff (think Gandalf). Odin was said to have hung upside down on the world tree for three days in order to gain wisdom and came up with the runes. The runes are used both as an alphabet for writing but also as a method of divination for wisdom.
Today is also sacred to the fathers in our lives. Odin is known as the All Father, so today is good day to celebrate those who have played a fatherly role in our lives. This can be our dads, step dads, grandfathers or any male that is a supportive and protective force in our lives. It's also a good time to think about projects we might want to nurture and protect in the coming year.
The virtue of the day is honour. It is avoid time to reflect on what that means to each of us. What is the moral code that we live by, and how true are we to it?

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