Pendulum Man

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The Hanged Man Trump is one that in my opinion sounds scarier than it really is. It is not so much about punishment as it is about sacrifice. The man in the picture chose to be where he is... To a certain extant. Sometimes we have to take risks, but the payoff for them are not immediate. Just as seeds take time to grow, so do our dreams and aspirations. These require effort and sacrifices, and afterwards, all we can do is wait for them to bloom.

Likewise, Odin, the mighty father of the Norse Gods made many sacrifices in the name of wisdom. He wanted to learn the secret of the Runes. The Runes were a powerful alphabet that was used by the Norns, three wise beings who used its power to shape the fabric of reality.

But the Runes would only reveal themselves to one who was worthy of its scary and potent power. With this in mind, Odin pierced himself with a spear and hung from a branch of Yggdrasil, the World Tree. He dangled for nine days and nine nights right above the fathomless Well of Urd, where the Runes resided. The Runes accepted his ordeal and showed themselves to Odin who in turn shared it with mankind willing to study them.

What is interesting to note is that the Poetic Eddas describe Oddinic Sacrifices, human sacrifices to Odin. They were usually prepared with the man pierced by a spear, hung from a tree, or more commonly both at the same time. With this in mind, Odin, in his ordeal of the Runes, was sacrificing himself to himself. And ultimate sacrifice of sorts.


A Pendulum in the wind.
(By one leg I sway)
Tis fate that has brought me to this state.
(Tis True my hands are bound.)
Just a pendulum in the wind.

Here is what I've given up for my brethren.
(Family requires some sacrifice)
Here is what I've given up for faith.
(Institutions demand sacrifice.)

(And the All-Father hung from a branch of the great tree,
For nine nights and a day.
With his his remaining eye staring into dark depths,
Waiting for the Runes to light the way.
No food nor water, side pierced by a spear,
Waiting for wisdom to draw near.)

Here is what I've given up for kinsmen.
(Kinships require some sacrifice.)
Here is what I've given up to be wise.
(Knowledge demands sacrifice.)

A Pendulum in the wind.
(The snake at my heels holds fast.)
Tis fate that has brought me to this state.
(The moons on my tunic shine bright.)
Just a pendulum in the wind.

Here is what I've given up for love.
(Caring requires some sacrifice.)
Here is what I've given up for my dreams.
(Realisation demands sacrifice.)


from The ArchArkana, released August 6, 2016
Sun in Pisces, Moon in Sagittarius.

Written and performed by Child Mercury.
Recorded and produced at The Star Chamber, Kagoshima, Japan.



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Child Mercury Kagoshima, Japan

A repository for the musical/magickal projects of Gaze Santos, musician/magickian of the Hodic Sphere.
He is an aspiring multi-instrumentalist with folk and psychedelic leanings.
Originally hails from Canada, he currently resides in the land of the rising sun, also known as Japan.
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