Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hanging Man
written on March 11, 2018 by © Mitchell Pluto.  
In Sanskrit the word bindu means point or dot. To manifest this on paper you need a nail, string and pencil.
from "Handicraft For Boys" book, by A. Frederick Collins

No matter the length of string the movement generates a circle. I interpret this exercise in my painting with the string corresponding to Odin hanging from the yew tree ( Yggdrasil, the world tree).  Odin can be 'ascribed' as sharing the meaning with the hanging man archtype of the tarot. 



from the Tarot of Marseille

The tree is a living tree, until the wood is sacrificed into a book where the tree remains dead as a page despite holding the the spell of letters that lives in the readers mind. The body of the word or more accurately, add the letter best shaped as a right angle to the word-word and the mutation becomes worLd..a much larger assembly of symbols exemplify a circumference or mandala-as a shape that best represents the a story of a planet. 


Ansuz Rune. for educational purpose

The inspirational oracle rune, Ansuz. suggests 'where the tide meets the stream'. Water as consciousness and the power of the word. With capacity that can generate thoughts into branches.. 

Below the branches dwell the Norns, also referred to as the wyrd who direct the connections of time with chance, effect and outcomes. The women are often shown weaving the theme of the story as a web or quilt.  The women and men are mere action words and threads in the story. 

Universal example of Norns.  John Thomas Biggers, Starry Crown, 1987, acrylic and mixed media on masonite


Odin stories aside from being very well worth reading are to long to retell here. As illustrated in the painting, Odin does self-sacrifice himself to himself (eye or an i) to the tree to find the secret power and entrance(en trance) into words.