Wotan / Odin

According to myth, (…) divination was invented by Wotan when he was speared – we do not know whether by himself or by another, but we must also remember the spear of Longinus in the case of Christ(.)  Wotan then hung nine days and nine nights on the World Tree, Yggdrasil, after which in bowing down (when he fell down) he discovered the runes at his feet.  Therefore, one could say that the creative product of the long crucifixion was the discovery of the runes – a new manifestation of cultural consciousness which originally consisted in reading the moment of fate.  This also underlies the ideas at the back of the I Ching, which is a way of exploring the will of the gods, a method of divination based on the principle of synchronicity.  TPoPA 254