Twelve: The Hanged Man of the Major Arcana (Part One)
The card may deem the character as adult; however, he is a juvenile. The first tale behind the Hanged Man includes sacrifice. The youth is sacrificed to the commander of all the Norse gods: Odin. Odin is the symbol of wisdom and knowledge because he traded one of his eyes for a taste of the magical waters of the Well of Wisdom which was protected in the roots of mighty World Tree called Yggdrasil. Wisdom is quite difficult to attain. Sacrifice is the key to enlightenment. In modern times, its accepted that studying and working vigorously will lead to knowledge. Odin understood sacrifice and wisdom as most figures in mythology comprehend both concepts. Odin stabbed his chest with a keen blade, and hung himself to find the Well of Wisdom. His blood oozed and trickled into the grooves the ancient bark. It traveled downward. After many days, he saw it's destination. The Well of Wisdom was hidden under the second root, and he was able to pull the roots and sip wisdom. This myth became extremely popular, and adolescents would hang from trees to achieve the success of Odin. Please go to http://www.godchecker.com/pantheon/norse-mythology.php?deity=ODIN for more information about Odin.