Captain
August 17, 2007

©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2007

I was intrigued by this week's Friday Illo theme of Captain. At first what came to my eye was the traditional captain's wheel of a ship, and gnarled faces of old sea captains. But then I decided to just let my intuitive mind have at it.

I felt very intrigued by the arrow I put on the man's back, that it was more than usually significant. I vaguely remembered a Rune symbol that looks like an arrow, and sure enough, it is. It is TIWAZ, and according to the first hit in a Google search, it means:

"Tiwaz: (T: Tyr, the sky god.) Honor, justice, leadership and authority. Analysis, rationality. Knowing where one's true strengths lie. Willingness to self-sacrifice. Victory and success in any competition or in legal matters. Tiwaz Reversed or Merkstave: One's energy and creative flow are blocked. Mental paralysis, over-analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance. Strife, war, conflict, failure in competition. Dwindling passion, difficulties in communication, and possibly separation."

Knowing this to be just a surface skim, I looked without success for a booklet by Edred Thorson on the Runes. (Some day, it will turn up.) I did, however, go to his Runegild site to see if I could learn more. And I did, in an article comparing Odinn and Tyr.

Odinn and Tyr have "Antithetical" natures, very much similar to that of Set and Horus, one being more chaotic and inward, and one being more outward and orderly. Odinn does "self sacrifice for knowledge", whereas Tyr does "self sacrifice for community". This is so much like Set symbolizing 'rulership of the inner world', and Horus symbolizing 'rulership of the outer world'.

There are additional distinctions, some of which include "Clairvoyance" as Odinn's strength, and "Rationalism" as Tyr's strength. This is like the antithetic natures of the Grecian Dionysus and Apollo. Again, these are two that need to work together.

So to be a 'captain' and have leadership, it is necessary to have analysis and rationality to fully understand one's strengths and the strengths of others.

   


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