Odin Altar Cloth Picture

so this is my template for the Odin altar cloth I'm going to be embroidering.

I sort of focused on "The Hermit" aspect of Odin, which I associate with the Merlin (here I use "the" because I see the Merlin as having transcended legend: he is more an idea, a symbol, than he is a person) - for this reason the design at the bottom has been derived from The Hermit card in my Celtic Tarot deck (see Here for a few examples of the cards).

Obviously, if you're going to do anything to do with Odin, ravens are essential; here you see Hugin and Mugin in flight. Also incorporated is the symbol of the valknot (also called the valknut). The wolf is also strongly associated with Odin, and the moon is a very personally important symbol.

At the bottom of the design are runes specifically chosen as being relevant to Odin and to my present intellectual and emotional state. For this reason, there are also symbols associated with Loki, because of the gender-bending he does so often in Norse mythology.
The two most central runes (literally and figuratively) are, on the left, Perth, rune of initiation, and Gebo, rune of partnership (and dualities) - these describe the beginning of a cycle, but also the mindset we must always have upon going into any journey of self transformation, that is, that all aspects of the mind are one and must be treated as such.
To the right (from the top) are Dagaz, rune of breakthrough, Othila, rune of seperation, and Mannaz, run of the self. All of these are associated more specifically with how I view my present state of mind.
The runes on the left, Ansuz and Algiz, Signal and Protection, respectively, are more sort of charms for myself. Ansuz is directly representative of Loki, especially in his capacity as a messenger - this is at once to remind myself to remain open to the unexpected, and also as a charm to hopefully bring unexpected help. Algiz is more of a comfort symbol for me than anything else.

I hope you like the design and at least find the description entertaining
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