The stang, or “Devil's Cross,” is the forked pole that, in Old Craft practice, represents the Horned.
It's a Tree of Life.
It's also a Tree of Death.
At the great temple of Uppsala in Sweden, they used to hang the bodies of sacrifices—strange and terrible fruit—from the trees of the sacred grove.
If you've ever seen the gutted carcass of a deer strung up from a branch to bleed out, you'll understand.