Happy Sol’s Day
We don’t pray here – we figure God, the gods, goddesses, or whatever powers that be either know already, don’t give a fuck, or are busy with more important matters than our petty stuff. We also kind of assume that they expect us to do stuff that we can do for ourselves and that we will do them ourselves and not be lazy. We also believe in being good friends, so we don’t presume on our friendship with the powers that be by asking them all the time for stuff while giving them nothing in return.
We also don’t take an offering here. We figure the powers that be probably don’t need it. Let’s be honest, offerings are not given to the divine powers, they are given to an organization to support it. Just being honest. God, the gods or whatever never sees a dime, farthing or peso of that money; it all goes to the church, mosque or shrine.
Theme Song: Old High German: Wotan chant
This is actually a chant that is found on a site that teaches people about the German language and the translation is in the description. Wotan is another name for Odin.
To be truly spiritual and even a genuine person in general, one needs to recognize that each person’s question of who they are and what they should be doing is individual. The question is different for all of us and the riddle of life is answering the one we actually have, not the one everyone says we should have.
If you want more details about Asatru, I can’t recommend this book enough.
Sermon: “Odin – The All-Father”
Odin, Wotan, etc. He is known all across the Scandinavian and Germanic world by many names. A couple things are clear in all the stories and myths. 1) Odin is the chief deity and 2) He is very unlike the other supreme deities like Zeus and Jupiter in that he does not lord it over people or rule by decree. Rather, he takes on the problems himself and does what he needs to do to overcome them. He leads by example more than orders.
It is only natural that Asatru would embrace him. From a spiritual standpoint, his essence is summed up very well in the title ‘All-Father.” To the followers of Asatru, Odin is the speaker of the Havamál a collection of his wise sayings. He is the god most associated with words and language so it is no surprise that he has many names.
Paxton rightly points out there is a duality to Odin. One the one hand there is power, anger, war, and aggression on the other side there the god of magic, wisdom and spiritual deepness. On the one hand, you have the armored king on his throne with spear and crown. On the other hand, he is also the grey cloaked, broad-brimmed hat-wearing wanderer. There is an air of power and mystery to Odin as he is both warrior and mage.
His accomplishments in the mythology are large. 1) All-Father – creator of mankind. 2) He is king of the gods, but in practice, he seems to be more of a chairman of the board of gods. Each god or goddess being fiercely independent. 3) He trades his eye for wisdom and foresight. 4) He acquires the Mead of Poetry from giants. 5) He hangs from the world tree upside down for nine days to discover the knowledge of the runes. Odin, in short, has a bad-ass list of accomplishments in Norse Mythology. He is also the god who never turns his back on humanity or being a part of wandering among them.
These days, according to Paxton. heathens invoke prayers to Odin still, even if they serve other gods more fervently, they still pay respect to the All-Father. Most Odinsmen and Odinswomen are people who work with words. Paxton advises against, however, asking him for victory. He is, after all, a god that is even willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. He expects the same from his followers and would have no problem leading one into defeat if it meant forstalling Ragnarok. He is a strong and powerful figure and is treated with respect by the followers of Asatru.
As I mentioned before, I don’t think one needs to actually believe in the Norse Gods as real to be a follower of Asatru. What you do have to respect is how their stories pull you back to your ancestors’ view of the world and what they valued. When it comes to the ideas they valued most in a leader, Odin is the perfect representation. He is strong, listens to the counsel of others, is willing to take the lead and sacrifice himself to get what he needs to be successful. When a battle comes, he leads from the front. He speaks little but acts boldly whether those actions are out in the open or clandestine. He has the long term in mind. The greater vision if you will.
You don’t have to do much more than come to my blog and see the title and the imagery I use for it, to know I place great value on what Odin represents. I would say my image of myself as a man has strong parallels with Odin. I work to be strong but also wise. I like to read and write mostly because it allows me to hear the counsel of others. If there is some greater good to be achieved, I will sacrifice myself, although I am trying to do that only when absolutely necessary. When battle comes I like to be out front not only leading but fighting along the sides of those I lead. I never forget where I come from. I prefer to remain quiet and let my actions speak for me. I tend to see the bigger picture and act accordingly. Odin is if anything a good example of leadership values and characteristics I try to emulate in my own life.
That of course and the image of the grey pilgrim who wanders but is not lost is the whole essence of the blog – The Grey Wayfarer.
I would say some stories I have seen are written in both. Sometimes blood is used as the ink too.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.
2 thoughts on ““Odin – The All-Father” (Asatru Part 7) – The Pagan Pulpit”
I love Mythology and learning about it. One thing I thought was interesting about Odin is that he also cross dressed or transformed, depending on which mythology you read, into a woman, to learn magic (Seidr) from Freya, which, as my translation would be for Seidr would directly translate to the word ‘Seer’. In any case. Odin is a God of many aspects and to be the ultimate God of wisdom he had to be a woman, by clothing or otherwise, from time to time. But I do always love the image that Odin portrays as the Wanderer and the All Father. 🙂
In Norse Culture and belief. the learning of magic itself was a little feminine in the first place. Particularly foresight. Odin has that stigma of being a little effeminate because of it, but it is countered by his strong warrior skills and strong leadership qualities which to the Norse people were very masculine. Oddly enough thought the Norse people seemed to be a little more fluid in terms of roles in society. perhaps it is because of their strong individualism. Shield-maidens were real women who fought as equals beside the men.
Mythology and me are old friends. I started with the Greek gods as a child and have been hooked ever since. There are lots of similarities in the pantheons, but they differ in presentation and values emphasized. That probably had a lot to do with their local culture.