Due to a recent conversation on a secret, closed group I belong to it spurred some questions.
Odhinn, by the time of the Anglo Saxon Conversions to Christianity, had the reputation of being treacherous, deceitful, oath breaking, etc. I think that this, in part, is why the conversion of Anglo Saxon England went easier than Sweden for instance.
He was a God of War. He required blood. Lots of it. He required the triple death in many cases but He was perfectly satisfied to accept blood. In fact I believe it intoxicated him, much as the Mead of Inspiration did.
So let’s examine this. Odhinn hung on the tree, sacrificed himself to himself, in search of enlightenment. That tells me pretty plainly that he is a God in search of not only wisdom, but the evolution that comes from wisdom properly assimilated.
My personal experience, my personal gnosis, of Odhinn, is that he NEVER lies. He also never tells the whole truth either. His reputation for treachery, I believe, comes from this very thing. It allows peoples’ personal biases to to color what they hear, often to their disappointment and peril. I myself have been guilty of this on occasion. My gnosis regarding this has made me evaluate most things in my life in this light. Is it re-affirming personal biases? Is it beguiling me because it’s what I want to hear? Am I ignoring signals and evidence I should really be taking into consideration? This has changed my outlook on life in ways you can’t imagine. Is my life happier for this? NO. But it’s healthier in many ways.
So my questions to you are these:
- How do you think Odhinn approaches His people in the current era? We don’t sacrifice people to Him any more. If He gets blood it’s because we give our own. How does He get our attention now?
- How do you think he has changed over the millennia?
- Do you think he has evolved? Is He more, or less treacherous?
- Why do you think he has gained such a position of supremacy?
- I have added a question – why do you think people are worshipping the Gods more than the wights and ancestors?
Please, take as much space as you need to answer these questions, or make a blog post of your own and link back for me to read.