To begin initiation into the cult of Odin, one must let go of their reliance on secular and secluded reasoning as being the highest form of knowledge, for Odin is the god of madness, magic and wisdom, not of material intelligence or bland Atheism.
Odin is a force of manic inspiration and enlightenment, a force of obsession and creation. Odin is a force of frenzy and divine insanity; something the ancients harnessed for superiority in warfare, poetic creation and divination. Odin is one that explores the vast empty caverns of man, forgotten by time, words and experience; beholder of all through a wandering of the soul and a traversing of its’ realms.
Wodaz is the term I associate most with this Odinic force, viewing it as a state to be achieved and mastered, not necessarily an external God or deity. When referring to the God in any external way, I would use the Old Norse Othin or Proto-Germanic Wodanaz. Many names can be used, as Odin possesses a lengthy list of names, faces and forms to experience.
The Proto-Germanic term Wōdaz (mad, furious, possessed) comes from a previous Pre-Germanic Wātós meaning anger, frenzy, madness. This stems from an even more archaic Proto-Indo-European word weh₂t- (excited, inspired, raging). As we can see, this concept has existed and been cultivated in high regard since early points in the IE emergence. The cultures that mastered this force are the ancestors of the Germanic tribes, the ones who brought Odin into Scandinavia and Wotan to the continental Germanic areas. This force must have been almighty in their eyes and must be responsible for their successful expansion and sovereignty; replacing much of which was inhabited by Celtic, Slavic, and Baltic tribes. Using this force, they were able to expand all the way to Britain where Woden finally landed as ancestral patriarch of Kings and royal blood lines.
When it comes to concepts as divine as Odin and Wodaz, it is impossible to achieve a transfer of conceptual understanding through words. It is something that must be experimented with and experienced with openness and true inquisition. Words will help you remember the path and the memories within you, but if you truly want to find power in this force, you must follow the paths given to us through thousands of years of preservation. From the Rig Veda to the Prose Edda, we are given clues to understanding the power and awareness that our ancestors possessed. I don’t think it is too late to return to this headspace and create a new path for ourselves moving forward; paralleled to modernity but buffered from its sickness…
As more and more people and cultures strive to return to their roots and organic traditions, we should hope to see more of their teachings bleed into the twisted globalist sphere. The more we focus our attention on the divine and the core meanings of what it means to be alive and human, then the less we will consume and drive our souls asunder with pointless, empty, basic materialism. The choice is yours, the time is now. Start fighting for your spiritual freedom today and take back the identity of your ancestors, wherever they may hail from.