An Aspect of Initiation into the Cult of Odin.

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.

A Step on the Odinic Path

Altar to Freyr/Ingwaz/Ingui

People generally choose God(s) (in various forms and names) to devote themselves to based on the qualities and traits they are said to possess.

The traits are usually representative of a larger archetype that the devotee wants to portray and has the qualities that they want to possess.

Once the person discovers these qualities that suit him/her best, it will determine who they identity with in a divine, mythological or spiritual way.

It should be practical and work with their lifestyle, ultimately inspiring them to want to excel in the areas they want to in life.

Once they find those qualities, principals and truths that fit their chemistry, then they should devote themselves , or rather “sacrifice” themselves to themselves.

This is the Odian path…

Solar Eye of Odin

From ‘Runes, Bindrunes and Hahalruna : European Sorcery and Divination’ Page. 109

This radial incantation is a spell to invoke the Solar Eye of Odin. It consists of a central Sun with four protruding () runes at each cardinal point, symbolizing defensive forces and cultivation of the sorcerers willpower. Additional defensive () runes have been added with four rotating () runes symbolizing the eternal cycle of the ancestral spirit. This is my personal rendition of the eye that Odin retains, representing our “solar” awareness.

According to the myths, we can equate Odin’s eyes to the Sun and Moon. The Sun of course being the eye he keeps, and the Moon being the eye he sacrifices to the Well of Mimir. This Well symbolizes darkness, mystery, and occult knowledge; a place that all Odinists must sacrifice half of themselves to in order to achieve the Wotanic state.

Etch this symbol into wood, stone, or bone to enhance Odinic visions and forces during meditation and ritual. This bindrune can also be worn as an amulet or drawn in blood or ash on the forehead; serving as a third eye to gaze into the divine. The swirling wheel of ancestral time exists here and all that has come to pass can be accessed through the cosmic Solar Eye. This bindrune can be used to enhance control of the Will and serve as a conduit for vision quests.

How to View, Approach, and Venerate the Old Gods of Europe

Vendel Helmet Plate (900 A.D.)

For most people practicing European Paganism, the goal is not merely to worship and pray to the old Gods, but to embody them and entwine their forms within us. We should strive to avoid the worship of external deities and instead become them through the emulation of their archetypal expressions.

An example in the most basic sense:

-To be a successful farmer, naturalist and Lord of the Land, one is to embody Frey.

-To be a successful sorcerer, artist and eternal student of wisdom, one is to embody Odin.

-To be a strong and fearless protector, one is to embody Thor.

These Gods personify and preserve different aspects of the ancient European mind and culture. Although they have evolved over time, they will always represent core concepts within the patterns of nature and the psyche of the folk.

Not only do we associate the forces of nature with many different deities and spirits, but each one also possesses an endless repertoire of names and “faces” associated with it. These faces are simply different expressions of the God-Power representative of the deity in focus. We see this in the lengthy list of titles for Odin, including Draugadróttin, Gaut and Grim.  These titles do not refer to different deities but rather a different face, form and focus of the God we are choosing to emulate or venerate. In the same respect, we see the title and focus of the Gods change with culture and time, as the Odian archetype from the North seems to be yet another altered face and form of the original Wōdaz or Gaut incarnation.

Odin Idols
Loshult, Skåne, Sweden

In the word Wōdaz we see that the Odinic force was thought of as an adjective, a way to describe a specific phenomenon, state of mind or being that intoxicates the emulator or practitioner. This personification (or effect) would inspire (or require) a certain state of rage, madness, frenzy and obsession to invoke. When we look at what these forces have in common, one observation is that they are all required in the act of creating and unlocking the highest forms of the self; the unwavering and untamable “Odian” self through a supreme invocation of madness.

The reason why Odin is renowned as a war god is also reflected in this hyper-form of rage and obsession. Through many means of ancient sorcery (such as Galdr and Utisetta) the warrior ascends to a realm of complete and total awareness and focus. Time is slowed down dramatically and stormy forces begin to rise within. This gives birth to a wild flare of intense energy and aggression; a substantial power brought about by an internal means of transformation. In this state, the warrior can achieve things that a normal man cannot and fight with unhinged ferocity.

Eventually, it seems that the Norse took this “Wōdaz” concept and formed it into a more tangible and external “Godlike” force that could be consulted, worshipped, and interacted with. In other words, the act of achieving Wōdaz (madness/obsession/frenzy) was turned into a deity and noun termed Odin or “the frenzied one.” The adjective took on its’ own archetype due to the potency of its’ characteristics, demonstrating further its’ effectiveness in the transforming of the practitioner, solidifying the concept in an objective form.

Odin
‘Der Wolkenwanderer’
by Hermann Hendrich

When we look at the name Gaut, we see a Gothic verb meaning “to flow out of.” This seems to reflect the early stages of the Indo-European migrations when the people came “flowing out” of the Eurasian Steppes during the decline of the last Ice Age. This title seems to be more ancestral in nature, as “Gaut” was said to be the origin of the Goths or “Gauts.” Whether this term correlates with a single originating ancestor or is a term used to describe how the entire Proto-Germanic population came “flowing out” of the North is to be speculated. Either way, this title should be held in particularly high regard, as the Gothic language is one of the oldest recorded languages in this family.

To conclude this short anecdote, it is important that we do not let monotheistic, omnipotent, Zoroastrian/Abrahamic concepts plague what it means to venerate the Gods within our blood. Strive to unlearn those false and foreign concepts about what a God is (or should be) and rebuild the spiritual identity locked within your ancestry and DNA. Our cultures were unique, complex and created during the primordial ages of human development when our relationship with nature was still abundant and flourishing. They were undoubtedly more sophisticated and powerful then the watered-down concepts they “feed” us in school and in mainstream media. This applies to Paganism of all cultures and forms, as all our Gods have been painted in this way to ensure the systematic destruction of our advanced cultures and identities. Our distinct and organic histories are entwined within us; in our Gods, cultures, language and ancestors. We must hold these things in the highest respect and venerate them fully to ensure our spiritual health, freedom, and strength.

Odin and Berserker
Bjornhouda, Torslunda parish, Oland
(600 A.D.)