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Odin, Essence of Changeability

This week, I write on Odin to fulfill my promise to write about each god (#8) placed in the atheists’ “god graveyard”.  I’ve only had one personal experience with Odin which I wrote previously about here.  So I’ve spent time this week researching him, trying to figure out what to write.  Nothing came to mind specifically just an overwhelming awe over the role he has chosen for himself.  

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Several things stuck out for me in my reading.  First is Odin’s overwhelming love of mortals, a love that drives him to delay Ragnarok, in any way possible.  Second, Odin is the very essence of changeability.  He will do anything, say anything, be anything in order to give everyone more time before the end.  Everything he does is with this purpose mind.  Nothing is off limits. Third, to serve Odin, is to be a tool in his war chest.  A well honed, well loved tool used to hold off the end of times as long as possible.  What an utterly terrifying and glorious thought. I honor those brave enough to serve him.  Below I have assembled a list of the epithets or heiti as I understand them to be in English from my research.  Wide encompassing and…changeable Odin definitely is.

 

Chief of death

The Psychopomp, The Ferryman

Apportioner of victory

God of battle, Strategist

God of bererkersgang

God of poetry

Apportioner of inspiration

God of mind-altering substances

God of seidhcraft

God of sex, of transgendering,

Wooer of Women

God of the loss of self, Death of ego

Storm god

Leader of the Wild Hunt

Wanderer of the nine worlds

Father of runes, Father of magic

All-Father

God of wisdom, of eloquence

Lawgiver, King, Judge

God of crops, of land fertility

God of martial arts

God of individual development,

God of transcendence

Giver of inspiration

Overcomer of adversity

Crazed, Grim, Determined

Grim Reaper

Summoner of the dead

One-eyed

Harm worker

Greybeard

Changeable

Hidden Lord

Giver of dreams

Fulfiller of Wishes

Giver of Good Counsel

Finder of Truth

Hooded one

Lord of Valkyries

Far-seer

Sleeper, He who bends

Pathway of most resistance

Challenger, Giver of Hardship

Teacher and Student

 

Delayer of Ragnarok

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I am a Hellenic Pagan, dedicated to Zeus, living in the Colorado mountains with my husband, our son, two cats and a yellow lab.  In the little bit of free time that I have, I enjoy reading and crafting.

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