Well, it’s been a while since I have been able to post. Life gets busy sometimes when you’re self-employed. However, after seeing this post on Odin and science, I got jealous enough to want to say something on the subject myself. I wish I’d written the post. The author covers the subject well, though, and there’s little I can add. However, because it is a subject that heathenry in general should be more aware of, I thought it appropriate to spread the word a little further.
I do relate strongly to Odin as a god of war, and warriors. The things that I have learned on this path are invaluable to me in all walks of life. But this is not the primary relationship that I have with him. Like the author of this post, I relate to him primarily as a god of science. The part I have played in the redevelopment of the berserkergang has been the part of a scientist. My primary interests in life are all scientific explorations of one sort or another. And it is Odin who guides me in these explorations.
Odin teaches understanding. He teaches being willing to make great sacrifices in exchange for knowledge. The skills that he teaches, particularly the transcendental awareness states of seidh and galdr, are of great use in the pursuit of science. His whole approach to the world is that of a scientist: exploring, experimenting, understanding. Odin is a god of the acquisition of power, and he well understands that knowledge brings power.
Anyways, read the post. It’s good.