About 17 years ago I had dealings with the first pagan outside the teachings of Wicca. That particular gentleman was Heathen. We started discussing our practices, and was very startled at his reaction when I told him about the drawing down of the Gods done in some rituals.
It seems he had a beyond healthy (at least in my mind) fear of his Gods, particularly Odin. In his belief, if we were in a Wiccan circle to call down the Norse Gods like that, he pretty much figured there would be hell to pay. I did dismiss his fears, because at that point as a first degree, I felt comfortable enough to respect what it was that happened in circle and that I knew what my own boundaries were.
However, I did make a note of his fear. There had to be some reason for it.
Through the years I have heard similar tales of fear, and again, mostly about Odin. More recently I have come to know about the term ‘Godslave’ and met a couple of them who felt they were enslaved by (you guessed it) Odin. Moreover, I heard stories from these Godslaves about how they were chosen, and forced to do Odin’s will. I also have been doing a lot of reading about him and the other Norse Gods, and can now understand some of where that fear comes from.
Now that I am foraging a new path forward for myself, I even have some of that same fear as well, especially because I am not as familiar with the magical framework of that pantheon as I am with others.
So with all of this in mind, I bet you can imagine my surprise (and fear) when doing a monthly journey to honor and talk to Loki that I end up crossing paths with Odin.
From what I could understand, it seems his interest in me was peaked when I started doing regular work and giving offerings under Loki, Eir and Sigyn’s guidance.
I don’t feel like I can go into a lot of specifics at this point about what he had said. To be honest, with as much as I have heard about his manipulative ways I don’t truly know if I want to even deal with him. But I will say that I am still pretty shocked that he came to see me. I tried giving offerings to him when I started my Norse work awhile ago and never felt a thing from him. So I think him visiting me is a pretty big thing.
So right now I am just trying to take it in. I left an offering for him to thank him for his visit, and have left my hand made runes next to the offering. Perhaps I will ask him for aid in understanding them, perhaps I will just leave a second offering and let it go. I am not certain about the concept of a Godslave, but it is absolutely NOT a path I wish to even consider.
For now, I also have an oath to fulfill with Loki. However something tells me that when that oath is fulfilled, I will be seeing some more significant change in my life.