Odin (and none of the Norse deities for that matter) is not a deity
that appreciates sniveling and groveling. He’ll assist you with things, but He’ll generally ask that you put in a decent amount of effort yourself. If you want an Emerald ring, for example, He won’t make it appear for free directly in front of you. He’s far more likely to point you to something that will allow you to earn the money to buy it.
This is a common thing I’ve noticed in Paganism. And, really, in life. You can’t say “I want x” and not put in the effort to get it. Jobs won’t knock at your door, you won’t suddenly stumble upon a free house, and the right person isn’t going to magically appear in front of you. You have to go out and put yourself in positions to get these things. IE you have to put in the effort. Odin will require this of you.
There’s been a bit of debate in Heathen culture about posture when you pray to the Heathen gods. Some people want to kneel, others want to sit half lotus. Personally, for me, I have found that Odin prefers it when I stand tall. Just because I myself am not a god doesn’t mean I need to act as if I have no power whatsoever. Kneeling feels too much like groveling, like begging, and that in turn implies a feeling of helplessness. Half lotus is better, but it’s still implying we’re “less than” the deities. That’s the thing: we’re not less than. We simply are human–not deities ourselves. Odin much prefers when I stand and meet Him eye to eye, spear at the ready, because He likes when I know my own worth. Standing, to Him, doesn’t say that I don’t respect Him. It simply says that I know my own strength and I’m ready to meet the challenges I need to face.
The following is a prayer I received a bit of inspiration for not ten minutes ago, as I was writing this post. Feel free to use it as you see fit. (If you repost it, please give credit and/or link back to this blog.)
I come to meet with You this day
High One, Father of Battle, Wise One
I ask for Your assistance and direction
In my endeavor
Please sharpen my spear
So that as I battle on towards my goal
I will gain Victory
–Raven Rose 8/7/13