Odin; God of Wisdom
Odin with his ravens and weapons (MS SÁM 66, eighteenth century)
The Germanic and Nordic, “Wotan”, “Woden” or “Odin” is the premier God of the Northern Indo-European peoples. Odin is a god of war, wisdom and secret knowledge. Odin was the God who possessed the poetic mead of inspiration.
Odin is only one of two to three hundred names for this God, these including Ygg = egg, Jalk (English Jack) = youth, Sidhot = slouchy hat, and Sidskeg = the long beard. These names are a precise fit with the visible Amanita Muscaria Life cycle, which starts with an egg, growing into a youth, maturing into a slouchy hat, and finally into the long beard “mycelium”.
Odin has only one eye, he gave up the other eye as payment to drink from the well of knowledge, if you pick a fresh Amanita Muscaria, remove the cap from the stem and look at the underside of the cap you will see what looks like a single giant eye.
His side pierced by his own spear Odin hung himself on the world tree for nine days and nights distilling wisdom, now fresh Amanita Muscaria must be dried before consumption, anciently it was threaded onto a string and hung up to dry, it having no wisdom or knowledge in it when it’s fresh.
Most of the Myths of Odin concern his attaining the Poetic Mead, the most precious drink in the universe; it was stored in three casks the Red, the Gold, the Brown, which are the three most common color phases of Amanita Muscaria. One Myth says Odin has a magic Goat that every day fills a pitcher with the poetic mead, the magic goat (mycelium) and the never-ending pitcher of Mead are just another version of the Holy Grail myth.
A separate Norse Myth concerns the “Golden Apples of Immortality”, which all the Germanic Gods had to consume daily to stay young and strong.
Most of the myths of Odin are found in the Elder Edda; which is a collection of the ancient Norse/German mythology saved from oblivion by a few dedicated scholars, in the late Middle Ages. The similarity between the words Veda and Edda is no coincidence according to the Indo-European language experts, which believe they both descend from a common ancestral Proto-Indo-European word for Wisdom/Knowledge thus the Elder Edda means the Old Wisdom/Knowledge.
Christianity replaced the old German religion in Scandinavia only 1000 to 800 years ago and as it did everywhere it gained political control, it tried to suppress the Old Knowledge with persecution of all the remaining followers.
In response to this, some of the Old Wisdom religion found it is way into childhood stories like Jack and the beanstalk and other “fairy tales.” While the ancient fierce Odin the God of War, has by modern times, been transformed into jolly old Santa Claus.
See these Ambrosia Society pages for related information.
Sacred-texts Poetic Edda
Sacred-texts Prose Edda
Sunnyway.com Poetic Edda
Wikipedia Poetic Edda
Wikipedia Prose Edda
Wikipedia Names of Odin