I eat up the Skirnismal and Lokasenna, the Voluspa and sagas, but to the sacred gods of the North, I can’t get through the fucking Havamal. It bores me to tears. If I wanted to hear Odin lecturing me I could literally just talk to him. He has me screaming Ansuz half the time in dreams and chasing after him in the Northern Lights with Geri and Freki, not to mention the two months he drove me into near shamanic sickness when I started crushing on my boyfriend, an Odinsman. There would be times where I would dream of Odin nightly, seeing him about 20 times throughout the day.
I gave him blood offerings. I wrote him poetry. I half-wondered if I would end up like Freya Aswynn. Finally he gave me a vision of the horn he wants me to carve him for East Coast Thing. I mean, he’s not demanding I build him a hof yet like my SO or return his sword, but godsdamnit, is Odin sassy. Flip him off and he takes it as a compliment, I swear to all the Aesir and Vanir, Odin is wily, stubborn, demanding, and him sending me a dream of me being his skald in a past life traveling Scandinavia with an Aslaug style harp singing of Odin’s deeds was really, REALLY overkill.
I have a great respect for Odin, of course, as the Alfather of my religion, but what I love most is his sense of humor.
He also wants me to read the Havamal.
I was out to dinner with my kindred on Thursday and joked I was allergic to the Havamal. That night, I dreamed I was in the Arctic, with Odin fishing in a fjord. Odin’s twinkling blue eye was snaked with secrets. I sat on a rock and watched him cast his lure into the sea:
Allie: “What are you fishing for?”
Odin: “Jormungand. Thor wasn’t feeling up to the task.”
He winked and reeled in a tuna.
Allie: “Very funny. Odin, I feel stressed. I have a bunch of homework to do and a heavy taskload this semester. What do I do?”
Odin: “Well, you can start by reading the Havamal. You are incredibly lazy, Allie. Also, you procrastinate, and you are flighty as Loki. You need to find balance and push yourself without breaking. All the answers are in the Havamal.”
Allie: “Oh god!”
Odin: (Starts spitting out Havamal verses)
Odin: “Wake early if you want another man’s life or land. No lamb for the lazy wolf. No battle’s won in bed. Stop sleeping in and wasting the day away. Stop spending all your money on frivolous objects. You are as vain as Freyja. Take to task your flaws and fix them!”
Allie: “Fine, I’ll read it!”
Guess I’m off to read Odin’s rant.