My highest deities

Lilith aside, I have a number of deities I actively identify with and speak to. This is my primary ranking of the attested Norse deities who guide me in my life.

Oðin: Odin is the chief divinity of the Germanic pantheon, the foremost of the Aesir, and unequivocally the most complex of all the Germanic Gods. Odin is a son of the Giants Bor and Bestla. He is called the Alfadir (Allfather), for he is the creator of the Germanic Peoples and the father of many important, powerful Gods and human heroes. With his wife Frigga, he is the father of Balder, Hod, and Hermod. He fathered Thor with the Earth goddess Jord, and with him the giantess Grid became the mother of Vidar.
He is seen as especially a god of wisdom, a patron of poets, thinkers, and artists. Of all the gods, Odin is the one who seems to take the most active part in the affairs of humans, and the one who appears most often in the writings of the Germanic peoples.
Odin is also a God of magic, war and death. He is the founder and an expert in rune magic and the giver of spiritual ecstasy and magical arts to the mystics and Shamans. He hung for nine days, pierced by his own spear, on the world tree. Here he learned nine powerful songs, and the Twenty-four runes that comprise the Elder Futhark. Odin won the runes by ritually sacrificing himself on the world tree for nine days and nights, wounded with his own spear. Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. His other eye he traded for a drink from the Well of Wisdom, and gained immense knowledge.
Odin has only one eye, which blazes like the sun. Always searching for more knowledge and power, Odin sacrificed his other eye for a drink from the Well of Mímir (“Memory”). He won the mead of divine inspiration and poetry by seducing the giant-maid Gunnlod who had been guarding it. To his chosen ones, Odin gives knowledge, victory, divine inspiration, magic, the fury of the berserk-warrior, and death when he sees fit, in order to bring them to him.
Odin is also skilled in the arts of necromancy and can make the dead speak to gain in wisdom and insight. His hall in Asgard is called Valaskjalf (“shelf of the slain”) where his throne Hlidskjalf ( Gate tower) is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. The tidings are brought to him by his two ravens named Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory). He also resides in Valhalla, where his chosen heroes reside once their earthly life is over.
Odin is master of Wode – that which constitutes the ‘greater’ or ‘higher passions’, governing heightened states of personal awareness and self, such as agony, ecstasy, and rage. It is the very source of that which feeds and drives ‘divine madness’ or ‘divine inspiration’. The wode can be experienced through altered states, such as in certain trance and ‘active’ meditation workings or ordeal, and once stimulated, is utilized in shamanic functions and in bringing on the berserker’s rage -though doing so requires refined skills of control and a well-disciplined will.
Odin’s attributes are the mighty spear Gungnir, which never misses its target, and with which he dooms his chosen ones to die in battle. He also possesses the ring Draupnir, from which every ninth night eight new rings appear, and his eight-footed horse Sleipnir (slippery hoof). He is often accompanied by his two wolves Freki and Geri (both names mean “Greedy”) who serve as his watchdogs, and to whom he gives his food, for he himself consumes “nothing but wine”.
At the dawning of time, Odin and his brothers Villi (Will) and Ve (Sacred Enclosure) shaped the universe and created the Germanic peoples.
In his physical incarnation, Odin usually appears as a gray bearded man, tall and thin, with a dark blue cloak and an eye patch or wide-brimmed hat tilted to hide his missing eye.
Odin is assisted by the Valkyries (“Choosers of the Slain”) who work his will, bringing the bravest warriors to the various halls of the Gods where they prepare themselves and ready their strength against the coming of the end of the world: Ragnarok.
Odin is indeed a stern tester of his children, and is sometimes considered a capricious god who would betray his chosen champions and gave them a glorious death defeat instead of the victory and life that they deserved. But to those that are wise in their perception will know that Odin is a god of foresight, careful weaving of plots, and long-term agendas and that his purpose is always clear: “For the great gray Wolf ever gapes at the realm of the gods and man.” He calls those he loves the best first to his side and thus swell the number of his valiant legions to strengthen the hosts of the gods for the last battle so that life and knowledge can be preserved and the new world born after the old is destroyed, to await the end of time and stave off the doom of all.
During Ragnarok, on the day of the final battle, Odin is prophesied to be killed by the wolf giant Fenrir, and be succeeded by his son Baldur.
Frigga: Frigga is the mother goddess and the wife of Odin. With him she is the mother of Baldur, Bragi, and Hermod. Eir a goddess of healing was one of her constant companions. Many of the goddesses listed in Snorri’s Prose Edda are considered to be among her handmaidens, including Sága, Eir, Gefjon, Fulla, Sjofn, Lofn, Vár, Vor, Syn, Hlin, Snotra, and Gná.
Frigga’s hall in Asgard is Fensalir (“marsh-halls”).
Frigga is the matron goddess of the home and of the mysteries of the married woman. She is seen as Odin’s match (and sometimes his better) in wisdom; she shares his high-seat, from which they look out over the worlds together, and she participated in the Asgardreid along with her husband.
Frigga is considered queen-goddess of the heavens, and the female embodiment of sovereignty.
She is the goddess of motherhood, fertility, love, marriage and housework, and she is particularly concerned with keeping social order. She is called on for blessings when women are giving birth and for help in matters of traditional women’s crafts (spinning, weaving, cooking, and sewing) and the magic worked thereby. Mothers who want to protect their children can also call on Frigga. In olden days, this was especially the case with sons going out to battle, for which their mothers would weave or sew special protective items. Thus, she is also called Hlin (protectress).
Matron of good, strong marriage, childbirth and child rearing, as well as the various necessary crafts of the home- spinning is especially attributed to her care, hence the distaff / spindle are long-held symbols of the beloved Goddess from Heathen times.
She is also a seeress, who knows the destiny and fate of all, although she seldom reveals it.
While Freyja seems to enjoy the greatest popularity within preserved mythological sources, it is undoubtedly Frigga who is highest of all Goddesses. And despite the likeness of names and a somewhat similar relationship to Odin, Frigga should not be confused with Freyja, who shares almost none of her essential traits.
Tyr: God of oaths, justice, law, courage, and warfare. He was the “Sky-Father” and the original chief god, who was later overtaken in authority and power by Odin, when Odin discovered the Runes.
He was known for his courage: at one stage the gods decided to shackle the giant wolf Fenrir, but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarfs make them a magical ribbon Gleipnir (“fooler”) But Fenrir sensed the gods’ deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolf’s mouth. None, save Tyr had the courage for such unflinching self-sacrifice to bind the Wolf of Chaos and stave off the end of the world until the day of Ragnarok. His symbol is the sword. During Ragnarok, Tyr is destined to kill and be killed by Garm, the guard dog of Helheim.
Freyja: Freyja is the best-known and best-loved of the goddesses. Her title simply means “Lady,” her original name is not known. Freyja is the daughter of Njord and Nerthus, as well as the sister of Freyr. She was once married to Odr, but he disappeared. She is the principle female fertility Goddess of the native Germanic religion, and a goddess of riches, her tears are gold and whose “daughters,” in the riddle-poetry of the skalds, are precious objects. She is the embodiment of the holy life-force on several levels.
She was the most beautiful and desirable of all goddesses, who possessed the world’s most beautiful piece of jewelry: the Brisingamen (“Bright necklace”) necklace which embodies her power over the material world; the necklace has been the emblem of the earth-goddess since the earliest times.
Along with the necklace, she owned a cloak of feathers which gave her the ability to change her shape into a falcon and fly across the worlds.
Like Odin, Freyja is often a stirrer of strife. As a Goddess of war and death, she rides a golden boar named Hildisvini (“battle swine”). The boar has special associations within Germanic Mythology, both relative to the notion of fertility and also as a protective talisman in war.
Her palace was in Folkvang (“field of the host” and her hall was Sessrumnir (“Seat room”)
She is also a chooser of half the dead on the battlefield while Odin gets the other half, according to Grimnismál:
The ninth hall is Folkvang, where bright Freyja 
Decides where the warriors shall sit: 
Half of the fallen belong to her, 
And half belong to Odin.
Freyja is the “wild woman” among the deities of the North: free with her sexual favors (though furious when an attempt is made to marry her off against her will); mistress of Odin and several men; She is also skilled at the shamanic form of ecstatic, consciousness altering magic called seidhr, thus it is of no surprise to find her as the matrons of female magicians.
This goddess drives a wagon drawn by two large cats, which are sacred to her as her totem animal – the popular image of a witch accompanied by a (black) cat originates from the association of the felines to Freyja. She is seen today as the matron goddesses of cats and those who keep them.
Skaði: Skaði is a mountain giantess. She is the present wife of Ullr and the former wife of the Vanic god Njord.
When the gods killed her father Thjazi, she journeyed to Asgard in full armor to avenge him. Settling for compensation for her father’s death, Skadi agreed that she would renounced a blood feud if they allowed her to choose a husband among them and if they succeeded in making her laugh. The gods allowed her to choose a husband, but she had to choose him only by looking at thier feet; she choose Njord because his feet were so beautiful that she though he was Baldur. Then Loki succeeded in making her laugh, so peace was made, and Odin made two stars in the night sky from Thjazi’s eyes.
After a while, she and her husband Njord separated, because she loved the mountains while he wanted to live near the sea. She is the goddess who tied the serpent above Loki’s body when he was bound to the three rocks in the Elder Edda, Lokasenna.
Skadi later bore a son to Odin: this son fathered the line of the Jarls of Hladhir, who were some of the greatest protectors of Heathenism in Norway during the extremely bloody and brutal process of the conversion of that country to Christianity. Place-names show that she was especially worshipped in eastern Sweden; in the Eddic poem Lokasenna, she speaks of her shrines and holy fields. Skadi is a goddess of skiing, hunting, revenge, protection of the clan, and those women who follow the path of the “Maiden Warrior”. This Giantess was elevated to the status of a Goddess at an early date; skalds have long called her the Goddess of the ski and snowshoe, and she is a well-known bow-wife and huntress. These characteristics, along with her name – meaning shadow – point to a mistress or Goddess of the darker half of the year: winter.
She is also called “Öndurdis” – “Ski goddess”.
Hel: Goddess of Death, Warden-Mother of the gloryless dead. Hel was the Germanic Goddess of the two underworlds: Helheim and Niflheim.
Hel is a daughter of Loki and Angrboda, and she is said to have a body which is half black, half flesh-covered, and appears downcast yet fierce.
Her dwelling place is the hall Eliudnir (“Rain Damp”). Her servants are Ganglati and Ganglot, both of whose names translate as “tardy”.
Hel welcomes all those who do not die gloriously in battle but of accidents, sickness or of old age, and are hence unworthy of the higher abodes of the Gods. Hellas realm in itself isn’t bad; with older sources making it rather pleasant, and indeed a close reflection of the idealized god-house seen in descriptions of Valhalla (Hel and Odin have much in common, in fact). The concept of Hel and her kingdom is certainly something that has been immensely twisted by later Christian writers into something more fitting of horror fiction rather than the ruler of the kingdom of death.
There is no substantial evidence for the worship of the goddess Hel in elder times, but there are some few folk who work with her today.
Mostly lovingly shared from the following source.
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