Hi! Do you know any myths about seers? Or spiritual/magical gods? They usually resonate the most with me. Also the longer I follow your blog, the more I feel drawn to Norse gods. So thanks!!! ;)
The greatest seeress of them all is perhaps Frigg, who sees all that must be in her weaving. She cannot control the fates, though, and sees only that which cannot be changed, and she never speaks a word of what she sees, not even to Odin himself.
The Norns weave the destiny of gods and men. Even Odin is subject to the fate they see for him.
Every volva (witch woman/sorceress) was a seeress. Their powers of prophecy led even Odin to seek their counsel many times. (Many of his mortal children were fathered with witches he sought out for counsel)
The beginning of the Edda starts when Odin, who’s son Balder has been troubled by evil dreams, journeys to the gates of Hel and raises a Volva from her grave to ask her what she’s seen of the future. She is, hilariously to me, highly irritated at being pulled from her rest by the Allfather, but reads him the prophecy of Ragnarok anyways.
Freyja was the lady of sorcery; she taught Sedir, women’s magic (and note that sorcery was a woman’s art, largely) to Odin. He relied heavily on her counsel, and she was both renowned as the lady of love and beauty and feared as the lady of war and sorcery.
And then, of course, we come to the greatest of the magicians, the great granddaddy of every wizard stereotype since his legends were tamed into Merlin, since Tolkein lifted him from the pages of the myths and renamed him Gandalf and Manwe; the Lord of Ecstasy and Madness, of war and creation, the Lord of the Winds and patron of poets, the god of wisdom and speech, god of death, god of the hanged, the father of men and gods and Master of the Runes, the god of a thousand names and Lord of Asgard, Odin himself.
He, of course, is the patron god of sorcerers. And my patron, as well.