He is known by many names – Wotan to the Germans, Woden to the Saxons, Odin to the Norse. High One, Lore Master, One-Eyed God, Father of Victory. But always, he is the father of the Germanic Gods, and of the Germanic peoples themselves. Wotan is the tip of the spear, the raven in flight, the Mysterious One, the Wanderer, a God of paradox, wisdom, and ecstasy.
He is the spiritual father of our Folk; his self-sacrifice for knowledge on the branches of the World Tree led to the revelation of the runes, and his quest for the Mead of Inspiration blesses Gods and Folk alike. We call on him for victory and wisdom, and we summon his might for our well-being, for the Awakening of his sons and daughters, and for the fulfillment of our high Destiny.
Our myths reflects deep truths. For the individual they give guidance and spiritual context; for our people as a whole they underpin our culture, our community, and our identity as a distinct and unique group among the many peoples of Earth. They give us a symbolic past, and a future of promise and greatness. We are sprung from Mother Europe, and our myths reflect our deep soul, our inner essence.
The myths tell us what matters most to us, and the tales of Wotan are no exception: The gaining of wisdom, honor, courage, loyalty to kin, strength, endurance, friendship. Wotan perseveres in hardship, goes on mighty quests, honors the generous, and fosters great heroes. He calls upon us to be heroic as well, and to become more than we are. We strive to rekindle this primordial, mythic spirit in our people.
The stories of our Gods and heroes reflect who we are, and what we can become. Wotan appears not just in our lore, but is also seen symbolically through the looking-glass of our deeper consciousness, in peasant tales and in the deeds of great living, breathing historical figures alike. He is always there, in our minds and souls, but he is no mere symbol, no abstract Jungian construct, but a vital force for his sons and daughters here in Midgard, the world of humankind.
Wotan embodies the wise old man, the ancient presence whom we must channel to be wiser in our own lives. He embodies foresight into the unknown, planning for the road ahead, the mysteries of our existence. He represents the sacrifice to a greater ideal. We seek to rekindle that spirit in our Folk.
The Wotan Network is a group of men and women invoking the might of the ancient god Wotan for the Awakening of the European-descended peoples. This is utterly necessary for our survival, our dignity, and the destiny that is ours … if only we will grasp it!
We seek to change the spiritual, psychological, and cultural patterns that have caused this slumber. This in turn will remake the social and political landscape – and change the course of our history.
Valkyries Riding into Battle by Johann Gustav Sandberg (1782-1854)
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