Exploring the influence of the Norse god Odin in the modern world, Richard Rudgley reveals Odin?s central role in the pagan revival and how this has fueled a wide range of cultural movements and phenomena, including Nazi Germany, the 1960s counterculture revolution, the Lord of the Rings, the ecology movement, and the occult underground. Rudgley argues that it is Odin and not Jesus Christ who is the single most important spiritual influence in modern Western civilization. He analyzes the Odin archetype–first revealed by Carl Jung?s famous essay on Wotan–in the context of pagan religious history and explains the ancient idea of the Web–a cosmic field of energies that encompasses time, space, and the hidden potentials of humanity?the pagan equivalent to the Tao of Eastern tradition. The author examines the importance of the concept of wyrd, which corresponds to ?fate? or ?destiny,? exploring techniques to read destiny such as the Runes as well as the existence of yoga in prehistoric and pagan Europe, which later produced the Norse Utiseta, an ancient system of meditation.
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