5. The All-Father

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THE ALL-FATHER reigns as a key figurehead in Norse and Asatru traditions, though his form tends to adapt to the situation he's in; to many in his stories, he is sly and not immediately apparent because of an understated nature. Odin often appears as an older man in a wide-brimmed hat and dark cloak, with a long white beard and holding council with his two ravens, Huginn and Muninn (thought and memory).  Odin became powerful through his cunning and resourcefulness, of course, but also by being willing to sacrifice: he gave his eye in return for knowledge, and hung himself from the world tree Yggdrasil  for nine days.  At the end of his time, he looked down and picked up the Runic language tiles, used commonly today in mediation, divination, and sigil work.  When THE ALL-FATHER makes His presence known in a reading, you are being called to give up something important to you in return for greater gains.  By pulling this card, the Querent is encouraged to exercise strength in a specific direction, instead of loose-cannon power.  That energy management will go a long way to ensuring success comes in the way it's needed and desired over more drawn-out periods of time.

This card is part of the PANTHEON Suit in the Woven Wisdom Oracle, which recalls details in divinity that apply to our lives. Thank you to those people of the living faith traditions who offered additional insight & context into the importance of these divine figures.  This suit asks, what can I learn from the figureheads and their living traditions. that I may observe myself with that same reverence?

Could relate to: career progression, financial management, pursuit of knowledge, working professional plans or deals (possible advancement/promotion)

Key Questions:

  • What is the difference to me, between power and strength?

  • What are some unconventional solutions to this dilemma?

  • What am I willing to give up to get ahead?

  • How can my knowledge be applied, without being overbearing?