Óðinn is wonderful. Lots of dedicated practitioners have already tried to describe working with him and I’m unlikely to do any better, essentially because more than most gods he is incredibly complex and brazenly defies overly simplified attempts at description. Indeed, one of his divine masques might well be called ‘apparent paradox’. He is both the frenzy of the warrior and the craft of the strategist, the terrible shout of the hunting horn and the carefully-placed words of the skald - and so much more.
I would say one of the most relevant things here is Óðinn’s peculiar blood connexion to the European (hell, Indo-European if we’re talking broad mythic archetypes) current of magick and spirituality, a very real and vital genetic and spiritual Inheritance.
What the original practices might have been like in heathenry’s elder heyday I cannot accurately say (and neither can historians, well-meaning reconstructionists, and certainly Asawiccans) - although I suspect that like many related systems, such as the Hellenic ones, there were both explicit outer forms and the implicit teachings of Mysteries - but I can speak with a clearer conscience about what Óðinn has intimated, to me anyway, of some of his priorities within our time, and I wonder how well (or poorly) this resonates with the others here who have worked with him extensively.
From my earliest intentionally-sought contact with Óðinn in his guise as Runemaster, he has always made it very clear that he was not seeking ‘worship’ or ‘obedience’ in the commonly religious sense of our contemporaries. Rather, he has done his utmost to encourage - in fact, insist upon as a condition of learning some of his later lessons - my taking charge of my own destiny, as my own God in the making. Nothing in Óðinn’s teaching (in my experience) has involved seeking a constant source of offerings, or a sense of dependency (obsession as is commonly reported with some of the more ‘dæmonic’ entities), and everything has involved learning to do for myself, to learn from his acquired knowledge but acquire the necessary wisdom myself. And a lot of that has involved sacrifice. Not out of moral necessity, but as a process of Growth.
And I could go on about Óðinn, as I’m sure many here could, but I’ll leave off before this turns any more into a small novel. I basically agree with everyone else here who has already enthused about how awesome he is!
I haven’t worked any with Þórr, I’m friendly disposed to him on principle but I agree with Orismen insofar as my preference of working with Týr is likely to be largely a matter of the two gods’ difference in ‘style’. As to Týr, though, I cannot praise him enough for his awesome capability and absolutely admirable honesty and honour. Truly a great role model, for anyone willing to seriously walk that path. Týr is the very quiet and very capable one that is all the more potent for his lack of bluster. I won’t diss Þórr at all (good heavens, wasn’t the Hárbarðsljóð enough?), but there is certainly a bit more of “the Tao” in Týr.
I can’t say I’ve worked extensively with Frigg or Freyja, only the most cursory ‘introduction’ to both of them to bring about a certain ‘balance’ connected with the Ár rune in an ongoing work for the mid-range future. Maybe I’ll have more to say on that much later, but I really don’t just now other than that they seem like lovely ladies thus far.
Finally, I am actually in a long-term pact with Hel (also Óðinn and some other ‘old gods’) and, unless she’s more popular than I’ve had reason to suspect, may have as close an ongoing journey with her as many people still living. Some of my work with this goddess (and I do personally consider her as such, even if like Hekate she belongs to an ‘outsider’ race compared to the ‘reigning pantheon’) will have to, as far as I can possibly imagine, remain secretive as far as the internet goes. But I should still have some quality stuff to share, and intend to here in the nearish future.
What I’ll say here is that, with respect to what I feel is Audsynn’s considerable knowledge, Hel may indeed be distant - but that does not uncaring make. In my (UPG, I have to add of course!) experience she is capable of being an incredibly caring and surprisingly ‘feminine’ (of the Venusian archetype, I mean) entity, truly a beautiful soul and - this is very important for anyone invested like me in the Black Sun current - Baldr’s keeper and caretaker during this time in our mythic history. Still, obviously, I would not fuck with her.
I hope some of that was helpful!