Wodenism is a left hand path religion. To quote from Dr Stephen Edred Flowers:
"In the ancient Germanic tradition, Odin is both the lord of light and the prince of darkness. He is the god of the elite nobles, and thus the god of royalty and rulership. He is the father of magic and the power to create and destroy. He is the god of poetry: the god of the art of effective linguistic formulations and codifications of knowledge. Both his magical power and his 'gnostic' formulas are embodied in the runes ('mysteries). Finally, he is lord of the dead, and rules over the phenomena of death, thus showing his mastery over all transformational processes. It might also be noted that the Celtic Lugh/Lleu shares almost all of these characteristics with his Germanic counterpart." (Lords of the Left-Hand Path).
Woden is clearly by His very characteristics a left-hand path God. Let us familiarise ourselves with what is intended by the term left-hand path. It is a spiritual pathway which has as its ultimate aim Self-deification. This is the opposite of the right-hand path which seeks unification with the divine and annihilation of the individual ego, to become absorbed into a greater whole. The left-hand path is thus individualistic and involves initiation and higher magic. It is this set of criteria which we should use in order to examine if a particular spiritual path is of the left or the right-hand path. The follower of the left-hand path is antimonian in nature. He does not seek praise and makes himself immune to criticism. He cares not for the opinions of the herd. He is the ultimate loner, the Lone Wolf as we would say in Wodenism. However he can and does seek when necessary the communion of like-minded souls as the magical force of a group is always stronger than the individual and there can be security within the pack. The Lone Wolf is not afraid to venture alone. Society generally sees the Lone Wolf as a threat to its cohesion and security for the Lone Wolf is an unknown factor who strikes without warning.
The ultimate example of an antinomian character in Germanic mythology is of course Loki and I have explored His character in previous articles: http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/a-new-perspective-on-loki-as-left-hand.html. In my opinion Loki is the shadow, the blood brother of Woden. Loki is as much an Aesir deity as Woden if you care to explore His ancestry, except his deity comes via His maternal rather than His paternal side. He is the perfect opposite and the perfect companion for Woden. Some object and say that there is no evidence for any historical worship of Loki but as I have already pointed out if He is the Shadow of Woden then this is irelevant. Also as the supreme antinomian God He cares not for worship or even acceptance!
Etmologically there is no direct connection between the Celtic Lugus (Gallic)/Lugh (Irish)/Lleu (Welsh) and Woden. The Proto-Celtic root *lug may be derived from the Proto-Indo-European *leuk, meaning to shine. The comparison between Woden and Lugh is more to do with their roles in their respective pantheons. What the two Gods have in common are the following characteristics:
God of nobles.
Father of magic.
God of poetry.
Lord of the dead.
Have a magical spear.
Connected with ravens.
Use a single-eye magical technique.
Both Woden and Lugh have giant ancestry (Fomorian in the case of Lugh). Both Gods assumed supremacy over the other Gods from a much earlier one-handed deity: Tyr/Tiw of the Teutons and Nuada/Nudd of the Celts. Both Gods were killed by a spear although in Woden's case this was only a shamanic death not a literal one. Whilst there is, as I have stated, no direct etymological link between Woden and Lugh nevertheless there is such a link between Loki and Lugh.
"The name Loki, like that of the Latin Vulcanus, denotes the light or blaze of fire, and in such phrases as Locke dricker vand, Loki drinks water, described the phenomena of the sun drinking when its light streams in shafts from the cloud rifts to the earth or the waters beneath. The word thus carries us to the old verb liuhan, the Latin lucere, to shine, and to Logi as its earlier form, the modern German lohe, glow; but as the Greek tradition referred the name Oidipous......., to know and to swell, so a supposed connexion with the verb lukan, to shut or lock, substituted the name Loki for Logi, and modified his character accordingly." (The Mythology of the Aryan Nations, Volume II, George William Cox)
There is a further etymological connection between Loki, Lugh and Lucifer which as I have maintained before is not a semitic name but derived from the Latin lucis, the genetive of lux, meaning bringer of light. In the twisted mythology of judeo-xtianity He became associated with a separate dark entity known as Satan who is really the Jehovah of the Hebrews. Let us not forget that xiatinity made devils of most of our deities! Lucifer is NOT Satan! Here then is my simplified equation: Woden=Lugh=Loki=Lucifer. This an oversimplification but clearly there is a connection on various levels between these deities and certainly a strong etymological link between the latter three via the PIE *leuk.
Attached to this article is a picture of the Loki Stone now housed in Kirkby Stephen church in the old traditional English county of Westmorland, one of the few depictions that we have of this God.