Odin is well known for his ability to make the dead speak to him. In, " Balder's Dreams ", He rides to Hel to find out why Balder is having dreams of his imminent doom. The story goes :
" Odin rode to the eastern door
Where a sibyl slept in her grave.
The master of magic chanted charms,
Forced the dead witch to rise.
The witch said: " Let me know the stranger
who willed me to come this weary way.
Deep under the snow and drenched with rain,
The dew drifting over me, I was long dead."
Odin said : " I am called the wanderer, son of War Wise......
Odin then goes on to question the witch about how and why Balder will die, and even though she repeatedly says, " You made me speak, but you shall hear no more." Odin forces her to answer all of His questions.
In the, "Lay Of Loddfanir", Odin states: " I know spells no king's wife can say, and no man has mastered." He then goes on to name 18 spells that he knows. ( Though he doesn't tell you how to chant the spells ) The twelfth is especially important to our discussion and for raising the dead. " I know a twelfth : If up in a tree I see a corpse hanging high, the mighty runes I write and color, make the man come down to talk to me. " We can all learn from the living obviously, but to learn from those who have passed is a special ability that Odin has mastered, and uses to expand his great knowledge.
Odin also has the ability to cause men's deaths. A good example of this is when he visits King Geirrod and speaks to him, first as a stranger, but later he tells his victim Geirrod who He really is : " Ygg will soon summon the slain, your life will not last much longer. The Norns do not smile on you, now you see I am Odin." ( Presumably Odin takes on his regal form at this point ) "King Geirrod was sitting down with a half - sheathed sword on his lap. When he heard that his visitor was Odin he stood up intending to take Odin away from the fires. The sword slipped out of his hand and fell hilt down. The king then stumbled and fell foward against the point of the sword, and so died ." Odin then vanishes and as was His wishes Agnar became king for a long time.
Odin, of course does not just deal in death, but also in the creation of life. In Voluspa we read, " Until three of the Aesir assembled there, strong and benevolent came to the sea. They found on the shore two feeble trees, Ask and Embla with no fixed fate. They did not breathe nor think or speak. They had no hair, no fairness of face, Odin gave life's breath, Hoenir gave mind, Lodar gave hair, fairness of face. " He is also, of course, the father of Thor, Balder, Vali, Vidar, and Hermod. Maybe adding your seed to procreate is not specifically magic to some, but to me it is magical !
Shape changing is also a type of magic practiced by Odin, as well as others in the Sagas and Eddas. In the story of Odin, ( posing as Bolverk, a common farmhand), He plans to steal from Suttung the Mead of Poetry. In this story Bolverk ( Odin ) shape changes not once but twice ! Bolverk tricks Suttung's brother Baugi, as payment for wages, to take him to Suttung's hall for a drink of the mead. Suttung of course refuses. Outside the great hall, however, Bolverk, uses the auger, called Rati, to drill a hole through the mountain into Suttung's inner chambers. Bolverk then changes himself into a serpent, and crawls into the hole. Baugi tried to kill Bolverk with the Auger but Bolverk was too fast. Bolverk then changes back into himself and sleeps with Gunnlod who's chamber he has entered. After three nights she gave Bolverk a drink of the precious Mead of Poetry. Bolverk, however, wanted more than just a drink. In three continous drinks he emptied all that was contained in the cauldrons, Odrorir, Bodn, and Son. When he finished he shape - changed into an eagle and flew away as fast as he could. When Suttung saw an eagle in flight he suspected what had happened and turned himself into an eagle and gave chase. When the Aesir saw it was Odin who was flying towards Asgard they put their crocks out in the court yard, and when Odin came over he spat the mead out into the waiting containers.
The final magic that Odin practices is healing. We see this clearly in the Second Merseburg Charm :
" Phol( Balder) and Wodan
were riding in the wood
when the lord's foal
sprained his foot.
Then Sinthgunt enchanted,
and her sister Sunna;
Then Frigga enchanted,
and her sister Volla;
then enchanted Wodan,
as he could so well:
for bone - sprain
as well as joint sprain;
bone to bone,
blood to blood,
limb to limb,
so that they are linked again !
So as you can clearly see Odin is not just the All - Father he is the All - Everything. There is little that the Great Odin is not master of and over. Yet even with all his attributes, including his wonderful magic, even the greatest of all Gods cannot change what the Norns have weaved. Not even magic can change fate !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love and Thor's protection !