Divine wisdom and guidance was very important to Odysseus, but sometimes came with consequences. The gods and goddesses helped Odysseus, but sometimes their ‘helpfulness’ caused more harm than good. More often than not though, it was a vital part of The Odyssey. Since Odysseus’ actions were not always the smartest, he often called on the gods for guidance as well as wisdom. When he made a bad choice, the god and goddesses would pity him and help him. Odysseus was bright, but without the help of the divine, he would have been killed off.
Wisdom from the gods and goddesses was very important to Odysseus. His guardian, Athena, was the goddess of wisdom. During the Trojan War, Athena gave Odysseus the idea for the Trojan horse. It was that idea that ultimately won the war for the Greeks. Once he and his crew left Troy, the landed on Polyphemuses’ island and were confronted by the Cyclops. After a few of his men were eaten, Odysseus prayed to Athena for help once more. His guardian came through! He found a piece of wood on the ground, shortened and sharpened it, then stabbed the Cyclops in the eye after intoxicating him. In the Circe episode, he was forewarned about the Sirens and Charybdis, and was able to listen to the Sirens deadly song. Wisdom from the heavens helped Odysseus in many aspects of his journey.
Divine guidance was another important factor in The Odyssey. Circe guides Odysseus by telling him to go to the Underworld. There he confronts Teiresias, and is advised about Helios’ cattle, the suitors, and his relationship with Poseidon. When Odysseus is stranded on Calypsos island, Hermes allows him leave, which returns him home. Also, the wind god Aeolus granted the ‘raider of cities’ a bag of winds that would’ve traveled him home except for the fact his foolish shipmates opened it before they were in Ithaca. Near the end of The Odyssey, Athena tells Odysseus that all the suitors of Penelope will die; and they do. As you can plainly see, guidance was a major guise in Odysseuses life.
All the gods actions had some kind of a consequence in Odysseuses journey home.