Discussion Topic: Connecting to Frigga, is it possible that your interests could define which of her sides and or handmaids you could relate to?
Heathenry has always had god ‘connections’ although they are not the same as what we would think of us when you say ‘aspects’ in the way that Wicca or general pagans would use the term, for heathens its more that the gods have parts of themselves that are somewhat attached to certain elements. We know this mostly because of places that were sacred being tied to specific gods and also in the lore, how much association and poetry is wound around the gods and these ‘aspects’.
We have a large selection of goddess to form bonds with and figuring out the ‘right fit’ is important to some degree, although you can’t help who picks you or who reaches out, so this is not a definitive ‘sure’ thing. But finding ways to connect is key!
This article will be the first in a series. This one will focus on Frigga and then we will focus on other goddess. For example in the book: Storytelling , An Encyclopedia of Mythology and Folklore edited by Josepha Sherman, on page 206 says:
“Frigga’s hall in Asgard was called Fensalir,
which means “water halls” or “marsh halls.”
Frigga’s companion was Eir, goddess of healing, and her attendants were Hlin, a protective goddess, Fulla, a fertility goddess, and Gna, her messenger, who rode through the sky on the horse Hofvarpnir. These attendants may be personified aspects of Frigga; the mythology is not clear on that point.
In Scandinavia, the stars known as Orion’s Belt are called Friggarock, or Frigga’s distaff. The distaff, together with the spindle and keys, are Frigga’s symbols”
Lets examine both the light and dark aspects of what this quote is saying.
The water aspect plays a particular and also somewhat peculiar connection to ‘sacrifice’. Water or bogs and marshes in particular have a long history of being ‘sacred’. Its likely, although this part is only my personal theory, that this material that is the marsh reminded people of the rune Laguz. The idea that liquid could be ‘transformative’…is not new or inventive or new age. Water itself was around and important.
“Iron age in Scandinavia, numerous examples of horse sacrifices in bogs and water places also exist, suggesting that hourses were commonly killed and either deposited in water or hung from a tree over a bog (i.e. Skedemosse in Öland) (Monikander 2006). “ The Role of Horses in the Old Norse Sources, Katrin Sif Einsardottir
So if you’re attracted to water and marshes, perhaps a goddess like Frigga would be perfect for you, just be prepared for what that connection could also mean…and be ready to get your feet wet!
A long-standing tradition for women specifically has been ‘healing’. This was a woman’s domain. Medicine was something that women held in their hands alone. As the website Hurstwic stated:
“An example of battlefield medicine is described in chapter 234 of Óláfs saga helga. ﬁormó›r was wounded by an arrow in his side. He broke off the shaft and supported his companions in the fight as best he could. After the battle had been lost, he left the field and entered the hut where the healer women were tending the wounded. One of the women inspected the wound and could see the iron arrow head, but could not determine its path to determine what internal organs it had struck. She gave ﬁormó›r a hot broth, containing leeks and onions and other herbs. If, after eating it, she could smell the broth from his wound, she would know that vital parts had been injured, and that the wound was fatal.”
If your drawn to the art of healing and all that this entails (especially those that actually have degrees in medicine) then Eir would be your lady of choice.
This is a bit tougher to show historically, but we know in many of the myths the goddess protected those who needed it, sheltering them, trying to step in and aid those in need. If you are the type of person that shelters those around you, then Hlin would be one to look for.
We could say the obvious on this, in that women are the ‘fertile’ womb and therefore from us families can be made, however I would never define myself by my womb because this means more than just ‘birth’.
Although fertility is very important historically its 2016. But there is an aspect that is of ‘growing’ things.
If you are drawn to harvesting and crop development then I would say Fulla is for you. She is also known for ‘carrying’ boxes of treasure for Frigga, I am unsure how this would be applied other than, if your good at keeping things secret, private and protected, she would also be the goddess for you. The image in my mind that strikes me as true in this connection to the land and of women is the one from the show Vikings.
Maybe there is something about the connection to women being covered in red blood on a ‘white dress’ that has some hidden symbolism there.
The Information Conveyor
I think people misunderstand what it is people who share information are valued for. As a writer, the idea of words meaning anything is perhaps the most ‘common’ thing we think. Our words are pieces of our soul that spill out onto the page. If you see yourself as the one who gifts the words, the one who conveys the sacred and maybe sometimes the profane, then perhaps Gna is for you.
No matter what we are or who we feel closest too, finding our connections is the key to being a whole heathen.
About Larisa Hunter –
Larisa is an author, embroidery artist and owner of Saga Press/Friggas Loom. She is also a wife and mother. She has been heathen for 11+ years & has a certificate in General Arts and Science which lead her to run an art program at my daughters school, which allowed her to incorporate my love of history and culture. She consider heathenry as her life and what defines her. It is at her core and she follows it as she follows anything in her life, with a full and open heart. Larisa has spent a great part of her life focusing on education and assisting others come to heathenry. She has worked in various fields allowing her to have a diverse knowledge of how to operate a business and a non-profit.