Goddess of the month. Frigga.

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Goddess of the month. Frigga.

Post by Ragnar » Fri Nov 16, 2007 4:38 am

You may remember sometime back, I asked about Germania. Well. It is Frigga. Here is why.

Frigga is Goddess of the atmosphere, or rather the clouds, and as such is represented as wearing either snow white or dark garments, according to her changeable moods.

She is Queen of the Gods, and she alone has the privilege of sitting on the throne Hlidskialf, beside her husband, Odinn.

She possesses the knowledge of the future, which, though, she will never reveal.

She is a tall stately, woman, crowned with heron plumes (a much loved bird in Germany), the symbol of silence, or forgetfulness.

Clothed in pure white robes, secured at the waist by a golden girdle from which hangs a bunch of keys, the distinctive sign of the Northern housewife, whose special patron she is.

Her palace is Fensalir, the hall of mists, or of the sea, where she spins the clouds. In order to perform this task she uses a marvelous jewelled spinning wheel, or distaff, which at night shines brightly in the sky as a constellation, known in the North as “Figgas distaff”, while the inhabitants of the South call the same stars “Orions belt”.

She invites husbands and wives who have lead virtuous lives into her hall, so they may enjoy each others company even after death, and never be called upon to part again.

She is the patroness of conjugal and motherly love, and is especially worshipped by married lovers and tender parents.

While Frigga is not known by this name in Southern Germany, there are other Goddesses whose attributes are so exactly like hers, that they are evidently the same.

Among other names are Holda, Hulda (Frau Hölle), who graciously distributes rich gifts.
When it snows, it is Frau Hölle shaking out her mattress, when it rains she is washing her sheets. The clouds are her sheets hanging in the wind to dry.

In other parts of Germany, Frigga is known by the name of Brechta, Bertha, or the white lady. She is best known under this title in Thuringia, where she dwells in a hollow mountain, keeping watch over the soulds of unborn children(Heimchen), and those that die before achieving adulthood..

Here Bertha watched over agriculture, caring for the plants, which her infant troop watered carefully, for each babe carries ajar for that purpose.

As Bertha was renowned for her spinning, she naturally was regarded as the special patroness of that branch of female industry, and flits through the streets of every village, at nightfall, during the twelve days of Jule, peering into every window to inspect the spinning of the household.

The maidens has been carefully performed are rewarded by a present of one of her own golden threads, or a distaff of extra fine flax; but wherever a careless spinner was found, her wheel was broken, her flax soiled, and if she had failed to honour the Goddess by eating plenty of the cakes baked at that period of the year, she was cruelly punished..

In Mecklenburg, this same Goddess is known as Frau Gode, ot Wode, the female form of Wuotan or Odinn, and her appearance is always considered the harbinger of great prosperity.

She is also a great huntress who leads the wild hunt, mounted upon a white horse.

In parts of Northern Germany she is called Nerthus. Her sacred car is kept on an Island of the North coast, where the priests guard it carefully until she appears to take a yearly journey throughout her realm to bless the land. The Goddess, her face completely hidden by a thick veil, then sits in this car, which is drawn by two cows, and she is escorted by her priests.

When she passes, the people do homage by ceasing all warfare, and laying aside their weapons. They don festive attire, and begin no quarrel until the Goddess has again returned to her sanctuary. Then both car and Goddess are bathed in a secret lake, which swallows up the slaves who assist at the bathing, and once more the priest resume their guard until the next appearance of Nerthus.

As ancestress of the imperial house of Germany, the white lady (Frigga) appears in the palace before a death or misfortune in the family.

Although God of wit and wisdom, Odinn is sometimes no match for his wife, Frigga, who, womanlike, is sure to obtain her way by some means.

On one occasion Frigga and Odinn were seated on Hlidskialf, gazing with interest at the Wiliners and Vandals, who were preparing for a battle which was to decide which people should hence forth have supremacy.

Odinn gazed with satisfaction upon the Vandals, who were loudly praying to him for victory; but Frigga watched the movements of the Wiliners with more attention, because they had entreated her aid. She therefore turned to Odinn and coaxingly enquired whom he meant to favour; he, wishing to evade the question, declared he would not decide, as it was time for bed, but would give the victory to those upon whom his eyes first rested in the morning.

This answer was shrewdly calculated, for Odinn knew that upon waking he would face the Vandals, and he intended looking out from thence, instead of waiting until he mounted his throne.

But although so cunningly contrived, this plan was frustrated by Frigga, who, divining his purpose, waited until he was asleep, and then noiselessly turned his couch so that he would face her favourites.

She then sent word to the Wiliners to dress their women in armour and send them out in battle array at dawn, with their long hair carefully combed over their cheeks and breasts.

These instructions were carried out with scrupulous exactness, and when Odinn awoke next morning his first conscious glance fell upon the armed host, and he exclaimed in surprise “What long beards are these?” (In old German the word is Langobarden. One of the original German tribes).

Frigga upon hearing this exclamation, which she had foreseen, immediately cried out in triumph that the all father had given them a new name and was honour bound by Northern tradition to give them a naming gift.

Odinn, seeing that he had been outwitted, made no demur, and in memory of the victory which his favour vouchsafed to them, the Wiliners retained the name given them by the King of the Gods, who ever after watched them with special care giving them many blessings.

( assisted by; The Norsemen. H.A Grueber. Studio editions 1994)

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Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:03 am

=D> =D> =D> Beautiful!

Wow; I enjoyed reading that very much. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and sharing it!
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Post by Kitsune » Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:09 pm

Yes, thank you!

I love finding out about Goddess's! And in particular, Frigga sounds to be a very interesting Deity!
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Post by Willow » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:10 am

Thanks Ragnar, this is absolutely wonderful.
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Post by Windwalker » Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:41 am

Love it! I have great respect for Frigga.
Although God of wit and wisdom, Odinn is sometimes no match for his wife, Frigga, who, womanlike, is sure to obtain her way by some means.
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Post by Ragnar » Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:44 am

Tell me about it! :-? ;)

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