Frigg (Frigga) was the Norse goddess of marriage, chastity, fertility and motherhood. She was married to the chief Aesir god Odin, and together they ruled Asgard. She was seen mostly as wife and mother, and also an earth goddess. Freyja, ‘The Lady’, was the Norse goddess of love, war, and beauty. She had a twinContinue reading “Frigg vs Freyja”
Heathenry, or Germanic Neopaganism, centres on Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon deities and mythology. Heathens are largely polytheistic and follow a reconstructionist viewpoint, which aims to recreate the religion of ancient people through study of archaeological and historical records. These records include Old Norse texts (such as the Prose and Poetic Eddas, and the Icelandic Sagas), Germanic folklore,Continue reading “Heathenry”
Freya, Frejya, Freyia, Frøya, Frøjya, Freia Freyja is a Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility, crops, war, wealth, divination and magic. Famed for her great beauty, with blue eyes and golden hair, she has been referred to as ‘The Fair One’. She was the symbol of sensuality and was called upon in matters of love. Continue reading “Freyja, Goddess of Love and War”
Woden / Wodan / Wotan (Anglo-Saxon) Odin was the chief god of Norse mythology, head of the Æsir gods. He was also called Alfodr (All Father), Yggr (Terror), Sigfodr (Father of Victory) or Valfodr (Father of the Slain). Odin is thought to be the same as Woden, Wodan or Wotan in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic mythology.Continue reading “Odin, All Father”
Thor is the Norse god of thunder, also associated with oak trees, strength, protection and fertility. ‘Thor’ comes from the Germanic word for ‘thunder’, thus he is associated with thunder, lightning and storms. He is often viewed as a fierce warrior with red hair, a red beard, and eyes like lightning. He is likened toContinue reading “Thor, God of Thunder”
Hel (Hella) is the Norse Goddess of the dead and underworld, ruler of the Land of Mist. Her name is thought to mean ‘hidden’, ‘to conceal’, or ‘to cover up’. To say to “go to Hel” is to die, as described in the ancient Norse manuscripts, Poetic Edda, Prose Edda, and Heimskringla.
Yggdrasil is a massive tree at the centre of Norse Cosmology which links and shelters the Nine Worlds. It is thought to be an eternal green ash tree whose branches stretch over the homeworlds and extend above the heavens.
Norse Cosmology contains ‘nine homeworlds’ (Níu Heimar in Old Norse) in which all beings inhabit. These worlds are centered on the World Tree, Yggdrasil, which lies at the centre of the cosmos. Each of these Nine Worlds is the homeland of various classes of beings that are part of Norse and Germanic mythology. Travel betweenContinue reading “Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology”
Runes are letters in an ancient Germanic alphabet used from about 150 to 1100 CE, prior to the common usage of the Latin alphabet. The word ‘rune’ is thought to come from a Middle English word that means “secret writing”. Runes are also known as futhark/fuþark or futhorc/fuþorc based on the first six letters of the runic alphabet. The threeContinue reading “Runes”