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30 days: quotes and poems for Frigg

Published March 7, 2017 by Lunapo

When I last left the 30 days meme, I was stuck on the last nine.

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Sweet Frigga

Sweet Frigga of the spinning wheel.
Who spins the strands we call our life.
Your love, so strong, so very real.

You’ve answered my lonely appeal.
Though in sad seclusion I do live.
Sweet Frigga of the spinning wheel.

In a world both mundane and surreal.
You’ve succored me, my goddess.
Your love, so strong, so very real.

Your kindly blessings I do feel.
Having happily felt your fair grace.
Sweet Frigga of the spinning wheel.

Frith, frugality and women’s weals
Are the gifts you shower down.
Your love, so strong, so very real.

My troth I give, though I do not kneel.
Sweet Frigga of the spinning wheel.
Your love, so strong, so very real

The Gods’ Own Twilight

Fingers release and slide loosely along the thread;
Pausing and remembering her son long dead.
As her fingers meander along the strand; into future.

Tears slide in silence; down that pallid cheek.
Glazing ice blue eyes; that drowned and needy seek…
The comforting gaze of love that shares her loss.

He gazes back at the Beloved; who sits silent and still;
deft fingers seeking magic in the spinning of the wheel.
Her mind moves through the thread of time.

Spinning into existence; through trembling hands.
She grips hard the strand of her fate; accepting its demands.
And looks into the Gods’ own twilight

30 Days: recap

Published January 3, 2017 by Lunapo

I have thoroughly enjoyed my exploration of Frigg, and I feel as though I am able to more rightfully work with her in ritual, both formally and informally. Going through this journey has brought me closer to the pantheon in general.

That said, I am stuck on the last 9 days.

A quote/poem/writing which resonates with this deity
My own composition for Frigg
A time when she has helped me
A time when she has not helped me
How has our relationship changed over time
Worst conception about this deity that I have encountered
Something you wish you knew but don’t currently
Any interesting or unusual UPG to share
Suggestions for those who just started to learn about this deity

Everything I have completed thus far has been research based. The last 10 are more personal, and include aspects that don’t yet apply. I will continue this journey over time.

30 Days: Admiration

Published December 16, 2016 by Lunapo

What I admire most about Frigg is, after researching, how she owns herself and as both a mother and a wife. The myths known most hold her only as a mother figure, and this is the aspect I dislike. She was not just a mother, she was also a wife and a lover. She was not chaste before or after children, but she was very warm and open with her husband (and consorts).

A large part of me wonders if, as has happened with many pre-Christian cultures, Frigg’s persona changed in the sagas to reflect one of the characters in the Christian sagas. As a mother, someone who gives her all for her son and makes her son- notably only one of her sons and excluding all of her other children- the center of her whole world and the meaning of her existence. The notion that, as a mother, all sexuality would be placed on Freya and Frigg would remain chaste because she is a mother figure is just silly. Freya may own sexuality the way a young 20 year old woman owns sexuality but that doesn’t mean that the 40-year-old mother and wife is chaste. Her sexuality has changed as she has matured and her desires may be put on the back-burner so she may care for children and household, but that doesn’t mean she is chaste. It isn’t, however, until one digs past the more popular myths where the find Frigg being more than just a Mary-esque mother figure.

She was able to not fracture these parts of herself, but saw herself as many parts of a whole. This is something that I personally struggled with in the last year or so. I didn’t have this issue as a mother of one, but with Witchling… The issues I had with him were not bonding issues. I was on the other end of the spectrum. Rather, I had a need to be with him at all times at all costs. I was nothing but a mother. I have since put my fractured self back together and I am able to see myself the whole- the mother, yes, but wife, educator, daughter, friend.

Serendipitous that I discovered and have thoroughly and thoughtfully embraced Frigg at this point in my journey. That I discovered my feather just as all of my fractured pieces were back together and my spiritual glue was drying.

Blessings.

30 Days: Outward Representations

Published December 13, 2016 by Lunapo

Frigg is the ultimate in femininity, but she does not accept Anglo-Abrahamic view of a woman’s place as under her husband. A woman’s role, from that world view, is to support her man. Frigg was Odin’s partner, sharing in responsibility of looking out to see all worlds. She was also one of his closest advisers. She was not subservient to him, but was his equal as his wife and partner.

She owned her sexuality and has used it to get what she wanted. This is another commonality with Freyja, but where Freyja saw shame, Frigg saw power. Her use of her body was no different than a warrior using his body as a means to an end. She would, I believe, be a supporter of women who use their bodies to earn a living. After all, the only difference is between a sex worker and an athlete is that power. A sex worker holds power over her clients. much as Frigg held power over Vili and Ve.

30 Days: Cross-Cultural

Published December 9, 2016 by Lunapo

If Frigg and Frija are one in the same, then Allmother is equal to all Earth Mothers. This would equate her to Gaia, the Earth Goddess from the Greek pantheon.

Frigg lost a child and descended into Helheim to see him again. She shares this grief with Demeter, who lost her daughter Persephone to the Underworld.

As a mother figure, she could also have similarities with Danu, from Celtic traditions, though Danu is the mother of all Celtic deities, not just the mother/queen figure. Frigg, in contrast, has a clear genealogical line of who her children and step-children are.

Neith is an Egyptian goddess of fate. She sits weaves the threads of life. Similarly, Frigg, sitting at a spinning wheel, weaves destinies of gods and man.

 

30 days: Original Values

Published December 6, 2016 by Lunapo

Looking at Allmother being the only one other than Odin being able to sit on the throne and have sight to all 9 worlds. This shows that men and women were more of equals in the times of the Viking. Shield Maidens, while not as numerous as male warriors, were also not an outlier figure.

There were two people whose opinions Odin took to heart as leader of the Aesir- xx, his friend and confidant, whose head he carried with him, and Frigg, his wife and partner. While she may not have been his exact equal, she was definitely not subservient to him.

When looking at the history of the Viking woman, we have history coming out from sagas rather than from reliable journals. We also have the issues of history being undone by the Christian mindset writing these “reliable journals”. For instance, Dutch historian Saxo has written in the 12th Century,

“There were once women in Denmark who dressed themselves to look like men and spent almost every minute cultivating soldiers’ skills. …They courted military celebrity so earnestly that you would have guessed they had unsexed themselves. Those especially who had forceful personalities or were tall and elegant embarked on this way of life. As if they were forgetful of their true selves they put toughness before allure, aimed at conflicts instead of kisses, tasted blood, not lips, sought the clash of arms rather than the arm’s embrace, fitted to weapons hands which should have been weaving, desired not the couch but the kill…”

Of these communities he mentions, he names eight women: Alfhild, Sela, and Rusila as shieldmaidens, Wigibiorg, who fell on the field at Bravalla, Hetha, who became queen of Zealand, and Wisna, whose hand was cut off by Starcad at Bravalla as she-captains. He also writes about Lathgertha and Stikla.

As well as historically relaiable journals, art from the tiem is often also used to verify history. The shieldmadien is depicted in Viking artwork from the viking period. Pieces include women carrying weapons, wielding shields, and wearing helmets and in mediums such as textiles and brooches, and metallic figurines. One of the most intriguing recent finds is a silver figurine discovered in Harby, Denmark, in 2012: the figurine appears to be a woman holding an upright sword in her right hand and a shield in her left.

Armed female figurine from Hårby on Funen. Photo Jan Hein.

There is a problem with this as well. Think about it: if someone from academia saw a portrait of a human figure standing on a lake, would they take that as a true, historically reliable retelling of an actual event? Likely not. The same is true with these female warrior images: they may actually be depictions of valkyries rather than human warriors. Much like the portrait of the man standing on the lake shows a mythical man, these art examples could be mythical warrior women.

Thirdly, historical facts at present are being misrepresented because of the Euro-centric patriarchal mindset. Burial remains of viking warrior women have been found. (The majority of the migrants were going with a mindset to settle and defend themselves as needed, so I am making the presumption that a migrant=warrior.) Earlier researchers likely sexed the burial remains according to what they were buried with, but updated methods and technology allows current researchers to use osteological markers to determine sex and found half of a mass grave being female bodies, including one that was buried as a warrior would be, with shield and sword.

Looking at just this one sample, how many graves of Nordic people have been found? And how many have been documented based on the items they were buried with and/or the tell-tale markers of sword use- this would be arthritis in the wrist, elbow, and shoulder. This would also be the same tell-tale sign of someone who is completing domestic chores of chopping and collecting firewood. Why would a woman be doing this work, domestic or soldier? Because in pre-history when survival meant everyone was out doing all they could for the community to continue, everyone was seen as an equal. And such this is reflected with Frigg and Odin.

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