My daily prayers to Frigg involve mostly kennings. They are less prayers to her, asking her for something, and more meditations focusing on her energies. The ultimate goal, for me, is to be the best mother and wife I can be, and feeling her walking with me on my path of being my best me and honoring the local spirits and my ancestral spirits along the way.
Some of the kennings:
Spinner of the Clouds
Keeper of the Stars
Singer of the Web
Weaver of the Way
Mother of the Light
Bride of the Wind
Keeper of the Keys
Friend of Mothers
Protector of Children
Defender of Families
Lady of the Sun
Friend of Families
Matron of Marriage
Looking at and unpacking each one, starting with the most obvious.
- Keeper of the Keys
As the Queen of the Aesir, Frigg keeps keys to each of the halls, just as the lady of the house would keep the keys for each of her places. The number of keys were a power and status symbol.
- Friend of Mothers, Matron of Marriage, Defender of Families
Despite nearly every other goddess having children, Frigg is the only one known for motherhood specifically. Nana has Forsetti, Sif has at least Ullr and Thrud…but none of them are motherhood personified. She is also, despite others being married, the only goddess known for marriage. Others have love, romance, and sex…but Frigg is specifically marriage. By having both in her wheelhouse, she becomes the defender of families.
- Spinner of the cloud, singer of the web, weaver of the way.
Frigg is most known for spinning, both clouds in the sky, especially the light wispy ones, as well as spinning fates. It is with cruel irony that she knows the fates of all, including her Balder yet remains silent. I often ponder if she knew all of the details…that there was nothing she could actually do to prevent it, but she could also do nothing at all, so she does what she can, knowing it will be fruitless and remaining silent.
- Protector of Children
The two above pieces weave together to make Frigg the protector of children. Not only does she walk with mothers, but she watches over children. Her role increases to protector, as one can imagine after going through a traumatic experience, it becomes a person’s beacon. The most vocal proponents for a movement have often gone through it themselves- MADD, Everytown, etc.
- Lady of the Sun, Mother of the Light, Bride of the Wind, (Keeper of the Stars)
Here is where the ancestors part comes in.
We’re going to go back eons, to the earliest Germanic peoples first putting together language and attempting to make sense of the world around them.
This yellow disc is here. We can see. We have more warmth. The yellow disc is in the sky. Sometimes the yellow disc is surrounded by clouds. Sometimes it is covered with clouds. The yellow disc is there and warm. The yellow disc goes away, and tiny white dots appear. We can’t see. The yellow disc comes back, and we can see again. We can see because of light.
I’ve written before about Frigg being a Sun Goddess. She is the Sun, and she gives birth to the Light. She resides in the Sky, which is one with the Wind. She dictates when then stars may be out, as their keeper.