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Question 13: Frigg, Freyja, and Earth Goddesses

July 20, 2014 1 comment

Thank you to Freki Ingela for this question:

Do you consider Frigg and Freyja to be one and the same great Earth Goddess (eg, Nerthus), or do you consider they are separate deities.

I consider Them to be separate Goddesses, and I do not consider either one a great Earth Goddess, either.  They have particular roles in Their families and tribe.  While etymologically we may be able to say They were one and the same at some point in the past, either They became two separate Goddesses or They were separate to begin with.

I really have no dog in this race.  While it would be interesting to know how the people that worshiped these Goddesses developed their language and understanding of these Goddesses, I worship Them as separate Goddesses.  I also consider Nerthus and Jörð separate Goddesses even though both are identified as Mother Earth Goddesses.

While I do believe syncretism has its place, unless I know for sure that a name is a heiti, or that this God or that Goddess actually is x  as well as y God/dess, I tend to treat the God, Goddess, Ancestor, or vaettir in question as a separate entity.  This approach is more cautious.  I would rather find out later that I have been giving a given God or Goddess more offerings than I thought I had than to find out I have been treating two Goddesses as one.

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When I Leave

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment

When I leave this flesh behind

And all memory fades of me

May the world be better for

Whose futures are to be

When I journey forth unto

The Ancestors’ old home

May Midgard hold me to Its heart

Name proudly carved upon a stone

When I leave this world behind

In dust and bone and dirt

May it be said I did my best

When I walked upon the Earth

Adorations of Jörð

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

I adore You, Fjörgyn

I adore You, Hlóðyn

I adore You, Midgard

I adore You, Mother Earth

I adore You, Bountiful Goddess

I adore You, Ocean-Carrier

I adore You, Green-Grower

I adore You, Desert-Crafter

I adore You, Glacial-Kissed

I adore You, Deep Cavern

I adore You, Rolling Hill

I adore You, Windswept Plain

I adore You, Mighty Mountains

I adore You, Great Lakes

I adore You, Tectonic Shifter

I adore You, Shaking One

I adore You, Constant-Spinner

I adore You, Balanced Home

I adore You, Fecund Ground

I adore You, Blasted Trees

I adore You, Frozen Peaks

I adore You, Eroding Crags

I adore You, Magma-Holder

I adore You, Molten Core

I adore You, Chaos and Order

I adore You, Cradle of Life

I adore You, Cradle of Dead

I adore You, Daughter of Annarr

I adore You, Daughter of Nótt

I adore You, Lover of Odin

I adore You, Mother of Thor

I adore You, Whose skin is the Earth we live on

I adore You, Whose flesh we burrow in to find metal and mineral

I adore You, Whose bounty is shared at each table, each plate, each bowl

I adore You, Whose rain blesses Her fields, allowing us to live

I adore You, Whose many children bless us with their lives, their milk, their fur, bone, and bodies

I adore You, Whose Children speak to us through animal, bud, leaf, flower, and chitin

I adore You, Whose Children speak to us through land, from cavern to highest mountain

I adore You, Whose Children speak to us in grove, expanse of desert, and our homes

I adore You, Whose Children live in the walls of our homes, the ground, all that allows us to live

I adore You, Whose Children allow us to live in all these places, whether through fiber or fur

I adore You, Whose blood powers the engines of our technology

I adore You, Whose flesh gives that technology form

I adore You, Who allows us live despite our burgeoning population

I adore You, Who suffers our negligence

I adore You, Whose body is ravaged by our greed

I adore You, Whose rainforests are at risk

I adore You, Whose Children still risk themselves for the sake of Your wild places

I adore You, Whose Children still risk themselves for the sake of Your sacred places

I adore You, Whose Children fight each day to reclaim our balance with You

I adore You, Whose Body is neglected and abused by Her Children

I adore You, Whose Flesh is rent and discarded without care for Her pain

I adore You, Whose skies, seas, rivers, oceans, are full of Death and Life itself there is threatened

I adore You, Who gives Life despite all these calamities

I adore You, Who still gives us Life despite all these abuses

I adore You, Who treats humanity with patience

I adore You, Who demands we change our ways

I adore You, Who brooks no path but Her own

I adore You, Who, in the face of our technology, shows our vulnerability

I adore You, Who, in the face of despair, shows us kindness

I adore You, Who is drought and doom, fecundity and flowering

I adore You, Who, if we listen, can lead us to Harmony with You

I adore You, Who, if we observe, can show us a new life

I adore You, Who, if we act, gives us the chance to make our lot, and that of our neighbors, better

I adore You, Who is my home

I adore You, Who is my Mother

I adore You, Who is the Mother of Midgard

I adore You, Midgard Herself

From barren waste to blooming garden,

From old-growth forest to icy tundra,

I adore You, Jörð

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