Wisdom of Germanic and Norse Goddess
Updated: Sep 14, 2019
Eostre - Goddess of Growth and New beginnings
Eostre is a Germanic Goddess of fertility, agriculture and springtime. Her name shares roots with Christian Easter. As a beautiful maiden she brings with the joy, new beginnings and light. Germans would light bonfires in honor of Eostre, rituals to of lightning of dawn fires as a protection for the crops. Girls would wear white dresses. Anglo-Saxons celebrated her by holding feasts in her honor during month of April to celebrate the end of Winter. Once was Eostre summoned by a little girl who found a bird on the end of Winter, dying. Eostre came down by a rainbow, shining so brightly that snow melted where she went and brought Spring with her. She couldn't save bird's life, so she turned it into snow hare who could bring rainbow eggs.
Freya - Goddess of Radical Acceptance, Power and Sexuality
Freya is a fierce warrior Norse Goddess of war, love and beauty. Her name means "mistress", and the sixth day of the week is named after her and mother aspect of Divine Frigga - Friday. Freya is also a Goddess of sexuality and sensuality, together with her sister Frigga they are an equal part of same great Goddess. Freya is the maiden part where Frigga is the mother part. Freya doesn't discriminate, she takes gods equally, and none of them could resist her. She is a connection between an Iron age of Aesir and peaceful agricultural age of Vanir. Aesir declared war on Vanir where Freya lived as a goddess of beauty, and she was offered to Aesir as a token of peace. She is a bridge between the old and new world, often portrayed with falcon feather in her hair standing in a chariot pulled by two grey cats. She is also known to keep the balance between life and death. She even made a deal with Odin, where she carries half of dead soldiers to her own realm, instead of guiding them to Hall of Valhalla, where the dead soldiers would be trained for the great battle - Ragnarok - which would determine the fate of all gods and men.
Frigga - Goddess of love, marriage and destiny
Frigga is a mother Norse Goddess, also known as Frigg, the wife/mother part of the Great Goddess. She is a wife of a powerful Odin, the father of all gods. She is a sky Goddess, responsible for weaving the clouds, and therefore responsible for the rain, sunshine, wind and snow all connected to fertility of the crops. She was also a seer and weaver of fates for both gods and men, but even thou she could see the future, she could never change it. She is often portrayed as sitting on the spindle, and is associated with beginning of each new year. It is said that Frigga gave birth to their son Baldur on New Year's Eve, the longest night of the Year. Baldur was very radiant and represents a birth of the Sun. Frigga is therefore also a symbol of fertility and is often called upon delivery.
Skuld - Goddess of the Future
Skuld is one of the Valkyries - Norse death maidens and seers who could determine how men died on the battlefield by weaving on a magic loom to either free them or immobilize them with fear. Her name means "she who is becoming". She collected the souls of slain soldiers, and she would perform the magic of Galdr - chanting and singing runes in a specific order to manifest the desired outcome. Skuld is the youngest of the three Norns or Fates, who weave each person's destiny into tapestry of time. Legend says she helps water the great ash tree that support the universe, connecting heavens and the earth, the gods and the dead through its trees.