This morning has seen some interesting turns. Yes, I’m still on about Heathenism.
I’ve joined a couple of email lists to get in contact with a few Asatru and Odinist groups… and encountered a curious phrase about “sharing ‘our’ common ancestry”. A bit of a problem for someone who’s Irish Australian and part Aboriginal. This should be interesting :D
To be honest the focus on ancestral reincarnation is not of itself a problem. There’s many peoples who’ve held this view. I was probably simply being a bit thin skinned about percieving myself as excluded from the “real” group on account of this shared (or not) heritage thing. But I speak English and look white… so we’ll go with it from here and see where it all leads. And I do very much feel the sense that it is leading somewhere important for me.
Last night I picked up Miranda Green’s book on Celtic Goddesses again. Miranda is a fantastic writer. I’ve also seen her featured as an expert on Tony Robinson’s Time team which I enjoy when I can catch it. It’s kind of a survivor archaeology… a dig that operates to a time limit. Shame about some of them, but the history and anthropology it brings up are fascinating. So yeah, here I am reading about all these brilliant Goddesses and heroines like Boudica, with comments from the Romans about ‘o my gods how tough/independent/forthright are these Celtic/Gaulish/Saxon women!’ Not a direct translation by the way ;-)) It’s all very fun except for the bits about human sacrifices. And those made to the Goddesses of war were particularly gruesome. It’s a bit like reading Tom Clancy decrying contemporary female terrorists.
Today while I’m online pursuing my trail of raven feathers, I come across pages about the Saxon Goddesses. Well, I must say I’m pretty pleased. These girls certainly give Epone and Maeve a run for their money. Which is to say they are no less wonderful images of strong, independent and capable females. What a pleasure to read after living with what the Protestants did to Mary.
Here’s the link to the Goddesses on the Assembly of Elder Troth site. These quotes are heavily snipped so if you enjoy them, visit the site for more.
Freya is probably the best-known and best-loved of the goddesses today. Her title simply means “Lady”; her original name is not known. Freya is the “wild woman” among the deities of the North: free with her sexual favours (though furious when an attempt is made to marry her off against her will); mistress of Odin and several other gods and men; skilled at the form of ecstatic, consciousness–altering, and sometimes malicious magic called seidhr; and chooser of half the slain on the battlefield (Odin gets the other half).
This goddess drives a wagon drawn by two cats, perhaps large forest-cats such as Lynxes, and is seen today as the patron goddesses of cats and those who keep them. As a battle-goddess, she also rides on a boar called Hildisvini (Battle-Swine).
I keep a few cats, particularly black cats, so there’s double the appeal with Freya.
Wife of Odin, Frigga is the patron goddess of the home and of the mysteries of the married woman. She is seen as Odin’s match (and sometimes his better) in wisdom; she shares his high-seat, from which they look out over the worlds together.
Despite the likeness of names and the similar relationship to Odin, Frigga should not be confused with Freya, who shares none of her essential traits. Her only departure from strict social behaviour is that during one of Odin’s journeys away from Asgard, she is said to have taken his brothers Vili and Ve as husbands; however, this probably shows the queen-goddess as the embodiment of sovereignty. Her name is also not directly related to the English slang-word, though the two derive from the same original root (“love, pleasure”).
Actually it’s worth having a read anyway. These girls really get around! Kind of disappointing that Anglo-Saxon culture has deteriorated into a globalist locker room after having originally embodied these awesome female archetypes. There’s certainly plenty here for me to work with, with my visualisation and magic.