Or rather, my patron god came rocketing into my life the moment I became aware of him.
I am actually very grateful. And he knows that.
But the Goddess! Since my patron god is Loki, I was thinking I should choose a goddess of the Norse pantheon.
However, Frigga is distant and Freyja and I just aren’t connecting on the level that Loki and I are. I also feel like putting Loki and Freyja together sounds like a really bad idea. They just dont seem to get along. Same with Frigga. That whole oops I caused the death of your son thing? Mistletoe, whatareyougonnado?
But maybe that’s just me.
Then there’s Skadi, who’s another Jotun. Now that seems like a pretty good idea. Again, they dont seem to mix all that well together, given that Njord is Skadi’s lover and, as a Wiccan, I tend to see the God and Goddess as two parts to the same whole rather than two that happen to get along pretty well.
So then I come to Hel. Now as a new Wiccan, worshipping Hel is a strange idea to me. If she is a goddess at all (is she??). I’d like to think of her as a goddess, but when you come to it, wouldn’t that make Fenrir and Jormungand gods? Are they? I can’t really say. But for the sake of my point I’ll say she’s a goddess, if so, then I’m worshipping someone who oversees the dead. Hm. Is this something I want in my life? As a former Christian who was raised to see death as something icky, scary, dirty, bad, (yet somehow good), the prospect is not exactly inviting. It’s a tad on the frightening side.
That leaves me with Sigyn. Now the question, however, is raised again. Is Sigyn even a goddess? It was certainly fill the part of the two halves of the same whole. Where Loki is air and fire, in Sigyn I see earth and water. And in that, we get Spirit. But I don’t know a lot about Sigyn. Does anyone know any good texts on her?
And then I wonder, do I have the ability to mix pantheons? I feel that I’m being drawn towards Astarte, but again, I don’t know much about her.
So, in short, does anyone know any good texts on Astarte?
Does anyone know any good texts on Sigyn?
What are your experiences with these Goddesses(?) ?
Let Google by thy friend, as well as the *sigyn tag.
You are going to encounter a lot of duality from the Goddesses that you listed.
From what I have read of Skadi, it would be a poor decision to place anything dedicated to Her near Him… unless you happen to have a goat and a rope and a Goddess in need of a laugh.
I wish that I had more information on Skadi to give you, but she is not a Goddess I have encountered, worked with, or researched in depth. I have read about Her affixing the snake above His head, and I have read about the goat incident that I referred to…
Quick and dirty summary: Skadi is the daughter of the giant Thiazi/Thjazi. She comes to Asgard to avenge her father’s death, but she is given the choice of compensation to settle her blood feud, and she decides that she is going to choose a husband from amongst the As… but only by looking at their feet. She ends up choosing Njord, Loki makes her laugh by tying his nuts to a goat and playing tug-o-war, Odin puts her dad’s eyes up in the sky as stars and all is right as rain until she says “fuck this civilization thing, and the ocean too”, leaves Njord and returns to the mountains where she later marries Uller. Want a better, more accurate version of this? Research her!
You better your bottom that Hel is a Goddess. She doesn’t just oversee the Dead, she’s the Queen of the Realm that is named after her: Helheim. She’s also Loki’s daughter by Angrboda. This makes Fenrir and Jörmungandr her brothers. All of the Dead who are not claimed by another deity are Hel’s, reside in her realm, and her Hall.
And now a rant from someone who works with Hel! Death is the last thing that you should be afraid of, and it is always a constant presence in your life, whether or not you want it there. Death is a fact. You are going to die. Everyone you have ever met, known, loved, hated, or interacted with in some manner is going to die. Death is the one certainty in life. Death is the order that exists behind the chaos that is life. She doesn’t take well to people who are in denial about the certainty and fact of Death. It is what it is, and nothing is going to change that. Flowers aren’t going to make it prettier or easier to swallow, and not facing it isn’t going to make it go away or be anything other than what it is. To work with Hel is to face and understand the reality of Death.
Hel is the pathway to your ancestors. She provides reminders to honor the spirits of the land that you might otherwise neglect. She is a still, cold anchor to reality. And the reality of it is everything about this world is in transition. It is temporary, and humans have created so many things that do not matter in the scheme of things. The Dead are able to see the beauty of things that the Living have forgotten how to see; the Dead don’t exist within the same constraints that we do. Labels, politics, the little miniscule ways that we identify ourselves, none of it actually matters once we die. None of it. If this is what you need in your life, research her. The Hel and Hela tags are a bit shit on Tumblr, but there are ways to get more information about her via Google.
…And now Sigyn. Sigyn is Loki’s wife, and is often represented in one of two ways: the child bride, or the mourning mother. She is the one who stays beside Loki when He is bound with the intestines of their son. She holds a bowl aloft to catch the venom of the snake tied above His head in an attempt to briefly, ever so briefly, spare Him the pain. You’re not going to find a lot of “texts” on her; she’s not mentioned much aside from her being Loki’s wife and the role she plays when he is bound. Any “text” that you’re going to find is going to be from followers of Sigyn and will be their experiences and UPG concerning Her. I suggest looking at the *sigyn tag her on Tumblr (make sure to include the *!), and contact Her people for more information and a way to go with your research.
Mixing pantheons depends on the practitioner and with the patron deities that you’re working with.
For me, personally, Loki doesn’t really want to share space with anyone else. He’s fine with Hel, but that is partially because Hel has made a claim and is one of His kin. I know there are a few Lokeans that I follow who find Him to be quite compatible with other pantheons.
Your experiences with Loki may vary.
…I feel like that should be the end tag of many Loki related posts.