Sunday, June 10, 2012

For the last few morning it has been extremely chilly in the morning, yet where The Goddess House is located, we have not yet experienced a frost ... yet.  That has not stopped me however contemplating whether there are any Goddesses who are especifically associated with frosts.   Naturally my thoughts turned to Norse mythology where Frost Giants can be found.

The giants of the Norse were considered to have been primitive beings who opposed the rule of the Gods, in particular the Aesir (in a similar fashion to how the Titans opposed the rule of the Olympian Gods in Greek mythology).  There were many types of giants, with the more common being the Frost Giants who lived in Jotunheim, one of the nine worlds.

Bestla (whose name means "wife" or "bark") was the daughter of the frost Giant Bolthor ("evil thorn"). Bestla became the wife Bor, of the primeval God, and gave birth who three of the Aesir Gods, these being Odin (who became the chief deity of the Norse pantheon), Vili and Ve.

Ymir, the Primeval Being
According to the Prose Edda, the three sons of Bestla killed Ymir, a primeval being born of primordial elemental poison, and from his body the earth was create:

From Ymir's flesh the earth was formed,
and from his bones the hills,
the heaven from the skull of that ice-cold giant,
and from his blood the sea.

Bestla is the sister of Mimir (the famous guardian of the Well of Memory who collected an eye as a pledge from his nephew, Odin, in return for a drink from those waters, and who also taught Odin galdor, or incantation magic).

Bestla was a sacrificial priestess among her own people in Nifleheim, before the slaying of Ymir and the creation of most of the worlds. This makes hr a very ancient Goddess, as well as a very dark one (as is fitting for the mother of the sorcerer-king of Asgard).   It was she who set before Odin the difficult task of killing Ymir at the behest of the Norns (whose student she was) and for the good of her people. In so doing, Bestla became known as Kingmaker, both in the literal sense (as she had given birth to Odin), and in the sense of having raised her son to kingship, at great cost both to ferself and to him. Bestla is exacting and strict, meticulous and infinitely calculating, with the formidable strength and pride of a giantess, and a will to rival that of her son.

Bestla slays, or helps us to slay, that which is past its time and is hindering further growth.  She  helps to clear away any stagnant, decaying, negative energy left over from the past, allowing for the freshness to arrive in the Spring.

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Great Goddess Isis

Great Goddess Isis

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.