The daughter of the trickster god, Loki, and a giantess, Angrboda, the other Norse Gods feared the prophecies of what Hel, along with her siblings, the wolf Fenrir (who could destroy Asgard during Ragnarok), and Jömungandr (the serpent who lay at the bottom of the ocean wrapped around the world with his tail in his mouth) could do. As such, Odin provided Hel with her own realm that was located in Niflheim (Helheim), (he “abode of mist”. Here she held authority over the nine worlds that were unified by the world tree, Yggdrasil. In exchange, Hel gifted Odin two ravens, Huginn (“thought”) and Muninn (“memory”), who acted as the messengers between this world and the next, opening the pathways to death’s own realm.
|Dark Goddess Altar, 2012|
This year's Encountering the Dark Goddess will take place on Saturday, 4 May 2013. Registrations are now open. There are limited positions available.