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Cloudy with a Chance of Pannkaka

June 25, 2011

Frigg Spinning the Clouds by John Charles Dollman

Frigg is Mother of the Gods and Humanity, the patroness of the household and of married women.
Frigg, the daughter of Fiorgyn and sister of Jörd, was eventually married to Woden.

This wedding caused such general rejoicing in Asgard, where the goddess was greatly beloved, that ever after it was customary to celebrate its anniversary with feast and song, and the goddess being declared patroness of marriage, her health was always proposed with that of Woden and Thunor at wedding feasts.

Frigg is the goddess of the atmosphere, or rather of the clouds, and as such is sometimes represented as wearing either snow-white or dark garments, according to her somewhat variable moods. She is queen of the gods, and she alone has the privilege of sitting on the throne Hlidskialf, beside her husband Woden. From thence she too, can look over all the world and see what is happening, and according to our ancestors’ declarations, she possessed the knowledge of the future, which, however, no one could ever prevail upon her to reveal, thus proving that Anglo-Saxon women could keep a secret inviolate.

She is generally represented as a tall, beautiful, and stately woman, crowned with heron plumes, the symbol of silence or forgetfulness, and clothed in pure-white robes, secured at the waist by a golden girdle, from which hangs a bunch of keys, the distinctive sign of the Anglo-Saxon housewife (Wife-man), whose special patroness she is said to be.

Although she often appears beside her husband, Frigg sometimes prefers to remain in her own palace, called Fenslir, the hall of mists or of the sea, where she diligently twirls her wheel or distaff, spinning golden thread or weaving long webs of bright-coloured clouds.

In order to perform this work she owns a marvelous jeweled spinning wheel or distaff, which at night shines brightly in the sky in the shape of a constellation, known in the North as Frigg’s Spinning Wheel, while the inhabitants of the South called the same stars Orion’s belt. [Read full article] at Wodens West Wolves

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