In addition to studying the runes, I have established a regular devotional practice for Frau Holle. I may honor her through remembrance and song on various days of the week, but Sunday is special. Sunday has become Her day at my home and I honor her through hard work and time set aside for my family. Sunday has always been the day I set aside to get things organized and ready for the coming work week. Grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, I’ve typically done on Sunday. It works for me. So as I associate Frau Holle with the home and the hard work of women, this was the day I chose to honor her most.
What I Do:
- Organize and tidy/clean. Not something I normally relish, but now when I do it, it’s with the knowledge that such necessary work is pleasing to the Goddess. She blesses those who work hard without complaint.
- Bake something. Usually some kind of bread, for my home and in honor of her. I am not a baker, but today, I finally pulled off two loaves of edible bread. This is the third week I’ve been doing this, I’m pleased my efforts have finally paid off.
3. At the end of the day, I light the candle at the shrine I have set aside for her and offer words of thanks or a devotional song.
This is the first time I have set aside a specific day for a deity, and I have to say I find it incredibly fulfilling. Frau Holle can certainly fill your spirit with warmth and mirth, and allows you to experience joy in the what would normally be considered drudgery by many. She brings such a sense of contentment in my life.
My journey to Holle was gradual and unexpected. She is an ancient and wise Goddess who understands my fears, hopes, and dreams. She is a keeper of the keys to every home. Caretaker of weary mothers, children and lost waifs. She simply is……..
For the Weary Mother Looking for Answers
Will I ever find comfort
Where can I find a friend?
She journeyed world weary upon the barren landscape, no tree to be seen on the horizon, nothing to cut through the gloom.
She came upon a well, water to the brim, humming with the creation of galaxies
And wondered at the depths within
The whisper of knowledge released
Of fearful abandon
And what is communication with the gods but a type of madness
A giving in
A yielding to bravery and strength
She takes the plunge
The bone cold depths
And discovers the secrets of the past
To eternity and all that is
Back from the Hunt and back for Spring. I’m not Urglaawe, but Frau Holle is a goddess very near and dear to me. Heil Holle!
Autumn and winter is the most moving time of the year for me as a pagan. The beauty of death and rebirth, the eternal spinning of life and renewal. The honoring of the Disir, our great ancestral mothers, makes me think of my own mother’s passing and my own inevitable one that lies ahead. The Wild Hunt where the Allfather lead his furious host through the world, and winter of course reminds me of great Mother Holle, ancient Goddess of my ancestors, who despite the Christian’s best attempts, her memory lives on. These are holy times for me. Great and vast.
I wrote this a few months ago for Frau Holle. I think we need more pagan songs for devotion. It is part of mine now.
See you lady of spring
By the water with the long white hair
I’ll see you there
Meet me by the waters that run so clear
Hear the words of one
Who loves you dear
Holle holle please make it all clear
Holle holle Have mercy on me (2 x)
All the life’s deeds
Sowing sowing the fertile seeds
So I’ll be free
For my family
Holle holle Have mercy on me (2 x)
When the sun retreats from the sky
When I see my life go by
And the sweet earth it grows so cold
Take me in your arms
Give me comfort when I can’t sleep.
Soothe my children’s dreams
Holle holle have mercy on me 2 x
When the first flakes
Come tumbling down
And the winter’s silence is all around
The snow is sparkling so bright
I’ll sing the Lady’s praise on the longest night
For all the love she’s shown to me
you are my queen.
Have mercy on me (2 x)
Chorus to fade