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Novel Gnosis part 11: Frigga

Frigga wears cloud gray. Sometimes she wears a blue head scarf. In the stories in which she and Odin favor different champions, they are not truly antagonists but are engaging in a contest they both enjoy, pitting the universe’s two best minds against each other, somewhat like playing chess. There is one thing they genuinely disagree on, and that is the best way to handle prophecy. While Odin tries his best to fulfill prophecy, Frigga tries to use knowledge of the future to change the future.

Frigga makes a lot of fiber art, and makes all the clothes for Odin’s family. When Thor and Loki were unmarried and lived with Odin, that included them too.

Frigga receives sacrifices thrown into the bog. They rain down in her throne room. They appear close to the ceiling, which is near the level of the pond outside. She has a soft place for them to land in case any of them are breakable.

As with all the gnosis in the Novel Gnosis series, if not otherwise specified the gnosis came from writing Some Say Fire. The Fireverse may not be exactly like our universe. In fact, other mystics with whom I've discussed it suggested that when I remembered Loki's memories as my own and wrote them into the Fireverse I may have been remembering a previous universe. But I do think the parts of my gnosis that I am sharing on my blog in the Novel Gnosis series may be applicable to our universe and our time.

How to respond to prophecy is an important part of the story. Early on, Frigga chose to consider prophecy to be a warning about a possible future which could be averted if one did things to cause a different future. Odin chose to embrace prophecy and work to carry out fate as it was meant to be. The story of Baldur as it is told in the Fireverse is an example of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the steps taken to avert the prophesied future brought it about. The part of the story in which Frigga tried to avert Baldur’s death is very similar to the Snorri version of that story, but in the Fireverse Odin also has a hand in these events, although it is a deadly secret known only to Odin and Loki. (At the time it happens it’s a secret, that is; the Fireverse is a complete universe that ends in Ragnarok so it is not our current universe, but a previous one. Obviously it isn’t a secret now since Odin and Loki told me about it in a novel intended for publication.) In the Fireverse, Odin is somewhat obsessed with the Voluspa and does a lot of things to make the Voluspa prophecy come about the way it’s supposed to. See Voluspa.

Image: Frigg by Doepler



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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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