At this point in my practice I have not worked with any deities, I have always worked nature as a whole- Call it Gaia, Jord/Jörð, God which ever you may please.Lately its been that I have had several strong urges to lean more towards calling nature as a whole Jord/ Jörð, mother earth.
It is hard for me to follow/honor/worship anyone as of yet, as I am still trying to figure out things personally. This part of my craft and practice are very new to me. Jord/Jörð, feels safe, comforting and makes me feel at ease, for she is nature 100%
Here is a little bit about Jord for those who may not have heard or read about her, from Norse Mythology for Smart People.
Jord (pronounced “YORD;” Old Norse Jörð, “Earth”) is an obscure and seldom-mentioned giantess and goddess in Norse mythology. She plays no active part in the tales whatsoever, and is referenced only in passing as being the mother of Thor and as being the daughter of Nótt (“Night”) and Anarr (“Another”).
However, Thor’s mother is also called Fjörgyn, Hlóðynn, Fold, and Grund throughout Eddic and skaldic poetry. These names, like “Jord,” all mean “earth,” so, given the context, it’s unlikely that they were thought of as being truly distinct personages. But were they all different names for the same personage?
Such an interpretation seems to be overly literal. In all likelihood, what these passages are really saying is that Thor is the son of an earth goddess, but not necessarily any one specific earth goddess. “Earth” here seems to be more of a general concept than a discrete figure.
The Norse and other Germanic peoples were part of the larger Indo-European group of peoples. Throughout the Indo-European world – for example, among the Celts, Slavs, Greeks, Romans, and early Hindu society – the idea that femininity and the earth are intrinsically connected, as are masculinity and the sky, was one of the most basic and common ideas. This is borne out especially clearly in Celtic mythology (wherein all goddesses, with very few exceptions, conform to the earth/fertility/mother/sovereignty type), Aristotle’s cosmology, and the famous Indian marriage formula wherein the groom addresses the bride, “I am heaven, thou art earth.” The union of the sky god and the earth goddess, which maintains the cosmic order and bestows prosperity on the land as it’s fertilized by the sun and the rain, is often referred to as a hieros gamos or hierogamy, “divine marriage,” by historians of religion.
It would be extremely strange if this concept weren’t also found amongst the Norse and other Germanic peoples, and we can indeed find numerous examples of it. One example of the hieros gamos is the union between Thor and his wife Sif. Sif’s most-noted attribute is her long, flowing blonde hair, which is surely meant to be understood as corresponding to a field of grain ripe for harvest. Thor, whose name means “Thunder,” is the animating spirit of the storm whose rain fertilizes the fields.
Ever since making that decision, I have also been having strong urges to read more and more into two specific other goddesses. One which seems may have been a quiet lurking in my life all along and I am just coming into realizing that she has always been there Hecate/Hekate.
Here is a little bit about Hecate/Hekate from theoi.com
HEKATE (Hecate) was the goddess of magic, witchcraft, the night, moon, ghosts and necromancy. She was the only child of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea.
Three metamorphosis myths describe the origins of her animal familiars: the black she-dog and the polecat (a mustelid house pet kept by the ancients to hunt vermin). The dog was the Trojan Queen Hekabe (Hecuba) who leapt into the sea after the fall of Troy and was transformed by the goddess. The polecat was either the witch Gale, turned as punishment for her incontinence, or Galinthias, midwife of Alkmene (Alcmena), who was transformed by the enraged goddess Eileithyia but adopted by the sympathetic Hekate.
Hekate was usually depicted in Greek vase painting as a woman holding twin torches. Sometimes she was dressed in a knee-length maiden’s skirt and hunting boots, much like Artemis. In statuary Hekate was often depicted in triple form as a goddess of crossroads.
Her name means “worker from afar” from the Greek word hekatos. The masculine form of the name, Hekatos, was a common epithet of the god Apollon.
Hekate was identified with a number of other goddesses including Artemis, Selene (the Moon), Despoine, the sea-goddess Krataeis (Crataeis), the goddess of the Taurian Khersonese in Skythia, the Kolkhian (Colchian) nymph Perseis, the heroine Iphigeneia, the Thracian goddesses Bendis and Kotys (Cotys), the Euboian nymph Maira (the Dog-Star), the Eleusinian nymph Daeira and the Boiotian nymph Herkyna (Hercyna).
The loudest calling Goddess so far seems to be Freya, in all her glory. She is very strong in her nature but also not in an overbearing type of way more so as a “Hey YOU! Yeah I like you too.” kind of way.
Here is a bit about Freya also from Norse Mythology for Smart People:
Freya (Old Norse Freyja, “Lady”) is one of the preeminent goddesses in Norse mythology. She’s a member of the Vanir tribe of deities, but became an honorary member of the Aesir gods after the Aesir-Vanir War. Her father is Njord. Her mother is unknown, but could be Nerthus. Freyr is her brother. Her husband, named Odr in late Old Norse literature, is certainly none other than Odin, and, accordingly, Freya is ultimately identical with Odin’s wife Frigg (see below for a discussion of this).
Freya is famous for her fondness of love, fertility, beauty, and fine material possessions – and, because of these predilections, she’s considered to be something of the “party girl” of the Aesir. In one of the Eddic poems, for example, Loki accuses Freya (probably accurately) of having slept with all of the gods and elves, including her brother. She’s certainly a passionate seeker after pleasures and thrills, but she’s a lot more than only that. Freya is the archetype of the völva, a professional or semiprofessional practitioner of seidr, the most organized form of Norse magic. It was she who first brought this art to the gods, and, by extension, to humans as well. Given her expertise in controlling and manipulating the desires, health, and prosperity of others, she’s a being whose knowledge and power are almost without equal.
Freya the Völva
Seidr is a form of pre-Christian Norse magic and shamanism that involved discerning the course of fate and working within its structure to bring about change, often by symbolically weaving new events into being. This power could potentially be put to any use imaginable, and examples that cover virtually the entire range of the human condition can be found in Old Norse literature.
In the Viking Age, the völva was an itinerant seeress and sorceress who traveled from town to town performing commissioned acts of seidr in exchange for lodging, food, and often other forms of compensation as well. Like other northern Eurasian shamans, her social status was highly ambiguous – she was by turns exalted, feared, longed for, propitiated, celebrated, and scorned.
With that being said, I am still trying to figure out if this is the path for me, for the longest time I have been just practicing with Nature as a whole. Trying to maintain the balance within myself without making it to complicated. I recognize the calls and the signs, I hear them, I see them wherever I look. It makes me happy and makes me smile. Perhaps they will wait on me to decide, perhaps they will pass me by. I do not know for sure. All I do know is that I am not rushing into it at the first signs they give me. I need to take it slowly and do what feels right for me personally. For now, I think I will concentrate on Jord and then go from there. If Freya and Hecate want me to follow them, they will have to be patient with me.
If anyone else has had an experience similar to mine please feel free to share. I am also attaching a very informative piece that I came across this morning in my reading, after speaking with someone who has worked with deities for years. I just happen to stumble upon it. I am huge on signs, so this was very useful to me.
I will add more on this in the future, and tell you more about the signs as I see them. Until then, Blessed are we all ❤