Hello , Phoenix :
So what I am about to tell you is not that well known ,
and might require a reversal of thought frame...
First you must realize Hel's realm is ultimately cold ,
and burning , but that comes from the feeling of ice
on the skin...
Two...her main function is restriction...think of that
on all levels from personal to universal / cosmic...
That also then has implications of "slavery" , or bondage...
Further , you should grasp all the levels of the Black Sun ,
and Saturn , both dealing with Hel's domain...
Once you have done a number of years of research along
these lines , you shall find yourself ready to write your own
rituals , not rely on someone else's...
You shall also have tuned yourself to her frequency , so to say...;)
Best to you !
I don't know any specific rituals and, from what I understand, she's generally avoided, but I have a couple ideas on the subject.
Firstly, she's not particularly a reaper type character, instead she's more of a warden for the inglorious dead. Maybe acting as a hostess in some regard could play into ceremony.
There are also a few mentions of Hel in the Poetic and Prose Eddas. Taking an excerpt from these might be useful.
Hel is a daughter of Loki and sister to Fenrir. She's part Jotun and technically as much monster as goddess. For this reason I see some connection with the Thurisaz rune (correct me if I'm wrong on this). Thurisaz is representative of many things, from Thor to monsters and gates as well. I honestly am not sure whether this rune should be invoked or avoided, I'll leave that to your research.
All the standard offerings apply to her, so bread, drink, herbs, etc. She is also, not surprisingly, connected with bones. So, there are a few ideas for alter accompaniments.
I think the most general Asatru right that I know is the Blot. Blots commonly involve honoring the dead and communing with the gods. I speculate that Hel would be pleased with receiving honors typically given to those that shun her.
Those are my thoughts on the matter. I hope this was somewhat helpful. Blessings.
Okay , my friend , Noah...;)
Since you brought up somethings , and good post overall...
Our Double Mother / Goddess Column , with Boundaries :
Thus two of the right hand columns , with "Is / Isa" runes surrounding the 16 runes...
Has a value of 1318...yet most do not realize the significance of that number...
A circle with a circumference of 1000 "anything" ( miles , feet , inches , etc... )
has a diameter of 318...
Thus by compressing the circle in a certain way , one attains the shape of a Yonic Gate :
Which , of course brings in many layers of understanding , not just in life and death ,
yet as well , what is called Sacred Geometry...
This formula comes from our Ancient Tradition...
Hel's Underground Bone Door = 1318
One might benefit to note :
Goddess Hel = 111
Ice Age = 111
And the sum of those sixteen "Is / Isa" runes , is 112...
Now as Fenris is my ally , and Loki claimed me long ago...
( A lot of great threads from long ago , on this site , Phoenix )
Now from the 29 runes of women , not the 24 of men , the
rune now known as Thurisaz , is known as Dhoarnn , ( thus Horn )
and has many positive meanings , not those over laid later , by the
Aesir and realm of men...
For instance , two of the left hand Father / God columns , shown above ,
add to 782...two of the Mother / Goddess columns on right , add to 1206 ;
Odin = 781 ( High Value )
Freya Holds Twenty Nine Runes Key = 1207
Many myths from one code from around the world...
So , to close for now ;
I would heartily endorse embracing D'hoarnn , yet realizing
it can mean irritation , and most would consider that bad...
As it means thorn , thus thistle we know what that is like...
Yet it takes an irritation in the oyster , such as a grain of sand , to produce a pearl...;)
Two , I would recommend building a bone gate in the shape of a vesica piscis , as
an entry gate for Hel , on your altar...just be ready for what comes through...
Also...do look into the Cult Of The Dead...in the North , Raven was the great recycler...
The last ice age was only yesterday to some of us...;)
I actually thought about mentioning the Cult of the Dead in this post, but I don't feel quite confident with the connection there. I generally see Hel as a stand alone character in her representation of afterlife management, maybe closest to Hades or Anubis than anyone else, but that's my opinion.
I'm not saying there aren't connections, but It's similar to how I've seen some people connect Hel and Morigan, but I don't quite agree with that view.
PS: Oh, I also ordered some of the books you recommended, so I do listen to you. :p
In her dimension , or as Brian Greene might say , bubble universe ,
Hel stands alone in her place ruling over the Underworld , and Realm
Yet all things are connected , and the Cult Of The Dead existed in the
Norse Tradition of the ship of the dead being constructed from hair and nails...
As well as the scavengers , the ravens , on the field of battle...
The Valkyries in secret tradition , were said to come down as Ravens ,
fly up as Angels ( Swans ) thus the Led Zeppelin logo label "Swansong"...
Our Father column , by order of symbols , says :
K - R - A - H , reversed H - A - R - K...
One going down from top , one coming up from bottom...
I myself did not mention :
I Am Vulture + Vulture Over Repository Gate : Cult Of Dead = 2636
Another of our runic columns totals in our Gematria...thus Khemetic ,
including Anubis...and some time ask me about Anubis , the 26 dimensions
thirteen ascending , thirteen descending , and how initiates encoded this
into our alphabet of 26 letters ( gates ) , as UV JKL EFG...
Always remember who controls language and the media , controls reality...
Now back to Hel...
Hel : Goddess Of Norse's Cult Of Dead Tree = 1496
And our Ancient Tree , from the twenty nine rune system of Freya ,
if we are speaking Norse mythology , has a low gematria value of 1495 :
Ash Tree : Heathen Tree Connecting Nine Worlds = 1495
and I am honored by your respect for the information I offer...
( Twenty three years , apprx 100,000 hours total , is a long time to spend on this )
Hmm, swansong was probably the connection that I was most connecting to.
She was/is a very powerful goddess, but she rules the dead, rather than makes/takes them.
I suppose that was my major point. Are the dead tree and the Ash related btw? In this context. Also, I would love to talk Anubis sometime.
Ash Tree was often known as the tree of the dead ;
and the bottom two levels of the Tree I posted , are
the Underworld and Realm of the Ancestors...
"Symbolically, an ash tree can be interpreted as the backbone
of the universe that is yoked with death and rebirth."
( from one of many sites that say this )
By the way , we have a rune pronounced Assk , that can also
be pronounced , or mean Ash...look up Ask ( first man , according to Norse )
Now , our single Mother and Father column , shown , with an "Is / Isa"
rune over each column , equals 1008 :
And , "just so happens" ( because our code created the myth ) :
Hel Rules The Living Norse Dead = 1007
And that is a story in itself...the Living Dead
Well, anytime you want to expound on the living dead, you know I'm happy to read.
Well somebody did not want that info out...lol
I spent an hour on a post on Hel , Hel - Runa ,
Hel's Army Of The Living Dead , the Dark Faery ,
Went to copy , like I do now before clicking submit...
No sign of it...lol...I'll try again tomorrow...
She seems to have a connection to hospitals, patients, and doctors. Particularly people treated, who were involved in war. So, overall I would say she is associated with medicine and medical stuffs, which is fitting for a goddess who rules the underworld. Anything involving death and the dying, I would assume she likes. This does not make her inherently "evil" since she represents a facet of life everyone will be involved in. (I find this aspect of her to be especially intriguing, myself.)
She always came off as a goddess with a strange calmness in my dealings. I don't think she gets offended easily.
Thanks Xuchilbara, I didn't think of the element of calmness, but I think that's spot on. I'm a little on the fence about the medical connection, but I will bookmark that to look at later for personal edification. Cheers.
I had some UPG about it. I think I wrote about it in a journal somewhere.... If you want I would be happy to share it.