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.
By all means, if it is no trouble. I think a lot of people here would enjoy that as well.
Alright, I found it. This was in a dream where I had a 'meeting' with her and another unknown goddess. We were discussing WWII. I used different terms in my journal for the same concepts. I will mark it here with the Nordic version.
"Hel reminisced about the soldiers that were wounded and missing limbs. She seemed to remember fondly that these people were wounded, like she liked this. The soldiers in her memory were in desert camo and looked more modern. In some ways, her ideas of the horrors of war reminded me of a [Jotun's] love for bad situations.
But something was different about Hel. She was also extremely unlike them (Jotun). She was not enthusiastic about it, though she loved that facet. She was calm the entire time about it, which come to think of it gives an air of creepiness to her demeanor....
She seems to love death. However, she knows to control herself. Her unusual calmness will always stick with me. Not once did she ever lose her cool over how the world changed. Nor did she become a giddy schoolgirl over soldiers' wounds, destruction, which she so loved. Most gods and [Jotun] I've met do not act this way about things they love."
Hope this helps, I think it reflects her hybrid nature. :)
I think that's a pretty lovely image of Hel. So many imaginings of her are malevolent, but I like the image of her nonchalant on the battlefield, "yeah, these are my peeps." haha
I, too, have a fondness and affinity for Hel. Though it has nothing to do with ritual, you should check out "The Almighty Johnsons" on Netflix. If you haven't already seen it, I'm sure you will enjoy it for related reasons.
A few years ago, a Norse Goddess came to me from nowhere, which changed my life..ie she came to me, instead of me searching for them which i have also done..
I saw her clearly as day in all her strength and power. I was being told her name and I knew it was H...sth.. I searched and searched and i read all about Hel in all the Norse material I had and I could find..but still it didn't feel right..
Finally I came across Hulda! and i knew instantly that that was the Goddess that had come to guide me.
I am just mentioning this in passing, as I know you are asking about Hel..
but sth made me mention it....
i will research Hel again also! I remember she had a black and white face and not much warmth to her..!
Ah that is interesting!I used to find the figures of the Egyptian pantheon quite easy to connect to - Thoth was very clear to me at one time with a green light around him.. Which other Gods came to you i wonder...