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...
If Hel Was Wednesday Addams :
Those who die a “straw death”---that is, a death in their own beds, are said to be the “inglorious dead”. But Hel knows that the glory of war is meaningless, and the afterlife of the heroes described in the old Sagas, an existence dedicated to perpetual fighting, seems especially futile to her. It was not the women and the children who wrote the Sagas. The poetry of war gives a voice to an ethic that we would find offensive today---and extremely dangerous in a world in which the weaponry of war has advanced to an almost unimaginable degree, but the moral nature of humanity has not advanced.
In your mind ally yourself with simple earth values. Those who live close to the earth by farming or gardening understand death as a part of life. We should call life “life/death” to get the right feeling. Life/death repeats itself endlessly. Plants, animals, and human beings die on the earth’s surface, but Hel has planted apple orchards beneath the earth. She has provided attractive homes for those who died honorably but “ingloriously”. She believes in peace, and rules a peaceful underworld. The one best way to please her is to pray and work for world peace.
Hel knows that reincarnation is the rule. She is the opposite---I should say the obverse side, like the obverse side of a coin---of Erda, the earth goddess, and the earth as goddess. Hel is Erda, and Erda is Hel. We can see this in her face. Place before you, lined up from left to right, flowers, fruit, and dead twigs and leaves of a single plant, whatever is available at any time of year. Now pick up the dead plant material from the right side and put it to the left of the flowers, to show that it precedes the flowers. The flowers depend upon the dying plants to create and continually renew the soil. The dead will return to life after a lifetime in Hel’s world.
Hel is the destination and the caretaker of the simple people and their simple, humane wisdom. Remember, they did not write the histories. In countless history books war is the principle topic, but these books were almost always written by men---men with violent imaginations. Hel believes that her people are much, much happier than violent people.
The two-fold Erda/Hel is repeated in Greece in the two-fold Demeter/Persephone. After all, she is the same for all nations. Could you imagine otherwise?
That is a very Vanir - ian approach to viewing Hel ,
rather than Aesir - ian , Marion , and sounds more
like UPG ( for those who do not know "Unverified
Personal Gnosis" ) , than something documented ;
Now , I am not giving preference either way , yet
I am asking : "How are you backing up those claims
to know Hel , and her preferences , and perception " ?
The Aesir - ian view was not earth oriented , yet sky ;
The Vanir - ian view which came before , was earth oriented ;
This is no different than other world stories , where the focus
went from the "shaggy , hairy ones" that were more earth power
and magical oriented , to ones more " civilized " , and celestial
oriented power , disconnected from the earth ;
Are you seeing Hel through the lens of one of the Titans , or
the Giants from Old Ways ?
If you note my name , I have my link to Fenris , so I am
more connected to the Old Ways , but that did not mean
always peaceful...just more magical thought , rather than
rational , science based perception...
The idea of a "peaceful , idyllic world " , is an illusion , though
most definitely a lovely thought , until one realizes that is not
the way the earth or universe truly is...;)
Perception , determines reality , up to a point where personal space ends...
And the female is not just "peaceful"...please do not propagate
that falsehood , as it denies women their destructive power , as
well as they have their creative...;)