A little explanation into the gods I give cult to, and their meaning in my life. Not to be seen as definitive in any way, just a simplification of what my gods mean to me.
Hearth goddess, protector, mistress of winter. With Holda, my Holda, things can get confusing. It is my upg that Freyja, Frig, and Holda are facets of the same motherly hearth goddess. They have different aspects and are unique, I almost see the as different stages of the same goddess.That being said, i do not view her as a maiden/mother/crone goddess, but one loving goddess with different names throughout the Germanic regions. At first I saw Freyja and Frīg as separate entities, then through etymolgical similarities and upg I began to see them as one and the same, kind of like the ways people act when they’re talking with certain people. Continuing forward, upg and ritual told me that Holda is also a part of this goddess. Given my connection towards Holda, I commonly refer to her as such, but will call her Freyja or Frīg when referring to her in that way. I do realize and accept this isnt the common view on these three goddesses, but in my hearth and in my life they’ve proven to be all aspects of a loving mother goddess.
Earth mother, keeper of cycles, goddess of life and death. While we know little about Nerthus, we know she is associated with the earth, and her mention in Germania also associates her with death. I view her as the mother of life, an earth goddess of forests, oceans and mountains, but also as a goddess of the later stages of life, including death. I see her overlooking natural cycles, seasonal changes, the life cycle, lunar cycle, even things like the water cycle. She is a goddess of beginnings and of ends, and of the beginnings that come out of those ends. This opinion is mostly upg, and I cant attest to how other Nerthus devotees see her, but this is how she has presented herself to me.
the Three Morrígna
One of my main Gaelic influences is the Morrígna, or the Morrígan. I see her as three sisters with their own personalities. Notice I use the pronoun her to describe the Morrígna, I don’t know if this academically correct, but since their often seen as aspects of the same goddess, thats how I’ll refer to her.
Badb, or Badb Catha, is the battle crow, she is the goddess of war, and of struggle. She teaches us to fight for what we believe in. She is particularly important to me as a communist, and I see her as a strong, quite frankly baddass figure that inspires me. Macha teaches us to protect our homes and our families and what is ours. I see her as the most motherly of the three Morrígna. Nemain embodies the frenzied struggle and chaos of war. To me, she embodies the struggles against oppressive governments and equally oppressive mental illnesses. Once again, a ton of upg, and I do recognize the alternative Morrígna, being Badb, Macha and Anand/Morrígu. I see this as valid but I felt a calling towards Nemain, as someone who struggles with depression, anxiety, and bpd, I see her as a powerful figure to be respected.
I’ll admit, these are the goddesses I find myself praying to the most. I don’t want to say they are more important than other deities, but they have a different role in my life.
Wodan is many things but to me his aspect of the Wanderer is most relatable. Incredibly wise, he travels about, experiencing and effecting many lives. A fatherly figure, certainly. However, Wodan is extremely powerful and can be more than little intimidating. I give cult to him often, I just don’t ask for much
Donar is the protector of men and women, and to me he is seen mainly in this way. He has presented himself to me in a way not unlike Ziu. Protectors of those who cannot protect themselves, amongst many other things.
Ziu provides the similar protections of Donar, but I see him more as the warrior, Donar as the sentinel. He is the god of the Thing, and of justice.
Ingui is the ruler of the mound and of the elves. He rules over the honored dead, and as such I view him as a god of death, but also of family. His phallic associations are also important as putting him in the role of a fertility god, something that also makes him like Nerthus in a way, looking over life cycles
These are the deities that have the biggest impact in my life. I do give cult to others, namely the Tuath Dé Dannan and Cerridwen. Integral to my practice is also the worship of the ancestoes and wights, both of land and of home. As Jol approaches I’ve given sacrifice to the Cailleach Bheur, as another important goddess of winter. This is a Huge simplification of my deities and what they mean to me, but I do hope it’s provided you with a better understanding of my gods and goddesses.