The Disir

The term disir is typically used to designate the tutelary spirits or ancestresses who watch over us and are thus identical to the fylgjas. However, the word literally means 'Goddesses' and also designates the higher female divinities of our pantheon—both Vanir and Aesir. Among the Vanir the Goddesses are called Vanadisir or 'Vanir-Goddesses,' while those that have been adopted among the Aesir are called Asynjur or 'Aesir-Goddesses.' To differentiate between the female spirits that protect us and the higher Goddesses, the latter designation is capitalized Disir, while the former is not.
The most profound concept within our worship of the Goddesses is that there is never any concept of their inferiority or subjugation before the male Gods. In fact, the lore specifically states that "the Disir are no less sacred, nor are they less powerful" (TAE XIV.1) than the Gods. This equality among the sexes was a reflection of our ancestors' attitudes towards women and their status within Teutonic society. There are many great women described in our histories, such as Sigrid of Sweden, Gudrun, Freydis Eriksdottir, etc. and Roman historians noted that some of the Germanic tribes were ruled by matriarchies. That women today once again have achieved equal status is but a testament to the tribal instinct of Northern Europeans, whose culture formed the bedrock upon which Western Civilization stands. That this instinct is often distorted towards the cultural morass of modernism only proves how such things can warp when they do not develop with a strong cultural and spiritual basis.
The Disir represent, in every way, the highest ideals of femininity—beauty, motherhood, prophecy, cleverness, sexuality, fertility, etc. Their spiritual lessons to us lie in embracing the feminine aspect; for men to cherish what women have to offer, and for women to live up to the high ideals of their foremothers and Goddesses. To bear children is the most sacred act one can participate in, for this is the joining with the Spiritual Collective in creation, when a couple converges to conceive life, then the woman gestates and gives birth to a child, a living miracle. Because of this, women have a special role to play in this world, one that should never be diminished or degraded. This role is personified in the archetypes of our divine matrons.

Frigga: Odin's wife and mother of the Aesir—Thor, Baldur, and Hodur with him; she also gave birth to Frey, Freya, Blik, Blid, Frid, Eir, Hlif, Hlifthrasa, Thjodvarta, and Bjart with her brother, Njord. Such a close union is allowed among the Vanir (but not the Aesir), and we would see this as an aspect of divinity rather than a model to live by. All in all, Frigga has thirteen children known to us, more than any other Goddess, which is fitting since she is our matron of childbirth and marriage. Her role in the fertility process, according to the lore, is in seeing to it that the Manna Mjotudr, the fruits of human destiny and life, are delivered to the right expectant mothers. Therefore, women pray to her when they wish to have children.Besides being Goddess of childbirth and motherhood, Frigga is also identical to Nerthus, Jord, and Erde, our Mother Earth. As such her first spiritual lesson for us is in maintaining our connection to the land, to the natural world around us. If you are looking for magic or miracles, look no further than the rising sun, the birds in the trees, the flowing rivers, mighty volcanoes, peaceful groves, etc. Nature itself is the miracle, a mechanism so vast and so complex that we will never fully understand all of it, and yet that is a part of its majesty. We cannot lose our relationship with the soil, with the womb of our sacred Mother, for we are a part of her and she is a part of us. If we wish to meditate and find a force to enliven our spirits, there is none greater than the wilderness of our planet. There we find peace, we find savagery, we find survival, we find death, and we find life. Nothing can be more sacred to us.Frigga's second spiritual lesson is in the birthing of children, for in Odinism there is no higher calling. Our ancestors would not tolerate childlessness in the Northern lands, and we must let people know how dangerous it is for us today. The Western World is aging because we are not having enough children to replace our dead. Any sociologist will tell you that this tendency can only lead towards extinction, and Europeans are the prime example of the progression towards this suicide-genocide. We must show the blessings of raising children, which is the greatest act of selflessness we humans can ever know. Having a child and proper parenting involves an entire lifetime of putting someone else before yourself. Anyone can put a check in the mail to some charity (and being charitable is something we should do), but being a parent is the only authentic form of altruism that matters. This spiritual bond between parent and child is one of Frigga's powers, and is why she is our most high Goddess.

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