Goddess Hel

We need set the record straight about the mighty Goddess Hel from Norse mythology!

First things first, let’s clear up the misconception – Hel is not some soul-hungry fiend out to banish you to eternal damnation. Nope, that whole “Hell” concept from the Christian realm was actually a sneaky appropriation of her kingdom, Helheim. Hel is way more nuanced and multi-faceted than the misconceptions would have you believe.

Really, Hel is the ultimate embodiment of the balance between light and darkness. She’s half in the light, half in the darkness, half alive, and half dead. If anyone is in touch with both realms, it’s her. She’s got that captivating mix of beauty and “grotesqueness,” challenging our preconceived notions of what’s considered attractive.

And here’s the thing – Hel is not just some silent observer in the afterlife. She’s a powerful protector of souls, especially those who didn’t die in battle. You know, the ones who had a peaceful passage or faced illness or old age. Hel takes care of them and guides them to their rightful place in the realms.

But there’s more to Hel than meets the eye. She’s not only a protector and judge, but she’s also got some serious connections with other powerful goddesses like Isis and Hecate. It’s like being part of a cosmic goddess gang, with each one bringing her unique strengths to the mix.

When it comes to working with Hel, she’s your go-to for some serious shadow work. When you need one of those deep dives into your inner self, embracing both the light and the darkness within you. Hel’s got your back as you navigate the hidden realms of your soul and emerge wiser and stronger.

When setting up an altar for Hel or making offerings, you can go for symbolic items like water and wine, representing the fluidity of life and death. Fruits and flowers left to rot might sound unusual, but they symbolise the natural cycle of decay and regeneration – just like life and death.

So embrace the complexity of the marvellous Goddess Hel! She’s not the ominous figure you’ve been led to believe. She’s a wise teacher, a protector, and a guide through the realms of life and death. Tap into her profound wisdom, and let her light up your path as you embrace your shadow self.

Jenna is a pagan and lifelong student of history. She's the potion expert at High Priestess, and also designs tarot decks, oracle decks, and powerful ritual oils.